Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tercio de Castille

Most of my Castillan force for Maurice are in white uniforms. Not only is this easy to do in this scale, but it's also a pretty striking color:

I haven't decided on a name for the Regimental Colonel but he likes his fancy uniforms. He pays for them so he gets to wear what he wants.

I've added flags to all my finished units. They're random, but nobody will notice. 

They've also got personalized license plates. 

The Tercio de Castille is the only Spanish infantry unit in the whole force that's Trained; the others are Conscript. That's not gonna last, though. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

From the Archives: Imperial Mashup

So the lads were talking about the old 40k Tallarn Rough Riders, and I mentioned that I have a test model from a project that was both conceived and abandoned long ago (though not in a galaxy far away). I still have the necessary Cold Ones and Tallarn Riders for a squad of these, but they'll remain stowed away in a dusty box for the forseeable future.

This is a straight up kitbash, basically just the Tallarn horse rider reposed with pliers and pinned to a Dark Elf Cold One. 

The rider doesn't even fit that well on his mount, though these photos hide it well.  I remember being pretty pleased with the paint job on the lizard but now the painting just looks rudimentary to me.

The only custom element are the reins, made out of Green Stuff. I'm amazed they've survived intact after all this time.

So what do you think. Should I continue to include old painted stuff as part of my blog?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hibernia, Unflagged

This summer, our local gaming group has started to play Sam Mustafa's Seven Years War game Maurice. Despite some issues I have with the rules, I remain charmed by its use of cards to randomize events, and most importantly by the little 6mm dudes we're all using. I've been slowly chopping away at my own pile of wannabe Spaniards and here's my first effort.

The Hibernia Regiment is one of several regiments of Irish mercenary soldiers in Catholic European service. The Marquis of Castille la Vieja has hired these foreigners to stiffen the mass of conscripted recruits that make up the bulk of his infantry.

Each unit is represented by two 6x3cm bases, a holdover from an older rules set which allows for each base to be a little diorama in 6mm.

I've added a mounted Regimental officer to one base, an idea I borrowed shamelessly from one of my clubmates.

As the bases are textured in wood filler, it was easy to press a die into one corner to make a little recess, so I can track the unit's disruptions right on the base.

To be honest I'm not terribly pleased with the results, given the work it's taken so far. But it's my first efforts in this scale in 20 years - hopefully subsequent units will look a little nicer.