Saturday, May 31, 2014

III/34b Andalusian

710 AD - 1172 AD

DBA 2.2

I suspect this army pack is actually for DBA ver 2.0 (2001) or 1.1 (1995) or even going back to (1990) ver1.0? There are new Essex Andalusian figures available today but didn't get them in this army pack :o(  i.e. Latest 15mm Essex Andalusian Cavalry and Infantry Miniatures.

Army Composition: 1 x (Gen) 3Cv, 1 x 3Cv, 2 x 2Lh, 6 x 2Ps, and 2 x 4Sp elements

Update: DBA 3.0 Army

I found out that one of the 1 x 2Ps can be replaced with 1 x 3Kn, 1 x 4Cb (crossbow) or 1 x 4Sp
which is great, by adding the Knights to this army it will give that extra "punch" element to the Andalusian cavalry force.

1 x General (Cv), 

1 x ghulam or Andalusian cavalry (Cv), 
2 x mujahids (LH), 
1 x Christian guard (3Kn or 4Cb) or African Guard (Sp), 
2 x archers or slinger's (Ps),
3 x Berber javelinmen (Ps)
2 x Andalusian or African spearmen (Sp)

Historical Enemies: To name a few, Later Visigoths, Carolingian, Sicilian, Vikings, Normans, Fanatic Berber and I believe Andalusian fought among themselves.

These 15mm Essex miniatures paint up well and quick, the main battle line are the spearmen and Cavalry (3Cv) including the General to hold the center. There a lot of light troops to help cover/protect the flanks of this army, usage of terrain features on the battle ground board by the Andalusian skirmishers is crucial to slow down and harass approaching enemy elements... anyway on to the figures

Some of the photos came out a bit fuzzy - blur sorry about that!

Army Arrayed


Line Cavalry

Light Horse


Javelins and Slingers

African Muslims Javelins and Slingers

Chestnut Andalusian Horse

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sash & Saber 25mm ACW Cavalry

Confederate Cavalry Regimental Pack (16 Troopers with 16 Horses) Sash and Saber Miniatures

4 figures armed with sabers, 4 figures armed with shotguns, 4 figures armed with pistols and 4 command figures 1 officer, 1 Standard bearer, 1 Bulgar, 1 Sargent.

My favorite figures from the Regimental bag would have to be the drawn sabers miniatures really nice and nasty looking. I haven't as yet flocked the bases, the troopers are not fixed (glued) to the horses yet. shuffling/swapping troopers around on their horses to see how they all would look like together or mixed. I think I botch the painting on these guys the gray color(s) I used look funny to me, maybe not enough shading? After looking at the photos I notice 2 troopers with mold lines running on arms and legs which is extremely naughty of me for not cleaning preparing the miniatures before painting!

Command Pack (4 figures)

4 x Cavalry Troopers with Shotguns

4 x Cavalry Troopers with Pistols

4 x Cavalry Troopers with Drawn Sabers

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sash & Saber 25mm ACW Infantry

Something different for a change, Here are my two Brigades of Confederates or if you like, Four Regiments (10 figures each or 12 elements for DBACW) based for Guns at Gettysburg, Impetves ACW, Black Powder, Fire and Fury Rules and/or for any other ACW set of rules. 
The miniatures are actually mounted on Litko Plywood 60mm x 20mm stands to deploy the units in extended Line if necessary during a game.

Sash and Saber Miniatures are fantastic to collect and/or "must have" for anyone who is interested in the American Civil War. Chris Hughes is a master Sculptor period! :o) I believe Chris also sculpt the Old Glory 2nd Edition ACW miniatures, which I have a few bags and the miniatures are great but slightly taller to their Sash & Saber brothers.

The Sash and Saber 40 metal (lead) figures are from the Regimental Firing Line pack, which is really cool and what I really find amazing is that you get all 40 figures with different poses i.e. 2 officers 2 standard bearers 1 drummer 1 bugler 2 Sargent's 2 corporals and 30 Infantry as standing, knelling, loading and firing positions.... 
anyway My flocking of the bases are some what mediocre and the grass I used, well looks shocking after looking at the photos! also you will notice no Flags, one day I will purchase ACW Confederate and Union flags at GMB designs 

I'm currently working on my Sash and Saber Confederate Regimental Cavalry pack (16 troopers/16 Horses) should be done in a day or two....  anyway all the best Guys..cheers! :o)

Comparing ACW 25mm to 28mm Miniatures:

On the left 3 x Sash and Saber figures and on the right 3 x Old Glory 2nd edition figures.

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