The Wind And The Lion

The Wind And The Lion
German gunners range in on the U.S. Marines as they cross the vill. Figures are Old Glory German Sea Battalion conversions. Archway by Miniature Building Authority.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ansar / Dervish Gun Crews

                                      Ansar / Dervish Gun Crews

I promised a good friend of mine that I would paint him some 28mm Dervish gun crews for his upcoming Sudan convention game for use with his TSATF variant of naval combat called "Gunboat & Dhow". Well about a year or more later I've finally gotten around to completing them! Thankfully he wasn't relying on these for his game.....

(All of these awesome gun positions were made by Bill Daniel at The Gamer`s Garage.

These gunners were slightly converted from Old Glory Ansar swordsmen and spearmen packs CSD-04 & CSD-05. The weapons were removed, arms re-positioned, holes drilled in the hands, and fabricated gunnery tools installed. One crewman is a Perry plastic figure and another is an Askari Mini's fig from the excavation pack used as a ladle bearer. The gun crews are set up for the standard The Sword And The Flame gun crews of (3) gunners and one commander. The figs have a hand spike, sponge, rammer, ladle, bucket, or fuse lighter.

                         The following pics are the works in progress set.

Once the figs are completed, glue dried, figs cleaned and washed they are ready for priming. In this case I chose a flat white base coat followed by painting the various skin tones.

  This photo shows the troops just before applying the Poly Shades Minwax wash and sealer.

Followed by the figs being brushed with the dip but prior to being sprayed with Testors lusterless Flat sealer. I let the paint dry for 24 hrs, then brush the minwax dip and let dry for 24 hrs, then I spray them with matt flat sealer.

And the final step is to add a little flocking or bushes to the bases. The end product is a nice flat finish that is fairly strong and protected.

Here are (2) pics of an Ansar crew from Cannon Fodder Minis. There are (3) captured Egyptian Gunners pressed into service with a large Sudanese task master "commanding" the battery. This unit is set up for The Sword And The Flame, it's a basic (4) man gun crew, (3) gunners and (1) commander/officer.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Wind And The Lion - Painting Notes- German Asia Korps Gun Crews

The Wind And The Lion - Painting Notes- German Asia Korps Gun Crews

In this post I have uploaded the notes I made for painting the German Asia Korps gun crews for my The Wind And The Lion TSATF game that I ran with my buddy Nick Zizo. We took this game on the convention circuit and ran is many times at cons like the first ever Colonial Barracks con run by the Broms in NO to the two HMGS-South cons in S. Fl. We built custom terrain, converted existing figs, and painted available figs to portray the troops in this classic movie. Most of the troops and weapons are accurate for the nations and time period of Morocco in early 1900.

                         Painting notes for the German Asia Korp gun crews.
I've painted (2) gun crews to represent some of the troops that are present in the last climatic battle scene. One crew was made up of converted 25mm Old Glory German Sea Battalion figures from their Boxer Rebellion line. The rifles were removed, arms altered, and artillery shells were glued into their hands that were made with thick brass rod that was filed and formed into breach loaded artillery shells. Based on my research at the time in 2010 I found that the HE or Canister rounds had a black warhead with a red band painted around it denoting the type of round. Unfortunately I cannot find that source, so until I do find it or until someone more knowledgeable than I corrects me I will leave the shells as is.

I used Delta Ceramacoat's Cloudberry Tan for the uniforms and sun helmets painted on figs that were primed in flat black spray paint. The bread bag was painted Polly Scale acrylic Linen. The boots and webbing are Polly Scale Flat Black.Once the entire figure is dry I brush on my sealer and weathering mix, Polly Shades MinWax "Tudor Stain". This both weathers and protects the figs. I let this dry for 24 hours and then spray it with Testors "Lusterless Flat" to remove the shine and further protect the figs.

The second Asia Korps gun crew was made using the now OOP Lead Boiler Suite Company German WWI / Colonial troops slightly converted by adding artillery shells or ammo boxes in their hands. The paint jobs are the same. The bases are simple 3/4" or 1" round steel washers that are coated with a gel product mixed with sand and small ballast rocks.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Hun The Frog & The Lion - 4

                                     The Hun The Frog & The Lion - 4
                         Meet the Hun, The Frog, & The Lion, prior to the battle.

The next installment in this series is the introduction of the command elements for this scenario The Hun The Frog And The Lion. As a reminder for this scenario, Germany and France team up in 1903 (yes not likely, I know) to rescue the captured German Envoy Graf Manfred von Kriegslieber from the nefarious Moroccan brigand The Emir Ali-ben-Fulin-Arown based in the arm pit of the world, Mogadir!

