Between hours of work on a remodelling and construction project, several Flames of War Eastern Front (Stalingrad 1942) tabletop scenarios, and occasional miniature modelling, WR slowly collected the bits and completed models of his 25/28mm ancient war machines, all scattered about in several ancient and medieval apple box miniature collections. From the unbuilt kits storage shed, additional models were added to the war machine collection, while some old models required repairs and partial fabrication of parts, no doubt from years of use in WR’s youth. Quick paint work and applied thin black wash effect left the only task to base the various war machines and apply the local scenic bushes in typical WR fashion. The current war machine collection pictured below pending the painted 25mm / 28mm crew miniatures…. as soon as WR can locate them:
As for all WR’s collections, the cut down standardized size apple box with compartmentation are used. Note the second box has an “attic” shelf to store the smaller mantlets and other small equipment and a common feature for some collections.
Model miniatures come from various sources. Most are the older RAFM 25mm metal kits which can be found on Ebay. Others are the 1/72 OOP Zeveda plastic kits which if found are worth their value, or large resin kits from Grendal models. Time for a siege it seems, as WR has a large 25mm castle or city wall terrain collection to face off the siege war machines, plus the old Siege & Conquest Warhammer Ancients book on the bookshelf.
During September WR heads for Portugal and the Battle of Evora July 1808, a totally hopeless scenario for the tabletop….. veteran French, trained in battle and combat experienced vs. local Portuguese revolt “units” stiffened by Spanish regulars. Calling it a “battle” is questionable so most likely WR will solo play the scenario to avoid embarrassment and can say…. “did that battle” for the scenario bucket list. In reality it was a sharp short duration fight then chasing the fleeing Portuguese and Spanish into Evora, leading to immediate sacking of the city and population massacre. The Battle of Evora was the second “open field” Portuguese battle after the Battle of Teixiera June 1808, and was fought just before the British landed on the shores of Portugal leading up to the Battles of Rolica and Vimiero. The Battle of Vimiero 1808 scenario is scheduled for the upcoming HMGS-PSW regional convention October 13/14th at California State University Fullerton).
Cheers from the warren.
Details and flyer below for the upcoming HMGS-PSW regional convention where WR will stage two scenario games: Battle of Vimiero 1808 (Saturday) and Flames of War 20mm scenario called “Pieper’s Charge”….Battle of the Bulge 1944 (Sunday).