Bouchier

A small contingent for A Crown of Paper/A Coat of Steel.

Three stands of archers.  And a stand of men-at-arms.

The flags and the livery badges are from Citadel Six.  This is Henry Bouchier, Viscount Bouchier, who is an inactive magnate at the start of the 1459 campaign.  He might come in on the side of the Yorkists.

I love the green and black and loved the falcon livery banner so much I used it instead of the knot which is the badge on the retinue jackets.

 

WotR gonnes (mostly Perry)

You need a few guns for A Coat of Steel.  It’s not certain that you will ever have one in your army, but when you draw well-wishers in the campaign, you might get one.  Here is a light gonne:

The crew is from Perry Miniatures.  They are fine.  The gonne itself is an Old Glory model – a light gun from the old revenge range.  I spent a lot of time trying to make the Perry gun that came with the crew work, but it just didn’t get there.

This is the Perry Miniatures bombard.  This model required a lot of work, but in the end it’s pretty nice.

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I’m not convinced I did the best job on the guys pulling up the mantlet with the rope.  Lead ropes are hard to work with.  That part came out kind of passably though, so I’m good with it.  I love the model.  The bombards and those support blocks behind them were really clean.  The rest of the figures you see here took a considerable amount of work to clean up the flash.

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I put them in red so sort of Warwick livery-ish but non-descript enough that I could use them for any contingent I hope.  I might do some in blue and white also.

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Ouch.  Now I see that I missed a part on painting the sides of the bases I’m going to have to touch up.

 

Levy Longbowmen

More Perry WotR plastics.  I made this group up as levy longbowmen.  I kind of hated using them as levy as I’d like to use all those figs with livery jackets as liveried longbowmen.  But I painted a few of them up in shades of brown to depict levy.  I also used heads without helmets for these guys mostly.  The main purpose of this is to be able to distinguish them from retinue archers in Coat of Steel.  I really wish Perry would make some suitable figures as levy but alas.

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The figures are great and easy to paint up like this – no livery badges to fiddle with.  I’ll need lots of them eventually.

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In A Crown of Paper/A Coat of Steel magnates can raise levies in the various counties.  Most of them are archers but in the north and west you can also raise a lot of spearmen and in the south you can raise a lot of bills.  So I’ll need levies to use for each of these.  None of them are as good at what they do as retinues, of course, but numbers should count for something.  I have a couple of bills and a few spears done up, will post them here eventually.

 

York

I spent some time finishing the basing on a lot of figures, so there should be a few updates coming fairly quickly.  Basing is the thing about this hobby I just can’t warm to.  So I save it for a long time and then just buckle down and do a whole bunch all at once.  Anyway, here is the Duke of York’s men-at-arms.

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Three stands of men-at-arms.  That is the Duke on the stand on the right.  I painted his heraldy by hand.  It came out well, but perhaps not well enough to photograph up close.  These figures are from the Perry men-at-arms box.  The flags and livery badges are from Citadel Six.

Here’s another pic:

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They are based on 60 wide by 30 deep Georgo mdf bases.  This size is suitable for any wrg system games and I plan to use it for A Coat of Steel.  The size of York’s retinue in ACoS is 3 stands of men-at-arms and 9 stands of retinue archers.  Here are the archers.

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Again 60×30 bases.  I really like the livery flags so I put a stand with one of those on for every stand without one.

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A couple of these livery standard bearers are figures from the kit-bashing I talked about in my last post.  Here are some close-ups of those.  All of them are built up from WotR infantry bodies but with arms from the Light Cavalry set.  The first one was pretty straight-forward, adding a shield from one of the Perry sets.  The guy to the right of the standard bearer is testing the wind.  I had to build up a bit under the arm to get it to look natural like that.  I just trimmed off some sprue and added it in with plastic glue, then a little filler afterwards to smooth it out.

 

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The next one is straightforward also.  The guy to his right is going for more arrows and I imagine he’s yelling at him to get back in line as it’s time to stop shooting and come to blows.  I love the banner.  You can see how I painted around it on the photo though that contrast is hardly apparent outside the photograph.

