Firing line

Firing line

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Saxon Artillery

A bit of a sneak peek this one. Griffin JJP Ltd who do my mould making and casting are just venturing into the 3D design market.

I have been working closely with them over the last week to look at making some artillery pieces for the Saxons and my British.

Here's a couple of wip screen shots of the Saxon 'rapid fire' cannon.
There are tweaks to be made and of course the 'T' handle at the rear will be hanging down as it was chain.
 I've been liaising with Dr. Stephen Summerfield over this and I'm pretty comfortable that we are almost there.

The dimensions are spot on and the cannon will suffice for the 3 or the 6 pounder as the barrels were only a couple of cms different which in this scale isn't noticeable.

Really looking forward to seeing this produced.

British light and field 12 pounders I hope to be next.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

At last - Saxons and a special pre.order offer

Well sometimes its better late than never and I have waited quite a while for these chaps.
Anyway the first wave of Saxons arrived today - still with a couple of niggles but of that later.

I'm really pleased with these and following a closer inspection etc. they will be off to Griffin on Monday.

A couple of 'mistakes'! before people shout in  - the artillery crew hats have pom poms on and they shouldn't they should all be cockades these will be cast as is ( could pass as Prussians?) and the production casts altered to have the cockades.

The Cuirassiers - Dr. Summerfields book describes the headwear as having pom poms for this period but all his plates etc show the Officers with cockades - so again these will be altered before full production.
Frustrating I know but these things happen!

In terms of the Grenadiers from my information at this time (mid 1740's) the Grenadier Officers wore tricorn?
Unless I'm advised accordingly this will remain as is although I may still convert one to see what he looks like. A grenadier drummer will be converted before production.

Anyway onto the pics.


 Standard bearer
 Artillery crew
 Cuirassier command

 Trooper walking

 Figures charging
 Troopers charging

The next figures are a bonus and were commission pieces for a couple of customers anyway I have decided to make them available and they would be suitable for French or Austrian?

Finally I hope to get the Saxons on the shop this weekend but initially they will be available as pre.order units

A unit of Infantry or cavalry (24 infantry or 12 cavalry incl. command) will attract a 10% discount
A brigade of Infantry or Cavalry ( 3 units of infantry or Cavalry will attract 15%)
A Saxon army -3 Brigades of infantry 1 brigade of cavalry and a battery of guns (3 pieces) will attract 20%
Finally another Cuirassier Officer is being made in a slightly more dynamic pose is being made and any one who buys a unit or more of Cuirassiers will receive the new Officer free.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

From famine to feast _ new releases a plenty

It's been some while since I posted anything and I apologise but hopefully over the next few weeks there will be quite a few things of interest.

A nice bundle of new releases will be appearing in the shop over the next couple of days.
The long awaited Mousquetaires of the Guard including my much wanted vignette which I think Andy Stadden has done a first class job

Then we have the marching Spanish Grenadier

The long awaited French Dragoon command - both the Grenadier and the command are sculpted by John Dougan

Then there is also another favorite of mine the ADC

He's on one of the new charging heavy horses and he would most probably sit better on a light.

A mounted Officer suitable for French or Savoia
I've also been doing quite a few conversions for customers for their imagi-nation armies - some of these may find their way to the shop- not decided yet:)

Hopefully the Saxons wont be too far behind.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Your opinion matters

Sorry for the lack of updates - next week I shall post some photos of the Musquetaires which will be going to Griffin next week for casting.

However I need your views - the first part of the Saxons will be ready very shortly and I am considering offering some pre.order incentives.
The first releases will be musketeers and command, Grenadiers, Cuirassiers and artillery crews.
I am considering offering unit packs (24 inf or 12 cav ) incl. command at 10% discount.
Then Brigade packs ( 3 inf or 3 cavalry units) and finally army packs ( 3 brigades and a battery of 3 guns and crew) at an increasing discount.
These would be available to order until the figures were in production
Thoughts please

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Chasseurs De Fischer Infantry

Just finished basing the Chasseurs de Fischer infantry, painted for me by Steve Allen and due to see action shortly.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Salute 2018 - A big thank you

Well another year and another Salute. A great show. We met my target in terms of trade I just need to break that glass ceiling next year --- maybe :)

But more importantly a huge thank you to all those that came to chat - regular customers from Spain, Italy,Australia, Canada and America as well as the home grown ones - I won't try to name you all in fear that I miss someone.

However I also gained quite a few new customers who for one reason or the other hadn't seen or been aware of the range - a lot of people liked the fact the figures are proportionate and not big hands, big heads etc favoured by so many.

My good lady accompanied me this time to the show and it was certainly a baptism of fire for her despite a detailed briefing on the morning !!!!!!! knowing your regulation dress from campaign dress, your French line from British line all proved to be a little overpowering at times but Dawn met it all with a smile and was a great help even if it was just to nudge me when she thought I was talking too much and ignoring customers so if I missed you I'm sorry I'm just passionate about the figures. :)

Still working on the new displayy and the new banner by Chris Gregg got many positive comments.
So thank you all once again for your continued support and here's to  another productive year - I just love this hobby :)

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Salute 2018 - ready to go!

Stock is all sorted and ready for loading. Van is booked and to be collected early in the morning loaded and then off.

Pre.orders have been healthy this year let's hope its a good sign!!!

I hadn't posted these on the blog and as I know not evryone is on Facebook I thought they were worthy of appearing on here.
John Dougan the sculptor of these has painted his pack mules and mountain gun and a mighty fine job he's done I think.

I'm pleased to report John has started on the French Dragoon command and Andy is on with the Musquetaires - then it's definitely on with the early Saxons.

If you're at Salute pop by and say hello even if I can't get you to part with some cash.