Thursday, 15 February 2018

From KenR : 28mm Spanish Civil War Surprise (166 points)


I say surprise because it is, even for me ! I had planned to be SO disciplined this Challenge, WW1 Mesopotamia one week, WW2 Desert the next and to be fair I did get over halfway without deviation !

This week after a short break away, I returned with new vigour and the realisation that I had planned a Spanish Civil War game starting this week, I needed a Train Station and an Abraham Lincoln Battalion flag bearer, the rest just jumped out of the (now empty) SCW "to paint" box.


So first up in this odds and sods of the SCW entry is these 10 28mm Nationalist Cavalry figures from Empress Miniatures. I absolutely love these miniatures, so full of life. I did 10 of these for last year's Rookie Season in the AHPC and have spent most of the year trying to settle on an organisation for them. In the end deciding on a 2 Fig HQ with 3 x 6 Fig Squadrons.

Just for fun, the full unit of 20, 10 from last year.
So that's 10 x 28mm Cavalry at 10 pts a piece = 100 points.


We are refighting the Battle of Quinto so I needed a unit of Abraham Lincoln for the Battle, reluctant to add another Battalion of International Brigade to the four I already own I decided to use the Yarkshire method (cheapest) and just do a Standard Bearer and swap him in.

Also present is an Ernest Hemingway figure which was given away at a Wargames Show a few years ago, resplendent in his Bradford City FC club tie.

2 x 28mm Figs at 5 pts a piece = 10 points.



Next up is a 28mm Hispano Suiza MC 36 model from the Spanish Company Minairons, a beast of a thing. I have some Panzer IIIs on the table at the moment and this absolutely dwarfs those. I am pretty sure Curt did one of these a couple of three years ago. Great model and something a little different.

1 x 28mm Vehicle for 15 points.


And finally Esther (if you're under 50 and not from the UK you wont get that !),calyptic wasteland than
My Train Station, in glorious 28mm from Sarissa Precision, is part of their Adobe range, more for Mexican borders, I have used them extensively for our Spanish games (you can see plenty of them in the background of the other photos above.


It comes a a basic unpainted MDF kit, which as with all their stuff fits nicely together. I have then textured the base, except for the wooden floor in the ticket hall which I have then painted and added grass patches and tufts in my usual style.

Added to that I have put some Basetex on the walls to a) represent creeping plants and b) hide the joins in the MDF. A touch of light weathering and some Spanish Civil War era posters have finished it off.

The whole thing is 12" long by just over 5" and about 4.5" to 5" tall, I think that should net me about 40 points, cheap at half the price ! A lot of work went into this one.

So all in all 100 + 10 + 15 + 40 = 165 points, not bad for a sidetrack.

What a brilliant and fruitful sidetrack this is!  I like the horses and admire a man who is willing to take the sensible route and use a unit as more than one thing by just switching out the standard bearer...... but that beast of a car is the bees knees!  It looks like it'd be right at home in a post apocalyptic wasteland and I'm now seriously considering getting one for when I get my post apocalyptic stuff together - brilliant!

I'm also a big fan of the sarissa Adobe range and that's a very smartly done station - the little things like the posters and vegetation really make it zing.

I agree with your points and I'll add one for the standard bearer - well done sir!

25 comments:

  1. that armoured car is soooo awesome mate!

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    1. Thanks Sander, we are gaming SCW for the next few weeks so I can definitely see it arriving on table as a reinforcement.

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  2. Excellent work Ken. And never mind about painting discipline...always nice to try, but doesn't it feel wonderful to veer off in some bonkers direction and then enjoy a bunch of figures (and terrain, in this case) you didn't think you would get to?

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    1. Cheers Greg, unfortunately my veering off on tangents usually is because I have forgotten I needed something for an upcoming game 😂

      But it's been fun getting these done and emptying the SCW backlog.

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  3. Beautiful work Ken! I appreciate seeing the SCW getting some love. The cavalry are brilliant (mine are still bare metal after, what, four years?) and I'm going to have to check out Sarrissa's Mexico range for a few additional buildings after seeing your's here. Also like your rendition of the Suiza - another elegant AC to partner up with the Rolls.

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    1. Thanks Curt, I know you like a bit of SCW, have a go at the Cavalry they are great figures.

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  4. Brilliant.. I have that adobe train station in the to do pike too! Nice to see it made up

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    1. It's a really nice model Dave. Cheers

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  5. That's a surprise! Lovely buchan of SCW, I'd love to do it but I'd be playing it alone and it's not like I don't have tons of other stuff to paint! (When's that stopped any of us before! )
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, go for it, what's another box of unpainted figures 😂

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  6. Great work, Ken, you played a blinder lad!

    Must look up this Basetex stuff - I have a Sarissa kit waiting in the wings and this might be just the ticket to render those walls!

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    1. Thanks Evan, Basetex comes from Colour Party Paints, very old school now but I use it all the time, basically a mix if paint, glue and sand. It does the job.

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  7. very cool, have some of the Empress SCW figs and they are great

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    1. Cheers Martin, very fine miniatures indeed. Great minis are so much easier to paint.

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  8. Really enjoying your SCW units. Oustanding work allover

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  9. So cool! Excellent brushmanship on the cavalry. Have some of the very same sitting in the lead pile....

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    1. Cheers, they are a must buy, great figures.

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  10. That AC and scenery are real eye catchers!

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