Well most of us seem to have more hobby time on our hands at the moment so i thought i would stick a post up about the things i plan to make some much needed progress on. Judging by the number of Paint racks we're selling, 7 today alone, everyone else seems to have the same idea.
This is some of the stuff i plan to make progress on over the coming weeks.
French Cavalry, Perry hussars and Warlord Lancers. I hate painting Hussars but I've had 3 2nd Hussars painted for years and it's about time i painted the other 9.
Vikings, we have quite a few already but there must be about 200 more to paint having recently been boosted by a donation of a large bag of Victrix. The metals are Foundry and they will get a paint job first.
French Foreign Legion and Arabs
A project started some time ago, Wellingtons 7th Division 1812 to join the 5th which i have already.
28mm Austrians, i have another box of plastics to finish putting together to join these. I have Russians to finish also but apart from a Grenadier Battalion i can't find them!
3 Tiger tanks to finish and 3 Shermans to undercoat. King Tigers, I love that tank but have never actually made one. Nows the time. By the time the club starts up again i should have plenty of options for What a Tanker games.
These WSS Warlord plastics will be painted as French as another club member is doing British.
Again unfinished units that have been lying around for ages, this time French Imperial Guard and Light Infantry. Th Guard just need the mounted commanders i like to use in my command stands. I was going to use a couple of skinny looking Hinchliffe ones i have but they would just look out of place. I had a sneaking feeling that Front Rank did them and sure enough they do. I'll order 3 and get these finished.
Space Marines, a project my son has started. He's on the second one now.
Plenty of other stuff i haven't got round to photographing yet, particularly the 1813 Prussians and Russian Grenadiers-
These were finished over the weekend. A bit of a mixed bag-
Russian Grenadiers, another 16 to do to complete the 2nd Battalion. I'll decide on shoulder strap colours once they are all finished.
Prussian Guard Uhlans. These will form part of the Guard Light cavalry regiment. Today i got a package from the Royal Mail from Peter at Calpe. Inside were 6 missing horses from a recent order, the horses for the Leib or 'Deaths Head' Hussars. I'll be doing those next! They will be followed by the Dragoon, and Cossack squadrons and mounted volunteer Jaegers who were also dressed as Cossacks. A unique unit indeed.
And now for something completely different, Zulus. These are BTD and we have Wargames Factory and a Warlord Starter Army so thousands of em!
Prussian Guard Horse artillery, 8 done, 8 to go. The are Calpe.
6Ibr and a howitzer for the above. Started but still need the black fittings.
Finally some 15mm Russian rural buildings down scaled from their larger 28mm Brethren. 2 more to do.
So plenty to do and thats without the WW2 15mm or the 10mm Zulu War stuff or the 10mm Spartacus or.............
In between this stuff i've just finished reading Flashman and the Seawolf. It was a recommendation from someone on TMP and only took me 4 days to read. This contrasts with my usual 4 months! Guess i quite enjoyed it. Anyway this is the memoirs of the less well known Uncle Flashy, Thomas Flashman. The first 'packet' of memoirs, a chance purchase by the editor on a well known auction platform, features Thomas getting in scrapes with a certain sailor by the name of Cochran. Now Uncle Flashy seems to have some very familiar character flaws as his more famous nephew.
As it happens i have a Folio Society edition of Cochrans memoirs and plan to get started on that today. It will be interesting so see how theses tales of derring-do match up.
Next up for Uncle Flashys memoirs is Flashman and the Cobra. I'm already intrigued to find out just how much a certain Arthur Wellesleys success in India was down to his own ability or the reluctant interference of one Thomas Flashman. I'll download the Kindle edition to find out.