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28mm – Renaissance Artillery.

28mm – Renaissance Artillery. The Assault Group – Warlord – Bicorne – Lead Adventure

A nice mix of brands to make a whole artillery battery for the Polish Renaissance Army. It includes from “super” heavy pieces to the very small Cossack sled guns, and a mix of artillery crews in eastern/Cossack style and German/Western style.
From big to small they are as follows.

Super Heavy Artillery. Lead Adventure BRU-42 Cannon “God’s Hammer”

Lead Adventure produces some awesome miniatures, based on Fantasy subjects, but within his Bruegelburg range, a sort of dystopia Renaissance, you can find several useful items. Specially caught my eyes the beautiful and big cannons, and i choose the God’s Hammer ones to reinforce this artillery battery. It can look some fantasy at first sight, but as other times, truth is stranger than fiction, and after take a look at Tsar Cannon i found this Lead Adventure gun more than possible to happen in truth.

Tsar Gun
Tsar Gun

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To give the whole scene more contrast i painted crew in red tones.
To give the whole scene more contrast i painted crew in red tones.

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Cast quality is top level, as the sculpture is. I painted it using a sort of NMM technique in a base of metallic colours, using mainly vallejo model color paints.
The artillery crew is by The Assault Group, Russian labourers/gun crew REN208 painted in a mix of old Citadel & Vallejo paints.
Washes here, as in the whole lot, are mainly from the Army Painter, including coloured ones.
Tufts are this time a novelty for me, as for first time i’m using Tajima1 tufts, who haves a good and recommendable range.

Size Comparison with the largest guns by TAG & Warlord.
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Heavy Artillery. TAG – Warlord – Bicorne (Only Crew)

Next we have 4 ordinance pieces, 3 by The Assault Group and one by Warlord Games. The Crews are a mixing of TAG, Warlord and Bicorne, plus two Warlod Plastic conversions, to fill gaps in the crew numbers. The group is intended to have 4 crew men per gun, Bicorne pack has five figures and the Warlord conversion fill the gap of Fuse men not included in the TAG pack (TAG has another pack which include Fuse men). Fuses itself are a separate accessory pack also by TAG.
As the intention for the whole Polish Army is to cover from early 17th to late 17th century different period weapons are depicted here.

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Warlord guys, second figure in the left, is probably the best figure in all this batch. The right guy comes with Bicorne crew. The officer has changed his sword by a fuse to make numbers.
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Bicorne guys, they are quite big for 28mm scale, but are good figures. The officer remember to me to that 1/72 used by Revell in his artillery set for the period.

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The Assault Group guys, they come 4 per pack, but the pack used here haven’t fuse men.

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Two Warlord Plastic guys reinforce TAG crews.

And now a size comparison picture with all the crews used in this batch.

Warlord Plastic and Bicorne are quite big for the scale, while Warlord Metal and TAG are the smaller in the batch. In the middle, a guy from the Krakow Militia by TAG
Warlord Plastic and Bicorne are quite big for the scale, while Warlord Metal and TAG are the smaller in the batch. In the middle, a guy from the Krakow Militia by TAG

All figures and guns have a good cast and sculpture. Probably, about the sculpture, Warlord metal guys are one step above, plenty full of crispy detail.

Light Artillery. The Assault Group (TAG)

To end this batch, the smallest pieces. All by TAG, also the crew used here, which is Cossack labourers/gun crew
REN207. This is just a way to depict the batch, as all the crews are intended to operate any of the guns. Only the two sled guns are purely intended for this Cossack guys.
Again, a mix of early and not so early pieces are showed here to cover all the 17th century.

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A family picture.

All the guns.
All the guns.

All the guns & Crews.
All the guns & Crews.

So at the end, we have 10 guns, 2 sled guns, 3 light guns, 4 heavy guns and 1 super heavy gun. I hope it’s artillery enough to support the Polish army. The 38 crew men are intended to be used in crews of 4, except the sled guns, with two crew men assigned, and can be used in a lot of combinations, having all crews at least one fuse men, and there is one extra crew, the Russian style ones.

28mm – 1st Corps – Macedonian Successors & Ancient Indians.

Macedonian Successors & Ancient Indians.

