Friday, June 28, 2013

The Duke of Wurttemberg - Part Three

Clarence Harrison - Welcome back! It's time to talk about the final steps and I will try to go into some detail. Talking about painting is like dancing about cooking, but I'll give it a go.

Everything except the black areas will get a third highlight, but I try to keep these small and sharp. The colors used at this stage are Kislev Flesh for the face, Squig Orange for the coat and saddle cloth, and Deathclaw Brown for the horse (love the names of the GW paints). I used Wargames Foundry Orange 3C for the sash. These colors are applied to only the highest points of the model. For the most part only a few brush strokes are required and this small effort makes a big difference on the appearance of you finished model.

I spoke a little bit about blending last time, but I didn't do a very good job at explaining the precess so I'll try again. It isn't really appropriate for small areas on 28mm wargame models, but use it on large flat areas of cloaks and coats and on horses. This technique requires the paint to be diluted with a small amount of water to create a semi transparent tone. This is applied in a narrow stripe near the top of the object, let's say a horse's flank. Then I grab a clean brush damped with water and gentle pull the bottom of the strip down, feathering the color into the one below. This creates a smooth transition between colors. I normally go back and add a fourth step and brighten the very top edge of the area with another stripe of the diluted color.

It's really something you just have to practice! to get the hang of!

For character models I like to add one last layer of highlights and touch in a few details. In this case, I added tiny highlights to the tip of the nose, chin, and cheekbones with Eldar Flesh. I would have added them above the eyes as well if the model did not have on a hat, but the lack of this final highlight lends the illusion of a subtle shadow. You could even skip the third highlight stage to make the effect more pronounced. I also paint the lower lip with a thinned coat of Citadel's Pink Horror (again, love the name) or Wargames Foundry Wine Red 17C. If the paint is too thick your heroic model may end up like like he's wearing lipstick! You could use you darkest flesh tone, Bugman's Glow in this case, but I find the small touch of color really adds character to the face.

I also highlighted the metallic areas with small touches of Auric Armour Gold, but the effect is completely lost in the shine of the lamps!

Speaking of shine, my use of the Citadel Shades from part one of this series has had the effect of leaving glossy bits in the shadows which really spoils the appearance of the model. I applied Vallejo Matt Varnish with a clean brush to get rid of this effect, taking care not to paint it on the metallic areas (you can always retouch these with gloss varnish if necessary). I also avoid painting the varnish on the horse and leather (like the boots) except where absolutely necessary because the slight shine from the Citadel paints nicely mimics these objects and creates a contrast across the model - the shiny metal, the satin horse, and the matte cloth of the rider.

My basing method has been documented on the web before so I'll skip those boring steps. Next time... proper photos of the finished model without so many fingers in them!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Everyone Loves a Simple Story - Part Two

Not ECW and not WSS

Barry Hilton - Several hugely significant military factors pre date the Glorious Revolution making the period quite distinct from the English Civil War era. Many nations had begun to form large standing armies. The military were turning professional! Of equal significance, flintlock muskets began to replace matchlocks meaning that no longer did the musketeer need to maintain the unreliable, clumsy and dangerous slow match. Someone had also invented the bayonet but in its first form it plugged into the muzzle of the musket rather than slid over it in a ring or socket. The plug made a ‘short pike’ but of course was almost impossible to remove in battle once fitted. This made the decision to ‘fix bayonets’ literally a potential matter of life or death. National armies were starting to introduce a modicum of uniformity of dress although standardization of coat colours took a while longer. Tactics were also changing. There had been a gradual move away from infantry using large numbers of pikes offensively. The massive tercios of the Thirty Years War were long out of favour as was the complex Swedish brigade system. Larger armies relied more on simpler linear tactics and basic manoeuvring.

