Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bertholds Jagdstaffel 18

First miniatures off the desk this year are these three completed 1/72nd aircraft, most were base coated but not completed. They consist of two Roden Pfalz DIIIa and a Airfix albatross DIII all with wartime miniatures pilots. Theses aircraft represent the Jagdstaffel under the command of Rudolf Berthold who commanded from August to October 1917. There are two more aircraft to be completed before I move onto Rabens Ravens.

Rudolf Berthold

Lt. Buttlar

Lt Paul Strahle


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Shooting for the Stars!

Well a happy New year to all of my fellow gamers and bloggers' out there, I have been thinking about what I would like to achieve this year with my gaming and modelling today, so I have decided to commit something to paper.

My primarily goal this year is that I would like to improve my airbrushing skills and use it a lot more, buy some video tutorials and even going for a lesson or two are high on my list. I currently have a Aztek 430 with a number of nozzles, I am sort of happy with it, but may fork out some more cash and move to a Iwata after using one on a friends model car, I found the control and clean up much easier.

Post more posts on my blogs, it helps with motivation I think!

I will not be competing in any major two day tournaments or competitions throughout the year and I am only committing to weekend friendly matches and club games with mates, the odd game at my place or theirs, rather than the hustle and bustle of a tournament at a convention. I do plan on travelling to the USA to visit Historicon this year for a look though.

I am planning on not buying to much of the latest ooohhh shiny offering and offloading a few armies this year, most are complete, some I am just bored with or are just part complete and I have lost interest. This will free up space and reduce my collection size plus adding some cash to the pocket. On the hit list, 28mm BC Persians, Celts, Middle republicans,  Imperial Romans, ECW and 30YW,  French WSS, ACW, Clan War and some 40k, along with some 20mm ww2 and moderns excess to my needs, 20mm Vietnam, and finally 28mm moderns.

On my list of things to do this year in some sort of order :-

  1. Pick up my display cabinet from Gregs and repair it. 
  2. 28mm Mediaevals finish the 60 odd cavalry and 40 odd infantry for Lewes. (plus take photos of completed units and post it!)
  3. French 1809 Napoleonics adding a few more batns and sqns, high on the list this year.
  4. 28mm Renaissance  Polish complete the 20 odd cav and 20 odd infantry, then possibly sell....
  5. 28mm Early Republican Romans and Celts complete the re-basing.
  6. 54mm to 100mm Large scale figures and busts plan to do a number, around 6 at least.
  7. Napoleonic naval 1/ 1200th ships, lots to do
  8. WW1 1/72nd aircraft ( some currently on the desk) finish off some Jasta's and some Brits to fight them!
  9. 28mm Mithradatic Pontics/successors complete the heavy infantry and Thracian light infantry.
  10. 28mm AWI finish purchasing a few bits and I really need to start this project, perhaps this could be the year!
  11. 28mm 7YW intend to do more Russians, French and British.
  12. 28mm Samurai complete the ashigaru and samurai cavalry. (not that high on the list)
My 20mm WW2 and modern collection resides on my other blog  but I have made a list for them too
  1. 20mm Complete German battle groups for Arnhem 9th and 10th SS finish these guys will be my main focus.
  2. Fallschirmjager and Luftwaffe field division next main focus.
  3. 20mm British Para refit and build my gliders for Arnhem. 
  4. 20mm WW2 French vehicles and infantry  some part painted already.
  5. 20mm Belgian WW2 guns, trucks and an Hurricane (currently on the painting table)
  6. 20mm Modern Russians vehicles, build and paint, a lot were part painted while on my holidays.
  7. 20mm Modern Americans Cold war, lots of vehicles and some aircraft to do.
  8. 20mm Polish WW2 infantry and vehicles, refit mostly.
  9. 20mm Dutch WW2 infantry and vehicles, a new army!
  10. Fix up the workshop so I can make another display cabinet and do some terrain work in the shed.
  11. 20mm Buildings.....lots of buildings....did I mention lots and lots of buildings....
  12. 20mm terrain revamp of hedges, roads, buildings and possibly a rebuild of a certain large table..........with sculpted terrain and teddy bear fur!
All the best with your endeavours this year


Monday, January 4, 2016

What of it, 2015!

After reading Richards post with all of his graphics and pie charts

I have decided to do a review of my 2015, firstly I would like to say that the move to Sydney was a necessary one (due to a divorce and Work) and I do miss my mates around the coffee table in sunny Goulburn, however it has been a liberating year for my hobby as a whole with no peer pressure to follow any real flavour of the month at the club.

Gaming has been quite good, participated in a few Goulburn Valiant Stormer meets,  even managing to get a place in a Impetus tournament, I even had few mid week gamesman. I am planning to do a lot more gaming this year, making it a high priority to use my newly painted modern 20mm especially.

I feel I have spent less time at my table this year but still produced quite a large Medieval army progressing my English and Scotish Lords for the battle Lewes, I still have a number to paint especially cavalry, and also need to take photos of the 400 odd 28mm figures that were completed ( maybe sometime this month) and add them to the blog.

