Category Archives: Wargames

28mm – MOM Miniaturas – Scenery – Altar of skulls (Altar de craneos)

Altar of skulls (Altar de craneos)

MOM Miniaturas (in the case some one doesn’t know them yet) is a Spanish brand with a nice (and growing) Fantasy and SCI-FI range in 28mm as well as some bigger bust. If you don’t know their ranges i recommend to take at look at their site.
Their sculpture is very characteristic, you recognize the sculptor hand in every single piece, and prices are good too. They work in resin, casts are clean enough, as always happen with resin some bubble is possible, but they have an exigent quality program, so you shouldn’t receive a bad cast piece never.
I have other pieces at my stash but i decided to paint for first time from this brand a nice Skull’s altar scenery piece. It’s always a pain when the showcase paint from the brand is very good, as is the case. Anyway i’m quite happy with final looking. Nothing very special done, main skull, painted as a stone skull, was done with airbrush. I did a try about use some snow flock as they show, but finally i removed, so base looks as my usual ones. To give it some more area i used an old (virgin)CD as base.
I hope you like this work i did for a friend, and to rest a bit of the large Ottoman commission.

28mm Warlord Games – Suleiman & Mounted Janissary Officers

Suleiman & Mounted Janissary Officers

And finishing for a while, the high Ottoman Command by Warlord Games. They have two different packs, one for the 2 mounted Janissary officers, and the other with the 2 versions of Suleiman, mounted and foot.
As other figures in the range by Warlord, they are flat, is not a great range at all.
I used again quite a lot decals, specially on foot Suleiman, which almost is all decaled.
As i used one Warlord horse with the TAG figure here, one of the Janissary is mounting a TAG horse.

Looks how terrible flat Suleiman figure is..

28mm The Assault Group – Vlad The Impaler

Vlad The Impaler

Ok another one.. my client sent me these nice figures as part of the bit Ottoman order.. they aren’t Ottoman, but some how related.. if you read a bit of history about Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Drakul, Bride and Boyar – REN360). I added here another of the gift figures TAG has for the Renaissance range. Is the second time i paint that priest, the other one he was all black, so i decided to paint clear sleeves. The another figure in question, (not the girl, which obviously is Vlad’s wife) is an Hungarian Boyar. A nice figure, i was in the temptation to use decals, but i gone with the brush. The term “Boyar” was commonly used in Bulgarian, Kievan, Moscovian, Serbian.. and so. It refer to highest Feudal rank.
Wife’s dress decoration is also by hand, nothing special.

I could not avoid putting them together like in a wedding 🙂

These figures, except priest, are quite big for the TAG standard in Renaissance range.

I declare you husband and wife until a impalement separates you

28mm The Assault Group – Cossack Comand

Cossack Comand
Some more things finished recently, a nice command pack for Cossack (Cossack General (with Sled-gun) – REN079). I already painted this pack when working on the Polish army. There are more Cossack to follow them, but not soon.
I specially love the foot figure, so i tried to be some more careful with him.
The flag is from my own designs, self printed. You can found the full plates in this old post.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman High Officers

Ottoman High Officers

As part of the large Ottoman range by The Assault Group there is a nice pack with 3 figures (Ottoman General and staff REN068), 2 mounted and one foot, depicting a high Ottoman officer, who knows if Suleiman himself, and his retinue, comprising a standard bearer and a sort of Janissary officer. The foot figure depicting the same officer (They are wearing same clothes) is a gift figure (Is the second time i paint this nice figure, search on my Polish Renaissance series).
I used here lot of my own printed decals with different patterns, specially on the mounted officer, who also is riding a Warlord horse, just by the convenience of have more saddle to decorate with the decals.
Apply the decals isn’t a fun thing, it consumes almost the same time than paint the figure, and some times, you need to re-do several times the operation. Is not easy cut the patterns for these irregular shapes without any other guide than your eyes, for not to say about to place them, but at the end, result is far from i can achieve by brush, so i think it worth it for these special figures. Pictures aren’t very good today, so one of the patterns applied in the mounted figure isn’t almost noticeable.
Don’t forget to click over pictures to see them in a bit bigger size.

Detail on the patterns i printed in decal paper used in these figures.
Detail of the 3 patterns used in the mounted officer. By far this was the hardest figure.
A bit of humor…
The only picture i took with the flag, not a full view, sorry. It’s a self printed flag.