Wargames in the period 1660 (The Restoration) to 1697 (the end of the Nine Years War) offer engagements from modest size to biblical epics. In Tangier (an English colony acquired from the Portuguese as a dowry) the progenitors of the legendary red coated British armies of 1750s – 1850s fought with Moorish tribes and Barbary pirates. These battles probably ranged from company level skirmishes to a 2-3 battalion brigade fielded against a more numerous enemy. The same troops lined up across the River Clyde in Scotland to battle 5,000 semi civilian Covenanters in 1679. In 1685 the small Royal Army did bloody slaughter against the more numerous but civilian mob-like West Countrymen under Monmouth. British regiments and men from Britain fought in Flanders for and against the French. The Dutch were not consistent allies of the English and in fact as recently as 1674 both countries were at war. Charles II looked more to France as an ally than to the Netherlanders. 
 
In Europe, fighting was on an altogether grander scale. The ‘cockpit’ of the Spanish Netherlands now known to the world as Belgium saw fairly regular clashes between the legions of Le Roi Soliel (Louis XIV of France) and the industrious and revenue minded Dutch. The Nine Years War (aka War of the League of Augsburg, aka War of the Grand Alliance) began in the year of the Glorious Revolution. It is legitimate to consider the military phases of the Glorious Revolution as occurring before and after the actual event of the King’s replacement. The Protestant rebellions and dissent in Scotland and the West country 1679-1685 saw several battles and skirmishes take place at Drumclog, Rullion Green, Bothwell Brig, Norton St Philip and Sedgemoor to name some of the better known. These engagements saw the small Royal Army of Charles II, then James II take the field against semi civilian insurrections. Many famous characters whose names would star billing later made cameo appearances; John Churchill (The future Duke of Marlborough), James Scott (Duke of Monmouth), Patrick Sarsfield (Irish Jacobite legend) and Tam Dalyell o’ the Binns, ancestor of the ex Father of the House, MP Tam Dalyell who was a famous Civil War vintage Royalist General known to posterity as Bluidy Tam or the Muscovite D’iel.

The main event is however the Jacobite War in Scotland and Ireland 1689-1691 defacto the military component of the Glorious Revolution. Men of vast historical reputation stride across these years and offer the most alluring perspective of the Glorious Revolution for wargamers. The fighting in Scotland was small scale but spectacular. A tiny Highland Army under John Graham of Claverhouse known as Bonnie Dundee, routed a largely Scottish regular force twice its size under the veteran officer General Hugh Mackay at Killiecrankie in 1689. In his moment of victory Dundee fell mortally wounded continuing the tragi-heroic saga of the Graham’s loyalty to the House of Stuart begun by the even more famous James Graham, Marquis of Montrose during the Civil War. The highlanders fought a bloody but inconclusive battle with the soon to be legendary Earl of Angus’s Regiment (The Cameronians) at Dunkeld a month later. This battle which was a house to house fight resulting in the complete destruction of the town was particularly vicious. The campaign ended with a rout of the highlanders at The Haugh of Cromdale in the Spring of 1690.

In Ireland the war was far more than the two or three bits of popular culture that are visited with monotonous regularity. The campaign had phases, major and minor battles, sieges, ambushes and pretty much everything a wargamer could wish for. Everyone thinks they know about Derry, The Boyne and Aughrim but there was also Limerick, Cork, Athlone, Newtown, Dromore and a host of smaller and very interesting clashes. In Ireland a wargamer can field Scots from the Scots Army, Scots from the English Army, English from the Dutch Army, English from the English Army, Danes, Dutch, Germans, Irish on both sides, French on both sides and Walloons. The Battle of Aughrim, July 12, 1691 is the major engagement and climax of the war and was a very close run thing . Some say the entire day turned on the Jacobite commander St Ruhe (A French Bourbon General) having his head taken clean off by a cannonball at the moment he was riding to order a counter attack by the Jacobite Horse which would have saved the day and gifted victory to King James. On the other side great heroism was shown by hundreds and none more so than the vanquished of Killiecrankie; General Hugh Mackay. He alone discovered a hidden route to victory on the Williamite right flank which allowed a bold if semi suicidal cavalry advance in column of twos along a causeway through a morass. All of these mentioned actions have an evocative flavour if you are British. I find it easy to trace the roots of some of our residual societal problems in the sometimes deliberate misinterpretation and dangerous oversimplification of the events of this turbulent time. Catholics fought for Willem and Protestants for James. Nothing is black and white.

