Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Project! War of Austrian Succession

Hi all

I have begun my WAS project. The pictures below are one each of a Eureka 18mm SYW range Austrian Infantry painted as a Deutchmeister soldier and the other is a Freikorp15 15mm SYW range Austrian Infantry painted as a Diesbach soldier.

Let me give a shout-out for the customer service of both companies. Eureka USA sent the two sample minis I bought in three days.

Freikorp15 did evan better! I emailed Geoff for two samples and he sent me 3 sets of two. For free! Great service and super professionalism!

For the minis

here are comparison shots

Both minis are very nice. Eureka is a tad taller (not really noticeable). Both miniatures have a good amount of detail for 15mm with Freikorp having better pockets and buttons and Eureka better hats (they have the oak leaves while you will have to add them for the Freikorp minis, not a big deal). I believe the Eureka mini has a nicer pose but the Freikorp is not bad at all!

I photographed the Eureka miniature in phases to talk a bit about my painting style

When paining 15mm my pattern is as follows.

1) I lightly clean any flash but not mould lines. These minis are too small to be worth going after mould lines in my opinion. I wash the minis in warm water and dish soap.

2) I then undercoat the miniature black. I always do black for minis smaller then 25mm because it makes it easier to do blacking (keeping small black lines that help details stand out). After the undercoat I apply one or two thin layers of black making sure that no metal areas show.

3) I block paint the base color. For white at this scale I block paint dark grey. When block painting I cover all the are leaving some black at the deeper folds. For red I block paint GW Foundation Paint Mechrite Red. I use a mix of GW and Vallejo colors. I either leave cross belts black or paint then brown.

4) I block paint the highlights. I block paint the white making sure to leave the black at the recesses. I pain the gaiters, shoes and tricorn with dark grey. When you are painting at smaller scales I prefer to keep dark colors a tone lighter then their normal. I paint bright red as the highlight for the mechrite red. Small details like the pom-poms I just directly apply the colors on the black. I paint packs brown and highlight the cartridge box with light gray. I paint the wooden parts of the musket in brown.

5) I paint the face, palms and hair brown. I highlight the packs with light brown. I paint the cross belts and other belts white making sure to leave a line of black on the two sides. I highlight the hair with a lighter shade of brown.

6) To end it I apply a straight flesh to palms and face, make sure the mustache stands out, pick out any black lining required to raise details and paint the oak leaves a straight goblin green. I paint the musket barrel a lighter brown, and the iron parts with silvers making sure to keep black lines to raise the detail. Finally I paint a white line for the tricorn. Once the paint is dry I apply a gloss varnish coat. The final unit will be given a spray of matt varnish.

I did the same for the Freikorp15 miniatures.

I think I will use Freikorp15 for the start of my armies and then expand slowly to Eureka!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Time for a Sale!

In order to fund mein battalionen for the WAS and rationalize my collection, like a good enlightened despot, I am selling a whole bunch of stuff. Alternatevly I am willing to exchange stuff for 15mm SYW,WAS stuff suitable for Austrians, Spanish ,Neapolitans. Prices do not include postage.

Refer to pictures above by item number

1) A copy of the Warhammer Hisotrical Rules (old version) and Vlad the Impaler Supplement
10$ for both SOLD

2) My Impetus Ruleset and Extra Impetus 2 plus my 6mm Impetus Armies (see them here ) as well as 7 strips of Parthian Light Horse, 2 strips of cataphract command, and 12 strips of bowmen ( armies come in scale creep minis magnetized white box)

150$ (this is a good deal guys) SOLD

3) Nuts 1944 Rulebook and German Panzer Grenadier + UK Paratrooper squads (pics here

40$ (again a good deal considering the quality of the paint job)

4) 1/72 Eastern Renassaince Miniatures. These include a fully painted Ottoman Army based of Impetus (18 cavalry, 44 Janissary, the army is easy to rebase since I use white glue), and elements for Polish or Russian Armies ( 7 painted Polish Hussars, 19 Streletz, 22 Cossaks, one painted Cossack gun with crew). Also unpainted a second cossack gun and crew, about 20 streletz, 10 more Polish Hussars and a unopened box of Zvezda Ottoman Cavalry and one of jannisaries ). Based figues will come in a sabot container.


