Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Priming 28mm 1870 Prussian Infantry

I spent this evening priming 28mm 1870 Prussian infantry by Eureka Miniatures.  I'd based all my figures for Chassepot and Needlegun.  I primed a regiment of infantry black tonight.  I'll get the second regiment done tomorrow evening.  I'll be able to start painting by the weekend.  That is the goal, at least.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

French Foreign Legion Game using the Sword in North Africa

I played with several friends of mine The Sword in North Africa using my 28mm French Foreign Legion Troops.  Unfortunately, my friend's Arabs aren't painted.  He had trouble with the Arab infantry he'd ordered from Old Glory Miniatures breaking their swords in transit to St. Louis, MO.  I suggested using flattened sewing needles as swords for his figures with some help from The Miniatures Page.

Anyway, the game was a decisive French victory.  I managed to beat off all the Arab attacks and still control the field with my remaining two French infantry platoons and depleted horse unit.  I didn't have my Chasseurs d'Afrique painted up yet, so I had to use some painted 28mm French cuirassiers instead.  Here are some photos from the game:

                                         My 28mm French Foreign Legion infantry at the start of the game.

                                         The French cavalry is fighting Arab horse as the French center holds.

                                          What's left of the Arab infantry making one last push at the end.

WIP 28mm 1870 Prussian Artillery and Command

Here is some Work in Progress 28mm 1870 Prussian Artillery and Command:

                                         28mm 1870 Prussian Artillery Command.

                                          28mm 1870 Prussian Krupp Guns

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Unpainted 28mm FPW Figures

I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that I have now have all the 28mm Franco-Prussian figures I need for my armies.  My 28mm 1870 Bavarian infantry brigade came in the mail today from Wargames Foundry in the UK.  I have nothing except good things to say about Wargames Foundry.  Their turn around time is terrific.  Their customer service has been good when I've needed it.  And they lowered the prices on their figures.  So it was worth my while to order my remaining 1870 Germans from them.

I now have two entire 28mm 1870 divisions of French and German infantry.  This project should have been too expensive to have undertaken.  For what I spent on figures alone, I could have an entire GW 40K Imperial Guard Amored Company with flyers.  What I have for my troubles in 28mm 1870 French and Prussians. 

Here are photos of what I have left to paint:

                                         Unpainted 28mm 1870 Prussian Infantry Regiment 1

                                         Unpainted 28mm 1870 Prussian Infantry Regiment 2

                                          My unpainted 28mm French Armee d'Afrique and 1870 Bavarians

I should have the 28mm 1870 Prussian infantry done by the end of October 2012.  The rest of the figures should be done by the spring of 2013.  That is what I'm hoping barring any zombie epidemics in December!  If I hear about about surviving a zombie outbreak from a dear friend of mine, I'm going to lose my mind.  Anyway, I do have some unpainted lead, so I shouldn't depart this life anytime soon...



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Finished 28mm FPW Purchases

Yesterday saw me finish my 28mm Franco-Prussian War purchases online.  I got 28mm FPW Krupp Guns, 1870 Chassuers d'Afrique, 1870 French and 1870 Prussian staff in the mail.  Everything came at once.  It was like X-mas.  I started putting them all away in my figure storage container.  I also ordered a brigade of 1870 Bavarians from Wargames Foundry, too.  That completes my 28mm FPW purchases.

To put things in perspective, I started planning this project back in the summer of 2007 with some friends.  I finally started buying figures for it in December 2011.  I started painting figures in July 2012.  I have one brigade of 1870 French done.  I need to finish my 1870 Prussians.  That will take me until the end of October 2012.  I would have been working on 28mm 1870 Prussian cuirassier this weekend.  But the basement near my painting area flooded.  I dealt with that, instead.  Now, I won't be able to paint until Labor Day on Monday evening. 

This weekend is a washout from Tropical Storm Isaac.  The local area is getting much needed rain.  But it's coming down in buckets.  It's supposed to stop tomorrow morning.  Whatever plans I had for the weekend have been canceled.  There is a really cool Japanese festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is worth seeing over the Labor Day Weekend.  There is also a local blues festival.  But I digress.  My friends waited for the new 40K 6th edition bosed set to be released at midnight.  I'm taking a wait and see approach with the new 40K rules.  I'd like to buy the new figures and get the rules.  But I don't see the point in rushing out to get them.  I lived without 40K during 3rd edition days.  I can live without for a while. 

I'm used to playing 40K on weekends.  I told my friends I'd take a break from it until I got some of my 28mm FPW project completed.  I'd also like to get some 1/2400 scale WWI dreadnoughts painted up, too.  The ships have been sitting in my basement waiting to be based and primed.  It's one of those projects that seemed like a good idea at the time I purchased them.  They were a going out of business purchase with GHQ naval dreadnoughts for like $1.00-3.00 each.  They normally retail for $13.50 each.  I got two entire German and British fleets for less than $100.00.  I also picked up a copy of General Quarters II, also. 

But the ships sit my basement along with my remaining 40K vehicles which are in need of assembly and painting.  They will eventually get done.  I just don't feel the motivation to complete them right now...