28mm Warlord Games – Ottoman Janissary Kazan

Ottoman Janissary Kazan

The man with the spoon is far large than all the other in the Warlord range. It’s a pity they decided to depict so good extra figures for the army without do a good job on them. An over sized figure, and the other two looking so flat as all the Janissary range, seems they reused one time and another legs and torsos.
Last update in a few. Stay tuned, we are only in the middle of the Ottoman army.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Levent.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Levent.

There are not too much information about these guys, and the term Levent is also commonly used as Marine, but also as a sort of semi-professional auxiliary troops.
One of the Osprey books about the Ottoman Army, contains one illustration of these guys exactly as they are sculpted, so i follow as the color scheme. They looks to me as precursors of the lovely Zouave uniforms a couple of centuries later (Except the coat with shoulder’s pads.)
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
All the figures are by The Assault Group. All of them nicely sculpted and without mold problems.
One extra halberd janissary has been converted to standard bearer.

28mm The Assault Group – Janissaries with Bow.

28mm The Assault Group – Janissaries with Bow.

Second Janissary Bow unit of the army. I Followed a color schema depicted by Osprey in one of their books.
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
All the figures are by The Assault Group. All of them nicely sculpted and without mold problems.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (2).

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (2).

Second Janissary Musket unit.
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (1).

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (1).

First Janissary Musket unit
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.
One extra halberd janissary has been converted to standard bearer.

28mm Red Box Games – Evil Barbarians

28mm Red Box Games – Evil Barbarians
You can find the whole range of these nice figures here.
Well, sculpture by Red Box, is top class, figures are very nice, well detailed, a pleasure to paint and collect. Of course, one feel shame when see the showcase paints.. and the own paint.. 😀 this is…
but, one can do what can do, no more.

In the batch there are several different figures. By one side there is a HelsVakt Hordesmen , six figures which a variety of weapons for your choice. At this point i must say i don’t like the kind of unions, only of the hand with the weapon.. they are very fragile.

To follow, there are three champions, Hakar the Horrible, SvartUlf the Savage and Bloody Garm not sure about this last one, because it shows a different weapon on the site. Those 3 are excellent figures.

And the last one is Belegast the Bloodthirsty.

Some family pictures to end.

28mm Warlord Games – Demi-culverin cannon

28mm Warlord Games – Demi-culverin cannon

If it was not enough artillery, a Demi-culverin always can save your day. It’s strange but this gun wasn’t in the arsenal.
Again i’m not very happy on how this ended.. i have been using a new brown paint, and i’m not sure if it works very well for this. I should have choose red or a very clear brown for this, as Warlord painted it to show. The one i most like, its the officer.. i usually don’t paint strips, but i think it looks very well. I promise to try more times.
The barrel itself, also don’t looks very good.. since i moved to the new house. i have lost several paints.. because my study is in a too hot room in summer. I planning to move the study this year, or re-condition the room.

A part of this, the gun is a nice piece, and the crew too. The big barrel on the base, came from a friend, with a nice range or resin things, Zona 72.

28mm – Warlord Games – Assault Petard

28mm – Warlord Games – Assault Petard

Well, i’m not very happy with this bunch of figures.. by one side.. it’s hard to don’t think in ECW looking at them.. so they should wear another colours.. but one of the premises was they weren’t for ECW.. so.
By the other side, i hate that kind of helmets, from the point of view of the paint.. they show the face, but it’s impossible to me decently paint them… Also i don’t specially like some of the poses.. and i did the error to put together the carriers before paint.. so was more difficult to paint them.

For sure this will not remembered as one of my best works, hope they will do they job in the battle and something will blow out.

28mm The Assault Group – Foundry – Polish Renaissance Command.

28mm The Assault Group – Foundry – Polish Renaissance Command.

This is the very end of the Polish Army.. it have been a quite long since the first unit.. till these just a few command figures. In the picture again a mix of TAG and Foundry, which you can see match very well.
The flag is the most beautiful flag from the range by Battle Flag, it have been reserved long time for this group.
Hope to start not very far with the Ottoman counterpart !!! so stay tuned.