5) Pendraken 10mm Western later medieval (unpainted)
2x guns and 6 crew
8 Crossbowmen
6 Longbowmen
6 Mounted Crossbowmen
4 Hobilars?
56 Haldebiers
11 Spearmen (look Later Roman)

10$ SOLD

6) 28mm Wargame Factory Ceasarian Romans
20x Assembled and Basecoated in Black
5x German auxiliaries, assembled and base-coated in black

10$ SOLD

7) Beneath the Lily Banners Rulebook together with uniformology CDs for Savoyard and Spanish Armies of the War of the League of Augusburg.

30$ (a bargain if you consider that each fo the CDs is 30$)

Exchange Policies

Items worth 10$ = 10 15mm SYW/WAS infantry or cavalry miniatures for Austrians, French, Spanish, or Neapolitans or 1 6pdr gun and 4 crew (unpainted or painted)

Items worth 40$ = 20 Infantry 15mm SYW/WAS infantry or cavalry miniatures (unpainted) 10painted, or 2 6pdr guns and 8 crew

Items worth 90-150$= 80 Infantry SYW/Was or 20 Cuirassiers+ 20 Hussars + 6 dragoons Cavalry (all unpainted), or 40 Infantry and 20 cavalry painted

You can buy the whole collection above (all items 1-6) for 250$

I will cover postage for the items worth 10-50$.

Please email me at if you are interested.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Price Comparisons for WAS M&R

Here is a price comparison across 28mm to 15mm scale for a sample WAS OOB for an Austro-Morean army . Infantry brigades ar 8 Minis and Cavalry 6 minis

Austro-Morean 1742
traun great (150/60/50)
Right Wing
1 Hussar Brig Havor (8)
1 Cruisser Brig Miglio(10)

1xAlt-Wallis Inf.Regiment Brig (8)
Roth Infantry Regiment Brig(8)
1xDeutschmeister Inft. Regi Brig(8)
1xTraun Inf. Regi Brig(8)

Cuirassier Regiment Brig(10)

Croatians Brig(7)
Grezners Brig (7)
Heavy Artillery (8)

1 Slavonier Hussar Regiment(8)
1 Croatina Hussar Regiment (8)
1xDeisbach Infantry Regiment Brig(8)
1xPiccolomini Infatry Regiment Brig(8)


Morean Army
Duca du Apulia+Latinikon Foreign Brigade (8)
La Rochelle and Keltikon Foreign Brigade (8)
Old Regiment and Vaggaron Territorial (7)
Maniaton and Arakdon Territorial (7)

Dragoon Brigade (6)

6x6=36 Horse Miniatures

10x8=80 Infantry Miniatures

1x2 guns=Artillery Miniatures
2x6 Light Infantry=12 Light Infatry Minis

Cost in 28mm
Crusader Miniatures
Directly Crusader

108$ for 80 Infantry
62$ for 16 Cruissers
16$ for 12 Light Infantry
15$ for a Gun
108$ for 18 Hussars
36$ for 6 Dragoons
18$ For command

by warweb

126$ for 80 Inf.
75.6$ for 16 Cruissers
25.2 for 12 Light Infantry
12.60 for Gun
75.6 for 18 Hussars
25.2 for 6 Dragoons
12.60 for Command

Old Glory 25mm
75$ for 75 Infantry
70$ for 20 Cruissers (use 4 for Command?)
16$ for 12 Light Infantry
12.60$ for 6 Guns
70$ for 20 Hussars
25.2$ for 6 Dragoons
270 $ (to comeplete 80 Inf)

RSM 95
58$ for 72 Infantry
25.80$ for 12 Cruissers
25.2 for 12 Light Infantry
14.60 for two guns
52 for 24 Hussars
25.80 for 12 Dragoons
12.60 for 6 command

