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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Army Review: 15mm Sarmatians

Today's review is of my first "proper" (ie historical) army - 15mm Sarmatians. You know, the big scary block of big scary men on big scary horses with long scary pointy things (or BSBoBSMoBSHwLSPT; or the BSB for short!). I haven't added to the army for a couple of years and there are still a load of figures to be completed at some point - the horses are done, but I still haven't finished prepping the riders, let alone painting them!

I've also got some Scythian heavy cavalry and command group sitting in a drawer part-painted. I really should finish those at some point.

Anyway, pics.

Bulgar medium cavalry

Rhoxolani "other cavalry"

Alan and Scythian light horse

Light foot

Medium foot


Baggage camp


It's certainly interesting to see how my painting and basing has developed over the years since I painted these. All the figures here are Donnington Ancient & Moderns. For the cavalry with lances and spears the worst part was having to drill out the hands. I think I only sunk the drill bit into my own hand a few times...

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Army Review: Choson Koreans

And we're onto the eighth post of the series. Today's army is probably my biggest because...reasons (such as megalomania). It also includes the potential start for another army,

Yes, as the post title gives away, this is my Choson Korean army which currently fills 4 foolscap box files. It's so large that I had to split it into sections to take the pics of it.

Speaking of pics...

The Irregular Forces:


Irregular cavalry

Half of the Righteous Army

Monk soldiers

Peasant levy

More monk soldiers

The other half of the Righteous Army

Horse nomads

Baggage camp for FoG
This part of the army is the most likely to be added to. I'm likely to expand the Righteous Army and peasant levy troops, but not for a long while. I also have some horse nomad medium/heavy cavalry that I started painting a while back and need to finish. I could expand those as well, to build another army, but probably just enough for a decent ADLG army rather than for FoG.

The Regular Forces:


Another view of the generals

Light troops


Military academy light horse

Guard cavalry

To-bang and Tae-gak guard foot

"Soldiers" - these replaced the T-bang and Tae-gak guards under the Yi reforms

Regular foot

More regular foot

Still more regular foot

Regular cavalry and crossbowmen

You may have spotted that the regular foot are either 3 or 4 ranks deep. That is because one of the rear ranks has bows, another arquebuses and the third crossbows (two of the regiments don't have crossbows painted yet - the figures are prepped to add those). I will probably add another front rank (melee weapons) for each regiment and some more skirmish troops so that I can play out a civil war campaign in the future. It's handy that they paint up very quickly.

The Koreans are all Old Glory 15s apart from the artillery, arqebusiers and the separate crossbow unit - those are Grumpys (via East Riding Miniatures). the horse nomads are Mongols from Donnington Ancient & Modern.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Army Review: Thirty Years War

Carrying on with this series, it's more 15mm goodness (mainly because I haven't got onto the 28s yet!). This time it's my Thirty Years War army. I deliberately chose not to paint them as a specific army and have left flags off so that they can be used as whichever army I choose.That's also the reason why I've painted most of the infantry as 9-base units - it allows me to use them as later tercios (9 bases), Swedish brigades (7 bases) or straight-up pike & shot units (6 bases) in FoGR.

I haven't subjected my bathroom scales to this army, but expect it to be quite close to the 12lbs of my NSL - there's a lot of densely packed foot and horse in this army.

Time for pics methinks:


Guns and Cuirassiers





Baggage elements

Artillery park


Blue foot regiments

Red foot regiments

Green foot regiments

Yellow foot regiment


Casualty/cohesion markers

All figures are from Donnington Ancient & Modern apart from one unit of cuirassiers which are from Old Glory 15s (a gift from Seb).

At the moment, this army does give me a lot of playable options, but there are still things I want to add. At some point I want to put together a Hungarian/Transylvanian allied contingent, but I can't see myself getting to that this year. Eventually I would like to add several more foot regiments and more generals and artillery so that I can put on some truly massive games at home or the club. I'f I ever do that, I'll almost certainly need to add more cavalry as well - this megalomania isn't easy I tell you!

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