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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

First Quarter 2022 Update: How's the Plan going?


"Sound the charge! Though there have been some setbacks the plan is going forward!"

Here is the plan I developed for 2021; let's see how it's going. Actually the 1st Quarter was almost a complete bust - some good and some bad. January was a major setback fighting infectious diseases as I came down with strep throat and Covid. Throughout the quarter we did some serious travelling visiting my Honorable Sons and Beautiful Daughters-in-law. So how did it go?

1. Continue to make my hobby self-sustaining as much as possible with eBay sales, commissions and the blog. By the way, if you are interested in having figures painted, feel free to contact me at

Several extremely successful auctions and blog revenue is helping! Here were two of the auctions:

The Royal Fusiliers

14th Sikhs

2. Scottish Units for the English Civil War. Nothing like already having unpainted figures to encourage you to save money - especially when you really want to paint them! My goal is to:
    a. Paint one to two Regiments of Foot. The actual number of regiments will depend on some conversions I need to due for musketeers as I have plenty of pike.
    b. Two units of Horse/Mounted Dragoons. No dismounted dragoons yet!
    c. One big honking cannon - pretty sure it's a Saker from Warlord Games but I'm too lazy to go up to the War Room and look right now.

The Scots will be painted later in the year.

Where is my cavalry?

3. Imperial Russian Army circa somewhere in my imaginary universe from 1880 to 1910. I've been having fun with my Fictional conflict of the Anglo-Russian War. Be a Daniel Mersey fan of many years, I use The Men Who Would be Kings (Paid Link) as my rules; though, I am thinking about giving The East is Ablaze a try. (Ministry of Finance) Yep, a sucker for Hollywood style and fun rules.
    a. One unit of Regular Infantry. (Ministry of Finance)
    b. One unit of Dragoons. (Ministry of Finance)
    c. One unit of Cossacks. (Ministry of Finance)

This one is still iffy. Now I don't want to talk politics because this is a fun blog on Toy Soldies, but I wrote down my predictions in December about fuel prices, etc. Time will tell whether the Russians will get their reinforcements.

"Where are my fellow Sowars?"
4. The British Indian Army.
    a. One unit of Sikh Cavalry (The 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry). Complete!

The 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry mounted with the alternative basing method for The Men Who Would be Kings (Paid Link).

    b. One unit of Bengal Lancers.  (Ministry of Finance) Purchased!
    b. One unit of Highlanders. Purchased!
    c. One unit of Gurkhas. (Ministry of Finance) Not Yet!
    d. A British Political Officer in Native Dress. How can you have the Great Game without a Political Officer? I'm planning on using a figure from the Perry Miniatures Hard Plastic Afghan Tribesman (Paid Link) box.

Not only did I do a Political Officer in Native Dress, but I did the fictional character Mahbub Ali "The Red Beard" from the classic novel Kim, by Rudyard Kipling.

Colonel Sir Robert Warburton, KCIE, CSI

Mahbub Ali, "The Red Beard"

5. Afghanistan.
    a. Two units of 16 figures each of Perry Miniatures hard plastic Tribal Infantry. (Paid Link)
    b. Anything else will depend on tribute . . . err . . . subsidies from the British Raj or Imperial Russia.

Making progress on my tribesman . . . but there is a change of plans. After doing more research I'm going to do two units of 12 "shooters" and 2 units of 16  figures for the more melee focused troops.

Making progress!

Three down, three to go.

6. French and Indian War. Did someone mention I'm a Daniel Mersey fan. Continuing on with the French and Indian War using Rebels and Patriots. (Paid Link)
    a. Finish one more unit of Native Skirmishers. Complete!

    b. One unit of French Regulars. (Ministry of Finance) I don't know.
    c. One unit of British Regulars or Colonial Regulars/Militia. (Ministry of Finance) As above.

Old GW Warhammer figures to use with Dragon Rampant.

7. Elite Heavy Elf Infantry for Dragon Rampant (Paid Link): This is a carryover from last year and won't take too long to finish. Complete!

