Friday, 23 December 2016

From KenR: 15mm SYW Saxon Infantry (66 points)


So here it is, my first entry of the 7th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge for the year, in fact it's my first entry to the challenge ever! After missing out on joining up for the last couple of years through basically being distracted and forgetting to sign up on time, it's good to be on board in the Challenge and now on THE board with some points (64 I think) for these bad boys.


Here we have 2 x 16 Figure Battalions for my 15mm SYW Saxon Army, based and ready to go into action.  The marching Private figures are custom made, this was done for Leeds Wargames Club about 25 years ago and has laid dormant ever since! The figures themselves are true 15mm and I have struggled to get a sui table Command  figure for them because of their size. I have ended up going with Mini Figs as their figures are slightly stooped and therefore about the right size. The flags are from Maverick.


The units are part of a 14 Battalion contingent which became part of the French Army for the Campaigns against the British and German troops. These two are part of a batch of 5 (I had finished the other 3 Pre Challenge) so I now have 10 done. I will do the other 4 over the coming weeks.


I am working on some 28mm WWI for our traditional WWI Mesopotamian game next whilst chipping away at a 12 Fig 28mm AWI Cavalry unit which is going to take for ever. Merry Xmas to one and all.

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Lovely work Ken and welcome aboard! 

It's great to see some 15mm Seven Years War figures and I must say, these are very fine. When you say they were custom done do you mean that you sculpted them or they were sculpted for the club?  I really like the marching pose and they're terrifically proportioned for 15mm. It's great seeing some Mini Figs getting some love as well. I look forward to seeing the other four battalions emerge over the coming weeks.

I've pipped you up a couple points for the flags. This is a great start to your painting challenge. Nice work!

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  1. lovely, nice to see so custom figs

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  2. Cheers everyone, Curt the figures were sculpted and cast by a chap called Steve Royen who was the owner of Hallmark Figures at the time and a member of the Leeds Club. The club members who were interested paid for the initial design, sculpt and then bought huge bags of them.

    Haven't seen Steve in a while, dropped off the radar when he sold Hallmark on, he is a top guy and the most talented mould maker and caster going.

    Regards Ken
    The Yarkshire Gamer

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    1. Steve did a wonderful job with them - great sculpting.

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  4. Lovely work Ken
    It's great to see the SYW represented here and refugee Saxons to boot. I agree with Curt that it's nice to see some minifigs too, they still carry an elegant simplicity and I always found that they responded well to careful painting.
    Cheers, Peter

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    1. Thanks Peter, I think anyone of a "certain" age has a soft spot for Minifigs , a great deal of my Napoleonic collection are old Minifigs, all veterans of many Campaigns and Battles

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  5. That's some very tidy work, Ken - and so good to see some old custom figs in the mix!

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    1. Cheers Evan, the old Figs are no doubt glad to be out of the box after all this time.

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  6. Great start Ken I do love the SYW and I have a few odds and ends of 28mm SYW to do in my lead pile

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    1. Thanks James, agree it's a great period with lots of interesting Uniforms

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  7. A period I know nothing about. But seeing these I am tempted to look at the period and find out more/

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    1. Nice one Clint, SYW is the poorer older cousin to Napoleonics but definitely worth a look.

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  8. A cracking first post Ken. Welcome aboard!

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    1. Ta Michael, glad I finally made it on board

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  9. Great opening salvo there Ken. Really like how you have the differing whites picked out.

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian, I have been experimenting with my white techniques over the last couple of years so that's good to hear.

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  10. These guys really do look the part, great job!

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    1. Very kind of you Sanders, thank you

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  11. Welcome in! These do look nice. I'm always impressed by mass infantry in uniform..... especially if I haven't had to paint them!

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    1. Cheers Jamie, I have the same level of panic when painting individual figures, I find I can get in a groove with uniforms!

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  12. Welcome! Great first post. Those custom figures look fantastic. SYW is one of my "favorite periods I don't play." Looking forward to those WWI Mesopotamian figures too!

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    1. Cheers David, the first mini batch of WW1 stuff is in the Basing Workshop as we speak.

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  13. Great to see you finally entered in the Challenge Ken, and what a great first entry.

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    1. Thanks Ray, I finally managed to get off my backside and get my entry in on time this year !

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  14. Classic SYW, and so well done. The nicest Challenge entry yet, in my humble opinion. And bespoke figures to boot! Well done, sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael, high praise indeed, cheers

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  15. Congrats on your first entry Ken! Nice job

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  16. Beautiful first entry, Ken! The flags and uniforms are really grand on these diminutive fellows! ;)

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    1. Thanks David, paint small while the eyes can still focus !

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  17. Nice work Ken :)

    I think you and Ian will have built up a fair old lead in our side-duel by the time I get onto my Russians :o

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    1. I will keep one eye over my shoulder for the chasing pack 👍

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