More Renn Polish were completed also along with customer orders for 28mm imperial Romans, late Romans, ACW, Colonials, WW1 and some 7YW figures. I also started rebasing my republicans and celts, this is still underway at the moment. I even started a 28mm Mithradatic/ Successor army using a mix of plastic and metals and I plan to  finish this in the next few months leading up to winter.

WW2 20mm was another focus and I managed to complete another battn of French, a few Germans and a few moderns have also left the painting desk, and all are posted on my WW2 blog.

I have also enjoyed painting larger scale figures in 2015, receiving three commissions and starting two for myself and plan to make it a focus in 2016.

In November I travelled for three weeks to the UK and managed to walk a number of battlefields, Battle/Hastings, Lewes, Evesham (Barons Wars) Tewksbury, St Albans (Wotr) and finally Bristol, Worcester and Stowe on the wold (ECW) I had a blast and the majority of my pictures are either of armour, effigies etc or battlefields.

I was amazed though that most locals were unaware of the history surrounding them, whether  in be Iron Age fort, a Roman house, a Wotr battlefield or ECW battlefield. The best museum award was a tye between three, The Wallace Collection, St Albans Roman ruins and Bletchley park.

I still am undecided what to concentrate on in 2016, but I am thinking 20mm WW2 will be priority, followed by Medievals, and the rest following along behind.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Wartime WW1 1/72nd Pilots

Wartime Miniatures have released their long awaited 1/72nd scale pilots for WW1, these will fit into most if not all model aircraft on the market. Four different pilot options with mixed clothing combinations will give enough variation for any Jasta leader out there. I have purchased 20 till fit my current needs. I also noted that two of them would also be suitable for ww2 pilot figures too.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Explosive Ordanance Disposal 54mm Black Dog miniature

I was recently asked to paint up a Black dog 54mm EOD technician for a retiring serviceman, I really enjoyed painting him and will probably get another just for my collection.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Club meeting October

A small club meeting this month with four games running, two games of rapid fire 'Normandy Battlegroups' in 20mm  with four players, one 28mm really nice Russian front winter game with four players and John and I playing a 500 point game of impetus Romans vs Pontics.

My Pontics went well until I released my impetuous infantry and cavalry who managed to all get killed along with my General, which broke that command! Not sure how the other games went.

Just before it went pear shaped for me!

Rapid fire game
Ww2 Winter game

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Barons Wars - Lewes 14th May, 1264, Order of battle

For several years now I have been trying to put together a knights roll for the battle of Lewes in 1264, I had this on the "lance and Longbow forum" for some time, but I have decided to move it here for ease of updating. I plan to add the coat of arms of each knight, and the peerage line if possible also as I get around to it.

Here is the list I have so far

Rebel Barons Army 400 horse 4400 foot

Right Ward
Humphrey (V) de Bohun
John de Burgh
Henry de Montfort
Guy De Montfort

Centre Ward
Gilbert de Clare (the red)(Earl of Gloucester)(lord of Glamorgan)
John Fitz John
William de Montchensy
Sir John Beavs

Left Ward
Nicholas de Segrave
Henry de Hastings (Constable of Kenilworth Castle)
John Giffard
Hervey de Borham.
Rober de Vere 5th earl of Oxford,
Geoffrey de Lucy

Reserve battle
Simon de Montfort 6th Earl of Leicester
Ralph de Horingunder (standard bearer)
Alderman Thomas of Pevelsdon
William Le Blound ( Baron of Ixworth, standard bearer, died at Lewes)

Unplaced Rebel knights
Richard de Sandwich (Bishop of London)
Geoffry Cuberle
Henry de Braunceston
Rodger Bigod (earl of Norfolk)
John de Burgh
Thomas de Clare
Sir John Beavs
Ralph Basset 1st Baron of Sapcote (sheriff of Lincolnshire, Gov of Northhampton castle died at Evesham)
Ralph Basset of Drayton ( and Basset, Died at Evesham)
Stephen Basset
John Beauchamp (Baron of Bedford, of Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, died at Evesham)
William de Mandeville
Hugh de Despenser (earl of Premboke)
John Le Despencer
Rodger Le Despenser
John de Burgh,
Robert de Ros
John de Vesey
Richard de Vipont
Ralph Heringot (Welsh)
John de Burdeleys
Thomas de Astley (Knight of Astley, Warwick, died at Evesham)
William Maltravers
John Gifford
Anketinus de Martivall’
Ankerus de Freschevil
Richard Folyot
Stephen de Berksted Bishop of Chichester.
William de Birmingham (Baron of Dudley, died at Evesham)
Richard de Trussel
Robert Fitz Nicholas
Robert de Hartshill
Hugh de Neville
Walter de Colville
Adam de Newmarket
Baldwin Bake
Walter de Cantilupe (bishop of Worchester)
Giles de Argentan
Fulk of Deane
Harry de Hastings
Genculine de Bladesmere (Baron Badlesmere)
Rodger Bertram (Barons of Bertram and Midford)
Captured at the siege of Northampton, before Lewes;
Simon junior de Montfort, Peter de Montfort, Piers de Montfort, Robert de Monfort, Adam of Newmarch, Baldwin Wake, William Marshall, William de Ferrers, Rodger Bertram de Mitford, Simon FitzSimon, Reginald de Waterville, Hugh Gebyon, Philip de Drieby, Thomas Maunsel, Rodger Boteville, Robert de Newington, Grimbald Pauncefot, William de Furnival, William de Warre, Guy du Lewknor (azure three chevrons argent), John de Dykelynge, Hugh de Pembrigge, William de Harecurte, William de Gyleford, John Esturney, Richard de Caleworth, Ralph Peroth, Ingram de Baillol, Guy Russell (steward of the bishop of London), Richard de Hemyngton, Simon de Pateshyll, William de Wheltoun, Eustace de Watford, Edmund de Arderne, Phillip FitzRobert, Robert Maloree, Rodger de Hyde, Andrew de Jarpenville, Rodger de Hakelington, William de Preston, Simon Waterville, Hamo de Wycleston, Roger de Monteney, William de Awngevin, Ralph de Diva, Philip de Daventre, Richard Everard, Ralph de Wodckyme, Rodger de S. Philibert, I d Rye, William de Lymare, Hugh de Twye, John de Boseville, Ralph de Brotton, John de Bracebridge.