28mm – Reaper Bones & Warlord Games – KoW Kingdoms of Men – General on Winged Beast

To end for today, a work i ended a couple of months ago, but never found time to take pictures. It’s a Reaper bones dragon, over a LOTR ruins reworked, raided by a Warlord Games cavalry man from their ECW range. Most of the work here was done by airbrush, except final lights and shadows and the rider figure.
He’s part of KoW army, kingdoms of men, in fact, he is the general of the army. Hope he will perform well in the battle.
I enjoyed a lot doing this, first of all, because it’s for me and not commissioned, second because it’s another try to improve my airbrush usage, and last one because i like it, and like how dangerous can be on a KoW battle.
The Reaper dragon it’s a nice piece, cheap, very cheap for his size.

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28mm – Warlord Games – Imperial Tercio

Not much to say about the warlord figures, is not the first time i paint them, but this is the large number i have painted at once. Included with the well know plastic figures there is a blister of metal armoured pike men.
I tried to paint them in dark colours, without any concession to fashion and light colours, trying to depict a “poor” Sapanish tercio for the late Thirty Years War period.

Paper flags are from Wallenstein’s Imperial Army range by Battle Flag, this time are from Flags of War, who haves a nice range for this and other periods, and a very good quality.

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28mm – Gripping Beast – Antigonid Companion Command (Polemarch Successors)

It have been a while since i painted more Macedonian successors, which can be viewed here.
This time i received only three mounted figures, by Gripping Beast, depicting a Polemarch command, Antigonid, but who can be used as part of any of the numerous successors kingdoms.
I did an error and mixed here some horses which are from the Carthaginian command painted at the same time.

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28mm – Gripping Beast & Crusader Miniatures – Carthaginian reinforcements.

To reinforce the Carthaginian army of my client, i was commissioned to paint a few generals plus an elephant with some extra crews for other elephants. Between the generals, the most famous one, Hannibal, is included. Those miniatures are by Gripping beast, while the elephant and the crew are by Crusader.
All figures are correct, but some of the horses are poor, very poor. Also mount the elephant, two valves of metal plus tower, all metal, was a bit of pain. Included in the elephant base there is a dead roman soldier, it’s a small resin piece, not sure which is the manufacturer.
All the elephant’s crew have been magnetized with a neodymium magnet, as well as the raider. In the base of the tower there is a metal plate, and hidden under the driver’s place, another neodymium magnet. Overall painted by brush, except the elephant who got a couple of coats by airbrush.

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28mm – The Assault Group – Polish Pancerni Cavalry

28mm – The Assault Group – Polish Pancerni Cavalry

Long time without work on the Poles. The end of the army is very close, just a few command figures remain in my stash.
It have been a long work, over two years, and they needed a good end. Only better than those Pancerni could have been the Winged Hussars, but that was the first part of the army.
Any novelties used here, decoration on saddles have been done using nail’s decals, painting over them, a resource previously used. The stripped saddles are totally done by hand. Shields and pistol’s holders are decorated by hand.
All the figures used are by The Assault Group, flags and pendons by Battle-Flag.com

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28mm – Gripping Beast – Carthaginian Spear Men & Numidian Cavalry

28mm – Gripping Beast – Carthaginian Spear Men & Numidian Cavalry

Not everything can be renaissance or fantasy… i also was commissioned to paint these ancient Carthaginian troops, mainly veteran spear men by Gripping Beast. I used shield transfers by Little Big Men Studios, you need to cut them in two parts, so it’s a long work. Figures are correct for their purpose. Some flash need to be removed, but nothing to be scared.
About the Numidian Cavalry i tried a darker skin colour, a total failure as you can see. I worked horses with airbrush, saving some time, although was complicated retouch them with brush. The shields also use Little Big Studios transfers. To use them in not flat shields you need some work, and result is not so good. But looking them at middle distance, they look good.
There is one extra figure who comes from a separated Carthaginian Allies pack, which i will end soon, as well as some other reinforcements for Carthage.

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28mm – Red Box Games – Lesser Undead.

Lesser Undead

This will be the year of many first times.. and this is the first time about zombies…
They are from the excellent range by Red Box Games, they have 9 different undead poses within his Infernal range, called LEsser Undead.

For decorating bases i took care of and old Woodland Scenics cemetery, it’s HO scale, 1/87.. but it looks right, not ??

