Sunday, 9 December 2018

Goblin Warriors - 2

Again from RedBox and again  on the Dark Alliance side,   the set has 48 bods in 12 poses. Like the previous set, a winsy bit of Flash, middle hard cream plastic.
I´ve painted the White Hand of Saruman on the Standard. I could have gone with the red eye of Sauron but I´d already painted the Standard red.

The leader carries a staff...made of ---GULP! a thigh bone!!!
Couple of pics of the others

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Goblin Warriors - 1

Redbox is really becoming one of my favourite producers of Bods. Thier War of the Roses Range is excellent and thier Fantasy, superb. 
This little lot, on the Dark Alliance side,  has 48 bods in 12 poses. A winsy bit of Flash, middle hard cream plastic.
Armed and using  crossbows, bows, slings and javelins,  this is obviously the Missile section. 
Slings and a javeling thrower. The javelin thrower is using what Looks like an Atlatl to increase the range and power of his javelin.
Crossbows.  Apart from the extra weaponary, these three could represent to process of  a single bod using a crossbow.
Upcoming from RedBox (some sets may be released spring 2019)
For the Dark Alliance 
-Pirates - "Lord of the Rings"-Umbar 
-Desert peoples - "Lord of the Rings"- Harad
-Eastern peoples  -"Lord of the Rings "- Easterlings
For the light Alliance.  Hopefully,  the elves will also be based on  LotR. 
Elves - two sets


Saturday, 24 November 2018

Ratmen - Caesar

A Change from ACW...a bit more Fantasy.

It says on the box...12 poses but there were only 11 different poses in the box. After comparing each of the 11 actual  poses to the 12 pictured on the boxart to find out which one is missing,  I discovered one of the poses on the boxart is´s only 11 poses or, there´s another pose I haven´t got that wasn´t pictured on the Boxart.

Softish rubber style plastic and  as always with Caesar,   there´s virtually no Flash. One of the Ratakins has seperate arms but they fit well without gaps and without glueing. The shields (there´s two types, round or triangular ) don´t fit that well and in some cases need glueing.
Close ups
The Rat on the right, with the round shield,  is shown twice on the Boxart. Reason for the Claim of 12 Ratakins?
Ranged weapons section. Rat on the far left has a sling. I haven´t added bowstrings. The archer on the right has his head in the way and the one on the left, his leg.

Monday, 19 November 2018


Originally a Mount from the Modern Mounted Amazons set which didn´t get used as I gave them Nags to ride.
After sitting in the "to do" draw it´s been painted and based and will go off as a X-mas pressie to a 11 year old Girl who collects Unicorns. I mean, there´s two in the set and who needs TWO unicorns!?

What doesn´t Show up in the pics is that the Unicorn has a silver glitter effect added to the Body..not too much as to be over the top ala, My Little pony....just a Little to add a bit of "Magic" 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Bods and Generals (3)

Another 4  Generals for the ACW Project. All from the Strelets Union General Staff (2)
Chosen more or less at random, the pose being more a deciding factor than  any particular personality from the set.
Whose who, According to the boxart and PSR
Abner Doubleday
In Charge of the cavalry. I painted his Outfit a bit more fancy to reflect his future Career.
George Armstrong Custer. 
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain 
Louis Philippe Albert of Orleans. (Philippe d'Orléans, the Count of Paris) As noted at PSR, an odd sort of Personality to add to the set.

It would be great if Strelets re-released thier Union General Staff 1. A lot of the bods could be used as Regimental or artillery commands, , both Union or Confederate.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Pickett´s Charge 2 - Strelets

17th Tennessee Infantry Regiment.
The officer.
 The bod on the far right. Surrendering or signalling to maintain/hold the line?
 Two brigades.
A couple of Union General staff, the wounded from the various Strelets sets and a couple more scenery/Building  bits and maybe some movement trays to do and another Battle can be fought.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Covered Bridge

A  break from bod painting... couple more bits for the ACW Project, another house and a covered Bridge. Both constructed  using card from cereal boxes and a bit of wall paint.
As with the other Buildings,  durability and Close to the "look" rather  than historical accuracy  being the main considerations..
The First Bridge was, is, still ok but wasn´t quite as versatile as the new one, which can be put anywhere along the river sections. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

US Infantry in Attack 2 - Strelets

The one Thing about painting Union troops...easy but a wee bit tiresome. Easy as it´s  not a lot of effort  due to the same colours for each bod but tiresome for the same reason.

Oddly, they are all in step. Would they be in step when attacking ?
 Flag is the 11th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry
I like the officer´s pose, just about to draw his sword.
So, that´s all the Union troops painted, for now.
2 Brigades worth?
As for size, the Strelets and Airfix bods fit well alongside each other.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Pickett´s Charge 1 - Strelets

The 11th Mississippi.
45 bods in 19 poses. One wounded and the usual this time only 3 repeat poses needed including to make up the 20 required.
Who´se been pilfering from the artillery clothing store? 
Another "pointing at ...what" ? Bod
The poses are not too dissimilar to the  Confederate Troops on the march set which, adding both sets togehter,  would make it possible to create an 80+ man Regiment. Add a few from the Union Infantry on the March and the US Troops in Attack and the Regiment could number well over 100.

Using only 20  from each set has left me with a lot of spare bods. I´m going to have a bit of Patience and hope that Strelets will bring out the various foot command bods as a seperate set. If they do, then I can create a couple more Regiments.
If not, I can get hold of enough command bods to represent one regimental command group and use up the spares in some sort of dio.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

US Troops in Attack - Strelets

47 bods in 21 poses of which,  one is a Streltsi and 3 are wounded / dead. Also..two officer poses. That makes 15 usable poses so to reach the  20..
One  bod was recruited from the Union Infantry on the march set and 4 repeat poses from the set .
Flag is the 21st Ohio Veterans Volunteer Regiment.
Note; The left boot of the right Hand Standard bearer got re-painted after the pics were taken.
Most of the soldiery poses have the bods carrying their muskets on the right arm apart from one who´se pointing at...?..
The three wounded bods and the "spare" officer I´ll paint up later

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Bods and Generals (2)

The one Thing that Strelets really does well, is produce original bods that otherwise are only available in Metal. That, added to their recent new sculpting look and massive output, makes them, IMHO, presently, the leading Producer of 1/72nd bods.

All from the Strelets set, Confederate General Staff 
I´m only going to use 4 from the set, the full 12 would be a bit much considering the size of the army at present.
According to the Boxart and PSR;
Robert E. Lee
General James Longstreet
Brigadier General William Barksdale
To lead the confederate cavalry, "The Grey Ghost", Colonel John S. Mosby
I´ve added small printed labels to keep track of who´se who. At some point I´ll be making labelled movement trays for the rest of the army  as it´s become too big to move them about in blocks of two bods at a time.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Confederate Troops on the March - Strelets

Like the Union soldiers on the march set, 20 poses, one of them a Streltsi.
As with the previous 3 sets, a minimal  bit of Flash needed dealing with.
Flag is the 30th Arkansas Infantry Regiment,
The bods have an irregular  mix of uniforms and Equipment like knives, hatchets. Two  carry either they are on the march from/to somewhere  or marching into Action on the battlefield although, I thought Knapsacks were left off when going into Action..or?
"I do like a pipe before a Punch up"
The 2nd Winsconsin got a new Standard bearer...the OOB one holding the Standard  at an angle looked out of place.