The Hun Command:

                            Korvetten-Kapitän Erich von Rudelsberg, Mission Leader (Whites)
                                                             Wargames Foundry

Oberleutnant Erwin Manstein, CO Imperial Marine Detachment
Copplestone Castings
Feldwebel Karl Räder: Color Bearer: Old Glory Miniatures

                                                The Frog Command:

                          Capitaine Joseph de Lory, Mission Leader (#1) (With sword)

                Lieutenant Charles Dupin (#2), CO Marine Detachment (With the tri color)
                                                            Askari Miniatures.

Serjeant Paul Descartes (#3), Caporal  Jean Valjean (#4), 1st Section with 10 Marines plus Hotchkiss MG)

French Hotchkiss HMG: Woodbine Design, Pack # FRN05 with Legion heads and painted as French Marines.

                                   French Sailors supporting the lading.
French Sailors Skirmish with Command: Pack #CBP-06 by Old Glory Miniatures

                                             The Lion Command:
                                       The Emir Ali-ben-Fulin-Arown

            The Shore Batteries, commanded by that infamous renegade, Moshe Lipschitz Pasha, one of the Lion's commanders.

                                             The Bashaw's Forces

                       The Tribal Levy Troops, Old Glory Arab Cavalry figs.

 The Bashawa's European trained troops, Old Glory Egyptian Camel Troops from the Sudan range.

 The Bashaw's Black Guard Cavalry an be seen in the background, fig mfgr unknown.

Manufacturers of the terrain and figs, as best as I can remember.
                          CO Imperial Marine Detachment: Oberleutnant Erwin Manstein:
Copplestone Castings,
German Mission Leader: Korvetten-Kapitän Erich von Rudelsberg, Mission Leader (Whites)  
Pack: Traders and Travelers - DA017

Feldwebel Karl Räder: Color Bearer: Old Glory Miniatures, German Sea Battalion Pack, bugler with the bugle removed and a hole drilled in his hand.

Force Commander: Capitaine Joseph de Lory (with sword):
2IC: Lieutenant Charles Dupin, Marines (with Tricolor):
Both from Askari Miniatures French Colonial Command Group: Code FR-17

French Hotchkiss HMG: Woodbine Design, Pack # FRN05 with Legion heads.
French Sailors Skirmish with Command: Pack #CBP-06 by Old Glory Miniatures

The Lion: Foundry, a Baluchi from the Darkest Africa Range. May be out of production.

Moshe Lipschitz: Unknown
Native gun crews are a mixed bag of Wargames Foundry Darkest Africa gun crew, Afghan Pathan gun crew, and Old Glory Arab Machine Gun crew from the Sons of the Desert - French Foreign Legion range,

Gun emplacements: Bill's Gamers Garage: email bill for custom terrain:

Adobe dwellings: The Colonial Steamboat Company:

Docks: 1) The Miniature Building Authority:
            2) and A now defunct internet co.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Hun The Frog & The Lion - 3

                          The Hun The Frog & The Lion - 3: The Boats

The Series continues about this scenario I ran at Recon and will be running again at Hurricon with the naval portion of this battle. The scenario specs called for a civilian transport with a low draft to be converted into an armed steamer to bring the western troops to Mogadir. The French chose the civilian ship the Cite De La Meers. For this boat I used an awesome model made by my friend Last Stand Dan. He calls this boat the "R" Class Steamer and fits the bill perfectly. Dan hides magnets under the decks and glues matching magnets to the underside of the desired armament to keep them in place during games.

                                 French Gunboat: Cite De La Meers

The crew is French but the gunners are all German, as negotiated by their respective nations prior to the raid.

Native Dhows
The scenario calls for the possible arrival of (2) armed dhows fully crewed by veteran sailors and troops returning to Mogadir from pillaging the coast and any targets of opportunity.

Once again I turned to my buddy "Last Stand Dan" for a boat. The one pictured above with grey trim is a two masted dhow that he had made for me. It's another excellent model. All of Dan's boats are exceptional. He builds and sells many varieties of boats to choose from. He makes boats in 25mm as well as 15mm scales.

The Xebec with the green trim was made by the well known ship builder Richard Huston. I bought this boat well over ten year ago from my friend Patrick Wilson of TVAG. He sells Richard's boats as well as all sorts of other cool wargaming stuff.

Landing Craft
The troops need a conveyance to get them to their destination. I've used landing boats purchased at flea markets, ebay, and most recently from a new company based in Miami, Fl. Firelock Games who produce a pirate game supported by figs, ships, rules, etc. Their "row" boat is the perfect size and scale for my colonial games and works perfectly fitting 10-12, 25mm figs on small 3/4 x3/4 magnetized bases. I get all my magnetized bases from my buddy ACW Bill of Good Ground Miniatures, maker of the best 10mm ACW figs around. He sells all sizes of magnetized bases.
The rowboat to the left is the one from Firelock Games.

Next up: Post -4: Meet The Hun The Frog & The Lion.

Here's a list of the boat vendors of toys used in this post.
TVAG - The Virtual Armchair General:
Figure bases, Good Ground Miniatures: