Sunday, 20 December 2015

My First Building for Chechnya

Hello !
  Here's my first bit of terrain for my Chechnya project it's actually one of the mdf ruins from War Bases Starlingrad set . I have added the simplest things I had in my terrain box (match sticks, plastic card, cocktail sticks and cork ) all cheap and it makes the building a bit different .
  I wanted it to look really drab to match some of the war time Grozney buildings I had seen on YouTube . Maybe with this one I went a little to drab so some of the others I will lighten up a little . Now that's the first one down I hate to think how many more to go some will be mdf and others scratch or resin .
Thanks for taking a look keep licking the brushes until next time...........
  Regards Gavin .

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

AB Napoleonic French Command Stands

Hello all,
I have managed to get these French command stands finished they are eureka miniatures ab napoleonics . I have based them on 40mm 3mm deep mdf bases, I wanted to make each one a little different . General leads a lieutenant and trumpeter of the 7th chasseurs elite company I included a fallen Prussian on the base . Another has a general Lefebvre Desnoettes and a adc surveying a scene in front of them that base I wanted to show a couple of  standing water puddles for something different . And the last is a general and adc looking on behind a broken down field boundary .
  These are for sale if you are interested, on the bench I have a unit of napoleonic Highlanders that I lookforward to showing soon . All the best until next time.........
Gavin .

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

AB Napoleonics 9th foot (East Norfolks)

Hi all,
Thanks for taking a look today ! The unit is the East Norfolk Regiment at the time of the Peninsula War I have tried to paint them with a clean look with white linen trousers with a few wearing trousers of Portuguese cloth (brown) . Again I have painted the blanket rolls grey with a few brown the facing colours for the regiment are light yellow . My favourite way to show white on light yellow is to use London or light grey and then paint white on top leaving a grey edge (it's good for showing drummers chevrons ) .
  The unit is 36 strong and will be added to my peninsula war army, one more regiment and I will have my first brigade so much to cheer about . I will soon begin a highland regiment which I am approaching with some dread this unit will be for sale as and when it's finished (and if the tartan doesn't go well that might be a while ) .
I have a couple of generals of brigade  (French) that are almost finished these will be up for sale soon but more on them when they are based . And that's about it for this post I hope you are well and keep licking the brushes until next time ...........
  Regards Gavin .

Thursday, 26 November 2015

15mm Modern Russian's War In Chechnya

I have some Russians to show today not many but it's a start ! I have always had an interest in the Russian/Soviet armed forces and the war in Chechnya was something I watched unfold . The miniatures themselves are from Eureka Miniatures and are supplied here in the UK by Fighting 15's here in the UK .
  They are very nice sculpts with little flash and moldlines, the Russians come in two types there are the standard infantry you can use them as infantry, airborne or naval infantry they are armed with RPG 7, RPG 18 they have AK 74 some with folding stock . They all have steel helmets its up to you if you paint them in covers . Most have standard webbing (if anything is standard in the Russian MOD) . The other units are MVD they have the sphere helmets with chest riggs and are armed with the MOD weapons .
I have painted them in different uniforms as they wore a multitude of different types so some have melon pattern camouflage with the yellow/orange jackets and trousers . The webbing I left light green with buff tabs and reinforcing. The AK74 is painted with both the wood and brown plastic grips and magazines and an added touch some have tapped an added magazine to the existing one .
 The Russian armed forces are supplied with a variety of weapons and equipment so you can really mix it up . I will say when I paint cammo in 15mm I only represent it I think the background colour is the most important as that is what can be seen across the table .
All the base's are PVA and fine sand and flooring cork painted as concrete and rubble with cut up staples to show rusted metal . The only thing I might change in future urban bases is mixing in larger diameter sand to make it more rubble strewn .
  That's it, now back to my naps hope you are making steady progress on your projects until next time......
All the best Gavin .

