A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that


Thursday, 17 March 2016

ECW - More Siege Artillery

Big ones, small ones - from siege cannons to a 2-man peashooter
Having worked on the oh-so-shiny gunners from the Mike & Whiskers Legacy Collection, and dug some appropriate guns out of the lead pile, I suddenly have a big dollop (I believe that is the correct military term) of extra artillery - specifically for sieges.

My ECW armies are already probably over-provided with field artillery, and I have a fine big mortar, but the approach of the siege project has highlighted a shortage of odd guns on small bases, to fit on tops of towers and in "mounts", not to mention actual wall-crushers.

A couple of very serious 'cannons of 8' - if these chaps (provisionally called Stan &
Olly) shoot at your town walls they will stay shot at, and don't forget it. Anyone who
observes that the ramrod would only reach halfway down the barrel is correct, of
course, but may spend the evening on the naughty step. Obviously they have a longer
one stashed somewhere, don't they? 
None of this is of particularly fine quality - the rehashed gunners are purely functional, for a start - but I have ticked another box for the list of things I need to do to prepare for sieges. Tick.

Only ECW artillery job still in my queue is to paint up a few more frame guns for the Scots - I have the gun castings, but am trying to think of how to provide suitable gunner figures in 20mm. Conversions coming up, methinks.

Next job is to slap some paint on some new hills (hexagonal, of course - MDF, of course) and start some tests to get a colour scheme for my forthcoming river system. These aren't siege jobs, but it would surely tidy things up a bit around here if I could store some of this MDF away in the scenery boxes.

Latest thought on a colour for rivers is - rather to my surprise - darkish blue-green. I was going to go for mud brown again, but somehow this doesn't seem right if the new river pieces may also form lakes and coastline. I'll get some sample pots from the hardware store and see how it looks.


10 comments:

  1. Some serious bits of kit you have there - can't wait to see your first siege game!

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    1. I have a lot of work to do to get proper trenches done - it's in hand, but it will take some work. At present I have no ideas for forward saps, so may use brown felt strips or similar for them.

      Bubbling up to the top of the heap of things to do now is work on the rules, so I'd better do some more tests with the silly Jenga block trenches before I invest a fortune in trenches...

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  2. Those two siege pieces are behemoths!
    Looking forward to viewing more of your hex terrain tiles.

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    1. I'm still looking at paint shades, but should have some river pieces painted in a few days.

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  3. I empathise with the struggle to fit things in boxes. Once you've cracked it - let me know how!

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    1. I need a touch of Mary Poppins, I think.

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  4. I like the gonnes, they remind me of my big Minifig beast.

    The river colour sounds good, a few days ago I went north on my walk instead of south and being an unseasonally warm and sunny day I went farther than usual thus passing over a stretch where I can look downslope all the way to the river and for once looked got the timing right so that the river was in rather than being a mudflat. It was a bright shiny deep blue or rather several shades of the same inc a few touches of green and slate and my first thought was actually of your river post (which seemed a bit strange but there we are).

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    1. In my crazier moments, it keeps occurring to me that it would be a terrible waste not to use the spare side of the river bases, so an alternative colour might be a possibility. Since I am having trouble choosing a single colour, I don't know whether choosing two is more or less difficult.

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  5. Impressive, very impressive!

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    1. Thank you Phil - they do look best from a distance, I have to admit...

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