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And this is the one that was really a lot of work.  The right arm comes from the light cavalry.  The left arm is made up from three pieces from the light cavalry (with the brigandine on the shoulder), not sure where I got the elbow, a hand from the men-at-arms and the mace from one of the command sprues.  I think it turned out fine.

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Now I remember that the join on the left arm was a little tough to get right and I lost some detail when I filled it, but it seems ok now that it’s painted.  I love York’s blue and white livery with the dragon on it.

Building Perry WotR Plastics

I said in an earlier post that I’d make some notes about building Perry Miniatures War of the Roses plastics.  I never got back to that.  Here are some thoughts about that now that I am back on that project.

It is tremendously fun to put these figures together especially when you start creating things that are a bit out of the set – mixing and matching parts from the various sets.  I’ll give you a few examples here on figures that didn’t photograph all that well actually.  The first up is a foot knight holding a head he’s just lopped off.  I admit it’s kind of grim.  I’m not exactly sure who it should be.  I was aware of a lot of heads being lopped off during the War of the Roses but when looking for an example of that occurring in battle, it’s hard to find one.  It seems like it was mostly done to prisoners after battles.

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This was a fairly simple build.  I started with a foot knight.  I liked the arm with the axe in it from the mounted men-at-arms set.  Then I found a corresponding arm from the foot knights set (it’s important to note the subtle differences in armor on different arms and try to find matches).  I took a helmet with a plume, chopped off the plume, then glued the helmet to the bottom of the hand and the plume to the top.

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I shave a couple of pieces of sprue and blued them onto the bottom of the severed head so I can depict blood spilling from the thing.  It’s pretty grim and now I wonder whether I’ll actually use it for anything.  I wish the picture were better – it should look better with paint on it.

The next guy is pretty straightforward but he should go well on the same stand yelling to others that a similar fate is waiting for them:

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I took some arms from the English Army (1415-1429) and added them to this guy to get an archer who has drawn his sword and is ready for a fight.

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The next one is a similar idea, but more work.  I took one of the swords from the mounted men-at-arms set.  Those have half a hand that is glued to the other half of a hand on the armored arm.  I wanted it on an unarmored arm, so cut half the hand off a barehanded guy and glued them together.  There was a bit of sanding to get them to fit.  (It would have been a lot easier just to cut the sword bearing hand off one of the Agincourt plastics, but it’s good to learn I guess).

I’m not sure what archers did with their bows once it came to blows.  I imagine they tossed them or handed them to someone to take behind the line, but this guy still holds his.

I figure archers are pretty constantly trying to figure out what is going on with the wind and that is what this chap is doing:

I’m not sure how well you can see it but the right arm is built up quite a bit.  At first I just stuck it on there held in the air but then realized that he ended up with a very short arm.  When you do it that way the top of the shoulder become the bottom of the armpit and that anatomy isn’t quite right.  So I shaved some sprue and used it to hold the arm up with the top of the shoulder in a better position.  You can stuff sprue in, drench it in some plastic glue and let it set up.   Then I filled it with putty.   After priming I’ll be able to tell what it looks like and sand it to a nice proportion.

This next one is the most major work I’ve done on a figure with parts from 4 different boxes.

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I noticed a standard bearers arm with brigandine in the light cavalry box.  I wanted it for one of my brigandine wearing bodies from the War of the Roses box as a standard bearer.  That was easy enough.  I drilled out the hand to put a wire rod in for the standard.  The other arm was a bit of a problem – the light cavalry arm is meant to be holding the reins of the horse which looked kind of uninteresting on a guy standing on foot, so I decided to weaponize it.  I sliced the arm off just below the brigandine and then started look for corresponding parts.  I got a similar arm from somewhere (I’m not sure what sprue it came from actually – maybe a command sprue?) and an armored left hand from the foot knights box.  I put that together so I had an armored hand attached to the arm being held sort of to the front.  I then decided to put a mace in it from the mounted men at arms box, so trimmed the mace above and below the hand it was on and glued it to the new arm.  It all came together pretty nicely.

A simpler standard bearer is this guy with an arm and still plastic standard from the light cavalry box:

I’m not sure about the left arm – it might be the corresponding left arm with just a shield attached.  Very straightforward.

