Monday, 13 February 2017

From DaveD - Sudan , a bitsa week. (190 points)

This last week has been a bit of an unplanned week as I picked up a selection of figures at the York wargame show. This combined with the planning for putting on the first large Black Powder based Sudan game  (which was a refight of the 3rd battle of El-Teb - Link to report here ) meant I ended up deciding  to prep and complete this stuff within the week . The horses were done in thin oil and were quick dried overnight in the boiler cupboard and then once touch dry being hit with spray varnish - don't believe all you read on oils taking weeks to dry.

First a conversion piece - this is made from a spare camel and a Perry Bashi Bazouk figure. I remade the saddle in milliput and added in a wire rope rein - this was soldered on the camels head and into the figures hand. The represents Major Kitchener in his role as an intelligence and scouting officer in the early Sudan campaigns.  




next , 6 Mounted Infantry . By Wargames Foundry... well 6 horses and 4 riders are , two other riders are Perry ones ( but I am sure they were both sculpted by the same person  as they are almost identical , of course you will have to wait and see what I did with the two officer figures. Plus a mounted commander which is from the lead pile which I am sure is Empress Miniatures. I just fancied doing this one as he was wearing his patrol jacket . Makes a change from khaki.



 Next 6 mounted Bashi  Bazouks , used as scouts in the weekends battle. A kind of irregular Ottoman cavalry - like cossacks but even worse by all accounts..




I had a set  of old school "Arabs of the market" castings from Connoisseur Miniatures so I thought these will serve nicely to add to the civilians selection . The 4 larger market stalls are resin pieces with new paint jobs - the smaller one is part of the Connoisseur set,  its metal - with a cover made from a piece of old handkerchief and set with PVA prior to painting.  While the detail is and style of these old sculpts may not be to today's standards with a simple paint job and at typical table distances they still work well as set dressing in my opinion.





The bustling markets with the other civilians from the collection


So its 14 mounted and 10 foot figures and 5 market stalls (2 points each?).   it looks like a much reduced total off 200 points .. well I have had the last two weekends off from painting. I am sure Martin, Miles and Alex will be glad to hear I start back at work this coming week too..

Initial work on the new man cave has started with window replacements completed - the electrical  and lighting solutions designed, costed and contractor engaged. Flooring up next...

MilesR: Yet more inspired work but I'm afraid I must be a rules lawyer and point out terrain doesn't count outside of a bonus round.  I feel bad but can't count the wonderful stalls so it's still a nice 190 points.  As we may come down to the wire points total wise, I will spot you ten points vs my tally as that seems to be the sporting thing to do! 

36 comments:

  1. Top work, shame the Mtd Infantry did noting during the battle

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    1. Well I suppose for a first battle they did not actually run away!

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  2. Drat! I knew I should have borrowed Paul's puppy to try eating them!

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    1. Miles, of course you are correct, I still had to paint the things anyway to complete the market so are at least done!

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  3. Great work Dave. And that El Teb battle - wow!

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    1. Cheers.. it was a great duff up..

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  4. Oh wow, that Kitchener mod is off the hook. Fabulous stuff Dave. This figure alone is making me think of taking the plunge.

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    1. Well.. I will get you drawn in yet!

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    1. Thanks , made a change from a big unit

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  6. I wish my bits week was worth 190 points ! Top work as always Dave

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  7. Very nice work Dave and the market looks really cool.

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  8. Very nice stuff Dave. I love the Kitchenor does early Lawrence figure mod! Plus bash-bazouks need to be included for the name alone. Great to see the bazaar, those peter Gilder figs look great to me. Ain't no school like the old school.

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    1. Thanks Peter .. I am pleased with Kitchener alright ..I will be getting a load more Bashis alright..

      Yeah old skoolz!

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  9. Cracking work, you were robbed of market points.

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  10. Very nicely done Dave, I really like how you do contrasts.

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  11. Lovely mixed post of stuff, love the Kitchener model.
    Best Iain

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  12. oh how you spoil us! all are great but the souk and Kitchener are my favourites!

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    1. Thanks .. the souk is certainly one of my favourites.. I just need to work it into a game!

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  13. Bits?! 190 points?! Gosh man.

    Kitchener is sublime (gonna nick that) and the MI are fantastic.

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    1. Ha ha.. yes check out my upcoming blog post for the picture I took it from.. I need to do his bodyguard too..

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  14. I gotta agree, Kitchener is great (I'm only mildly disappointed he resembles kitchener and not Peter O'Toole!)
    I do like the Souk! That is a nice piece of work including the merchants and hagglers!

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    1. Yes I did wonder about doing a T E Lawrence as well!

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  15. Brilliant as ever! I love the marketplace, scenery really sets the figures off properly.

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  16. Great work Dave! I really admire your dedication to the topic.

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  17. All of it real nice, but what a wonderful market there Dave!

    Christopher

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