20MM Miniatures

6x6=36 Horse Miniatures

10x8=80 Infantry Miniatures

1x2 guns=Artillery Miniatures

2x6 Light Infantry=12 Light Infatry Minis

20mm Minaitures

Using Revell and Outpost

40$ for 80 Infantry Miniatures (Revell)
30$ for 15 Cruissers (Outland)
10$ for 12 Light Infantry (Outland)
15$ for 3 Guns (Revell)
40$ for 20 Hussars (Outland)
15$ for 15 Dragoon Miniatures (Revell)

around 150$

Way cheaper then 25/28mm but unfortunelty there seems to be no way to get the outland game miniatures. I can find the Revell packs in Greece in forgotten piles in model stores on Ippocratus. Two armies would probably cost around 300$-400$.


Eureka Miniatures USA

52$ for 80 Infantry Miniatures
20$ for 12 Cruissers
8$ for 12 Light Infantry
10$ for two guns and crew
24$ for 18 Hussars
8$ for 6 Dragoons
5.15$ for general staff

around 130$

Very good price compared to the previous stuff. Two armies would probably be around 260-300$


Minifigs from Minifigs UK (since the US site is down)
43-50$ for 80 Infantry Miniatures
13$ for 12 Cruissers
9$ for 14 Light Infantry
14$ for two guns and crew
22$ for 19 Hussars
9$ for 7 Dragoons
4.3$ for 3 generals
121 $

Old Glory 15s From War Web

25$ for 100 Infantry Miniatures
14.40$ for 16 Cruissers
14.40$ for 50 Light Infantry
14.40$ for 6 guns and 24 crews
14.40 for 16 Hussars
14.40 for 16 Dragoons
14.40 for Geneals and Personalities

90-112$ (if I use other scales for the smaller minaiture requirements)

Prices are a little higher from Old Glory 15s itself

Freicorps 15s from QRF

37.5 for 80 Infantry Miniatures
15$ for 16 Cruissers
7.5$ for 16 Light Infantry
7.5$ for 2 guns and 8 crew
18.75 for 20 Hussars
3.75 for 8 Dragoons
3.75 for 3 generals
94$ or 85$ with the 10% sale

This is a very good price range. Two armies would coast about 180$. Not bad not bad.

Essex Minaitures (from Direct)

42.3$ for 80 Infantry Mianitures
17$ for 15 Cruissers
8.5$ for 16 Light Infantry
15$ for two guns and 12 crew
21$ for 19 Hussars
4.22$ for 8 Dragoons
4.22$ for three generals

This may be useful for other players so I am noting them

Just an experiment

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Years Post! A happy 2012 to all!

Hello to all!

I hope 2012 finds you all well in health and I hope it is a year of robust health, peace, love, and prosperity for all!

For the inaugural post of 2012 see some pictures of an Iberian Essex DBA army here

For 2012 my plans are simple

For starters I intend to paint a 15mm Dynastic Bedouin Army as historical opponents for my Nikiforean Byzantines.

Secondly I will try to update this blog at least once a month.

Third I am entering a new era. Since my dissertation requires me to create a data-set of 18th century warfare I have been "living" in the period between 1715-1816 the last four months. I have gotten the bug and I have decided to enter the era in war-gaming.

For starters I bought Prussia's Glory II . For seconds I have gotten Sam Mustafa's Might and Reason rules. One issue I have always had with entering new eras was the lack of a good ruleset that met my requirements for wargaming (simple rules that give a fast fun game and do not require huge numbers of minis and that give a good guide to army buidling). DBA did it finally for ancients and medievals for me (by way of Basic Impetus). Might and Reason seems to be what I need and I have to say I have enjoyed reading the rules right now. Expect to see me lurking around message boards with questions for suggestions for minaitures etc.

Here is a picture of the nice things I got for 2012 :)

So here's to the age of Lace and Fire! Here's to the New Year and here's to good fun for all!

DBA II/39 (a) Iberian

Happy New Year to all! For the inaugural posting of 2012 here are some pictures of a Iberian army I have painted for a friend. The army is made up of Essex 15mm miniatures.

The army arrayed
The army arrayed from behind
Light Horse & Cavalry (with Chief)