A Quick Update

I haven’t been super productive in these first couple weeks of the new year, but I have gotten a few things done.


Featured in the pictures below are my efforts at painting a unit of the 52nd Oxfordshire British light infantry for the Peninsular War. We’re using Neil Thomas’s Napoleonic rules, which only require 16 figures per unit (I’ll eventually be painting the entire Light Division under Craufurd, plus supporting artillery and cavalry), but I thought I’d paint up some single based  skirmishing figures for use with Sharp Practice and/or Song of Drums and Shakos along the way. I’ll pick a couple of other battalions to pull figures for skirmish gaming along the way.

I have some French Legere to paint up for opposition, but it will be a while before I get started on those.

Also featured are some extremely cheap Chinese wire trees I purchased from the humorously named EBay seller, We Honest. It’s taken some slight effort to get these trees looking halfway decent-the foilage comes in a far-too-bright-for-reality dayglo green. I’ve also mounted these trees on needles for use with my terrain mats, which are draped over easily-pinnable blue foam. An obvious fault of these trees is the complete lack of a root system, but I think they’ll be fine for gaming.

We have another game of Regimental Fire and Fury scheduled for the 18th, and I’m dedicating next week to terrain production for said game. Hopefully I’ll be productive!


Bad color in this one.

Bad color in this one.

This color is fairly accurate. Please tell me the terrain looks vaguely Spanish. Even if you have to lie.

This photo’s color is fairly accurate. Please tell me the terrain looks vaguely Spanish! Even if you have to lie.

Oh, by the way-see that air tank and hose in the background? I’ve gone and bought myself an airbrush. I’m still getting to grips with operating the thing, but I’m pretty excited about it!


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  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 01/11/2014 at 12:14 pm

    Very nice figures you have there Mr. Arkie! And the terrain looks excellent! I wish my battle mats were half as nice. The trees look very well too, I think they look rather realistic.

    • arkiegamer  On 01/11/2014 at 12:17 pm

      Why thank you, sir! That eBay seller also sells on the UK site. You absolutely cannot beat the price. Like I said, though, the foliage will need some help.

  • Thomas Nielsen  On 01/11/2014 at 12:48 pm

    Several good news:
    – You are back
    – Your terrain looks fantastic!!!
    – You bought a aibrush, when you learn to handle it, everything will be so much faster and look better

    • arkiegamer  On 01/11/2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks, Thomas. I’ve already successfully primed a few figures using the airbrush, and the finish is SO much better than using a rattle can. I’m trying to work up the nerve to try and paint a model.

      • Thomas Nielsen  On 01/11/2014 at 5:42 pm

        Cool. I already did some ‘new beginner bummers’ like spraying too far from the model so that the surface became rough as sandpaper. My advice is to surf the internet for some airbrush tips – there are lots of articles around. :-)
        Still no package from Denmark?

    • arkiegamer  On 01/11/2014 at 5:48 pm

      Let’s see…I’ve had bubbling paint in the cup, switching from red to white, but not cleaning the airbrush fully (which made for an interesting pink color), and getting up from the desk while looping your foot through the air hose, dragging your airbrush and cleaning station off onto the floor. Thankfully, I have one of those plastic office chair floor shields over the carpet at my desk, or I’d have had MUCH bigger problems than my airbrush technique.

      No package, yet. I keep checking like a little kid, though! I assume the holidays and sever cold snap the US had last week have slowed the mail down.

      • Thomas Nielsen  On 01/12/2014 at 1:05 pm

        Hahaha – okay, you have made more blunders with your airbrush than I ;-)

  • General Whiskers  On 01/15/2014 at 7:00 am

    Well, your Spanish set-up looks like bits of Spain that I have seen (and re-fought battles at 1800mm scale on).
    And it looks better than the average wargame terrain. I bet you showed us the best bit ;-)

  • General Whiskers  On 01/15/2014 at 7:01 am

    PS did you buy the trees from China? They look familiar.

    • arkiegamer  On 01/15/2014 at 7:04 am

      Thanks. My mother always told me “Put your best face forward,”* so, yes, those are the best bits. :)

      And yes, those are the Chinese trees by the infamous ‘We Honest’ eBay seller, although they’ve been gussied up a bit. I try not to think about the possibility that they were done through child labor, or some other oppressive labor practice.

      *My mother never said any such thing, but it IS the sort of thing that mothers are supposed to say. At least according to TV.


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