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Preparing for Battle, Seven Years War French – Part 1

Way back in July I posted a quick blog based on my like of the Maurice ruleset.  I mentioned in that post that I was in the early stages of building a SYW French force using Pendraken 10mm figures.

Time has come to report on the progress of this and by now you should know I have zero time for a lot of stuff especially after posting blogs here.

So I decided back then to out source the prepping, basing, painting and finishing of the figures to a painting service.  As these figures are 10mm I wanted to find someone specialised in 10mm and so who better to advise I thought than the people who produce the figures Pendraken.  Leon replied to my email the next day and sent me some email addresses for the people who paint their figures so who couldn’t be better I thought.

After emailing all of them and talking to them I picked Nik Harwood.  I have no idea how to start painting 10mm, 15mm is a problem for my eyes these days but from the links Nik sent they looked perfect and better still I found his advice and prices to be excellent, a perfect choice I thought.

A series of emails went back and forth with Nik.  The figures that I’d bought off of Pendraken went over to Nik along with a KR Designs case so that they can be packed away and shipped back all nice and safe.

When they arrived Nik went though what I’d got and advised me of what units they would make and what figures would fit on what bases etc.  He was also great in advising me that I would be short in certain units and so they’d need to have less figures per base.  I didn’t want this so a quick email to Leon at Pendraken and I ordered a few more packs and had them sent directly to Nik saving time and postage!  How great are Pendraken for doing that?  I also added onto this small order a series of flags so that Nik had enough.

Once Nik had all the models he did continue to communicate asking questions such as regimental preferences etc.

Here are some pictures of what was sent to Nik.  As you can see there are no fancy boxes with masses of space, these are in those heavy duty grip seal bags.

You should also be aware these are 10mm figures, tiny, far too tiny for my eyes to make a reasonable job.  So you get a lot of figures for your money.  I think in total I’ve paid around £65 for this army for the figures and bases.

Nik has kindly kept me informed as to his progress but also give me a link to his painting diary that he’s created for this commission on the Pendraken Forums.  You can find his diary here.

Here are the latest pictures he’s sent me (these are repeated on his forum page).

I shall sign off now but I’ll post an update to this in a few days when I’ve had a chance to take a look at the progress Nik has made.  I am very much looking forward to seeing this army complete, it will be the biggest one complete that I’ve got painted (in figure count of course as a vast majority of my figures are all 28mm which take quite some time (for me) to paint).  Reminds me, need to continue with my Vikings.

So keep checking back if these things interest you and if this really does interest you then think about picking up the rules (and cards) and of course some miniatures.  Here’s a link to Pendraken for the French SYW army pack.

Cheers
Colin

Maurice

Had a game a few weeks ago now of Maurice.

It’s a set of Tabletop Wargamming rules for the time when Gentlemen used to play at war.  Very simply put it covers a good range of years, pre Napoleonic so for us we played some Seven Years War stuff.

It wasn’t me who was meant to be playing though.  I got invited along to a game between Paul and Gavin at ‘the bunker’ and as it was my first time watching the system (even though I have the rules) Paul thought I should take over.

Let’s say that I lost, lost quite easily (even though I had some small victories) this was because it was all new to me and quite different from other games, even from other Sam Mustafa games such as Lasalle.

So then what makes is different?

The first big thing is the movement of your troops.  Very simply put you may only move one ‘force’ at a time.  A force is the name given to a number of units within 2 bases of each other.  Also to make things better, you need to ‘pay’ for the distance from your commander to the ‘force’ they want to order.

The game is used with cards, the cards offer events, bonuses, actions and you may play them at the right time.  They also have a number of it which you can use to ‘buy’ the order (pay for the distance as stated before).

Again, very different.  To add to the fun as well, depending on your actions you may or may not gather game cards, so you could end up (like I did) not being able to do anything as I didn’t have enough points on the cards to pay for anything.

I very much like this system and hope that as a club, we play more of it.

I picked myself up a French SYW army in 10mm from Pendraken, which cost a massive £23.20 for a complete army!