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Eureka ab Napoleonics Portuguese Infantry

Hello all,
It's taken some time to finish this unit but here it is this is the Portuguese Almieda Regiment first battalion showing the national colour (the second battalion would carry the regimental colour) . This is a 24 man unit (sold by Fighting 15's here in the UK) .
  The sculpts are by Tony Barton and are of a very high standard I like the way he has shown them with mixed equipment because of this early time of the Peninsula war the Portuguese were using and wearing anything they can before the British supplies came in large numbers .
The figures are shown with a mixture of British and captured French packs plus blanket rolls . The figures have different foot wear as well . I have shown them wearing white summer trousers ( I decided to leave them clean in one type of uniform) .
 On the whole they had black cross belts I chose to leave the French packs with white straps to show they had been picked up off the battle field . They wear the Portuguese Berentina shako with or without plume . The musicians uniform was hard to replicate because they had narrow stripes down the inside and outside of the arms which are not straight and have a design in them, so the best I could do was put a stripe down the arm .
I have shown the unit I a relaxed manner with some looking as if they are chatting and others looking on to something happening in the distance . The base is simple with just some tufts added they are to small on the infantry stands to clutter them with rocks and casualties .
  On the table I am just completing some AB British for me some French command stands to sell and some Russians from the Chechnya war for me and some buildings for me . Its all go at Furphys Brush With History ! Thanks for stopping by .
Regards Gavin

Sunday, 1 November 2015

28mm Footsore Miniatures Late Roman Command

Well here we are the almost finished line (if that makes any sense) this command stand is the last of the units I originally planned for this little force . I plan to increase them over time but for now that's it with these .
  On the table I have a regiment of foot for my Peninsular war project they are almost complete I have decided to add a light company so they may be delayed a little . And close on their heels are a regiment of Portuguese these will be up for sale and as always if they don't go they will be added to my own army . I think that raps this little post up keep licking the brushes until next time...........
Regards Gavin (aka Furphy) P.S I have a lighting box at last so please stay with me as I work things out and add some terrain for affect !

Sunday, 18 October 2015

28mm Footsore Miniatures Late Romans

Yes again more Romans !
I only have twenty four and I paint them as and when I can in batches of four, I think I may need up to eight more to make a starter unit which burst my bubble a little as I thought I was over the finish line with these . But they are very well cast and take paint very well I have painted all the units in non metallic metal for a change and in all the sculpts I have tried to vary the look according to their place in the Roman army structure .
  So I think another four elites four armoured and four unarmoured infantry and when time and funds permit some more archers and a few horse .
So it's a short post ( I'm being kind to you) I hope you are forging ahead with your projects until next time ..............
Regards Gavin (aka Furphy) .

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

15mm AB Napoleonics French Dragoons

Here we have some French Dragoons they represent the 25e regiment there are 12 in the unit as you will note there is not an eagle with them. As always they are AB from Eurika Miniatures the horses have some great poses I will say these had more flash than I have seen on these miniatures before but they mostly cleaned up well . I have painted the Dragoons trousers in doe skin look they did not have campaign overalls sculpted and as the trousers are not showing a lot I did not want to go to the trouble of painting on buttons etc . But you could paint them grey if you wanted to it depends how much different you want to make them .
  The horses I have painted as dark and light bays with some painted as dark and light chestnut with the usual white or grey musicians mount . using the bottom of the varnish pot has robbed some of the highlites and my usual pictures are not helping . These ones will be on ebay in a couple of days if you want to take a punt or if you want something like them please feel free to ask for a quote .
On the table I have some more late Romans and at last I can get to grips on some of my own 15mm British Naps . So until next time enjoy the hobby and keep safe .
Regards Gavin (aka Furphy) .

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Late Roman Elite Infantry

Hello all,
Yes more late Romans to view as happens a lot with my own figures these particular ones have been mostly finished but when I came to base them I had used up all my 2p size mdf bases . So luck was in, Stu from Dust, Tears and Dice  blog asked me if I wanted to go to the Derby wargames show so along with Dane also a club member at the Wyvern Wargamers club we had a day out all saying we wouldn't spend much but that idea went out the window the minute we stepped through the door ! So after saying all that my mdf base supplier of choice Warbase's were there and had some in stock so result !
   As per the post title these are elite so I gave them a different shield design now when you apply your shield transfers it is better to give the shield a base coat a white this helps the shield design show through . But this time I used orange brown base to tone them down I think it's worked added to that the Matt varnish it is er,  well matt .
The spear shafts I have painted a red brown, from what I have researched units may well have painted their spears at

least until on campaign (elite units anyway) . I wanted to show this unit with a more reguler appearance so again I used certain colours so they did not look ad hoc . Well I have four more almost finished for the same unit and have just under coated the command stand as  always they will have to fit in with paying work . But now I have the nucleus of a force that I can add to and game as time goes on .
So that's it for now I have some 15mm AB French Dragoons that will be posted soon keep licking the brushes and I will see you soon .
Regards Gavin (aka Furphy)