Saturday, 16 December 2017

Now Painted

Painted the officer shown on the last post. Next up, making the second figure to complete the vignette for IR46. I am very fortunate to be able to make what I want and paint to a reasonable standard.
I think this pose is just perfect for SYW officers......will certainly include this pose in Set 1 of the 22mm specials.
John
 
 
 

Start of another Vignette

Up until yesterday all my sculpting time seems to have devoted to the 22'ers. I actually tried to make a 30mm vignette some weeks back but failed miserably. I think this was due not being able to
re-adjust between the two scales. I need a vignette for Prussian IR 46, the only way to achieve this was to stop the 22'ers and rest the eyes for a couple of days. It worked, and the Officer piece was made in a few hours. The inspiration came from the artwork of Rochling.
I will now undercoat the sculpt and paint before I make the second figure.
Yes, I will make this figure in 22mm. The plan is to re-start the 22'ers in February next year.
John
 
 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Archive 2

As I said a few posts back I have 1000's of photographs archived. Some better than others, anyway for those following the Blog here are a few more.
I would say 95% have been shown on AMG Forum more than once, so now it is time to share with AMG Blog readers.
Photo 1. A battalion of Spanish, not the entire regiment
Photo 2. San Domingo Vol. French
Photo 3. Austrian Regiment
Photo 4. Prussian field battery, old style
Photo 5. AWI British (loyalist) battalion
Photo 6. French cavalry
 
John
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Why so many Prussians

A question often asked 'Why do I have so many Prussian infantry'.
 
Since the 70's I have always been fascinated with Prussian infantry during the reign of Frederick the Great. Albeit all regiments are in blue uniforms, everything else is a different combination from the lapels to no lapels, collars to no collars, vests and breeches, tricorne or mitre..........and those wonderful flags.
 
The following are the line regiments I currently have excluding Garrison and Frei Korps etc
 
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40, 42, 44, 46, 49.
 
As all except IR 38 and 49 are fifty four figure regiments. Yes, I consider all my 54 figure units to be two battalion regiments. The grenadiers will be detached during table-top encounters.
 
I probably would have had more but with also having a large Hessian force....I think I have more than enough.
 
I have to admit it is rewarding when on the occasion of 'refighting an actual battle' one can bring out many of the correct regiments that fought on the day.
 
The first photograph is of six grenadier battalions, the second a full Prussian regiment.
John
 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

More Photographs from the Archives 1

Since publishing AMG, I have taken over 10000 photographs. Of that number I have retained 2-3000 both on CD's and on Disk in the event of an AMG 2 & 3.
Anyway, here are eight of those photographs. No photo enhancements just natural daylight or room lights.
 
I am really happy with my 30mm collection (albeit my 22'ers are better sculpts). The sculpts are not pedestrian but are in natural movement poses.
A question I have been asked often, 'If you could not have your own figures what would you buy that is available today in 28-30mm' ................. Perry, Crann Tara, Eureka and a couple of German companies. Albeit there are some great Russian sculptors that I would loved to have commissioned. There are No other 18th century ranges I would even contemplate.
I have been lucky to have been able to create a unique collection of figures painted by the expert brush men David Jarvis and Mark Allen. Also I have some of the very best model building in 30mm. Yes, I am a lucky man.
I still have 1000's of 30mm castings, many of which have not been seen......so lets hope 2018 will see this collection grow.
John
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Memories of Mollwitz

With the snow floating across the windows of my hobby room and the lawns and trees covered in white, memories flood back of my Mollwitz game.
Over 300 photographs were taken of the day before and the day of the battle. Unlike many, my hobby is more about taking photographs that tell a story, capture a moment in time, renowned artwork replaced by miniatures. Yes, photos of troops, but with sufficient vignettes or scenic colour, such as buildings and trees that equally engage the eye, not always just lines of figures.
John