The Spanish Succession War known only in the Anglo Saxon world as the ‘Marlburian Period’ was yet to come. Warfare changed a little but not too much during that conflict. The main distinction was the almost universal disappearance of the pike and some modifications to tactics on both sides. I have always preferred the 1688-1697 period to that of 1701-1715. Although perhaps contra to popular opinion I find the achievements of Marlborough’s coalition armies often overstated and wrapped in patriotic superlatives. Blenheim was without doubt a spectacular victory but it was a joint effort with the often conveniently forgotten Prince Eugene of Savoy. Personally I find a closer connection is easy to make with what can legitimately be described as a Third Civil War – The Glorious Revolution in which Scot fought Scot, Englishman fought Englishman, Irishman fought Irishman and Welshman fought Welshman. Add in the rest of Europe in the shape of all these foreign mercenaries and Dutchmen and it starts to sound like the Premiership!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Moors for Tangiers

David O'Brien - Following on from my recent post regarding the Tangiers regiment here are the opposition, the Moors.  These have also been based for gaming using Clarence's Donnybrook rules and are a mixture of figures from various manufacturers, mostly Gripping Beast, Hinchliffe and The Assault Group.

By the period of fighting that I'm interested in 1680's, the Moors had been heavily influenced by Turkish fashion which is why many of the figures have been taken from The Assault Groups Turkish range and having had the pleasure of painting them I am now keen to do a generic Turkish force for actions around Vienna.
This gorgeous figure from TAG is my commander for the Moors, his pavilion is from the old Ian Weekly range.
These are a range of character figures each of which has abilities to aid your force in action.
You can have characters mounted or on foot as seen below.
All these figures come from Gripping Beasts El Cid range which although hundreds of years apart the happily fit into my period of interest as well.
These three figures represent and elite armoured cavalry unit armed with lances.
These six figures represent a drilled cavalry unit armed with lances.
All the cavalry figures are from Gripping Beast.
These 'veteran' warriors of many years experience represent a nine figure recruit cavalry unit armed with javelins. I also have the option of just using six figures and fielding them as a drilled unit. Aged figures by Hinchliffe.
These 12 lovely figures by TAG are a recruit infantry unit armed with bows but could just as easily have been armed with improvised weapons or spears.
This 8 figure spear armed unit represent drilled troops.
The Moors had also started adopting artillery by this period which is why they managed to make a fine mess of the fortifications around Tangiers. This beautiful little model and crew are from the extremely talented guys at TAG.

These photos represent a small selection of my Moorish faction and I can now choose from about 10 different units and these make for a colourful little force and I have fought some really interesting scenarios set around Tangiers.



Friday, June 21, 2013

The Duke of Wurttemberg - Part Two

Clarence Harrison - After the base coats and washes, it's time to start building up the highlights. In general, I use a layer technique where the goal is to paint on successively lighter shades while making sure the colors below still show in the recesses and shadows.

The main colors I used for this stage are Cadian Fleshtone for the face, Wazdakka Red for the coat and saddle cloth, Gehenna's Gold for the trim, and Skrag Brown for the horse. The sash was highlighted with Wargames Foundry Orange 3B. These middle tones will actually be the main color an observer will see because I cover all but the deepest shaded areas and my next highlight stage will be very small.

Many areas will get one more layer, but I normally only do one on black. In this case I have used sharp highlights of Dark Reaper for the cuffs on the coat and the boots and Eshin Grey for the hat, harness, scabbard, and horse. I'm not sure the difference shows in the photos, but Dark Reaper is a blue black that appears richer while Eshin Grey is more neutral.