It’s a not very hard work, they have a beautiful detail… but almost wearing nothing.. so not many to paint. I used different skin tones just to get some variation to the ranks.

More nice Red Box Games figures will come soon.. ok.. not so soon, just this year.

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28mm – HassleFree Fantasy Humans (and a Undead Necromancer)

HassleFree Fantasy Humans (and a Undead Necromancer)

I painted some of my single figures to start the year. All are by Hasslefree Miniatures, and all, have an excellent detail level, beautiful movement and perfect proportions. These figures, are probably the best i ever painted.
They are intended to join my Kings Of War Human’s Army. Some will be Heroes, some other will be ranked as captains. And probably Taxxis will never play.. who knows, she can be a good mage too.

I did some artistic touch on pictures this time, but i also attach original ones.

Taxxis (B)
Taxxis (B)
Ferrus
Ferrus
Volk the Bastard
Volk the Bastard
Akos the Scorned
Akos the Scorned
Libby & Sabre-tooth Tigress
Libby & Sabre-tooth Tigress

A family picture with some other beast i painted too…

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And the normal pictures.. (click on them to enlarge)

28mm – Mantic Games – Dwarf Kings Box.

Dwarf Kings Box.
Well box is not complete in this post because Berserker Lord was already painted a few weeks ago, take a look here to see him.

I used NMM everywhere in this work, they said practise is the way.. so i’m trying, but not very happy with result, seems that more practice is need. Anyway, at least Dwarf Warsmith looks quite good for me (Central figure), not so happy with other two, king (Left ones) and Army Standard Bearer (Right ones)

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Not much more to say about this, this is probably last one in the year, now the stash is organized, Christmas season are not for paint, better to get drunk anywhere (and enjoy family, of course) !!!
As resume of this year i can say about 250 figures have been painted, among 4 elephants, 5 chariots and 10 guns.. not a bad year, isn’t it ?? All the works of this year can be found in the Gallery section, from Tatars & Cossacks to Ancient Indian and Macedonian Successors.
Next year will see the end of the Polish Renaissance army (Pancerni didn’t entered this year just by a couple of weeks more) and a lot of surprises and excellent miniatures by Red Box Games, Mierce, Mantic, Warlord Games or 1st Corps. We will try our best, as always (Hope to find also some time to my own KoW army, based mostly in Perry miniatures with some nice surprises by Hasslefree.).

As i will probably not will write again this year, i wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

28mm – Mantic Games – Dwarf Berserker Lord

28mm Mantic Games – Dwarf Berserker Lord

Not everything can be renaissance polish… so a small update with a very nice Mantic Games figures, a Berserker Lord for their Kings of War game.

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PAINT GUIDE:
Skin
For the skin tones i used the Skin paint set by scale 75, following more or less their guide included.
Base colour is Pink flesh (also can be used Citadel Dwarf flesh (old name)) , then i apply a wash of Citadel Ogryn Flesh (now called Reikland flesh tone).
Then two successive highlights with a mix of Pink Flesh + Gold Flesh increasing Gold Flesh in each iteration (This can be done also mixing Citadel Dwarf flesh + Elf flesh (sorry i don’t know the new names))
As this set haves another colour called Light Flesh i added two extra highlights mixing Gold Flesh + Light Flesh.
To end, very small touches of the Pale Flesh (Vallejo haves a similar skin tone called Light Flesh)

Gold Metal parts
Trying some NMM technique here, using Vallejo Model Color, from their special set for NMM.
Base colour is Heavy Brown, to add some more contrast you can give it a wash of Devlan Mud or Dark Tone by The Army Painter.
Then apply Gold Brown, and then 2 or 3 successive highlights with Gold Brown + White, increasing the white in each mix.
To end, a very small touches of pure white.

Silver Metal parts
Very similar to gold tones, but varying colours used. Base colour is Cold grey (also from Vallejo Model Color NMM set), apply a black wash, and then start to highlight with Cold Grey + White. To end a final touch of pure white in the edges.
The blueish tone around the gold area in the axes is done with diluted turquoise blue, mixed with some white.

