Friday, 24 November 2017

R.C.W. - The Tsarina and The Baroness

Here are a few images of the Westwind figure of the last Tsarina of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna, formally Princess Alix of Hesse.

In some of the pictures she is being confronted by my Cheka agent The Baroness

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

R.C.W. Additions from Old Glory

Yesterday, I arrived home to find a small parcel from Old Glory. This contained an Austin WW1 Armoured Car, a set of two Russian HMG crews and a pack of Russian cavalry. 

Being technically accurate, they are all from the OG WW1 ranges, but I have filed off the shoulder boards (the Bolsheviks did away with them and the Whites retained them) and I am sure they will work very well for the Russian Civil War. 

My Brigade Games order was shipped yesterday and the Siberia Miniatures order from Russia has cleared their customs and is en route.

I also received the pack of Westwind Miniatures Tsar, Tsarina and two children - will take an image of them shortly and add to this post.

Now I need to get on with some painting!

Here are the Tsar and his family - they are excellent figures with very clear and crisp detail so should paint up really well!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

R.C.W. Reinforcements Arrive - Hinterland Sailors

Urrah! I have been looking at the beautiful figures on the Hinterland site for 18 months now and have finally taken the plunge and bought 18 of them - the command group of three figures, the "Firing Line" pack x 2 - 5 figures each - and the "Unit Builder" pack of 6 identical firing figures.

Its not very easy to see the detail in the raw metal but here are a couple of pics anyway, including the last one with a size comparison against the Statuesque model of Catherine Z-J, as they are quite diminutive and I was worried they might not work well with what I have already purchased....

Above the three command figures

I have two packs of these five figures

And one pack of 6 of the figure on the left. Hinterland kindly sent me an extra free figure in the shape of the kneeling Hussar on the right - seems like a hint that I need to purchase some of these figures next....!

And finally the size comparison with the Statuesque figure

These should be great fun to paint so hope to make a start tomorrow night and maybe have something to post in a couple of days time.....

Friday, 17 November 2017

R.C.W. - Two more "Chekist-ettes"

Here are the other two figures I got from Bad Squiddo. They are "Sky Pirates" by Statuesque - based I assume on the characters below:

 There are four figures available, but two of them have their flying goggles down over their eyes, so I only got this pack of two - I am picking the "leader" sans helmet is based on the beautiful Welsh actress herself!

R.C.W. - First Female Cheka agent

The Cheka - The All Russian Extraordinary Commission for combating Counter Revolution and Sabotage - was known as the Sword and Shield of the Revolution. Founded at the end of 1918, it was the precursor of the GPU, NKVD and KGB. Its units dressed in black leather and operated as an elite within the Bolshevik armed forces in a similar manner as the SS did vis a vis the rest of the German armed forces 25 years later.

From “The Russian Civil War 1918–22” By David Bullock 

“One high-born female known as “The Baroness” played the role of stool pigeon amongst the prisoners at the notorious Lubyanka jail number 11 in Moscow. Nina Maslova, the nymphomaniac lover of a Cheka agent, plied her sexual charms in exchange for needed information. Still another female, a Hungarian known by the sobriquet of “the Remover”, personally executed over 80 young men, each in a way suggesting sexual obsession.”

 Here is my first painted female Cheka agent - she is a figure I got from Annie at Bad Squiddo games - Adora Belle from Discworld Miniatures. As she is dressed all in black, she was actually very quick and simple to paint - the sculpting detail on the face and hair is excellent, helping me to achieve a reasonable  finish that I am happy with in only a couple of hours

The only "down side" is she is a bit too tall - 30mm I think - but I am going to explain that away by making her character 6'2" or something similar!

Bicorne Covenant Infantry

I bought two packs of Bicorne figures a few weeks ago in the expectation that they would match up with the Renegade figures but unfortunately they don't! They are well sculpted crisp figures but are more akin to standard 25mm ranges such as Perry and Games Workshop - they are significantly smaller than the Renegade - bugger!

So looks like I may end up buying ANOTHER two packs of pike men - but from Renegade this time - oh well, never mind, I have added a few more Scots to my ECW collection and that cant be a bad thing!

Pics below of all 8 with pike advanced and 6 of the 8 standing figures - I think they have come out quite nicely.

Great excitement this evening when I got home form work and spied a small carton from the UK in the garage by my painting desk! This contained the first of my many RCW related figure purchases - three ladies from Bad Squiddo Games who will be taking the field as agents of the Cheka - hope to get these painted up over the weekend and pictures posted

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Warlord Plastic Covenanter Cavalry Finished - Finally!

I have been plodding along working on these Warlord plastic cavalry for at least two weeks - for some reason I just could not get very motivated or excited about them so despite the fact they are cost effective, I may not bother getting any more of these.....

I have 16 Bicorne Covenanter pike men that turned up about 4 days ago and I have painted all of them in that time - but I still have around twenty of the plastic Covenanter infantry to do!

Meanwhile, on the weekend I completed multiple different orders to several suppliers for the first batch of figures for my Russian Civil War project - so just waiting for those parcels to start arriving.....

