Painting time was spent almost exclusively on the AWI this year, and my main focus was on building up my Loyalist troops. My other key aim was to continue making inroads into my leadpile, which made 2016 a cheap year from a wargaming perspective as my purchases were limited to the figures I acquired at Salute and a few books. I've now worked through the bulk of my unpainted Perry lead; what's left comprises a couple of regiments' worth of Continentals and some bits and bobs. I still have about 60 Foundry figures and various Old Glory packs (one of which I've just finished). But I'm intending to have all these metal packs finished by the end of this year. I have a couple of other commitments, and finding painting time remains elusive; but it's a realistic target and I should be able to fit in a couple of other things as well. I'd like to return to the First Carlist War and make a start on my Cape Town 1806 project, but I'm in no great rush and the necessary inspiration will arrive in its own time. Appreciating now that, in painting terms at least, it's largely 1770-1870 that interests me I have been thinking about other periods - the War of 1812, the South America Liberation Wars, the Crimean War and the ACW all interest me. However, at the moment I feel I can't justify rushing off and buying more lead or plastic when so much remains unpainted. So it's more of the same for the foreseeable future, but I'm content with that. The only other development of note has been taking the plunge with the "X-Wing" miniatures game. I thought that when Hugo turned seven in December it might be the time to try out this game with him, given that he loves Star Wars and people I know had suggested he would be old enough to get to grips with it. I'm delighted to say that we spent over 2 hours playing X-Wing last weekend and it looks like a hit. Monty is far too young to understand the rules or indeed play properly; but he likes moving his ships and rolling the dice so I'm hoping this game will produce some family fun over the next few years.
Anyway, the painting tally for 2016 is as follows:
- AWI: 243 infantry, 26 cavalry, 6 horses, 2 guns and 1 wagon;
- Napoleonics: 6 infantry, 6 horses and (most of) 1 coach;
- ACW: 8 infantry.
So that's 325 "points" in total, which is a dead-heat with last year's total. The Napoleonic coach is the Warlord Games set of Napoleon's Berlin Coach; this was my Christmas hols project and I'm hoping to have it finished over the next couple of weeks. I painted 8 more ACW figures and will paint the rest of the battalion at some stage this year.
Coming up next on TQ: American artillery and militia personalities, the King's Royal Regiment of New York and some much-delayed Highlander command. I don't really have any relevant photos, so I've added some of a parade last autumn of my Hessian and Brunswick troops (without the artillery - I forgot all about that). It's been a good while since I painted any German auxiliaries and I just wanted to have a look at them. Happy New Year, everyone.
8 battalions in total, with jaeger skirmishers, command and a vignette
Grenadier battalions, with Regiment Rall at the back
Fusilier regiments (Knyphausen and Von Lossberg)
Musketeer regiments (von Bose, Leib, von Mirbach)
Jaegers and casualties