Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wandering Around Ireland, Part IV

Clarence Harrison - More on my trip to the Old Country... You thought I'd forgotten about this didn't you? I've just been super busy and these kinds of posts are much more of a time investment than the 'look what I just painted' type (though I've had precious few of those too). The first part of this day saw us around Newtown Butler and Athlone, but the rest was spent around Aughrim!

Again let me mention how strange this battlefield was to me as an American. In the US, I think the entire field would have been seized and turn into a park with admission fees, guided tours, and designated walkways. There was a Battle of Aughrim shop in the center of the small town, but it was closed so we left from there and went to the remains of Aughrim Castle that guarded the causeway.

And when I say we went to the castle, I mean we parked the car, climbed over a pair of bloody fences, traipsed through a sheep pen (see below) and hiked right up to it while discussing trespassing laws in Ireland. Barry assured us he's done this before. I think I could outrun him so I followed along...

Then began an epic car ride along back roads searching for the small plaques that marked specific points in the battle...

Here is Attibrassil Bridge which crosses the Tristaun Stream. Jacobite dragoons held off early attacks by the Dutch, Danish, and Huguenot Horse at this point. These pics involved Barry and I climbing over another wall and scaling a fairly steep bank, but I wanted to get some good shots so I could build a similar bridge for the tabletop. There was a bull in this field (last pic) and though he was a good ways off, we could see the hoof prints in the mud around us. Bob sagely stayed on the road and promised to help us up if the bull came our way - after taking some video with his phone no doubt!

We toured more sections of the forward Jacobite lines. What these photos fail to capture are the slopes and grades of the terrain. There is dead ground where entire battalions would have been hidden at times. The first is good shot of the marshy ground that dominated the center of the Jacobite forward position.

Then we looped around to the rear of the Jacobite lines, climbing onto Aughrim Hill (and climbing across yet more fences). There was an ancient Bronze Age fort on Aughrim Hill that St. Ruhe used as a command base. The places is completely overgrown and none of the pics I took around it show anything more than a mass of greenery. Standing inside the bowl of the structure it was more obvious, but from the outside we walked past it the first time. Looking down from the summit of Aughrim Hill, you would have had a good view of the armies as they maneuvered to the east.

Commander Hilton leading the troops in the advance...

Back in the car for a quick trip around to the Williamite position. The Tristaun Stream actually runs through the whole battlefield (see Attibrassil Bridge above). Something that struck me is how tiny this stream was, but it made a formidable obstacle in the battle. I'm thinking I've been modeling my rivers too wide on my game boards! The Tristaun Bridge shows me I'm definitely making my bridges too big...

A little further along behind Urraghry Hill which would have been the command position for the Williamite army (most likely the power poles would not have been there). Hey, look... Sheep!

We considered climbing another fence and climbing to the crest of the hill, but the day was waning and so were we. We still had a fair ride to reach Mullingar where our next hotel was reserved. It turned out to be very posh (thank you, Mrs Hilton). We spent several hours of dinner (closed the place down) and retired to bar, discussing the battlefields, wargames, and toy soldiers. What a great day.

More to come... next we head to the Boyne!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Warfare GNW R13 Russian pikemen marching

R13 is the pike code complimentary to R12 (Musketeers) and R14 (Command).  I am super happy about how this code turned out too. Again it is based on two body dollies with five head variants atop.

The pistol tucked in behind the belly box is a nice touch on all figures.

Some (but very few) customers have been a little unhappy about the 'solid' hands for pikemen and officers in the Russian range. We learned well from our experiences with the Swedes and earlier Warfare models.

 Pinging pikes and the associated superglue carbuncles, repaint jobs and damaged bases were enough to convince me that solid hands and a £5 pin drill means I need never ping-a-pike ever again.

Pin drill sales may be up but pinged pikes are on the wane!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Surely there can't be more?: Warfare Minis Guest Gallery 4

Joe North's Vatican battalion - genuine I believe

One of the more unusual units we have seen is a battalion which I believe was raised by the Vatican and was painted by Joe North.

Dutch Brandenburg Regiment by Kris Allsop

Kris Allsop painted these two battalions the Dutch Brandenburg Regiment (which may well have been German) and...

Sir John Hanmer's Regiment from Kris Allsop

Sir John Hanmer's English Regiment of Foot in rather natty red-tawny.

Spencer Warner's Dumbarton's Regiment

The late Spencer Warner, founder of Warfare Miniatures and my partner for a time in the business, painted some nice pieces from the range including..

Command Group from Spencer Warner

Spence's style was very neat and precise as demonstrated by this command group from Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard.. Dumbarton's Regiment of Foot (above) and some nice individual models...

English Grenadier by Spencer

Killigrew's Marines by Spencer

Scots musketeer from Spencer

Chris Steadman did two nice battalions of Danes which are now in my own collection..

Danish Regiment Funen by Chris Steadman

Garden til Fods by Chris Steadman

Gunter Heim, Austria's most patriotic Saxon has a considerable and impressive army for the GNW some of which may have been painted by Gunter himself with the majority by a contract painter whose name I don't know.

Masses of cuirasses from Gunter Heim's collection of Saxons

For sure there is lots of it with 16+ battalions and some 12+ cavalry regiments (mostly cuirassiers).

Dragoons from Gunter's collection painted by our very own Toggy

Speaking with Gunter recently I understand the post 1707 Saxon Army will soon be getting underway!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Warfare Miniatures Wagon Assembly

Clarence Harrison - I've had a couple of questions from this side of the pond regarding assembling the awesome wagons from Wargames Miniatures. I have to admit the first time I put one of these together I found it a bit tricky too. Barry was kind enough to provide some instructions when I mentioned doing a tutorial...

Each kit comes with a detailed resin model of the wagon proper and a pack of metal bits.

The metal parts for each wagon kit:
2 x Horses
2 x large wheels
2 x small wheels
1 x front axle A frame
1 x shaft
1 x back axle
2 x packers (gold ingot shaped pieces)
1 x A frame shaft packer (hole drilled through it)

Here is a walk thro':

1. glue one of the axle packers to the top side of the rear axle shaft. This provides height. Then glue the exposed flat side of the packer to the underside of the wagon towards the rear of the body.
2. Glue the shaft into the A frame. It slots in with a fine fit. The bars for the traces should be at the wagon end.
3. Now glue the small packer with the hole onto the A frame by locating the hole over the spike in the A frame. Ensure the packer is running in a parallel direction to the shaft.
4. Glue the other packer towards the front end of the wagon body in the same orientation as the rear packer(you have already attached this to the wagon body with the axle bar outermost.
5. Glue the big wheels to the knobs on the back axle bar.
6. Glue the small wheels to the knobs on the A frame.
7. Take the assembled A frame and glue the small packer with the hole in it to connect at right angles to the front packer attached to the wagon body. The two flat surfaces should bond well with crazy glue.

Hope that helps... Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

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