Paul (aka Goat – mentioned above) was good enough to provide me with some bases and some French flags.  All I need to do now is paint the blasted things.

Here are some pictures of what I bought:

As you can perhaps not see, that’s a lot of miniatures.

The SYW Army pack contains:

1 x Grenadier foot march attack w/o turnback (SYF6) – 30 Models
1 x 3pdr gun with crew  (SYF11) – 3 guns + crew
1 x Heavy Cavalry (SYF13) – 15 models.
2 x Tricorn foot march attack w/o turnbacks (SYF1) – 60 models
2 x Tricorn foot marching w/o turnbacks (SYF2) – 60 models

As a guide, we base 10 infantry or  5 cavalry per base which is 2″ by 1″.

So that’s quite a project must must must get my eyes checked and new glasses, would like to paint these chaps!

That’s enough for tonight, tomorrow I’ll post some details on the first of my 95th that have been returned….

Until then Huzzah!

Back, yes back – update on basic stuff, long post.

I’m currently writing my own set of Wargames rules, currently it’s titled ‘Empire of Sand’.  I have a domain for it, and should work on that, but too busy working on the actual rules.

Just ordered GW’s 40k 6th Edition.  Two copies.  Normal rulebook for the reading of, using and playing and the collectors for storing.  I plan to take that edition down to Warhammer World and find some of those responsible to sign it.

The madman in me is still living.

Wargamming though.  I had a short go of Maurice during the week.  I am really really liking that system, it’s very good, so good that I’ve ordered a 10mm French SYW army from Pendraken Miniatures.

I’m slowly building my 28mm Perry Brothers British Line Infantry Napoleonic mniatures.  I built up one Victrix gun and had that painted by Toby at Artsmaster.  He’s currently painting some 95th Rifles for me (16) which I should get back next week and then I’ll send him another 16, or maybe 36 redcoats…. not sure yet, trying not to spend money.

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I found Artmaster Studios  just by random, looking somewhere for something and found an awful video.  Ah yes, I was looking for colours for the above models and just found someone with a painting video.

Emailed them, Toby replied and now he’s doing them.  It’s not cheap, approx £10 per model (and I have over 300 to paint) so I’m going to have to do some myself.  I do like the style though, like it very much.  It’s not how I’d paint, so i’m going to have to learn how to copy it so my units all fit in!

I should get off my bottom and paint things, I have so many things to paint.  Let’s see:

Warmachine – Menoth forces include Daughters of the Flame (6), Exemplar Errants (10), EE UA (2), Wracks (3), Holy Zealots (6), HZ UA (1), 3 Warjacks (3), Choir (6), 3 Warcasters (3). Cinerators (6) and Cryx, I have 4 Warjacks (4) and a Warcaster (1).  On top of these I have Solos, so I have Vassal,, EE Seneschal and others.

Warhammer 40k – Not sure where to begin, approx 300 Eldar, approx 200 Marines including Land Raider, Vindicator, 3 Drop Pods…..

Warhammer Fantasy Battle – 3 Batallions of Dwarfs (112 Warriors, 64 Rangers/Thunderers/Quarralers), 3 Cannons and 1 Bolt Thrower.  Plus Rune Lord and Rune Smith (both Finecast).

Clash of Empires – Viking Force (128)

British Napoleonic – 2 Artillery (10), Highlanders (120), Riflemen (16), Line Infantry (180).

Relics – all the starter sets, must be 40 figures.

Empire of the Dead – Gentlemen (8),  Brotherhood (8) and Victorian Zombies (10)

So a quick count, 55ish add 500 40k add 180 WHFB add 128 Vikings add 326 Naps add 40 Relics and add 26 EoTD, what’s that 1255.

Not included my new 10mm army (that’s on it way), or the 2 15mm armies I have here!

To help i’ve ordered from Warlord Games, one of these:


Warlord Games Desktop Painting Station

I’ve added some of their paint racks as well, I hope to be able to clear some space so I can pull the rack down, paint some figures, put the rack away etc.

Anyway that’s it for now.  I’ll post more when it happens, but changes are happening.

Cheers