I do very little blending on my wargame models, but large areas of flat color look better with variations. In this case I am speaking of areas of the horse. I used the Skrag Brown mixed with water to paint on a layer of highlights, again making sure the first layer of color shows around the harness and saddle and in the recesses between the muscles of the horse. Then I go in with a second pass with the same color with the effect of building more opacity which creates a softer transition between shades. Again, I'm not sure this has come out in the photos as well as I'd like, but you get the idea.

It is also at this stage that I add in any markings I want for the horse. It is helpful to look at references of horses to get an idea of how these should look. There are near limitless variations and moving beyond solid colors or the basic stockings can be rewarding, especially if you are painting regiments.
The photo on the right shows the model at the end of the second stage. You can see the various areas stand out from each other even in the thumbnail image. This would even been enough to stop for wargame models and on rank and file I often only paint up to the third stage on flesh tones and coats, but character models always deserve a little more effort! In the next post I will add the final highlights and a few extra details.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Warfare Miniatures Siege Equipment

Looking for gear to help get round Adrain's Walls? Coming in July, Warfare Miniatures will offer a full range of siege equipment!
  1. Artillery 'A' Frame gin with block and tackle
  2. Siege artillery/infantry screen with sliding doors at head height
  3. Chevaux de frise
  4. Coehoorn mortar / medium mortar + bomb / petard + carrying poles
  5. Gabions (3 types) under construction + scaling ladder
  6. Table, chair, 2 chests, pick, shovel and long .axe
  7. Large fascine rack with 3 stacked fascines, 2 loose large fascines and 2 loose small fascines
  8. 2 barrels, metal cauldron, powder basket, water half butt, upturned church bell used as mortar for powder grinding and sieve.
  9. Large siege mortar and shell 
In addition, we have nine variants of large, four wheeled wagons with a variety of hard and soft tops, hay nets, tool boxes etc. These will probably be cast in resin for retail. Finally, we have two sizes of completed gabions (currently cast in resin).

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Every One Loves a Simple Story - Part One

17th Century Soap Opera - Wargaming the Glorious Revolution

Barry Hilton - Everyone loves a simple story that clearly delineates right from wrong, good from evil, hero from villain. Such clarity can create lazy reasoning as behind many stark contrasts lie shades and hues which blur the picture and make things more challenging to interpret and comprehend. The British Isles in the 16th and 17th centuries was a constantly bubbling cauldron of religion, power politics, opportunism and unrest. Religion has become the simplistic legacy icon by which many people calibrate their opinions, preferences and prejudices. The reality of Britain’s evolution during those 200 years is somewhat murkier and less spiritual.

Between 1500 and the crowning of James II in 1685 the Reformation had swept across Northern Europe. The Scots appeared to embrace Protestantism more vigorously than most of their island neighbours although even they did not universally reject the old religion. England’s drift from Catholicism seems more connected to Henry VIII’s personal relationship with the Vatican than a common desire for a change in Christian worship practices. Anyone who has ever attended a High Church service will tell you it is arguably more Catholic than modern Roman Catholicism! Ireland almost wholly rejected Protestantism with the exception of the Scots and English settlers in Ulster and around Dublin. So why is this relevant to the Glorious Revolution? Many would have us believe that the events of 1688 symbolized a rejection of Catholicism and the adoption of Protestantism once and for all. Behind the scenes however the Powerful schemed and plotted to gain advantage, privilege, favour, recoup lost family fortunes from the Civil War era, settle old scores and generally do what human beings do.. look after themselves and their own.

