I took part in a Black Powder mini-competition a month or so back at Call to Arms, the annual convention of the venerable Wellington Warlords club. We had five games over two days using a point system devised by a couple of the competition organisers. I decided to take a Spanish Army but had to settle for Spanish with a brigade of British supports because I did not have enough Spaniards painted. I didn’t get too badly whomped (2 losing draws, one winning draw, one hiding and one win).
What I decided though was that I needed more good Spanish infantry. So this last week I painted and based a battalion of Walloon Guards. These are my usual Elite Miniatures from Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia. Getting these from Nathan is a no-brainer for me. He is a great guy to deal with and the AUD and NZD almost have parity.
I am pretty happy these guys turned out seeing as they are my second unit in three years. I mean, close up they are alright but they look cracker from Wargames Distance. I also painted most of these guys while away last week for work and when I am away I am now staying in my camper trailer. Internal lighting is OK as I have three 24v LED strip lights that provide good overall illumination but not great for fiddly work like miniature painting – but I am working on that. A 2400 lumen work lamp (solar or usb charged) is on it’s way so should not be a problem much longer.
The flags I just used images off the internet of Spanish flags and resized. After I did this I found an envelope of flags, including some I was sent many years ago by Lawrence from This Life in Lead blog. Among those were two Ramos fabric flags for the Walloon Guards. Oh well – that is life’s way of telling me to paint another battalion of Walloons. I am still missing finials and cords – will order some soon as I have about six battalions in need of them. I had heaps but ran out – well – about four years ago.
EDIT – I forgot to add that the standard bearers are Front Rank figures. I am pretty sure that Lawrence gave me them as well. Thanks Lawrence.
And yes, the chickens came up to see what I was doing and one tried to peck my miniatures. Vicious little bastards are chickens.
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Well they certainly look the part Brian.
They look great Brian, and I thrilled you found a home for those standard bearers. That win/loss ration is also very impressive; a top result playing Spanish under just about any rule system. The Walloon Guards will provide some decent backbone for future games. Top stuff.
Cheers – the rest of the standard bearers will go to my other guard and irish regiments.
Great stuff Brian. It is a good thing that your chickens were only looking at Spaniards…if they had been Austrians they would have lost their til feathers in short order as hat decoration.
They are pesky creatures. Eventually will end up in a stew so last laugh will always be on them.
They look super, Brian. I have in mind to add this outfit to my own Spanish collection as well.
I want to do a Battalion of Detachments for my Brits as well.
man all that white paint arrggghhhh, just started painting a set, got my first 6 done..
Sorry it took so long to approve this message – been a bit distracted. The white paint can be a but daunting. I take a slightly different approach to painting white. I use a white/grey, then just highlight with white. Works for me.
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