Cape (Red)
Base colour is a dark red, Citadel have some one in their range, but any other will work. I apply a first highlight of Vallejo Flat Red, and then to homogenize tone i wash with a red wash (From The Army Painter in my case).
Then i highlight again with Flat Red and to end a final touch with Vermilion Red (Vallejo)

Cape (Back)
Maybe this is the easier part, and it can be done with a lot of colours, just choose your favourite brown or grey, depend on the style of cape you want.
I used Vallejo Brown Sand, washed with Dark Tone (Army Painter) , some parts where highlighted (dry brush) with the Brown Sand again and some other with a mix of White + Brown Sand. Some final touches of this last highlight were applied by brush.

Skull
Base coat is a pale white, such “Rotting Flesh” or “Skull white” , black wash the eyes caves, and then pure white.

Dwarf beard is done with a grey colour, washing black, and highlighting with pure white, first by dry brush and then some small touches with brush to emphasize some parts.

And that’s all.

And the forthcoming Kingdoms of Men army…

99% Perry figures
99% Perry figures

28mm – The Assault Group – Tatars & Cossacks

28mm – The Assault Group – Tatars & Cossacks

Mounted Cossacks – Irregular

First of all, a well bunch of Mounted Cossacks, as irregulars, the most common for those men. War in East Europe can’t be understand without Cossacks for a well bunch of centuries from Renaissance to WWII. So any army for this area period must have or fight some cossacks in their files, was usual to see these guys fighting with or against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, as well as fighting against Tatars, another folk with quite similar life way.
Both were famous for their raids, so cavalry was the most important part of the army.
Cossack organization were quite important and operative during this centuries and they were a pain in the ass for Ottomans, Muscovites and Polish-Lithuanian but also an important allied.

TAG provide a well bunch of blisters for this topic, so probably you can find there all you need to set up a Cossack party. Figures and casting haves the usual quality in the brand. To say and odd, maybe the horses aren’t best in the market, but they do his job reasonably well.

Paint all those hordes, with so many colour change are more tedious and laborious than other units, but at the end, the work is done. Officers’ capes are decorated using “nails decals”, yes you have read right, painting over them. Patterns are very limited but they can be useful, although this time we are not so satisfied with result as happened in the Haiduks regiments, where we used this technique for first time.

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Mounted Cossacks – Registered

Part of the Cossacks were in stable service of the Polish-Commonwealth, those we call “registered” cossacks, most of them Zaporozhian Cossacks. Probably uniforms were in-existent for those unit, but we take this license inspired by a work which was published in the old TAG gallery, unfortunately they changed their web site, ans seems to be not available any more.
Figures are exactly the same used for the irregular cossacks above (Who also are registered, as are intended to be part of the Polish army).
For the officer cape decoration i tried a new method based in some custom decal print, but it was a failure, but with this experience, soon i will show more work using this technique.

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Tatars & Lithuanian Tatars

Tatars are the heirs of the “Golden Horde” of Genghis Khan’s, the west part of his empire. Tatars, mainly weren’t part of the Commonwealth, but some of them, in fact, were. The term “Lithuanian Tatars” is unknown for us, we reference it because so is how TAG call that blister. But their appearance and horses, are exactly the same used in Cossacks blister, opposite to Tatars, mounting the small steppe horses and with a different and characteristic costume. In the pictures all the “Lithuanian Tatars” are those using pistols, a nice addition to the Cossack horde, while Tatars, are carrying spears and bows, maybe some old fashioned for the period, but it was so. Posses are very dynamic, we specially like ones charging with the spear and those firing the bows. Well done figures.

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Cossack on Foot

Although Mounted Cossack were the most important for raids, Cossack on foot were also raised in high numbers during this period. TAG also haves a well bunch of references for this, providing pike as well as musket figures. Pistols and sabres are common too. In the ranks we see an Orthodox priest, a gift figure by TAG, as well as a drinking Cossack, which also is part of the gift range for the Renaissance era.
Completing the rank some Muscovite guards. We already used some of them in the Haiduks ranks, but here it’s just a question of clean the stash !!

Two flags are my own pattern, middle one by Battle-Flag.com
Two flags are my own pattern, middle one by Battle-Flag.com

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Priest is a nice figure, from the Gift figures by TAG
Priest is a nice figure, from the Gift figures by TAG

All the batch.

And that’s all. Sorry for the poor quality of picture below. Another batch of the army completed. We start now the last one, the well know and beautiful Pancerni. Also we are working in some gabions positions for the artillery and a small surprise which can’t uncover today.