One client commissioned me to reinforce two of his existing armies, and antagonist ones. By one side, Macedonian successors, a term which can mean a lot of different kingdoms over a couple of centuries at least. By the other side, Ancient Indians, suitable to face Alexander The Great himself or one of his successor kingdoms.

All the batch is based in 1st Corps Miniatures, a brand with a wide range from Ancients to Sci-Fi, through Medieval or Second World war.
This have been my first time with ancients 28mm, and mixing feelings came in the end. Is not my best work, for sure, I’ve enjoyed some parts and not so much others, but at the end, the work is done at an acceptable quality, i hope.

To begin the show, some very nice beast of war, two war elephants, references EL, C. Indian Elephant and EL, D Indian Elephant as well as two dead elephants, reference EL,M. Dead Elephant with tower.
This elephants are all cast in resin, with some metal parts as fangs and trunk (except the dead elephant who haves it already cast in resin). Cast is very fine, no bubbles neither resin excess. To correctly fit trunks and fangs you will need some putty to fill gaps, but nothing specially hard. Crews used here are reference ELC07 Successor crew 5, this reference seems to be intended for larger towers, as it comes with five figures, one driver and 4 men for the tower, two armed with bow, and two armed with pike. In this case, as my client need all the crew to be removable, it means more flexibility, as he can aim them with 2 bows, 2 pikes or 1 & 1. Fit drivers in a right position was the harder task about these elephants. I made two putty cushions to solve this, as well as all the figures haves a neodymium magnet in the base, towers has a metal plate in the bottom, so all the figures you see in the pictures are easily removable or changeable to fit my client needs.

MACEDONIAN SUCCESSORS WAR ELEPHANTS
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Although crew set comes with several small rounded shields, i used here spare parts from the Wargames Factory Amazon Warriors, and transfers by Vini Vidi Vinci Studios.

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Continuing the show, two beautiful scythed chariots, reference MSS61 4 horse scythed chariot which is randomly supplied with two different drivers. They are beautiful pieces, i made an error putting the reins, as all left side ones must go to one side, and all the right ones, to the other, otherwise it should be impossible to govern these horses. The archers showed in pictures are from the elephants, i just put them there to avoid have them loose in the table. In this case, drivers are fixed. To complete this part, also two 2 Wrecked scythed chariot, reference MSS62, are showed here. This reference came in two parts (resin cast), plus some small parts cast in metal, but i build a single scenery piece for each.
I tried to give these horses a different appearance, and i think i achieved it.

SCYTHED CHARIOTS
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The Indian army also haves his own chariots, in this case a unit pack reference INDU9 Light Chariots which includes three chariots and i aimed them with two crew each. These figures are removable, also haves a neodymium magnet in the base and chariot base haves a metal plate. With this condition, i didn’t find a way to put reins.
To decorate this chariots i tried a new (for me) technique, i printed some patterns and then paint over the pattern. Final result is not bad to my eyes, so i will try again this technique in the future if possible.

CLASSIC INDIAN LIGHT WAR CHARIOTS
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Macedonian Successors still got some more reinforcements, now reference MSSU01 Thureophoros attacking overarm x 16
Standard is a Vini Vidi Vinci transfer. All decorations here are hand made.

THUREOPHOROS
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Last for Macedonian, a Greek Oxybeles, reference GRK38.

GREEK OXYBELES
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The Indian army still got a large batch of reinforcements, comprising the following references: INDU5 Cavalry x12, IND22 Forest Indians / bow, IND13 Maiden Guard command and INDU4 Longbow men x 40 and the pictures below are showed in the same order. Deal with skin tones was a real pain, and at the end, this is the part which makes me less happy in the project. All the standards are made of paper and hand painted.

ANCIENT INDIAN CAVALRY
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FOREST INDIAN WITH BOW
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MAIDEN GUARD COMMAND
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ANCIENT INDIAN LONGBOW MEN
Most of these figures haves a separate hand, the one with the bow, which not always fit well, so some trim is need in a few of them. Many of them haves also quite visible mould lines. Fortunately white metal is very workable with a knife, although it means spent more time than you desire to clean figures. This, and the continuous change of colour to achieve variety made this batch the most tired to paint

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A couple of family pictures to end.

