Day 15 – Acabado!

So, wrapping up now with the gallery. So, 15 days, I’d estimated ~30 hours work (normally about 90mins per day, a bit longer at the weekend)

I’ve still got a camp to find, and for Derby I’m going to use the army after Nordlingen , so will need to paint up some Croats and a ‘non’ Spanish regiment to fill the compulsaries!

But done for now! (I can field what I need for the Oxford comp, which was the brief)

Overall , I’m reasonably pleased. The figures were a bit mixed. I’m requiring very hight standards in my old age. In my minf I’d aimed for a over hue to the army and I didn’t get there!  Still too dark for my liking. Couldn’t avoid using the GW washes (gotta love ’em), but they do take it down a register.


Day 10 aftermath

Post the weekend it’s been reasonably successful. I hadn’t anticipated to do much as weekend are usually family times, but I got a couple of hours in…

The painting phase is now nearly complete. Rather than say what I’ve done .. Here is what is left!

You know that it’s nearly done when the flags are out

Quick shot of the weekend work

Even had time to paint one of Ian Kays new winged hussars


FoG:R Oxford – War of Religion rules

This competition is a pairs competition with teams of two players, one playing an Catholic army and the other one playing a Protestant army. Individual players can enter but will need to be matched with another player for the event. In each round pairs will be drawn against each other and the Catholic player of pair 1 will play the Protestant player of pair 2 and vice versa.

The army lists 15 mm FOG R armies must not exceed 700 points.

Armies: covering the TYW period 1618 to 1648 from the following: –

Catholic Armies:

  • Early Thirty Years German Catholic
  • Later Imperial Spanish
  • 30 Years War Peninsular Spanish
  • Later 30 Years War German
  • Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1620-1631)
  • 30 Year War Danish (1643-1645)

Protestant Armies:

  • Early Thirty Years War German Protestant
  • Hungarian Transylvanian
  • Later 30 Years War German
  • 30 Years War Danish (1625 – 1629)
  • Early 30 Years War Swedish
  • Later 30 Years War Swedish and Weimarian
  • Later 80 Years War Dutch
  • 30 Years War French
  • Early 17th Century French
  • Later Ottoman Turkish
  • Early Caroline English

Draw: First round draw will be done by date order to match historical opponents a much as possible – thereafter Swiss chess format.

It is proposed that we use 5’’ x 3’. Players must supply their own terrain pieces. As we are using smaller tables then each player will only be allowed up to 4 pieces including the compulsory pieces. In addition the area along the short edge of the table that foot or artillery cannot be deployed in will be 9” and not 12”. The restrict of 9” will also apply to where threatened flank applies.


Day 5 – Après

Things are going well on the painting front. About 1/3 of the way through in 5 days. I know it will slow down towards the end as I get bored.

Just a treat I painted a General. this will probably be Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, commander of the Army

















The build for this army is for the competition at Oxford. Its a pairs event with each player taking 1 protestant army and 1 catholic army. I drew the short straw with the Catholics. The Protestants get all the choicest armies!!

The army I’m building will represent the Spanish at Nördlingen (1634), at least I’m picking an army where the Catholics won!

Its bases on all the ‘old tercios’ ( “Tercios Viejos”) commanded by Fuenclara, Idiáquez, and Toralto. There is some reasonable cavalryl two in the cuirassier model, and some other odds and ends. The Tercios will be the main fighting force.

The competion is on reduced size table so hoepfully there will be no getting away from the tercios. However I suspect that I will be mostly fighting Swedes all weekend – which won’t be pleasant




day1 progress

well, the good weather helps today. As I get older I like my 15mms brighter and brighter. So with only a short deadline a bold strategy is called for. So, armed with  glue stick and tongue depressors I took the task in hand.

Did I say I hated painting horses?






Once all the infantry was prepped out came the spray can! shield your eyes



now , came the toning down, as I wanted it to be a rich yellow (with ubiquitous marroon/red). I used my special soup – and worked well. Always a nerve wrakcing moment

Once the infantry was drying I turned my attention to the horseflesh

A army painter spray and now a dark brown soup mix, it drying now… ready for day 2!

Not bad paint on 90% of the figures in the first day!