Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Scrub in the Sudan - Shaved

My further experiments of making 10mm grass tufts with sisal string have proved unsuccessful. I am OK if you to want to represent cat vomit in 1:1 scale.

I went back to my horsehair shrubbery and shaved the top off until it was about 10mm high and then gave it a 'wig' of green flock.

Here's before:

And here's after:

What do you think?

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Scrub in the Sudan

I've been looking around for a way to represent long grass and scrubland in the Sudan for my 10mm Sands of Sudan Project.

I started of using sisal string which proved to be a bit fluffy once teased out.

I then tried some horsehair which I had lying around.

It's not ideal but the best I can do in the circumstances.

Here are some Egyptian Infantry (half a battalion) awaiting a Mahdist charge.

I mounted the horsehair on some 40mm Warbases rounds with a touch of sand and paint.

I'll probably make felt areas to delineate where the scrub actually is.

Has anyone got any better ideas. Normally I would go scrounging around the DIY stores but that is not available to me just now.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

WSS Mounted Dragoons - Full Unit

 I finished the remaining 6 Mounted Dragoons so here they are as a full unit.

Meanwhile some camels have appeared in the Sands of Sudan project box.

And some die markers.

Litko round bases, Warbases die holders and mini-dice, railway ballast, paint and static grass.

Pendraken 1882 Egyptian Infantry are soon to be ready.


I am waiting for the Covid-19 event to wither away as I'm hoping to attend Carronade in Falkirk in May and also have a family holiday in Spain during July.


My medical team have reviewed my last CT scan, from January, and have declared that there is no further signs of cancer.

However they detected some narrowing of my left coronary artery which will need some attention.

My response is to keep on painting soldiers.

More when I know it.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

WSS Mounted Dragoons

Wargames Factory Mounted Dragoons suitable for the War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714.

These are multi-part plastic figures now available from Warlord Games. At £20 for 12 figures what's not to like, a good way to build up forces at lower cost than metals.

I've had these for a while but never found the time to paint them. They have come out quite nicely.

I suspect they might be victims of rough handling so I reinforce the bases as shown below.

Infantry are available too.

Artillery or should I say ordnance are available too.

No, I am not on commission for this posting but I do like this range of figures although they do take a bit of construction time although not as bad as some multi-part figures.

What do you think guys?

Friday, 3 January 2020

WSS Brandenberg Regiment

My first completed unit of the year.

Brandenberg Regiment from the War of the Spanish Succession. (Some artistic licence enabled)

I acquired the figures almost by accident at a local bring & buy costing me the grand total of £8.

The figures are Front Rank and normally retail at around £1.25 or £1.30 each.

The bag included 4 mounted figures which I will probably expand into a full unit.

They are now destined for a charity sale later this year unless someone contacts me privately.

Bases by Warbases, flags by Warflags, based for BLB.