Saturday, 21 June 2014

An 'ickle' battery



Whilst I was waiting to get my eager hands on the required miniatures for the first encounter in my ‘Witchfinder General’ rule book, I took the opportunity to delve into the wondrous assortment of English Civil War miniatures generously donated to the cause by the ‘Provost Marshal’.  

With a myriad of possibilities, fate smiled on this small artillery piece from ‘Redoubt Enterprises’.  The gun on its wheeled carriage was relatively straightforward to paint and once again I was able to have a bit of freedom with the palette for the crew of three. 


Although some way off requiring artillery for any of the encounters in the rule book, I found this little group hard to resist, hence its promotion to the head of the queue.  In my naivety, I am probably making a terrible faux pas by basing the group on a ‘Warbases’ 100mm x 50mm MDF stand,  but I just like the way they look and the fact that it keep the all neat and tidy!




67 comments:

  1. Stunning gun and crew Michael! The base looks very nice too!

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  2. What a wonderful unit Michael, details are amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much Phil, love to work on the Redoubt castings.

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  3. Awesome work, Michael.
    Very well done.

    By the way: Did you receive my message concerning the trees?

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan, I did receive your message and I though I had replied, but Google+ still seems to be getting the better of me, off now to investigate where I have sent it!

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  4. I always shy away from ECW Period stuff. Don't know why I just do! But this looks really fab and maybe I should forget my prejudice. I can see that this would be great for witch finder general.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Clint, if it wasn't for the Witchfinder rules, I don't think I would have touched it - probably a lack of knowledge on my behalf.

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  5. Superb painting on both figures and gun Michael, with a good choice of colours that really fit the bill.

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    1. Thank you so much Pat, more luck than judgement with the colours though!

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  6. Very nice...especially the "galloper" gun.

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    1. Once again my ignorance of the period shines through! A 'galloper' you say, I assume because of its small frame it could be manoeuvred quickly around the field of battle, hence galloper?

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  7. These look very good indeed. My old favourite period

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, I am afraid it's all new to me.

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  8. Lovely piece, and with canonballs of silver they be the vanguard of any attack on a vampire lair!

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    1. Thank you and what a great idea, I might have to think about that for the next one!

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  9. Really love this! I found an ECW cannon I had started while going through my boxes this week. Now I;m inspired to finish it off! All I have to do is find it again!

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    1. Thank you, that made my day - I do hope you've found yours though.

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  10. Wonderful work as ever Michael.

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  11. very good group!
    i like the movement and i agree with you about the base.
    well done.
    bye

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    1. Thank you Luca, I'll keep using the same bases for my others.

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  12. Faux pas? All my faux pas should turn out so well.

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    1. Well that is incredibly kind of you, thank you.

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  13. Fabulous! Finch beat me to it.

    As a history only fellow, I'm loving your Witchfinder project.

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    1. Thank you Monty, I just love that I get to paint historical and fantasy in the same setting!

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  14. They're a merry little crew the civilian clothes give them a festive air. Very well painted Sir.

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    1. Thank you Robert, I am afraid the research is all a bit thin at the moment, |I'm just enjoying choosing colours I think go well together.

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  15. Stunning work there Michael as ever and I have to say they have the right feel and look for ECW artillery. Witchfinder is a great game.

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    1. Thank you Pete, I am heartened by your comment regarding the uniform as it is all a bit of a guess.

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  16. Hola
    IMPRESIONANTE la escena muy buena
    un saludo

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  17. I like the overall colour scheme a lot. White, orange and khaki/ochre looks really good.

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    1. Thank you, not sure where this came from, but I'm, sure I would have seen a picture somewhere and it would have evolved from there.

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  18. Really nice colour tones and scheme on these Michael.

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  19. I really enjoyed looking at your painted figures. Swell job. Plus they are posed well on a really nice base. +++!

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    1. Thank you Jay, the poses do have a dynamic quality to them, which certainly made life easier for me.

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  20. That's a really great piece Michael!

    Christopher

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  21. Excellent little gun. Your basing really makes this little vignette pop.

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    1. Thank you so much, I've always enjoyed basing as it helps to bring the piece to a natural end.

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  22. The minute I saw it I knew it was Redoubt. One of their better items I think. You've done a lovely job with it sir.

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    1. Thank you Millsy, what I am noticing about Redoubt is that they are considerably taller than Warlord Games.

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  23. Lovely work!

    I really love Redoubt for Some periods and this is another fine example of their range. You have done it great justice!

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    1. Thank you, I must confess that I really enjoy the 'chunky' feel that Redoubt have, but they don't necessarily fit as well as I would have liked with the other ranges.

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  24. Excellent figures and base. Well done!

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    1. That is really kind of you Cory, thank you.

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  25. Excellent as always Michael !
    Cheers

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  26. Nicely done Michael. Now theres a thought! A bucket of silverware getting ready to be used as grapeshot, yes I saw this on the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter & it worked wonders there.

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  27. Wonderful work on these - Pike & Shot is one period I've not gotten into yet. The closest would be my Empire guys, but that's another story. That all said, your fine work makes the period look enticing. Best, Dean

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  28. Absolutely beautiful painting - what a great piece of work

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  29. Lovely work as usual Michael.

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  30. I can just see the scene now....
    "Brushwood for burning Witches ? ... Check !
    Guns ?..... Check !
    Stakes and silver bullets just in case ? ... Check !
    Crossbows ?.... Check !
    I'm sure we still need something else ..."

    Great looking vignette btw

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  31. Lovely work indeed, as is to be expected, Mr. Awdry! I have some good/bad news for you... and please don't hold it against me: I've awarded you a LIEBSTER, which I know you had received in the past, and just learned you received very recently. Please feel no pressure to officially "Accept" it again. Whether you or not you manage that, your blog is so richly well-deserving of cudos and accolades, and as one of my own all-time personal favorite destinations in the blogosphere, I just wouldn't feel right if I hadn't given one of my Liebsters to you.

    Forgive me, brother Awdry!

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    1. No forgiveness required my good man, as there can be no greater accolade than to receive praise from one's peers especially if you hold that person in such high regard, and you Sir are most certainly held in high regard - thank you.

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