Other Rebel Knights
Richard de Grey was holding Dover Castle.
Nothing is known as to the whereabouts of Walter de Colville and Robert de Toeny.
Reginald de Grey (holding the coast?)
Stephen Bersted (?)
Robert III de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby - pillaging in the south (known Templar Knight)
John de Eyvill?
Thomas de Cantilupe Lord Abergavenny?

Royalists 1500 horse , 6000 foot
Left ward
King Henry?
Humphrey (IV) de Bohun (2nd Earl of Hereford and 1st Earl of Essex)
Rodger of Leybourne (sheriff of Cumberland) (Marcher Lord)
William Basset
Phillip Basset (Justicar)
William de Axemouth
William de Wilton (Justicar)

Middle ward
Earl Richard of Cornwall (King of the Romans)
Prince Edmund Plantagenet (Earl of Chester)
Robert de Bruce (5th Lord of Annandale, and Lord of Hartlepool/Hartness, Known Templar Knight)
John Bailleul (Lord of Bailleul, Barnard Castle, Gainford and later King of Scotland, known Templar knight)
John Comyn (Scottish) Lord of Badenoch
John Fitz-Alan Earl of Sussex, Lord of Clun and Oswestry
Henry de Percy.
Guy de Bailleul

Right ward
Prince Edward
William de Valence (Guillaume de Lusignan, 1st Earl of Wexford and 1st Earl of Pembroke)
Guy de Lusignan
John de Warenne (6th earl of Surrey)
Hugh Bigod (Justiciar)
William I of Blois Earl of Warren
Phillip de Valence
Antony Bek (later Prince Bishop of Durham)

Unplaced Royalist Knights
William Bardolf (Baron Bardolf)(taken prisoner after Lewes) (governor of Nottingham castle)
Rodger de Clifford
Robert de Tattershall
Rodger de Someri
William Basset
Phillip Basset
Humphrey de Valence
Rodger Mortimer Lord of Radnor, Baron of Wigmor
Rodger Leyburn
Henry de Allmaine (brother of Earl Richard of Cornwall)
Peter Fitzherbet
Fulk Fitzwarren
William de Wilton
James de Audley
Alan La Zouche
William Maudit (or Mauduit), 8th Earl of Warwick
Amalric de Lusignan (not 100% certain, perhaps in France)
Adam de Grenville
Simon III de Senlis (not 100% certain, perhaps in France)
Ralph (of Stanstead) de GERNON (not 100% cetain, perhaps in France )
Geoffrey de Neville of Hornby Castle, Lancashire (captured at Lewes?)
Robert de Neville
Peter de Neville (Not Present, constable of castle)
John de Grey
Walter de Grey
Ranulf Dacre
Baldwin Wake
Adam of Jesmond, sheriff of Northumberland
Andrew de Peverell of Hampshire
Hugh de Peverell of Devon
Hugh de Saunford
Warin III de Bassingbourne and Blyborough
William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick (not 100% certain, may of been in the North)
James de Audley (Alditheley) (not 1005 certain, Governor of Castles Salop and Bridgenorth, sheriff of Salop/Shropshire and Stafford)
William II Longespée (2nd Earl of Salisbury, perhaps in the right ward with the other templar knights)
Walter de Burgh ( 2nd Lord of Connaught and 1st Earl of Ulster, not 100% certain, possibly still in Ireland)
Hugh de Baliol ( 3rd Baron of Biweld, county of Northumberland)

from various sources
Fine Rolls of Henry III ... l_061.html

Secondary of Lewes
the peerages of England Ireland and Scotland ... &q&f=false
The Art of war in the Middle Ages by Sir Charles Oman
English Heritage battlefield report. Battle of Lewes.
The Second Barons War, John Sadler, IBSN 978 1 84415 831 7
The Pageant of England 1272 - 1377 The Three Edwards Thomas B Costain IBSN 0 426 12335 2 ... 1/toc.html
Battle royal;: A new account of Simon de Montfort's struggle against King Henry III Tufton Beamish