In the meantime, here are three shots of the completed Scots cavalry

Friday, 3 November 2017

Soviet Snipers of WW2

Lady Death brought to life: Colourised images show deadly female Russian soldier - who killed 309 Nazis during WWII - alongside her fellow women snipers who terrified the Germans
  • Stunning colourised portraits show some of Russia's celebrated female snipers during the Second World War
  • One shows Lyudmila Pavlichenko, dubbed Lady Death for her kill rate after picking off more than 300 Nazis
  • Another image, colourised by translator Olga Shirnin, shows Roza Shanina - responsible for 59-confirmed kills 

Stunning colourised portraits have emerged showing the lethal Russian female snipers of World War Two - including one dubbed Lady Death (pictured) after picking off 309 Nazis


Pictures of the fighters were brought to life by translator Olga Shirnina, from Moscow, Russia, and show women posing with their sniper rifles. Sniper Roza Shanina (pictured) is featured in the collection

Taking up arms:  One colourised photograph shows a row of Soviet women holding their sniper rifles and ready to fight Nazi Germany

'There are very few images with Red Army soldiers, I decided to fill this gap,' said Shirnina.
'I'm interested in the history of Russia, it is full of dramatic, cataclysmic events which impacted on the history of both the country itself and the whole world.

'Sometimes a picture can say more than many words and I'll be glad if people learn more about Russia and its people through my colourings, especially about our brave women.
'It was a phenomenon and no other country had so many female soldiers, snipers, pilots, medicals.'

Lyudmila Pavlichenko joined the Red Army's 25th Rifle Division in June 1941 where she was one of around 2,000 female snipers, 500 of which survived World War Two 

In one portrait 'Lady Death' is pictured wearing full uniform beneath a framed picture of Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin

Roza Shanina was responsible for 59-confirmed kills during the Second World War. 

Ready for war: Russian sniper Ziba DeNoise is shown holding her rifle in another stunning colourised portrait

Sniper Yevgenia Makeeva (top) is believed to have killed 68 Nazis while Lyudmila Pavlichenko (bottom) killed more than 300 Germans during the Second World War  

Pavlichenko became one of the top military snipers of all time with a record of 309 confirmed kills.
Around 800,000 women served in the Soviet Armed Forces during the war as snipers, pilots, machine gunners and a large number were stationed in medical units.

Around 800,000 women, including Roza Shanina (pictured), served in the Soviet Armed Forces during the war as snipers, pilots, machine gunners and a large number were stationed in medical units

Translator Olga Shirnina, from Moscow, Russia, colourised the pictures to give them new life. Sniper volunteer Nadezhda Kolesnikov is pictured (top) along with Lyuba Makarova

Battle of Antietam with Kallistra Rules

Last night five of us got together at Julian's place for an ACW game using the Kallistra hex based rule system.

The scenario was based on the Battle of Antietam.

Julian, Nick and I commanded the Union, against Chris and John on the Reb side.

I picked a command that was hemmed in behind a river in about 5 hexes, and I basically sat there all night until Chris had wiped out 4 of my 5 units!

In the Union centre, Julian initially attempted to help clear the Rebs who were directly across the river from my command, but this was rebuffed early on. He then advanced on Johns position in the Reb centre, but his force was whittled away and by the end of the game was in a very poor state

On our right wing, Nick had much more success, wiping out half of Johns command then swinging in to advance length ways along the table, closing in on John in the centre

However, by this time it was getting late, Julian and I were basically out of the game, and the remaining troops on the table made it look like a draw was the result, although assuming the Union were the aggressors, we decided the Rebs probably had the strategic victory.

Here are a few images - all the troops are Old Glory and painted by Julian

 My initial position - hemmed in behind a river I could only cross via a bridge and three Reb units started the game right in my face - why did I offer to take that command??
Julian's cavalry came over and dismounted in an attempt to clear Chris's Rebs away from the bridge to help me join the game, but to no avail. Chris's cavalry (still on their horses!) charge the flank of one unit
 Meanwhile on our right, Nick made an orderly and effective advance against John's cavalry brigade
 Julian next attempted to assault John in the centre, despite the fact the Rebs were behind a good defensive position

Nick's successful advance on the right continues
Nick's elite Zouaves assault John's dismounted Reb cavalry - a fight that lasted a couple of moves but ended with the Rebs wiped out or driven from the field
 My one remaining unit of five I started the game with - sniping at the rear of one of Chris's units while sheltering behind a hill!
Julian's force in all sorts of trouble in the centre - driven back from the fence line, all of them Disrupted (red marker) and with Chris advancing on his flank (from the left of this picture) with 4 or 5 fresh battalions
Nick had wheeled around and was now advancing lengthwise along the table - John's flank can be seen in the top right
 Nicks Union battery
Julian's Union battery (and where was MY battery - wiped out by Chris's musketry ages ago, thats where!)
Final view from the Reb right flank - Chris - showing the almost empty area behind the river where I had started the action with 5 units and ended it with 1 (in green behind the hill)