Friday 7 October 2022

Claymore castings - First Peek

 I received some figures from Claymore Castings yesterday. Here's how they look beside some Crann Tara and Front Rank.

From left to right: Crann Tara, Crann Tara, Claymore Castings, Front Rank.

You can see that Crann Tara are a bit slender compared to the others and that Claymore Castings are quite stocky compared to Crann Tara. Front Rank are a bit in between, at least on these samples.

I would have no difficult using these ranges in the same army but probably best in their own units. They all paint up nicely.

Crann Tara don't do Prussians at the moment, Claymore Castings only do Prussians at the moment and Front Rank do everyone.

Thursday 6 October 2022

Tuesday 4 October 2022

Picture Challenge

 My younger wargame mate just turned 70. He got a birthday card with a wargame picture on it.

He's hoping that I can identify the game and the 'hands' with the help of the interweb fraternity.

Any ideas?

The figures seem to be mostly spear and shield types so presumably an ancient wargame. The bases have typed labels with a variable colour strip.

Tape measures are evident but no dice.

The table is covered in a teddy bear fur mat coloured green. Isn't that a relatively recent innovation?

The buildings look much more medieval as well as fields with hedged borders.

Does anyone recognise this at all?


Monday 3 October 2022

Crann Tara - Regiment de Clare

 Right lads, let's get these finials mounted before parade.

Apologies for the poor lighting, no summer sun today.

Gloss finish and unbased as per commission requirements.

Saturday 24 September 2022

Jacobites - The Final Muster

 In the fading rays of a Scottish September sun the Jacobites gather before seeking out the Governments army.

Bankton House in the distance.

The tartans in all their glory. No ink pens were used in their making, just brush size 3 and size 3/0.

Comments are best made on the back of a five pound note, come on, be honest.

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Jacobite - The Clans are Gathering

 A few more test paints, working on how to paint different tartans.

Am working on a 'red' tartan now.

Heaven help me when I do a piper. My source book has him illustrated with a tartan jacket and a kilt with a different tartan and red and whited diced socks.

Anyone spot the 'indeliberate' error?

Friday 19 August 2022

Warmaster - Empire - On the March

 These guys have lain in a box for a couple of years and are now destined for sale.

The whole Army in the sunshine.

Knights - 4 units

Halberdiers - 4 units


Steam Tank

Crossbowmen - 4 units

Pistoleers - 3 units

War Altar


Commanders - 3 units


Ersatz Knights (conversion from Kallistra Teutonic Knights)

These figures are in excellent condition, almost no wear and tear, bases are magnetic and storage box is magnetic lined. I should be at Border Reiver in September and also Battleground in November so can deliver face to face without the perils of postage.

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Monday 15 August 2022

A lone Jacobite

 No, he's not Bonnie, Prince or Charlie (they are sheepdogs). This highlander goes by the name of Willie Doo.

The figures is by Crann Tara and is a test paint for a commission for a good friend.

First time I've done a tartan other than the Government sett.

Many more will follow, a Jacobite Rising indeed.

Apologies for the poor lighting; a Scottish summer.

Saturday 6 August 2022

A little bit of Claymore 2022

 I got to Claymore OK despite the large car park being almost completely full within 30 minutes of the show opening.

I took a few photographs of one or two games but my camera is not talking to my PC as well as it should so I only have a couple of photographs to show just now.

My main purchase was paint c/o Colonel Bill.

My 'shiny' purchase was some dragoons in bicornes by Eagle Figures.

I spoke to a million and one people and still didn't catch everyone I wanted to.

Next show will be in Gateshead in September.


Apologies to everyone commenting. I am unable to convince Blogger/Google that I am myself so am unable to reply to your comments. As usual I have no handy teenagers about.


I seem to have fudged my ability to reply to posts.

I think I set up myself as 'anonymous', then tell it who I am and it seems to work.



Saturday 4 June 2022

Military Ladies and Gentlemen

 A current commission.

A selection of ladies and gentlemen from Minden and Crann Tara.

Be honest.

Friday 3 June 2022

Black and White/Sepia Paint Scheme

 A friend recently asked about Black and White or Sepia Paint Schemes.

I suggested a Grey/Lighter Grey/Brown Ink scheme.

So I tried it for myself.

I'm not sure it has reached a satisfactory level.

I would maybe now try a combination of browns/buffs/linen/bone colours.

Thursday 5 May 2022

28mm Commission

 A quick status report on a 28mm Commission.

More to follow in due course.

Monday 25 April 2022

Bankton House

 This is a scratch built Bankton House (many years ago) that I made for a club demo.

It is a mix of bookbinders board, cereal packet cardboard, plaster and paint.

How did I do?

Monday 14 March 2022

18th Century Coach

 As part of a recent commission I have built and painted an 18th Century coach made by Westfalia Forge but retailed by Crann Tara.

Its a beast of  a model to construct but most competent modellers will manage.

Apologies for all the background clutter. I really must get a lit photobooth for my picture posts. (Hmm, I have an upcoming birthday).

Saturday 12 March 2022

Connoisseur (now Bicorne) ACW range.

 "I am a big fan of Connoisseur Napoleonics (now Bicorne) and would like to get some of the ACW range. Pictures required."

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