Saturday 12 November 2016

Paint Table Saturday

It's been a while since I've done one of these but that's largely due to the fact I seem to have a lot of stuff only just started on a Saturday afternoon and consequently not much for show and tell.

Today, however, I finished a unit of 18thC hussars for my imaginations project. Evan and I have a game coming up next weekend and these chaps will be making their debut in the service of Herzog Mikhail Johann von Hollerenschaut IV of Saxe-Coburn und Buchholz.

And so ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the just finished and yet to be based CR Nr. V, von Leightfynggar's Hussars!

These are Front Rank miniatures from their 18thC Austrian line. Lovely miniatures but for some reason they gave me the very devil of a time to paint. Not sure why but they are done now so no matter. I have another unit to do which will be predominantly blue but given how frustrating these were I suspect they will be a while making their way onto the workbench.

With the hussars out of the way I've started work on an artillery regiment, AR Nr. 1, von Fuse-leighter's Battery, once again Front Rank Austrians. They will have scarlet facings and despite the fact the gun carriages look black they are in fact base coated in a dark green.

In other game related news I managed to at last pick up a unit of Warhammer Fantasy Grave Guards for my Army of the Lichemaster project.

I've been after these for a solid 2+ years but until now have not managed to find a complete unit at a decent price. I'm more than a little chuffed to finally get my mits on these.

I've also managed to pick up the last two Alan Perry sculpted chaos hounds (undead and scorpion tail) from this set:

These will soon join their friends who I painted earlier this year in the painting challenge...

Picking up a couple of hounds seems somehow poetic as we lost our last four legged canine friend yesterday. Hardy, our beautiful lab/kelpie cross, has been with us for something like 14 years but hasn't been himself for a few months now since his little life partner Minnie passed on. It seems losing his constant companion exacerbated his ageing and various ailments. In the end we decided we had to do the right thing for him and let him go no matter what we wanted.

Both of them were rescues (like all our pets) and it's a little easier knowing they had a wonderful life full of love and companionship instead of the alternative. We think Hardy had been mistreated before he came to us but he soon shook that off and the real Hardy came out, full of energy, quick as lightning and as gentle as you could wish for. Here's Hardy and Minnie together in much happier times...

Who, me? No, I'm fine here thanks. You can go outside and I'll just stay here...

Stackable dogs, the ultimate in space saving inventions!

And finally, here's how he looked the day we brought him home. Completely irresistible I think you'll agree...

See you later mate and thanks for the memories :-)



  1. These Hussars are just splendid!

  2. Oh damn, sorry to hear that Hardy has gone to the Big Backyard in the Sky. He was a good dog.

    Those Hussars look the business alright - looking forward to the game next week!

  3. Great looking Hussars! There is something very nice about lace war figures. Sorry to hear about your hounds.

  4. While the mini's look great, I relate more to the loss you have experienced and am sorry for you all! It must be providence but today we lost one of our 4 rabbits as well. They are rescues just like your dogs and while most pet rabbit over here in the Netherlands grow to be only 4 years old, ours are 8 and going... except for Finn (who leaves his mate Molly) and passed just today. It's Arthur's first experience with death and well you know...

  5. Sorry to hear that Hardy's gone, but you gave him a good home and a good life.

    Lovely looking hussars (Huzzah!) and the WIPs are looking good :)

  6. The Hussars are lovely and so are those chaos hounds!

    Sorry to hear about Hardy. I enjoyed meeting him when we visited earlier this year. Its always tough to loose a loyal companion.

  7. Sorry to hear about the dogs. As you say, you've got to do the right thing for them.

  8. Leightfynggar's Hussars look absolutely great! Good work. Also, congrats on tracking down some more of the chaos hounds. Those were fun critters.

    My condolences on your loss, however. Tough times, so sorry.

  9. Nice start on your imaginations army. Sorry to hear about having to put down your furry friend. Those are always tough decisions.

  10. Sorry to hear about the pet situation.


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