Ensigns and Sergeants… Nearly There

Almost there with these.

Just really the colours to go. I am still to decide on a regiment (or two).

If I have one complaint about these, it is that the sergeant’s muskets look more like a one from the turn of the 1890’s. To be honest though, the way they are standing means you can hardly see the musket unless you get down to table level.

Tomorrow I decide on the flags. As a total aside. I painted these with the GW starter brush that came with the Conquest magazine. After initially moaning about the quality I managed to get everything on these done with it.

This is what it looked like after fifteen minutes of painting yesterday.

Ensigns and Sergeants

Managed a smidge of painting tonight.

Got some blue and white onto these.

I decided not to go near them last night as I was in a foul mood. I decided that even the calming process of painting would not have worked. Not even sure why I was in such a bad mood.

I still have to decide on the colours, more than likely one of the quartered ones (as these would be easiest) for the regimental one and the Kings colour.

Still a fair way to go, but happy so far.

It was rather a nice evening so I managed to get a nice photo over Scalloway castle.

Scalloway is the original capital of Shetland. The castle was built in 1601 and is a nice ruin to tromp around in.

French Artillery Sons Finis

As they say in New France.

Those English upstarts are in for a bit of a shock when these appear…. or maybe not as my opponent may read this!

These were finished a lot quicker than expected. Out of interest whenever I say finished I mean painted. I am going to sort the bases out when everything is painted. That way they will all look the same. Too many times I have finished a unit and then, when put next to the one before I realised that the flock was a different shade (being a total pillock I would base them based upon memory rather than heading out to the shed to check).

I also managed to get some more done on the HQ.

These are in the tunic rather than the soldiers coat. So mainly blue with white gaiters and a black hat. I am not looking forward to painting the colours. The problem is they are folded! I already have two colours, regimental and kings colour so these are pretty much going to be spare.

If I look at it another way…it shall be a mini challenge!

After this lot…the woodland tribes pack… lucky me…lots of War paint!

Oh and I succumbed…

I ended up getting three….I will never, ever have to buy gold paint again….

My little boy loves painting every so often so a nice cheap way to let him.

I must get some more heads and arms to make them a bit different.

Sleepy Hollow… The Full Cast

After mixing about half a ton of concrete yesterday, today was a rest day!

I managed to finish the remains of the Sleepy Hollow set.

Here we have the remaining figures. Two agricultural workers and a blacksmith. A couple in their night clothes a member of the militia and a couple of gentlemen of a nondescript employment.

As with the rest these were a joy to paint.

The following photograph shows the full set.

They will join my French and Indian Wars boxes. I will make a start on the rest of my forces soon.

I am honestly not sure what to do with the extra militia I started painting with the Sleepy Hollow minis.

These match in with the Essex minis, but as can be seen from the photo above, not the Blue Moon ones. The joys of the different meaning of 15mm. I suppose I will have to live with the fact that som3 people are short and others tall 🤔

Today’s painting was supported by an appropriate film!

I bought this online, and having watched it today, it suddenly dawned on me that I had never ever seen the start.

I will have to make some suitable terrain to go with this set. I have some 15mm MDF buildings from 4ground. I did try to purchase some snake fencing and other bits and bobs but their Paypal seemed down and they haven’t answered a number of emails.

I am going to make various fields etc to break up the battlefield, interspersed with a large number of deciduous woodland bases.

Next up….

Well as I said in an earlier post…

A change is as good as a rest.

Having been a bit poorly, I was itching to get back to painting, and to be honest exciting new projects. These tend to cost money, so I decided to rekindle some of my unfinished old projects.

It was a bit embarrassing to realise how many unfinished exciting projects I actually had. But I decided next up would be my 15mm French and Indian Wars (seven years war)

There are a lot totally unbiased and unpainted still in bags.

I really only have French forces a mix of Various manufacturers.

This lot is for smaller, skirmish type games. And for that reason at the back we have Nathaniel ‘Natty’ Bumppo (no wonder he wanted to be known as Hawkeye), Chingachgook and Uncas. The bag next to them is full of civilians, so finding an Alice and Cora Munro shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I have a fair few woodland Indians so Magua shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

I remember reading Last of the Mohicans when I was about ten. I loved it. I have watched the various films over the years but I suppose the one I love the best is the Daniel Day Lewis one. Not sure why as it isn’t close to the book at all. Unless I missed the bit where Natty dresses up as a bear…

I think it is because it Is accurately (ish) costumed. First Nations actors play their own parts as opposed to white guys in makeup. I think I went to see it at the cinema a few times too, not to mention buying it on DVD. As well of all of the above part of it has to be because of this…


I love the Gael, I think it really works in the film, as does the soundtrack throughout.

There are few places in the world I really want to visit based on my hobbies and interests but the Great Lakes, and the Ohio and St Lawrence are definitely up there. When I was a child I always believed the book to be taking place in the Far North of Canada. Funnily enough I now live in the far North of the uk (there is only about another 35 miles before we run out of Uk) and further North on the Globe than the Great Lakes. But I digress…..

Next up French and Indian Wars…unless of course I change my mind again. However, I hope not, I just spent some of my Birthday money ordering some more from Blue Moon Miniatures.

Right I am off to listen to it again…