The simple story is that after the dissolution of the monarchy by Cromwell’s Rump Parliament following the end of the Civil War, England’s brief flirtation with Republicanism was not to everyone’s taste. The country wanted the monarchy back but on different terms of engagement. Not the ‘divine right of Kings’ absolutist style of Charles I (a Protestant if not a hugely enthusiastic one) but rather a softer, more compliant, less strident monarch who was more inclined to allow Parliament to govern. In principle a laudable aim, Parliamentary democracy and all that, but of course MPs were not appointed in a General Election. At that time an extremely small franchise of influential people making up perhaps a single digit percentage of the country’s population decided who became an MP. Mrs Pankhurst was a long way off and vested interests were the order of the day! Charles II restored to the throne in 1660 was an altogether sharper political animal than his straightforward and naively honest father. He knew how to play the game. He wanted to re establish the Stuart dynasty, he needed money to run his court and re-establish the English monarchy within Europe. He pragmatically complied and cooperated or more accurately, danced a complicated step with his reluctant partner Parliament. He played the good Protestant although he had strong Catholic leanings and may well have actually been a practising Catholic before a deathbed conversion. So things rumbled on until his death and succession by his younger brother James.

James was most definitely his father’s son; Strident, stubborn, dictatorial and worst of all in many eyes, openly Catholic having converted in the late1660s. He started to reintroduce Catholics into senior roles in the Army, Navy and influential national positions. He upset many people but still the country tolerated his regressive tendencies knowing that without a male heir the succession would go to his Protestant daughter Mary and everything would get back on track. He was not only tolerant towards Catholics but also other minority religious groups. The prevalent national state of shifting favours resulted in some bizarre juxtaposing. During Charles II’s reign a largely Protestant Royal Army hounded non conforming Protestant Covenanters in Scotland who were seen as being beyond the fringes of acceptable Protestantism, yes it’s complicated! This same Royal Army was the military instrument of James II the Catholic monarch in bloodily suppressing an attempted ‘coup’ by his nephew the Protestant pretender James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, (one of the) bastard son(s) of King Charles II. Just to add a further twist, the husband and wife team who would replace James II in 1688, Willem, Stathouder of Holland and his wife Mary Stuart (James’s nephew and daughter) leant James troops and money to suppress the so called Monmouth Rebellion. They may actually have partly and secretly funded it in the first place! I know what you’re thinking, what a bunch!

So in 1688 when James’s second wife finally produced a male heir and thus secured a Catholic succession, the dissenters acted. The opportunist Dutchman and his English wife accepted an ‘invitation’ to take the throne whilst influential nobles forced the King to flee. This successful and largely but not totally bloodless coup d’etat is known as the Glorious Revolution. England’s elite replaced an unpredictable potential tyrant with a compliant and relatively cooperative joint monarchy whose interests were focused more on English money to fund Dutch Wars against the French than on matters of religious dogma. No further evidence of realpolitik need be sought than to know that the most influential and powerful ally of the Protestant Dutch against the Catholic French of Louis XIV were the über Catholic Austrians! Interestingly, Willem never really trusted the English despite accepting the throne and began a process of appointing Dutchmen to his most sensitive and influential court and military positions. You will by now have deduced that the religion thing is a little bit of a red herring and that the real forces at work in this fascinating period are the very same we see today in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa and elsewhere… wealth, power and trade. Religion is for the masses, money and power make the world go round!

This is far more history than I would normally inject into a wargaming article but it is necessary to sift through the murk which has accumulated in the 320 years since the events to understand that the Glorious Revolution is not satisfactorily explained by recognizing the difference between Glasgow’s two famous football teams. Writing about wargaming the Glorious Revolution itself would be a rather dull and short article based on ‘what ifs’. It is known for posterity as a seismic political change without violence. In reality there were a few skirmishes. The English Army was very much divided in its attitudes. When Willem and his Dutch forces landed at Brixham in 1688 much of the Army stayed loyal to James and wanted to fight the invaders. James’s hesitancy magnified the level of defections and soon the true dissenters were joined by a flood of opportunists who saw which way the wind was blowing and wanted to maintain their gains from 22 years of Royal patronage. Interestingly John Churchill the future Marlborough, was never fully trusted by Willem and so played little part in the Wars of the Grand Alliance either in Ireland against James’s Jacobite Army or in Flanders against the French. He had fought as a leader of the Royal Army at Sedgemoor and defeated Monmouth. He had been a friend of the King and his defection to the Dutch Prince was indeed a blow to James. Most of the action we are interested in occurred on either side of the Glorious Revolution with the event itself being militarily anorexic. The incidents that did occur were probably more akin to brawls than battles. 

