Thursday, 6 August 2020

Troops on Parade - Kingdom of Jerusalem

The joy of finishing a Project, even a small mini Project within a larger Project never lessens. Regular readers will have seen this group of Kingdom of Jerusalem figures grow from 0 to 98 over the last few months.

There is a video run through above if you have time, all new Subscribers to Yarkshire TV are welcomed with a good brew and a Eeh Up 😁

This will end up being probably a quarter of my Christian Crusades Force 1 x 12 Mounted Knights, 1 x 12 Mounted Sergeants, 1 x 24 Foot Knights, 1 x 24 Melee Weapon Foot Sgts, 1 x 24 Crossbow Sgts and a 2 x fig command base.

All the figures are from Fireforge Games, Decals from Battle Flag and Flags from Flags of War. I just put them together, painted and based them.

The nit pickers and rivet counters were out of their cage a bit on my last Crusades post so just to make it perfectly clear this is my interpretation of a Kingdom of Jerusalem force, it's a bit too uniform, it's a bit "hollywood" as someone called it. I like it, quite a lot actually.

Individual unit shots next, 1st the 24 man Crossbow unit, all bases are 60mm x 50mm (except command) with the 60mm as frontage on the foot and 50mm the frontage on the horse (I.e. 50mm x 60mm) the extra depth on the mounted stuff.

Next up the 24 Foot Sergeants with Melee weapons.

The 24 Foot Knights.

The 12 Mounted Sergeants lurking in the background, these are on the 50mm frontage two to a base. Mostly to protect the figures but the extra depth allows for a more "dynamic" placing of the figures to get a better feel of motion.

The final unit is the strike force of 12 mounted Knights in all their finery.

The final piece is this command stand, both individual figures from Fireforge, their wonderful King Baldwin IV model with his silver mask and gloves. The standard bearer is a French knight model, I simply binned the shield and used a spare one from my Knights box to give him the same livery as the others.

So there you have it, my Kingdom of Jerusalem force complete and shoved in a box waiting for the call to arms.

Monday, 3 August 2020

28mm Crusades Command Bases

A quick show off post today of some new command bases for my 28mm Crusades Project. These figures are from 1st Corps / Curtneys Miniatures and I picked them up from the York show a couple of years back.

I am always really slack when it comes to Command Stands and end up with armies hundreds of figures strong with no commanders, so to get four (The other one will be in the Kingdom of Jerusalem force review later in the week) done at this stage of the Army build is pretty remarkable.

Base number one is based on my Red Knights unit (a later Hospitaller unit) and consists of a musician and standard bearer, flags are from Flags of War.

Second base is for my St Lazarus Knights, those of you who are familiar with the blog may notice that my choice of command stands is based around left over decals from previous units, not that I'm tight or anything 😁

The commander figures are basically the same but with different head and weapon options, this one has a bishop type head and a made.

So there we have three command bases ready for our next Crusades game whenever that will be, Kingdom of Jerusalem and of Project shots coming next.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Troops on Parade - British Desert Force 1941

My name is Ken, I am a Gamer, it's been 4 days since I last bought any figures.

Troops on Parade is an excuse for me to get one of the collections at Yarkshire Gamer on the table, these have been the feature army on TOP before but I finished off the painting on all the remaining vehicles in the to do pile so this is it..... Although I could have a Dorchester ACV 🤔

Below is a video of the Army, in which I ramble on about various things whilst looking at the figures and models.

If you can't be bothered with the Video here's some photos 

An over view of the entire army, 50 Tanks, 9 Armoured Cars, 18 Transports and 180 figures.

The 6 Mk VI Light Tanks, 3 from Blitzkrieg Miniatures and sporting original colour Caunter, 3 more from Warlord sporting later "faded" Caunter.

The early tanks, 4 x A9 Cruiser Tanks and 5 A10 Cruiser Tanks, one a CS version, all vehicles Warlord sadly no sand skirts, the Warlord models don't have them.

Seven A13 tanks, these are from Blitzkrieg, 2 different turret versions.

6 Matildas, all Warlord Games models, the names have a Wind in Willows theme.

9 Crusader Tanks, 6 from Blitzkrieg in plain colour nearest the camera, 3 in Caunter FRO M Warlord at the end. Although I believe the first batch of Crusaders that arrived in the Desert had Caunter applied I have never found a picture of one.