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Bases are mostly decorated with The Army Painter tufts, plus some natural small stones (re-painted) and leaves are by “Secret Weapons Miniatures”. Paints used includes Vallejo (Model Color & Game Color), Citadel (Old Range) and The Army Painter (mostly washes).

28mm – Polish Haiduks – Foundry & The Assault Group.

28mm Polish Haiduks – Foundry & The Assault Group.

As part of the commissioned Polish Renaissance Army, some Haiduk regiments were need. They are just 4.
First showed is the Guards unit, totally based in TAG figures, which haves a well bunch of blister dedicated to this topic, including a command, so TAG, bring you 2 different command blister, which includes Officer, Boy and two Standard Bearers. Musicians are taken from another TAG blister, only dedicated to this.
To complete de 27 figures, i used in this regiment an halberdier in Muscovite costume.

Guards unit
Guards unit

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I take some special care of most of the officers, decorating his capes.

Guards command detail
Guards command detail

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Second unit is a common blue-red pattern, also 27 figures, showing a mix of Foundry and TAG, although TAG numbers are higher. TAG provide you a Command blister, 3 different Haiduks blisters (Firing, Loading and Advancing). Plus the already commented Musicians blister and some other extras as the horse holders i used with the Bears.

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Command detail
Command detail

Third regiment shows an also well know pattern, blue-yellow, and also is a mix of Foundry & TAG. Foundry sculpture is pretty nice, but they have two problems for my taste, their command set is very good, you have musicians included there as well as Officers, two of each poses, but they haven’t boys. The Haiduks blister contains 8 figures each, one blister is firing and the other is marching, but all the figures are exactly the same pose. While figures are pretty nice sculpted, casting have several problems in both poses, which becomes to have moulding problems, and some areas have a lot of extra metal and no detail. That’s really an odd.

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Command detail
Command detail

Last pattern is based in a picture, showed in an Osprey book, but i found it searching in the net, coloured with this pattern, as Osprey book show it in black&white.
While Foundry blisters are too repetitive and have some moulding problems, TAG bring you a lot of flexibility to built the army, 3 different blisters of 4 figures each, all in different poses, plus two commands including the Guards one, a musician blister and the horse holders one. Also used in this unit is a gift figure, the one drinking.

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This scheme is based in a picture included in an Osprey book, Osprey show it black and white, but you can found it colored searching on the net
This scheme is based in a picture included in an Osprey book, Osprey show it black and white, but you can found it colored searching on the net

To don’t get bored painting so many equal figures, i imagined an extra unit for this army, for sure it’s not historically correct, but…
Bears are done by Foundry, three different poses, I found useful here the Horse Holders blister by TAG, as well as the peasants blister. The peasant blister is clearly inspired in the Osprey illustrations, as well as many other figures by TAG. The other problem was to find an appropriate chain for this… it was solved one day with my girlfriend in a H&M store. A jewelry chain is used here, it cost to me 5€.
It’s an item not useful for games, but, i found it’s a good decoration ones, and a distinctive for this army.

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When Foundry bears meet TAG and H&M
When Foundry bears meet TAG and H&M

With so many blisters purchased, at the end i had several extra figures, together with another TAG gift, the excellent Ottoman figure. Also included here, is a Cossack foot officer, which comes in another TAG blister. This cossack officer is also depicted in an Osprey illustration, and i tried to paint him as showed there.

Extra figures, the Ottoman officer is a very nice figure, gift by TAG guys.
Extra figures, the Ottoman officer is a very nice figure, gift by TAG guys.
Back details for the extra figures
Back details for the extra figures

Some family pictures here…

Family picture, the four regiments plus bears and extra command.
Family picture, the four regiments plus bears and extra command.

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I’m sorry to show these units without flags, but i still waiting for a new Flag Sheet for Haiduks promised by Battle Flag.

28mm Warlord Games – Hugo Raleigh – King’s Guard Ensign

Hugo Raleigh – King’s Guard Ensign

A small update…
Obviously seeing the flag… he is not Hugo Raleigh 🙂

I used this nice figure as complement for my converted French King’s Guard and to test the paper flag, by the same brand used in the Winged Hussars, Battle-Flag.

(Click the images to enlarge)
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Sorry for the poor quality pictures, i don’t know why , today’s light was not good…

28mm – Polish Winged Hussars.

