The Wind And The Lion

The Wind And The Lion
German gunners range in on the U.S. Marines as they cross the vill. Figures are Old Glory German Sea Battalion conversions. Archway by Miniature Building Authority.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Officer of her Majesty's 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 1879, Africa.

              AHPC #11: Level-2, Chamber-3, "Oubilette"

The premise for this chamber of the challenge was to paint something you thought you’d sold, misplaced, lost, or something abandoned. 

For this chamber’s challenge I picked a figure I found from my long forgotten and seemingly abandoned Anglo Zulu War project sitting in a box of a bunch of bare lead colonial figs

This picture was my inspiration, an Officer of her majesty's 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 1879, Africa.

He wears the dark green of the Rifle Regiment in a Cavalrymen’s Patrol Jacket, khaki riding breeches, tea stained pith helmet, and brown leather Officer’s gear. I think I will go with a darker green on the rest of the 20 man unit that I will paint for my preferred colonial rules set, The Sword And The Flame. 

The figure is a 28mm unmodified Officer figure from Old Glory’s 28mm Anglo Zulu War range.

The paints are straight out of the pot without any mixing. I just used similar but different colors for the shading and highlighting. Yes, lazy, I know, I'm just not a fan of mixing paints and trying to match proportions for future figs in the same units and armies.

Here’s my scoring for this chamber in the 11th Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challene. 

AHPC #11 Scoring: Oubilette Chamber: 20 pts + (1) 28mm fig 5 pts = 25 Points

Friday, April 2, 2021

AHPC #11 - Level-2, Chamber-2, "Shrine" - Tuaregs

My next entry for the 11th Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge are these Tuareg figures. The premise is the Shrine. In this chamber the "Shrine" is the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. A Tuareg Mullah and faithful followers make up this entry.

 I experimented with colors using washes and highlighting as I just wasn't quite happy and satisfied with the colors out of the pots. I use acrylic paints from Polly Scale, Vallejo, and the craft store paints. That being said, I am quite pleased at how they came out and am really looking forward to painting the stock piles of 28mm lead Tuareg figures I have from Castway Arts and Askari Minis.

Though they aren't really Tuareg castings I have painted them up as such for my French Colonial games. These will be used as a command group for my favored colonial rules set, TSATF, The Sword And The Flame. The Mullah will be the Tribal Chief for the (3) clans in his tribe.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge #11 - Level 2 - Chamber 1 - Adventure's Landing

 Here's another entry of mine for the AHPC #11. 

The dark steaming jungle lies directly to port, the sunlight dances off the clear, shimmering, and bright aqua surf. The young LT wonders if this beach landing be contested or will it be a cake walk as his commander boasted? As the oarsmen struggle against the heat and humidity the French Naval Landing artillerists are cursing their wool uniforms. They soon, like the Legionnaires already inland, will discard the unwanted and inappropriate items and exchange them for locally made lighter fabrics. The excessive humidity deteriorates the European theatre gear rather quickly.

For this beach landing challenge I have chosen a French Naval Landing gun crew from Askari Minis. They are in the 1890's -1910's Naval Uniforms and are kitted out for a landing party in support of French Marines, Sailors, and Legionnaires fighting the infamous Black Flag Pirates of Tonkin. (I have Black Flag gunners on the painting table now!)

The small artillery piece is a French Mountain Gun, also from Askari Minis. However, this model is about 20 years old, Al has since made an even better retooled version of this gun that I will surely have to get. Askari Minis new retooled gun link.

I've painted this crew for my buddy Dan from the Last Stand Boatyard to be used for my favorite rules set The Sword And The Flame, though he's also a fan of the rules set, The Men Who Would Be Kings.

Chamber 20 pts, (4) 28mm figs x 5 pts = 20, (1) 28mm gun x 10 pts (it's a small gun, possibly only worth 5 pts?) - Total for this chamber: 50 Pts

What fine-looking Tars. As for the scoring, a crew-served-weapon is a crew-served-weapon ang gets 10 points if it's 28mm!


Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Last Pack Train Out of Ahoogastan, NWF, 12 September 1879


The Last Pack Train Out of Ahoogastan, NWF, 12 September 1879 (Scenario borrowed from Jay Stribling)

Colonel Glenfiddich halts the column, as the dust settles he peers through his binoculars at the road ahead, he thinks what a perfect place for an ambush. Through the whiny of mules and the snorts of angry camels he issues the order to send out scouts to recon the treacherous path ahead…

The British (mainly Indian army units) are moving a supply train, out of Ahoogastan, headed for the Bulgur Pass, thence to Jellybad. These vital supplies must get through to the fort protecting the Bulgur Pass.

 The Pathans of Ahoogastan regard the British Mules as the finest of animals and feel that Allah created them just for use in the rugged terrain of Ahoogastan. They aim to steal every mule. The main object of this game is to have possession of the mules at the game's end.


My interpretation of the scenario, the Game table at our clubhouse in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Das Krieg Haus hosted by the South Florida Miniatures Gamers, SMG (2/27/21).

This is a scenario I’ve wanted to run for a very long time, I’d just not had enough pack mules or Pathans. Borrowing troops and buildings from my late friend’s collection, Bill Pritchard, I was armed and ready to run. My friend Jay Stribling form the long time Jackson Gamers wargames club ran this scenario for us in South Florida at one of our HMGS-South cons back in 2005. The game was a big hit and tremendous fun! However, things in Florida did not go anywhere near as Jay had planned for nor the way this game had went for him back in Jackson Mississippi.

Here’s the link from Jay's original scenario and AAR

Here's the link for the AAR from the HMGS-South con gam

The main premise of this game is to have more pack mules at the end than everyone else. The Pathans are every tribe for themselves while the Anglo-Indian force works together. The Pathans may not fire on each other outright but may melee with each other to capture the mules.

Scenario Specs:

Here are the scenario briefings for each side. I've altered them very slightly from Jay's original scenario profiles and put them in the same format as the 20th Anniversary The Sword And The Flame scenario book. I put all my TSATF scenarios into this format. I've also altered the map to suit my terrain and vision of the game. This scenario can play out very differently based on the personality's of the players involved.

                                                 Anglo-Indian Briefing

                                                  Pathan Briefing

As the GM I picked (6) hidden locations on the map as the starting locations for each Pathan command. I allowed hidden Pathan movement and hidden set up. The Anglo-Indian troops enter on one side of the valley and must get the pack train to the fort around the bend to win. The Pathans must capture the mules in the pack train for their victory conditions. The Anglo-Indian force must work together, however each Pathan tribe is on their own, are out for themselves, and must capture more mules than  their brethren to win, to the victor, the spoils.

Monday, January 25, 2021

陷阱与钟摆(The Pit and the Pendulum)Xian Jing yu Zhong Bai - Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge #11

My take on the next chamber, "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a Chinese version  of the tale. I thought about the theme and not having any medieval or fantasy figures in my collection this would suite the bill. My good friend Mad Guru from Maiwand Day blog fame asked his wife to translate for me. This is her translation, thank you Xinhua. 

          陷阱与钟摆(The Pit and the Pendulum)Xian Jing yu Zhong Bai 

A WIP shot with reference in the background

The merciless execution (Woo Ching Choo Jue) vignette comes from the Wargames Foundry China Range. It is originally made for the Tai Ping Rebellion, however I think it can be used all the way through the Boxer Rebellion. I intend to use it for the Tai Ping Rebellion, Tonkin in the 1880's, and the Boxer Rebellion 1900. Pictured here is one of my motivational reference pieces.

The standard is an image I researched and captured from the net, copied, flipped, sized, printed, cut, and glued to a .032 Piano Wire rod from any craft or hobby store. The finial is a bead from Hobby Lobby where I purchased the piano wire.

The figures are based on washers to sit in their magnetized boxes. I used wood glue, ballast, sand, and old coffee grinds for the basing materials and painted with craft store paints. Burnt Umber, then Honeycomb, then highlighted with Bamboo.

                                            Here's some close ups.

Painting challenge points scoring for this entry: (4) 25/28mm figures x 5 Pts each + 20 points for the chamber = 40 Pts + standard pts - ?