Thursday, May 22, 2014

G'Wundaland Volunteer Force

Here we have the G'Wundaland Volunteer Force, composed of would-be settlers fighting for the Crown in exchange for land and gold. Armed with US Army surplus Sharps carbines they will serve as a civilian auxiliary to the regular army.

The figures are from Dixon's Miniature Pony Wars range, painted to look more like a civilian body with a few elements of military uniform here and there. I believe the figure at the far right is supposed to be Custer, so I made him the commender of this band. 

The base-work is in progress. The first layer is liquid nails, which adheres well to the metal washers. Next layer will be a spackle/PVA mix with sand and coffee grounds for effect.

(The tentacles in the background are a work in progress Peril for Pulp Alley).

Saturday, May 17, 2014

An Afternoon in 1863

My wife and I have a great time at a local re-enactment event today at Green Springs, Ohio. The 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry were among participants for a small action based on the ACW Battle of Gray Goose Creek, June 21 1863, itself a prelude to bigger events at Gettysburg. Although space precluded anything larger it was a fun demonstration, and the 3-inch rifled cannon got to fire.

Among the re-enactors were President Abraham Lincoln and local hero General James McPherson. It was fun to chat with these chaps, as they knew a wealth of details about the era.

On the gaming side, I've nearly finished the irregular force for Darkest Africa. Hopefully I'll get time to finish them and see them in action.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fresh off Lead Mountain

I spent a little free time this week painting up some fantasy figures which languished on Lead Mountain, some for the better part of 25 years. A slightly blurry photo above shows the more-or-less finished results. The only new figure is that of the Reaper Miniatures elven mage on the left, by talented figure sculptor Sandra Garrity. The others are a mix of Citadel and Ral Partha. 

Some time next week I hope to get the auxiliaries-to-be on the painting block, so they can contribute to the British strength on the Barsetshire's next excursion into Darkest Africa.   


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