I have concocted numerous wargaming ‘1688 What ifs’ over the years including a full blown field engagement on the Medway as the Dutch disembark and march straight onto the field near Rochester to face King James red coated English Royal Army. A highly enjoyable multi player mini campaign in Wiltshire saw Willem’s Dutch army march on London fighting several increasingly desperate battles along the way. Another game was a large battle at Nantwich involving an English-Irish-Scots Jacobite army supported by French allies fighting an Anglo-Dutch Williamite army. That one managed to rope in Highland clans and Northern English Jacobite militia.   Yet another scenario saw the last stand of Dumbarton’s (Royal Scots) at Newark as they remain loyal to their King and march for home. This last is not totally fictitious as the regiment which had many Catholic officers, did not want to go over to Willem. They were cornered heading north and ‘persuaded’ to change sides. The Catholic officers were dismissed and most went to Ireland to fight in the Jacobite Army. There was however, no battle. 

Next week: A look at what differentiates the period of the Glorious Revolution from the earlier English Civil War and the later War of Spanish Succession...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tangiers for Donnybrook

David O'Brien - First off let me apologise for the poor quality of my photography, fortunately my painting is better than my photographs.

This project started out a while back with a discussion between Barry Hilton and myself regarding many of the small actions fought during the period from the 1660's to the 1720's which we thought would look better by using much larger battalions than the normal 18 figure size which we use under our preferred choice of rules Beneath the Lilly Banners which Barry had also written.

I have always been interested in the Monmouth rebellion and the battles fought around Tangiers and on finding out that the 'Tangiers' regiment also known as Kirke's Lambs fought in both theatres I thought they would be my first regiment on the painting list and the finished product can be viewed above.  

For those interested in finding out more about this famous regiment I would recommend having a look at this great site: http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/1661to1966/tangier/tangier.html

Around the same time as Barry and I were discussing this project Clarence Harrison also asked us to play test his rules Donnybrook which are written for skirmish actions in the same time frame so I thought this was a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by basing all the figures singly for the skirmish games but also using these great slot bases from a company called Warbases for fighting the larger unit battles.


These bases are great in that they allow you to easily change your unit from forming line to marching in column of march.
This photo just shows three of the six bases which form this unit and I think the three deep line gives a good impression of the deep formations used in this period.

For Donnybrook this battalion breaks down to give me a choice of five units which can be seen in the photo below but you only need four units in a basic Donnybrook game.
In this photo there are a regular 8 figure drilled pike unit, two 8 figure drilled musket units, a 4 figure elite musketeer and a 3 figure grenadier unit.

I also have a few musketeers left which I could combine with the elite unit and a grenadier to make another drilled musketeer unit.

The regimental Colonel now becomes the Hero and leader of my faction.

These figures now become the characters in my faction and you can take one for every unit in your faction. I can have a choice of an ensign, an officer, a drummer and a choice of three sergeants, the grenadier and the two figures with halberds. All of these figures have different abilities in Donnybrook which either improve shooting, moving and changing formation, helping in combat or boosting morale and each faction has a different variety of characters to choose from.

This is a small unit of grenadiers which is the next upgrade to an elite unit, they get bonus' for morale and shooting ability using their grenades but their small size means they have to be used carefully as they can be destroyed by larger units of poorer quality troops.

In my next post I will show the opposition for fighting in Tangiers.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Duke of Wurttemberg - Part One

Clarence Harrison - Welcome back! My next few posts will follow along as I paint a mounted Warfare Miniatures officer for my Williamite army - not every brush stroke, but I will discuss the various techniques I use. Although this is a personality model of St. Ruhe, it will serve admirably for me as the Duke of Wurttemberg who commanded the Danish brigade of King William III's in Ireland during the Glorious Revolution. Unless noted, all of the paints mentioned in this article are from Games Workshop's Citadel range - as if the names won't give it away!

