A tabletop gaming blog, with a vague bias towards Central/Eastern Europe and the Early Modern period.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Back-rank hussars painted

I may go back over the armor, hussar armor is supposed to be polished, not blackened.

And here they are as they were meant to be seen. Which is to say, "barely at all, hiding behind the proper metal hussars."

In most games, I'll probably split them up into two small units.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hussar retainer conversions

I've been using unarmored Warlord cavalry for Polish light horse, so what to do with the 25% of the figures that are armored? Well, I guess the post title answers that question. As per the By Fire and Sword rulebook: "Retainers wore a similar style of armor [to the hussar companions], but it was much less decorated." Sounds good to me!

The horse will have gaps filled and mould lines fixed. Also, the shoulder armor may be refined a bit, the top plate isn't really shaped right yet.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Skirmishers from Scotland

What happens when I've got all the German-style infantry I need, but still have a scattering of Warlord P&S plastics unused?

Well, I've always been a fan of Warlord's assorted highlander sets, but never had any real justification to buy them. With a bit of kitbashing though, I can approximate them well enough. Once they're done, I'll probably mix them in with my previous Scotsmen for "local color", even though none of my games will be actually be set in a highland locale.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Here is the supreme Cossack commander, the Hetman of the Zaporizhian Host, Bohdan Khmelnytsky himself. I loosely modeled this guy off of the Matejko painting, though I may go back and hit him with a final orange highlight. His left arm (but not the hand) and coat are GW, the right arm is WGF Persian, the bulawa is TAG, and everything else is Perry ACW and greenstuff.

Kislev Army

Here is my Kislev army as it currently stands. Or rather, the kitbashed-exclusively-from-GW-components. For a friendly game I'd bulk up the army with historical figures, but everyone in the picture is made from GW, mostly Empire and High Elf bits.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The cold never bothered her anyway...

Back to Warhammer Fantasy for a bit. I've had a miniature of Kislev's Tzarina Katerina for year, but never felt inspired to paint her. However, some inspiration recently came from an unlikely source. The Tzarina is completely unconverted, her horse has been decorated with High Elf gemstones.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cossack-style Cavalry

My last batch of Polish Light Cavalry was converted from Wargames Factory's WSS cavalry. This one is converted from Warlord Games ECW cavalry. I think they turned out better, and they were definitely less fiddly (although cutting the hair from the integrated heads was a bit of a pain).

Whichever kit I use, there will be inaccuracies that are too much trouble to correct, at least based on this goal. The WSS horsemen have stupid pockets on their coats, and the ECW guys have sashes.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

German-style commander

I said I needed more commanders, so here's one. This Warlord model is sculpted as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, but I'll just be using him as a generic dude.