Family picture for this batch.
Family picture for this batch.

Hope you like them, best regards.

28mm – Mantic Games – Dwarf Berserker Brock Riders Regiment

Dwarf Berserker Brock Riders Regiment

Something different for today.
A friend will assist next Weekend to the first Official Regional Tournament of “Kings of War” in Madrid (Spain). As he run out of time to bring his army fully painted to the tournament i offered my help painting this beautiful Dwarf regiment, mounted in Brocks !! a very different subject to our usual work.

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This figures are cast in a sort of soft plastic / resin, right arm is separated so you have different combinations. The three especial figures have the the right arm cast of metal. The musician, that sort of auto-drum, get a lot of metal in the right arm, so it’s a very unstable figure even once based. If you works your own one try to put the arm as closets to the body as you can.

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Another hard point in this figures are the capes, you must need to work with putty to fill the junction on shoulders, is a not very well engineered part. Also for our personal taste, fabric capes would allow a more colorist / striking paint work, but they are skins, probably also of Brock, although we avoid the same pattern used in Brock to don’t homogenize to much colours used.
Also you have to take care about the cape angle, or it will avoid a correct position of the saddle over the brock, as cape block the correct position because hit the brock’s back before the saddle is in the correct position.

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Heads, some Brocks armour plates, and Brock’s heads for the capes are also separated parts. I prefer to don’t use the Brock’s heads in the capes, but they already came glued to me.

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There are just a few parts were you can put colour, so i used blue, easy to highlight and very striking, to counteract so many metal and skins.

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Brock can be painted in several patterns, just take a look at real ones and choose your right ones. They came in two valves and there are two different poses.

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Overall detail in figures is very good, there are some small mould lines, and the soft material used not always easy to work with a knife in intricate parts, but they are very nice figures.
It have been a pleasure to work on something different for a while.

28mm – Polish Renaissance & Cossack Flags.

Polish & cossacks Flags.

I was looking for some decent Cossack flags as well as some flags for my Haiduks regiments, but at the end i didn’t found any commercial ones of my taste. If you have been following my work for this period, you know i already used Battle-Flags.com ones but even if they are excellent flags, they don’t cover all my needs.

So, after some time looking for them, i committed myself to give a try to my skills with Photoshop, and i found on Wikipedia a great source of plain flags to work on it. Most of the work is based on Alex Tora work, but not only. After check all images copyrights, i’m allowed not only to use them but also to distribute my work, which hopefully will be used by other period enthusiast. Remember always that flags are sized for 28mm figures. It’s possible to reduce and adapt them to 15mm, but if you try to make them bigger it can implies a quality loss.

NOTICE: Find high resolution files links below, don’t print images showed here.

I did 3 plates to full fill my needs. Maybe the mix on the plates haven’t much sense, as it’s a mix of Polish and Cossacks flags, but i did it just thinking on my needs, and not in distribute it.

Plate 1
PLATE-I
Credits of the image as follow:
Chorągiew królewska króla Zygmunta III Wazy.svg by Olek Remesz, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

Zaporozhian Sich flag.svg by Alex Tora licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.1 Japan license.

Flag of the Cossack Hetmanat.svg by Alex Tora released into the public domain.

And five flags contained in Alex K Kozaks flags 1651-00.svg by Alex Tora picking up flags by flag from his gallery, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

SEE COMMENT BY NORB BELOW, according to https://encyklopedia.pwn.pl/haslo/Orzel-Bialy;3952080.html the White eagle pattern i used doesn’t fit the period, as belongs to a more modern pattern. Sorry for the inaccuracy.

Plate 2
PLATE-II
Credits of the image as follow:
Herb Polski.svg by Follow by white rabbit
. This image is in the public domain according to Article 4, case 2 of the Polish Copyright Law Act of February 4, 1994 (Dz. U. z 2006 r. Nr 90 poz. 631 with later changes) “normative acts and drafts thereof as well as official documents, materials, signs and symbols are not subject to copyrights”. Hence it is assumed that this image has been released into public domain. However in some instances the use of this image in Poland might be regulated by other laws.

Four flags contained in Alex K Kozaks flags 1651-00.svg by Alex Tora picking up flags by flag from his gallery, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Two of the religious banners are using parts of Zaporozhian Sich flag.svg by Alex Tora licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.1 Japan license.