I've skipped the undercoat stage in the photos, but I normally always work from a black undercoat. In the case, I painted the undercoat with a brush using Citadel's Imperial Primer because it was raining this morning... I normally use a spray primer if possible. The black undercoat serves as the deepest layer of shading because I try to leave a thin black line showing between different sections. In the first photo above, you can best see this between the officer's sash and coat, the glove and handkerchief at his hip, and the gold saddle trim and the brown of the horse. These black lines may not be suitable for a display model, but they provide definition for a wargame model that helps the details stand out on the wargame table.

Let's run through the main colors I'm using... the face has been painted with Bugman's Glow, the coat and saddle blanket with Khorne Red, and the Horse with Mournfang Brown. These are all from Citadel's BASE range which have a high concentration of pigment which allows them to cover well over a black undercoat even when thinned with water. The sash is one of the exceptions and has been painted with Wargames Foundry Orange Shade 3A to match other Williamite officer's I've painted in the past.

The nest step, and one I normally only use on personality models, is ink washes. These darken the base coats and naturally flow into recesses providing an extra layer of shading and defines the details with minimal effort. The face and all of the metallic gold details are washed with Reikland Flesh, the coat with Carroburg Crimson, and horse with Agrax Earthshade. I don't use washes on the white areas because it just makes them look dirty to me. For the most part the Citadel SHADES dry matte, but if they pool you can end up with some shiny patches - A quick layer of matte varnish will take care of this problem.

So that's it for starters. The main thing to concentrate on at this stage is neatness and getting clean, even fields of color. Feel free to ask questions as we go along. The next post will concentrate on the layering process and I'll talk a bit about blending techniques.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Warfare Miniatures... The Story So Far

Barry Hilton - On occasion I visit a hobby store in Glasgow called Static Games. Over the years I got to know a genial giant called Spencer Warner who worked there. When Static began to stock the first edition of Beneath the Lily Banners Spencer got really excited about the period and decided to commission a figure range. He would now and again ask me for advice on uniforms and details of the period which were gladly passed. One day he contacted me to ask if I wanted to be financially active in his project. After some careful thought my wife Gwen and I said yes but really wanted nothing to do with the mechanics of the business. He handled every detail of interaction with sculptors and casters. We continued to throw in the shekels until we were told by Spencer of his illness. During this period, with Spencer no longer able to manage the day to day development we agreed that the ownership of the now christened; Warfare Miniatures would pass on. The name was Spencer’s idea. Since Gwen has assumed command, the enterprise has been all consuming. It has taken almost all of our spare time and some. The company has built a strong relationship with sculptor Clibinarium, a hugely talented chap and casting partners along with various other important back of house support. My role is this project is to drive the development of the range from a historical perspective by planning miniatures development in line with customer needs. Gwen manages the business and in effect she is my Boss! Not an issue (most of the time!).

Since Warfare Miniatures started trading in August 2011 the range has grown rapidly. Covering the period 1660-1720 it now offer over 130 different sculpts with a further 50-60 to be released this year. Warfare has passed several important milestones including the appointment of Le Roi Soliel Miniatures of Houston, Texas as official stockist in North America. Bob Miller, friend and fellow blog contributor is at the helm there. Warfare has three contributing sculptors each doing parts of the range with the majority of output from Clibinarium. Soon French infantry and Horse, nine different resin cast wagons, a huge quantity of siege related equipment, mounted dragoons and informally dressed infantry will be available. Wordtwister Publishing offers rules complementary to the figure range. Sadly, Spencer passed last summer. I spoke with him at Carronade not long before. He was delighted that his baby had grown up so quickly and still took a keen interest in what was happening. I am sure he would be proud to see that Warfare has established itself as a strong brand in the market place.

Through this blog we’ll keep you posted on the plans of Warfare so drop by as often as you can.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Seven Musketeers…. (Apologies to A. Dumas)

Barry Hilton - Let me introduce to you the gang of seven. 

