Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Barsoom! NSFW! Bronze Age Miniatures

I have been painting up a number of old Bronze Age Miniatures, old because they are not the new castings on the slotta bases.  These are being painted for Hubcon in Hattisburg in September.  My only comments are that there are no henna tattoos.  The only time Burroughs mentions any sort of that sort of thing is in A Fighting Man of Mars, when Tavia disguises herself by painting her face as male warriors do (!).

So no real comments; just a bunch of photos.







These are lovely figures, and a joy to paint!

Muskets & Mohawks, Sharp Practice French and Indian War

I just realized that it has been a long time since I made a post here, so here are figures for my French & Indian War games.

The first unit is Front Rank's British in campaign dress, mainly because I hate painting full dress uniforms.  There are 24 rank and file and 3 officers.  This gives me 2 full units in Muskets & Mohawks and 3 groups in Sharp Practice.
Next are 16 British light infantry by Regimental Sergeant Major. They are painted as Gage's light infantry.  RSM's figures are all in the same pose with separate weapons and command included.
And here we have 20 Old Glory Provincial Militia, really from their AWI range, but close enough. There is also an officer.
Old Glory Roger's Rangers.  I only have 8 figures, but that's enough for most games.
Native Americans by Old Glory.  They come from 3 different packs. They'll do for a unit in either rule set.
Highlanders from Old Glory. There are 16 plus an officer and musician.  They are the forty-twa before they got their royal designation.  (I just liked the yellow better!)

French line.  They are really Spanish that I got from The London War Room.  Yes, I know they are not quite right, but they were already painted and only need a change in button color and a Languedoc flag to fit in.  There are 24 rank and file and a few officers and a musician.
Couriers de bois. Once again, only 6 figures.  But that is all that are allowed allowed in Sharp Practice, and enough for Muskets & Mohawks. Old Glory.
French provincial militia.  I have the entire bag of 30 painted.  They are allowed in groups of 6 in Sharp Practice, and as many as the die tells you in Muskets & Mohawks.
More Native Americans, this time from RSM.  There is more variety in this pack than in the British light infantry.
Civilians.  This is a real hodgepodge.  There are figures from Old Glory, RAFM, Dixon, Amazon Miniatures (long gone!), and Black Orc Games, also departed.
And more Native Indians, a mix of Old Glory and RSM.  I didn't realize that one of the Old Glory figures had a musket ball hole in his forehead until I began painting.
I also have 16 French marines painted plus officer.  They are a mix of Old Glory and Warlord Games.  I don't have any pics yet.  I found both brands to be underwelling.

So there we have what I have been doing for a while since Bayou Wars.  Chris and I got to play a game of Sharp Practice, and totally botched the rules but had a good time anyway, good enough to get me to finish my FIW figures!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Egyptians vs. Hadendowah (Fuzzy-Wuzzys)

I have been working on my 15mm Colonial troops.  I just finished my 2nd company of Egyptians.
Currently, the Egyptians have:
2 companies of Egyptian infantry (Old Glory)
1 company of Sudanese troops (Old Glory)
1 platoon of Egyptian gendarmes (Essex)
1 group of foot Bashi-Bazouks (Peter Pig)

1 troop of Egyptian cavalry (Old Glory)
1 unit of Bashi-Bazouk mounted. (Essex)

2 ammunition mules painted with 4 more primed. (Old Glory)

Enough artillerymen for 7 guns, way too many.  (Old Glory, Essex and Minifigs) Blame Old Glory packaging.

Each company, as per The Sword And The Flame and Colonial Adventures 2nd Edition has two platoons of 20 men including and officer and NCO.  The company commander is a separate stand. I don't have the additional NCO per TSATF, but that's no problem to add. 3 figures.

The Egyptian cav consists of 16 figures, allowing me to switch between TSATF's 12 and CA 2nd Ed's 15.

The artillerymen are mounted 2 to a large base, which can hold the unattached gun, and a small base with 2 more figures, so they can be used for cannon and machine guns.

There will be approximately 225 Egyptian allied figures at Bayou Wars this year on Friday.


click on the photo for one large enough to see.

The Hadendowah consist of 5 tribes of 3 rubs each.  A rub is 20 men including a leader.  The tribe adds a mounted leader. These are mostly Old Glory with one tribe supplied by Stone Mountain Miniatures, who show their age. In addition there is an 8-man mounted unit supplied by Essex.  There is an overall leader.  This gives a total of  322 figures.  Because this is early in the war, the Hadendowah have very few rifles.

Once again, click on the photo to get one large enough to see.

 You will be able to fondle them at Bayou Wars.  Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

A happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers and our followers.  My output has been minimal. I recently painted 12 Viking bondi and 12 Saxon fyrd, from the same Warlord Games Dark Age Warrior boxes. I've just started working on 24 GW Rangers of Middle Earth as Grey Rangers.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jack Scruby catalog 1962

I just refound my 1962 Jack Scruby catalog. I was about 14 or 15 when I received it.  All of the colored pictures and price changes were done by yours truly.

At that age, I worked in the only cafeteria in town on Sunday afternoon for the amazing amount of $4.00 total, so the miniatures were out of my reach. A box of Airfix figures were $0.49 at that time.  And I had discovered Ace double science fiction paperbacks! (Still a little too early for dates!) A trip down memory lane.  

Note that the last photo is a table set by Bruce Sigfried of Dayton, Ohio.  Who might that be?

42 pages.  There are no missing pages.  Some were printed on only one side.  As always, click a pic for a larger view.











































I also have the pages PDF'ed and a single PDF document of all the pages, but, as I have no website, I have no way to upload them.