12 Stuart / Honey Tanks, all Blitzkrieg.

A couple of Perrys wonderful 2pdr Portee models and 3 Marmon Herrington Armoured Cars from Company B.

Some of the Infantry Figures, all Perry Miniatures plastics. 

Three Bren Gun carriers in the service of the York and Lancaster Regt.

Eight trucks, 4 CMP and 4 Bedfords all from Anyscale Models.

More Infantry each company has 3 command figures and 3 Platoons of 10 figures each plus a 3 inch mortar and an Anti Tank Rifle in support.

Another 3 Bren Gun Carriers, this time South African.

3 Marmon Herrington Armoured Cars aka "Monkeys" with 3 Morris CS9 Armoured Cars in the background.

A lone Valentine Tank.

And finally a couple of lovely Rolls Royce Armoured Cars.

There we go, hope you have enjoyed this little journey through the 28mm British Desert Collection, there is a similar post on the Italian Army if you look back on the blog. Next post will be a review of the Kingdom of Jerusalem Crusades Force.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Kingdom of Jerusalem - Mounted Knights

It's always nice to finish a Project, even if it's a mini Project 😉 This unit of Mounted Knights rounds off my little 28mm Crusades Kingdom of Jerusalem Project and I'm looking forward to getting the mass of light blue and white together for a team J shot in a week or two when my King Baldwin command stand is done.

A unit of 12 Fireforge Games Mounted Knights, these are the Templar Cavalry Box Set which is more fitting to the 3rd Crusade / Outremer era I'm looking at, only 6 of the horses have carparisons which saves a bit of painting !

I've said this before but I love the look of motion you can get with these Fireforge figures you get a real impression of a charging unit, I'm biased but I love the top photograph it looks like the unit is charging towards you, time to drop sticks and run !

The shields are decals from a Company called Battle Flag and they do a really good range specifically for the Fireforge figures, they do most sets in two versions, a clean set and a battle worn set, I've used the latter.

I've used lowered Lances on the front rank and upright lance on the rear, this has allowed me to further brighten up the unit with 2 Kingdom of Jerusalem flags from Flags of War.

It's even worth looking at the back of the unit, which is after all the view I will get the most when commanding them on the table. I've used decals on the cloaks of the Knights, some are plain but others have been done with a half blue half white paint job to give some individuality.

Each Carparison has been done in a different pattern with decals on the front and rear, each blended into the surrounding paint work. It was a bit of a labour of love this unit at times and took quite a bit of effort to get them done, but the results were worth it.

The above shows the different cloaks and Carparisons off nicely.

A close up shows the detail on the figures.

Next up, in fact already painted are a unit of WW1 Turkish Cavalry and a post of them should appear towards the end of the week. I'm currently working on some Crusades command stands before I move onto some WW1 Arab Cavalry. See you soon.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Victrix 28mm Rome's Italian Legions Project Start

I always like to document the start of a new project, mostly because the embarrassment of not completing it once its public spurs me on 😂 Having nearly reached the end of my Kingdom of Jerusalem mini Project, I cast my eyes round the warehouse for some new project inspiration.

The above box stood out a mile. Regulars will have seen my recent posts regarding Mortem et Gloriam, the new set of Ancient Rules for da house and that has enthused me to get my Rome / Carthage project of the sidings and onto the main line again.

I bought a box of these, many years ago from Wonderland Models in Edinburgh (my favourite shop in the whole world) and they have been sat in the to do box for a long time. Below is a quick video regarding the contents.

I already have a Roman Legion of the time with 32 Velites, 64 Hastati, 64 Principles, 32 Triari, 15 cavalry and a couple of officers (about 20:1) so my plan for this mini Project is to produce an Allied Italian Legion to the same strength (plus an extra Cavalry Unit as per the orbats).

As a sidebar whilst slogging through the Kingdom of Jerusalem Knights I painted one of each of the main types as a tester, pretty pleased with the results. These are the first Victrix figures I've ever had so I am quite impressed with the quality. 

I have a lot of Cavalry for various projects prepped so most likely I will build and prep all the figures and use it as my project for the Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge.

See you all soon with some Kingdom of Jerusalem Knights.