Entering the Napoleonic Wars: 33rd (West Riding) Regiment

For a while I’ve been working on some Napoleonic minis in between other projects, and I’ve just finished my first unit! Since British infantry regiments were named after counties, I decided it would be nice to do one for each of the four historic English counties I’ve lived in. This week I’m visiting my parents in the (historical) West Riding of Yorkshire, so it seemed appropriate to finish off my 33rd (West Riding) regiment:

The whole battalion advancing in line formation

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Back to the painting! Fer de Lance

Over the last few years I have suffered from clinical depression. For a while it was very severe and it was difficult to do any of the things I would normally enjoy. During this period one of the things that helped me cope was taking up painting miniatures, something I hadn’t done since I was a pre-teen. The active but somewhat mindless state I could get in while painting helped me to relax a bit and even if I wasn’t capable of enjoying myself, I felt like I was doing something I had been meaning to do for years and at least being a little creative.

Sometimes it was too hard to do any painting and I have to thank my best friend Olaf, co-author of this blog, for always encouraging me and reminding me that it helped.

I’m doing a lot better these days than I was then, but I still find I succumb to “painter’s block” for long periods – I feel unable to actually start painting, even though I keep making plans to do so. “This weekend I’ll definitely get my paints out of the box” I’d say, then find some reason not to. I’m fond of telling people “try doing something for 5 minutes and then letting yourself stop if you want”. It’s good advice for overcoming mental blocks, but it’s also very hard advice to follow sometimes.

Anyway yesterday I overcame the block and actually painted a miniature, the fancypants Fer de Lance of the Southern Republic, from Heavy Gear Blitz by Dream Pod 9. If history is any guide then I’ll probably paint several more in the coming weeks/months, and it will be as therapeutic as it always has been.

Here it is, and there’s more pics after the fold.

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Front view of the Fer de Lance. Painted in the same scheme as my other Honour Guard. You can see the Light Anti-Tank Missile and Medium Rifle that make up his offensive armament.

 

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Rattlesnake

Been painting up another obsolete old model for my mercenary compagnie in Heavy Gear Blitz. This time it’s the Rattlesnake which was an early strike gear, faster and lighter than a Jager and, crucially, armed with a medium rocket pack (MRP) rather than the light rocket pack of similar cheap gears (or even the Black Mamba strike gear!).

The Rattlesnake doesn’t have any stats in the Living Rule Book, but I will be posting stats up on the blog so others can add it to their game.

I’m pretty happy with how he came out. I think it’s clear my painting style is slowly moving toward higher contrast models with more variation in shade, but more gradual transitions

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Note the tiny little camera head. The pilot’s head is in the armoured block below that, with a vision slit in case the camera gets blown off!

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Heavy Gear Chargeur Engineering Gear

Here’s my most recent completed model, the Chargeur Engineering Gear for NuCoal. I really like all the engineering models in the game, and I’m planning to eventually build a squad with one of each type for my NuCoal force. I’m fairly pleased with the base, which has the gear either clearing debris, building an impromptu roadblock, or shifting supplies around or the edge of a road through the badlands. I’m also very happy with the canopy, which was my first attempt at painting this kind of effect.

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NuCoal infantry squad and Chasseur paratrooper for scale.

Heavy Gear Blitz – King Cobra merc

Peep peep!

I’ve been doing some more painting, this time of an old Tactical era King Cobra model I got super, super cheap from well known French gaming site Ludik Bazar. Now the model itself I would consider quite a bit worse than the excellent modern Blitz era metal King Cobra – the key differences are that the pose is very static, the weapons are smaller, there’s a little less detail, the stylised look of the Heavy Gear illustrations aren’t really captured, the shoulder rocket pack is different/worse, the hands are normal sized rather than the massive an iconic manipulators, the artillery rocket system is missing entirely, and there are no ears at all!

Still for the price they were a bargain and with some modifications (modded artillery rockets, newer mortar, modified cut down rotary cannon, a pair of old tac era knife blades stuck on as ears and a few other minor changes) I think the model ended up looking pretty good.

Here he is without his weapons (both hands are magnetised). Click on for plenty more pics.

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Front view of the King Cobra. Because he’s an older model I decided to paint him for my mercenary Compagnie, who use slightly older or modified gears. Their scheme is green and red.

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Bobcat recon gear

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I recently got an order from the excellent UK miniature store Shiny Games – the sole UK distributor of Heavy Gear Blitz miniatures. I highly recommend the store – it has very good customer service and is quick to post, plus the guy who runs it is clearly a gamer himself.

In fact the reason for this post is that the order came with a little note from the manager of Shiny Games saying he looked forward to seeing a Bobcat gear painted, which spurred me into action.

So here he is!

 

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Front view of the Bobcat, a cheap and cheerful recon gear with a Pack Gun and Very Light Rocket Pack

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Mother and Tanklets (Aller and Klemms)

I’ve just finished painting a third Klemm light tank and putting the three I now have on bases with mud/grass/tank tracks etc.

I thought I’d take a group shot with the Northern Heavy Tank, the Aller. All the turrets are swappable so I can make any of the variants of the Klemm/Aller. They aren’t particularly stunning paintjobs but I quite like the way they turned out.

As usual I include a gear and some infantry for scale (which is 1/144 by the way).

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The mother Aller leads her little ducklet Klemms forward!

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