Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Sincere Thanks to Murdock

Murdock and his lovely bride visited us for a few hours today . . . and while our wives visited upstairs we descended into my War Room and worked on my ECW Cavalry.

David helped me greatly by doing a lot of the tedious prep-work on many horses as well as some detail painting on several dozen riders.  While nothing is that close to getting on the table yet, they are a heck of a lot closer now than they were this morning.

So a great big "THANK YOU" to my gaming buddy for his wonderful assistance today (as always) . . . and a heartfelt wish for him (and the rest of you) for a wonderful and game-filled New Year!

-- Jeff

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas, etc.

Well I just realized that I had yet to post my annual photo of our "trees".  Alas we are now limited to using artificial trees since I have not regained my strength since my illness and cannot deal with the real ones.  So here I am with our "porch tree":


And here is what the porch tree (and lights) looks like at dusk:


Meanwhile, inside the house, we have our Yule Tree:


And finally, in order to get some sort of "Christmas Tree Scent" in the house we have a bunch of fir boughs in a vase with decorations in our great room:


And so we will wrap up the year as we wish you and yours a most wonderful holiday and a fabulous new year.

-- Jeff

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Artillery & Infantry of Saxe-Bearstein

Artillerists & Artillery (heavy, light and medium) of Saxe-Bearstein

Above you see some of Saxe-Bearstein's splendid Artillery and Artillerists.  Below you will find images of her famous Infantry (please note the grenadiers -- on your left)(Also remember to click on images for a larger view).

Regular Infantry: 

von Beck's Regiment -- rated superior
von Molson's Regiment -- rated superior
von Busch's Regiment -- rated veteran
von Pilsen Pioneers -- rated veteran
von Sleeman's Regiment -- rated veteran
von Egger's Regiment -- rated ordinary
von Koch's Regiment -- rated ordinary
von Schlitz's Regiment -- rated ordinary

Irregular Infantry:

Grolsch Grenzers -- rated veteran
Pabst Poles -- rated ordinary


Skirmishing Foot:

Veltin's Jagers -- rated superior
Richter's Jagers -- rated veteran
Blatz' Jagers -- rated ordinary


 -- Jeff

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saxe-Bearstein Army -- Command & Mounted


Above you can see a sample of a General, his Aides de Camp and some Brigadiers.  Below you may view Saxe-Bearstein's renowned mounted troops.  (Note -- click on any photo for a larger view).

Heavy Horse:

von Ursa Kuirass Regiment -- rated superior 
von Comocks Kuirass Regiment -- rated veteran 
von Goethe Kuirass Regiment -- rated veteran 
von Veltin's Kuirass Regiment -- rated ordinary

Dragoon Regiments:

Edelbrau Dragoon Regiment -- rated superior
Nachtbock Dragoon Regiment -- rated veteran
Wildschwein Dragoon Regiment -- rated veteran
Rottlager Dragoon Regiment -- rated ordinary

Light Horse (irregulars):

Heineken Hussars -- rated veteran

Coors Cossacks -- rated ordinary

To view Artillery & Infantry of Saxe-Bearstein click on this link.

-- Jeff

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Happy Thanksgiving (Canadian Style) to All

Here in Canada Thanksgiving takes place in early to mid October . . . because it gets colder sooner here in the north and it is basically a harvest festival . . . and this year today is the day.

Having just finished a nice turkey dinner that my dear wife prepared for us, I am feeling quite mellow . . . so please allow me to wish all of you a very thankful time; and remember that you do not have to wait for a "special day" to do so.

My very best wishes to all of you!

-- Jeff

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

More ECW Units Finished

I have now finished the last six pike and shot units for my English Civil War Royalist Army.  Pictured below (along with those in my earlier post (clicky)) are what my dozen pike and shot units look like . . . followed by individual photos of the six new regiments (click for larger images).


12 Royalist ECW Pike & Shot Regiments

The new regiments are as follows:

Sir Anthony Thelwell's Regiment

Sir Lewis Dyve's Regiment


Sir Henry Vaughan's Regiment
Sir Gilbert Talbot's Regiment

Sir Gervase Lucas' Regiment

Marquis of Winchester's Regiment


I am also near finishing four units of Commanded Shot . . . but I still have ten units of Cavalry as well as a couple of Dragoon units (both mounted and on foot) as well as all of my Generals and Brigadiers . . . not to mention artillerymen.

So I am far (okay much too far) from being where I want to be with this army . . . but for me the hardest part is now finished because unlike most gamers I find foot far more tedious to paint than mounted troops.  Beside which all I really only need to finish is some of the mounted and a few officers before Murdock and I can try out some ECW rule sets on the table top.

-- Jeff

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Opponent's Evil Army

Murdock has just posted a number of photos of his English Civil War forces (click on previous under-lined passage to see them).

Nasty Parliamentary Gunners

 Now I must make clear that Murdock himself is not an evil chap . . . he is in fact a jolly fine fellow and a very kind and helpful friend.  His ECW army on the other hand is filled with the sort of fellows who would cancel Christmas . . . indeed I believe that Cromwell did just that . . . certainly not the kind of people one would want in one's home.

I, on the other hand am building a Royalist force (see my last post).  Now I will freely admit that Charles is not my ideal as a king . . . but he IS king . . . and you would certainly rather have the Cavaliers at your local pub than those Roundheads.  Admit it . . . who would you rather have a round or two with, stout fellows or Bible-thumping puritans who would banish "cakes and ale"?

Now I must confess that Murdock did agree to take on this Evil Army as a concession to me since I wished to run the Royalists (as I sure you would too).  He really is a jolly good chap (even if he is serving as a Roundhead).

Please take a look at his blog post (clicky).

-- Jeff