8. In Her Majesty's Name, 2nd Edition.
    a. Update my Adventuring Company's to the 2nd Edition. 
Slowly but surely.
    b. Finish drafting and then play our campaign for 2022. Locally we had a multi-year campaign called "The War of the Witches" which involved, whenever available, friends, kids of friends, my Honorable Sons, and me (usually getting my butt kicked or being the gamemaster/umpire). With the victory of the Forces of Good (they had Teddy Roosevelt!) over the Forces of Evil (BWAH HAH HAH!) it's time to start another campaign. Two of the main, evil Adventuring Companies somehow managed to escape the defeat . . . and of course Professor Moriarty figured out which way the wind was blowing and helped (kinda). The first game will have the premier of my new Adventuring Company in the Highlands of Scotland.
The campaign has been delayed but will happen!

The fools THINK they won. BWAH HAH HAH!!!

    c. Do some odds and ends that will be needed for the campaign; you know - unexpected surprises! And here they are:

9. Terrain.
    a. Paint the roof of the mill and some other parts! I spent some time in New England visiting Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian) and his Beautiful Bride (The Doctor) plus Honorable Son #3 (The Engineer) and his Beautiful Bride (The Social Warrior) and was able to take a look at some real mills in the area. And some other areas of interest - but that is for another post.
I finished painting the mill but need to take some pictures!

    b. Put together an MDF Tavern that was given to me by Honorable Son #2 (The Captain) and his Beautiful Bride (The Lawyer). Looking forward to putting this together and using it on the tabletop. 
I still need to put it together.
    c. Scratch build a frontier fort. It's coming.

10. Play games! Sadly, no games yet.
    a. English Civil War.
    b. The Anglo-Russian War.
    c. The French and Indian War.
    d. The IHMN2 campaign (need to come up with a name of impending doom for the world).

11. Secret projects.
    a. Getting back to my gaming roots. This will be the subject of a future post whether it is financed or not. (Ministry of Finance) Done! Back to mass battle Napoleonic's with WoFun Miniatures.

    b. A board game/miniature project. (Ministry of Finance) Maybe.

On with the hobby year!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

WoFun Miniatures Peninsular War Unit "Add-ons": The Confederation of the Rhine


How can you fight the Peninsular War without the French Allies? You can of course, but I like having all of those extra units to add some extra variety for the French Army when they deploy. I did the German Division in 28mm, which in real life consisted mainly of units from the Confederation of the Rhine. Here is the order of battle I'm going to use based on the Battle of Talavera:

Division Commander: General of Division Jean Francois, Baron Leval.

Nassau Infantry Regiment, two battalions
Baden Infantry Regiment, two battalions
Hesse-Darmstadt Infantry Regiment, two battalions
Holland Infantry Regiment, two battalions
Frankfurt Infantry Regiment, one battalion
Foot Artillery Battery (8 guns) 

Here is my Hesse-Darmstadt two battalion Regiment once again showing the advantage of buying an 18mm add-on as it gives you two units.

I once again did the "one rank" command stand to have extra skirmishers depending on what rule set I am using at the time.

The Hessians!

The Kingdom of Holland was ruled by one of Napoleon's brothers and was not part of the Confederation of the Rhine. Later Holland would be absorbed into France and the units would join the French Army.

Here is my Nassau unit. I forgot to mention earlier that you can buy add-ons for the Grenadiers, etc.

I will be ordering the Baden Infantry Regiment soon but I have not decided if I'm going to get a separate battalion for the Frankfurt Infantry Regiment - but after I do research if they have a cool uniform and/or flag I just might or convert and existing unit. For the artillery battery I need to also research and see if it was a French battery or a Confederation battery. WoFun does sell Confederation of the Rhine artillery.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

"When Irish Eyes are Smiling . . . "

Happy St. Patrick's Day and here are some of my Irish troops:

 Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot - English Civil War (28mm Warlord)

Colonel Alexander MacDonnell's Regiment of Foot - English Civil War (28mm Warlord)

Army of the Potomac Irish Brigade - American Civil War (15mm Old Glory)

164th New York Volunteer Infantry - American Civil War (15mm Essex Miniatures)

1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers - WW II (15mm Battlefront)

Dillon's Regiment of Foot in French Service - War of Spanish Succession (15mm Dixon) 

FitzJames Regiment Regiment of Horse in French Service - War of Spanish Succession                  (15 mm Dixon Miniatures) 

 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) - Napoleonic Wars (28mm Wargames Foundry and Front Rank)