28mm Polish Winged Hussars.
The Assault Group & Warlord Games. Polish Renaissance Winged Hussars

Well, i have been working around these guys some days. Well… many days !!!!
Although both brands are quite compatible in terms of size, Warlord ones are sightly smaller, both are intended for different periods, and seems hard or very inaccurate put them together in a tabletop game.

From ancient to modern the guys from The Assault Group are the oldies, according to Osprey books very appropriated for around 1600. The assault group have 3 different blister for this subject (REN004,REN005,REN006), one of them is the command one, which includes a trumpeter and a drummer plus the officer. I also used a special blister (REN069), to have an special command and flag-bearer.
I replaced the original poles of The Assault Group, they are more accurate, as they are ticker, but they seems to be quite bendable, and that can be a problem to play with them. These men only have a pistol in one of the horse sides, and you haven’t any weapon option, all the conversion that you can see in the pictures are done with spare parts form the Warlord guys.

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The guys in formation. You have several skin patterns, clearly showing that not all are leopards or tigers.
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Overall, these figures have some less ornamentation than the Warlord ones, so they are a bit easier to paint.
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The helmets allow to paint faces and eyes.
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I had some problems putting lances in the right position. You must drill the hands and you must force them to achieve a right position for all.
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All the wings are equal, so i used some of the spare wings from Warlord to achieve more variation, although it’s a bit historically incorrect. All these wings are attached to the saddle.
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The cross in the trumpeter is made of paper. To make the two colored poles i used masking tape.

The Warlord guys are very appropriated for Vienna, 1683.

These figures are plenty full of details and poses are very good, with the exception of a horse pose, which for my personal taste, is a bit odd. Warlord have these guys available as a boxed set and also in a blister of three. The problem of the blister is that the content is random. Poles are wired ones, a real weapon, but appropriates for games, as they will not bend easily.
You have different wings patterns, that’s very good, and some of the figures accept one or two wings, and some of them can be attached to the saddle, although i put most of them in their backs.
Two of three plumes in the command helmet came broken so i replaced them by spares from other Warlord sets.

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Details in horses and figures will give you a lot of entertainment.

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Some of the figures allow 1 or 2 wings, although most of them clearly are intended for two wings.
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You have several weapons option, although you must cut the original hand and drill a hole to correctly pose the alternative weapon, which includes the hand.

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Some family pictures.

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It has been my very first commissioned work. Hopefully the client will be happy. I pray every night (to the spaghetti monster) so these guys will arrive safely and a happy customer will purchase again.
By the way, i think i will never paint again Winged Hussars, at least the Warlord Games ones, or at least in not so great number.
I have seen great works with these nice figures, i made a lot mistakes as always, but i’m quite happy with final result.

In this work the paper flags have been very important, and they are provided by Battle-Flag. You must deal with borders, as with any other paper flag, but they bend specially well. I didn’t do anything special with them, just follow their instructions here. My problem with the Warlord ones are that paper is too tick, and in this case i needed more flags than the ones provided in the Warlord boxes. It’s a pity because their designs are pretty nice.

Also a mention for the guys of http://www.warbases.co.uk/, who always have some more bases than the ones you ordered.

Both sites are a pleasure to deal with, as well as The Assault Group Company, and of course, Warlord Games.

The Warlord Games ones are also available through our utility here.

28mm – Warlord Games – (Imperial) Cuirassiers.

Our second incursion in the 28mm Thirty Years War is not so successful as the first one.
The subject is a very beautiful one, the Cuirassiers or Reiters, used by any side at this time, but we have chosen to depict them as an Imperial unit.

Warlord figures are very nice as always, box comprise 12 mounted metal figures plus 12 plastic horses. If i’m not wrong, horses are the same used in many other Warlord boxes.

Figures have some spare arms to built a unit based in swords or pistols, and it includes a trumpeter and an ensign.

The box also comes with several paper flags, as the used.
This flags are very nice, but paper is too tight, so these flags are hard to handle.

As you can see in the pictures there are three figures not included in the Warlord Games box, they are from “The Assault Group” range, who produces a very interesting range of metal figures highly compatibles with the Warlord range.

If you want to buy them unpainted, take a look in our utility to find them at Ebay.