Plate 3
PLATE-III
Credits of the image as follow:
Herb Polski.svg by Follow by white rabbit
. This image is in the public domain according to Article 4, case 2 of the Polish Copyright Law Act of February 4, 1994 (Dz. U. z 2006 r. Nr 90 poz. 631 with later changes) “normative acts and drafts thereof as well as official documents, materials, signs and symbols are not subject to copyrights”. Hence it is assumed that this image has been released into public domain. However in some instances the use of this image in Poland might be regulated by other laws.

Chorągiew królewska króla Zygmunta III Wazy.svg by Olek Remesz, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

My design of the Haiduks flags are inspired but freely adapted from the ones showed in the Stockholm Roll

 

Plate III Re-Do

Changed some colours as well as size for these infantry flags, which should be bigger than cavalry ones.

PLATE-IV

Download:
Please, note than images showed here, are low resolution ones, i don’t recommend to print that files, instead of them, you can use the following links to download the high resolution ones, allowing to you a good printing. (Click right button and choose “save link as” or open in new tab to see the full image)
UPDATED 14/08/2014, png files changed to high resolution pdf for easier print.
Plate I Full Resolution.
Plate II Full Resolution.
Plate III Full Resolution. (NOT RECOMMENDED USE PLATE IV INSTEAD OF THIS)
Plate IV Full Resolution.

Instructions & Recommendations for printing:
High resolutions files will looks too big if you open them in an internet browser or picture viewer, this is because they are coded at 300dpi resolution images. If you open them in a image editor program such Photoshop (Commercial) or Gimp (Free), you will find they are adjusted to full fill an A4 landscape orientation paper. If you go to a professional print centre they will know how to handle this. Cost to print one single page (full digital quality) should be around or less than 50 Euro cent.
About the paper i recommend to you a matte paper, and as more slim as the printer can. Avoid thicker and brightness papers used in print centres, and ask him for standard paper, or best of all, archival matte paper (for ink-jet printers). If you plan to print yourself the flags, at home, i recommend to you the usage of the archival matte paper. It’s an inversion, but you can use this paper to print tons of flags, which surely you will need in the future.
Some colour tones like blue or red vary from printer to printer, i adjusted tones used in the images for my printer. If you feel as wrong some of the colour and can’t change colour configuration in your printer, i can supply you original PSD files, so you can directly modify the image colours.

Hope you find this useful, soon i will show how they look onto my Haiduks and then onto the Cossacks as soon as they will be available.

And now how they look !
Mostly showed here Plate IV, at the end my Haiduks regiments have some flag.

I used an old injected ink printer, with a special matte paper, at the end, i’m happy with final result, although it need several tries, printing from several programs. I used “photo quality” in the printer configuration. To save troubles to others i converted downloadable files to pdf format, which should works good for everybody.

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First flag on the left is not mine, it’s one of the flags purchased at Battle-Flag.com, good to compare quality and size of my own ones.

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Regards.

28mm – The Assault Group – Krakow Militia

28mm – The Assault Group – Krakow Militia

Renaissance is a period full of interesting units, some times everything looks the same, pikes and muskets in a sort of colours populated all the armies from Germany to England. Eastern topics and Ottoman empire add a touch of colour and a well bunch of “exotic” topics. But almost each country had particular regiments which are a pleasure to paint and depict. The Krakow Militia, is one of the best exponents of this. Krakow is a western polish city and in the time, and now, very influenced by Germany, in costumes and all. Also it was a rich city and because this his militia was full equipped and dressed at the time.
Based on an excellent picture from an Osprey book, this guys are usually depicted as showed here, dated so for early 17th century.

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All figures are by TAG (The Assault Group) who provide you 3 different blister for the topic, two musketeers one plus a command, which includes a drummer ,flag bearer and two officers.
The flag itself is hand painted, i did a b/w print including cross and then hand painted it, although probably blue tone is not the very right ones.

Yellow strips are already sculpted in trouser but not in jackets. Best way (for me) to handle this was to paint a wider yellow strip and then one slim blue strip in the middle, that works better (for me) than try to paint two slim parallels yellow strips.

This ends the infantry scheduled for the Polish army (that think my client), joining the four Haiduks regiments already delivered, for a big total of around 125 infantry figures.

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.

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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 – 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.