But I have to say, these are amateurish.  If you want some real inspiration for bashing these kits, you need to read Captain Blood’s thread from the Lead Adventure Forum how a pro does it.

Here are some basic things you need if you are just starting out:

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The plastic side snips make removing the stuff from the sprue a breeze.  I got the plastic sanding sticks at Hobby Lobby.  They are awesome.  There are a lot of seems on these figures that need to be sanded down.  If it’s a fine seem you can shave it with a sharp x-acto (you need to keep a sharp blade and it takes a careful touch to shave without gouging) but most of the time sanding them with one of these sticks is a lot easier.

It’s hard for me to see the seems well on the figures as they come – the plastic is a little too dark.  So I sand them where I can, but after I’ve assembled the figure I prime it with light gray and then go over it again looking for the seems.  The light paint makes them very visible.  It’s a little bit of work but not too bad.

I use this to glue my figs but I’m sure other plastic glues are fine also.

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This stuff is great.  You apply some of it to one surface you want to glue then stick the two things together.  If you hold it for about 3 seconds they are stuck.  It stays flexible for awhile though so you can reposition things.  It is kind of melting the plastic and once it’s completely done, after about an hour, to separate the parts you are just cutting them apart.  You can also use this stuff to smooth over a rough spot, it will melt small disturbances down into something smoother.  It’s awesome stuff.

 

Midway!

Start of a smallish project.   Well, it could be a fairly large project but my part of it is small.  I’m doing the Japanese Carrier Strike Force for Midway.  Here are the carriers:

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I guess you can read the labels :-).  The models are ghq.  This shot pretty much features the decals from Flight Deck decals: Link to Flight Deck Decals.  They are very nice. I was worried about whether they would be hard to use because of their size, but they went on really smoothly.

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You may be able to see on the Kaga that the red bled into the white and gray of the decal.  I’m not sure exactly why.  I noticed this on one of the other decals as well, but on that one it only bled around the edge of the gray.  I painted over the gray with Foundry Slate Gray C which is pretty close to a perfect match for the gray on these decals.  I had a couple of touch up spots on the wooden flight decks and I used Golden Skin from Reaper for those.  I think I’ll paint some planes and put them on front of Kaga to better hide the bleed.

 

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Now all I have to do is paint a couple of battleshipes, a couple of cruisers, a bunch of destroyers and I’ll be all done!

 

Selling Stuff

Getting rid of various odds and ends.  These are things that were part of projects that didn’t materialize mostly.  I’m interested in selling only in the Continental US and prefer to take paypal.  All prices are postage included for that.  The best thing to do if you are interested is drop me an email at aphillathehun at yahoo dot com.

First up is a set of walls.  I think it’s 40mm but it came as part of a 25mm farm set from Old Glory I think(?).  I put a coat of paint on it but then never really did the work to finish it.  I’ve shown a picture of a 28mm ACW artillery piece next to it so you can see the scale.  Those are some high walls if it’s supposed to be 28.  Anyway $25 for this.

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Next up is a Rubicon T-34/76.  Finished, weathered with dust, and perfect for the Eastern Front.  $60.

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I also have a pair of Rubicon Pz IV Fs.  A short barreled and a long barreled version.  They are decaled for 21st panzer I think – panzer gray with some light dusting.  I’ll take $55 for each of them.

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I guess the rest of projects that haven’t materialized are all German now that I look.  Next up is a Blitzkrieg Panzer III.  I’m not sure what unit it is marked as.  But I went with a very dark panzer grey and a lot of dust weathering.  It’s high contrast.  I’ll take $55 for it.

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Switching to late war I have some SdKfz 250s from Warlord Games.  I have two 250/1s each with a machine gunner and a 250/9.  I painted the 250/9 after a picture of an abandoned vehicle in Normandy belonging to 116th panzer IIRC.  I’ll take $55 for each of the 250/1s and would like $60 for the 250/9.

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Second 250/1

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And here’s the 250/9

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And finally I have a 251/1.  I’m not sure whose model it is.  I think it’s a Warlord model.  I’d also like $60 for it.

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Thanks for looking!