Saturday, 21 February 2015


It's taken a while but here's my first base of the fantastic highlanders from Crann Tara. To my mind they really look the part and tartan isn't so daunting once you get into it. The challenge is trying to ensure that each one looks different. Anyway I'm hoping for some casualty figures and humble folk to add variety. I've started on the redcoats but so far there's only two completed. Culloden is a long way off.

Monday, 16 February 2015


A Flames of Glory WIP


I've had a couple of frames of the Perry plastic WOTR archers set lying around for a while. So, I thought that that I would have a go at some minor conversion work. It's sort of a diorama but sort of isn't if that makes sense. I very much like the trend for a lot of figures on a base rather than the ubiquitous 'single figure on a round base' that is very popular. Anyway 8 Yorkist foot soldiers providing close protection to a banner. Conversions were pretty simple and mostly involved cutting arms to remove longbows and adding pole arms. It's on eBay at Perry 28mm Wars of the Roses Infantry if you are interested:

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


A recent commission did not go terribly well. Some fair criticism from the  client and I hope, everything sorted out amicably.

Now I know that its wrong to blame the figures but try as I might I just couldn't get them right. These were 18mm SYW Prussians and the blue was awkward, the red patchy and the white shaky. Having recently done their Austrians and French which came out perfectly (he said immodestly) I began to wonder what had changed. Nothing. I tried several sample figures and they refused to work.

I recall having a similar problem with some 28mm Prussians (Artisan I think) and prior to that some Front Rank samples. I've come to the conclusion that its an era I should keep away from. Is it me or is there something more mystic going on here?

Oh and by the way, its the first time somethings gone wrong. Don't let me scare you off!