First is; Dave DOB O’Brien, veteran wargamer, my comedy partner and general dark horse. You name it, Dave has gamed it, painted it, written about it or read it. He is one of the founders of the League of Gentlemen Wargamers and a fellow Scot. A top bloke even though he comes from Edinburgh which everyone knows isn’t really Scotland but simply an annexe of London. 

Second up; Adrian ‘Ade’ Howe. He looks much more intimidating than he is. Grimsby Town fan, Heavy Metal freak, terrain builder par excellence, another of the LoGW crew and proprietor of Adrian’s Walls (great name eh?) a new and exciting wargaming architecture company. More of Ade’s walls, bunkers and bits anon. 

Third in the line-up; ‘Toggy’ Bob Talbot, a cheeky chappie from south of Watford who has traded in his English passport to come north and civilize the heathens over the wall (currently under restoration by Ade’s Walls of course). Toggy is a gamer, painter, foil to my more insane excesses of behaviour and all round nice chap. He is an Augsburger and League of Gentlemen member too. 

Next up, Clibinarium. Contrary to popular opinion he is not a Roman super heavy cavalryman but a very talented sculptor. He is the creative force behind Warfare Miniatures and a proud Irishman who knows his Sarsfields from his Butlers (Even though he’s never visited the Boyne despite living on the island all of his life). 

Let’s cross the Atlantic for number five; Mr Bob Miller, residing in the Lone Star State but native of Massachusetts. Bob has a long term passion for the period and is now the North American distributor for Warfare Miniatures. Bob has been known to slide across the Pond now and again and we are always glad to see him! 

The other American in our gang is Clarence Harrison; Artist, painter, wargamer, author, graphic designer and the epitome of a Southern gentleman even though he nearly lives in the North but hell, Virginia was in the Confederacy and that is good enough for me! Clarence is my other half in all our rules ventures, the designer of Quindia Studios flags and illustrator in chief of Wordtwister Publications output such as Beneath the Lily Banners and Republic to Empire. We met on the net… like a blind date! We’re both married already, it’s OK, don’t worry! 

Seventh from seven is me. Barry Hilton. I like wargaming and have been known to dabble here and there. I have too many opinions for a small man but there you go. 

We are friends who have pulled our collective intellect (however limited that might be before anyone else tries with the funnies) to bring you a blog on the League of Augsburg period as we see and experience it. It’ll be full of ideas, scenarios, reviews, how to, game reports, rule amendments, army lists and force ideas, uniform info, painting guides, articles, comments, some interviews with prominent hobbyists, pre-release previews from Warfare Miniatures, Quindia Studios, Wordtwister Publishing and Adrian’s Walls. We might even extend our scope to the WSS (as long as no one calls it the Marlburian Period) and GNW occasionally! We will at some stage invite guest bloggers to join us and hope to offer a strong and enjoyable diversion from work (please break the rules and log in whilst at your desk!).

Hope you find something you like here.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Welcome

Clarence Harrison - Welcome to the new League of Augsburg blog site! The League of Augsburg has been the name that Barry Hilton has used for his wargaming efforts for decades. Many other talented folks have participated along the way, but the organization has largely been a solo operation. While Barry will forever retain the spotlight regarding LoA, he has kindly let me use the title for this site.

The purpose of the League of Augsburg blog is to support the continued growth of Beneath the Lily Banners, the launch of Donnybrook, Warfare Miniatures, and the general promotion of the period of military history from 1660-1721 (give or take a couple of decades). There will be multiple authors and artists contributing to these pages and after we launch we will consider submissions from guests as well, creating an alliance worthy of the name The League of Augsburg. The plan is to present a wide variety of articles - history, wargaming, painting, terrain building, scenarios, and battle reports, as well as news for Warfare Miniatures, Wordtwister Publishing, and Quindia Studios. We also aim to provide unique content that you won't find on our our other various websites (though expect some cross promotion from time to time as part of our news). Finally, the Fighting Talk Forum will still be central for debates on the period, but we hope you will all comment and participate here as well!

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