27 April 2016

30 Years War, part 1

Well, the first handful of 15mm figures from Khurasan arrived late last week.  I was a bit anxious about these, as I have not purchased 15mm figures for a long time.  But, these did not disappoint.  Here is the first pack:

This is the Rear Rank pikemen pack from Khurasan's own line of 30YW figures.  Each square in the pics above and following is ¼", making these figures on the large side of 15mm, or 18mm.  There are three different poses in the pack, and pikes are included.  Those pikes are very finely cast, and just about 2" in length overall.  Nice figures!

This is one of Khurasan's Testudo line:

Unarmored pikemen.  These are also about 18mm in height, with three different poses.  No pikes are included, however.

And, the second of the Testudo packs:

Armored pikemen.  Again, these are 18mm, with no pikes.  This pack has four poses, however - the top two ranks look very similar, but have different helmets.

I did not take a direct comparison pic!  Perhaps, I will get one after they are painted, as bare pewter is not too photogenic...

First off, I rather like both lines of figures.  Size-wise, they appear to fit in with each other well.  Style-wise, the Khurasan originals are from the earlier portions of the conflict, while the Testudo figures are later.  I do not think that I am going to follow that too much, but I have yet to find a suitable battle to provide a framework for the army compositions.  The lack of included pikes in the Testudo line is slightly more problematic.  At this stage, I think that I am going to replace the Khurasan pikes with plastic rod, so all of the pikes look similar.


23 April 2016

Painting table, April 2016

Just enough time for a quick pic from the table:

The usual assortment of characters here - Shén, Huaxtec, elves, orcs, and Reptus.  Also featured is the rebasing project of my Monster Blood Tattoo musketeers and my newest delivery - a handful of 15mm Thirty Years War pikemen from Khurasan, still in bags!  And the first squad of SCW Republican infantry has been primed with black gesso. 

This also marks my 400th post on this blog.


16 April 2016

More books

In my previous post, I started to do the planning for yet another project, this time around it is the Thirty Years War.  I have a few books that are about the subject already on my bookshelves:

These two volumes were found at a local bookshop - Merryweather Books - some time ago.  Parker's work on the Spanish aspect of the period has a very good reputation, and Alatriste is Alatriste!

This edition of the popular Osprey MAA series also covers the Spanish aspect.  Seems like a pattern?

And that is where the book buying is, sadly, going to stop for now at least.  The overreaching theme that I am getting in my web searches is that the TYW is a very complicated subject, with very distinct periods within the framework.  More reading of basic materials is needed first before I set off to do some serious work.  At the moment, I am leaning towards either the earliest phase - the campaigns in Bohemia - or the last phase - France and Spain in the Low Countries.

In other news, the tester order has been placed with Khurasan for the first 15mm figures, just a few packs to start off, and should arrive by the end of April.  This is an important phase as well, as I have not painted 15mm figures for a long time, and my ability to get a decent (to my very self-critical eye) paint job on them is really going to help determine the potential for this project.  The choice of miniatures is important as well, as the Khurasan figure line is based largely on the early part of the conflict, while the Testudo figures seem to be later.


14 April 2016


What happens when your lovely wife is sick and unable to get out for a week-end, you feel a bit under the weather yourself, there are plenty of miniatures to paint on or under or near your desk, and your bookshelves are full?

In true Larry Leadhead fashion, one should always plan another project!

In my defense, I have been considering this for a long time, and it might not work out at all.  But, the household CFO has given a small purchase the stamp of approval, and I am striking while the iron is hot  -  30 Years War in 15mm.

The figures, for this test order at least, will be ordered from Khurasan, with a pack coming from their own range and a pack from their rejuvenated Testudo line.

As always, the real problem with this project will be rules, as it is with almost all of my projects.  That will be the next item on the agenda, as buying miniatures is easy...


09 April 2016

Boschenburg musketeers, part 4

There are times when I look back on a project and ask myself, 'What was I thinking?'

Well, I know what I was thinking when I mounted my Half Continent troops on ¾" washers - smaller footprint for the figures is good, and I can just make my own sabot bases.  That did not turn out as planned, so I am re-basing them onto 25mm MDF:

Here is the carnage so far.  Fortunately, no major damage has been done to the figures!  But, I have many more to go before the task is finished.

Luckily, many of the monsters were put onto 25mm bases at the start, and the grinnlings will keep their ¾" bases as I do not foresee them being grouped for mass battle...