Friday, January 27, 2017

More Items for Sale

15mm Old Glory SYW Austrian and Prussian army set.

I have an army of 353 15mm Austrians and Prussians for the Seven Years War for sale. I believe that they are mostly Old Glory figures. The price $115.00 for the lot, plus postage. SOLD! I would rate them as average war-game standard painted figures, but at 33-cents per figure for painted figures, it is not a bad way to start a 15mm SYW army.

The lot includes 2 x Hungarian musketeers (30 figures per battalion), 5 Austrian battalions (30 per battalion), 4 Prussian battalions (24 figures per battalion), 5 Austrian cannon, 2 mounted Austrian officers, and 23 Prussian cuirassiers.

One of the Austrian battalions.

More Austrians close up.

Four battalions of Prussians.
UPDATE ON THE Foundry Figure Sale

A fair number of the lots have been sold, but there are still some good bargains left and I have decided to reduce the prices further because I need to clear them out to make room for my growing Minden inventory .

LOT 2: 24 Russian artillery crew and 2 heavy cannon. Was $49, now $39 for the lot plus postage.

LOT 3: 28 Russian Guard Grenadiers. Was $41, now $35 for the lot plus postage.

LOT 6: Observation Corps Musketeers (22 figures) Was $25, now $19 for the lot plus postage.

LOT 7: Russian Musketeers. (21 figures) Was $20, now $18 for the lot plus postage.

LOT 8: Russian Grenadiers (26 figures) Was $25, now $20 SOLD! plus postage.

Future Sale Lots: stay tuned to check out more clearance deals on my excess 28mm Foundry, RSM and Crusader figures in the coming days. I gotta move em out now to make room for the Minden parts bins that I'm setting up in the Closet O' Lead.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Items For Sale

Foundry Russain Observation Corps Musketeers

I am doing a bit of cleaning up in the Closet O' Lead and have a number of SYW Foundry Russians, both painted and unpainted, that I would like to sell off at low prices. All prices for all lots of figures do not reflect the actual postage or Paypal fees, which will be added to the total cost.

First come, first serve which means actual receipt of payment via Paypal.

Contact me at: if you have any questions or wish to purchase any of the lots.

Foundry Russian Observation Corps Grenadiers
LOT 1: The set of painted figures includes 60 foot and 2 mounted officers for $175.00 (price reduced to $150.00) for the whole lot plus applicable postage. That is less than $2.50 per figure for painted Foundry figures. You would probably have to pay that amount just to buy the unpainted metal figures. These are priced to sell! SOLD

LOT 2: The next several lots are for unpainted Foundry figures for the SYW Russian army. There are 24 Russian artillery crew and two 12-pounders. The whole lot (I will not break the lot up) is available for $49.00 plus postage.

Foundry Russian Artillery Crew and two 12-pounder cannon.
LOT 3: The next lot is a group of Russian Guard Grenadiers, 28 figures in all. This is available for the rock low price of $41.00 plus applicable postage.

Foundry Russian Foot Guards.

LOT 4: Four packs of Foundry Russian Dragoons (4-charging; 1-shouldered sword; 1-command; 1-dragoon characters) for a total of 21 mounted Russian Dragoons. $49.00 for the lot.SOLD
Foundry Russian SYW Dragoons

LOT 5: Dismounted Russian Dragoons; 2 packs with 10 figures and one householder with horse.  $20.00 for the lot. SOLD.

Foundry SYW Russian Dismounted Dragoons

LOT 6: Observation Corps Musketeers. These would go along great with the painted ObCorps figures is you wanted to increase the size of the musketeer battalion. Three packs of figures include: 1 x command (6), 1 x musketeers firing (8) and 1 x musketeers advancing (8). Total of 22 figures for $25.00 for the lot.

Foundry SYW Russian Observation Corps Musketeers.

LOT 7: Russian Musketeers unboxed/unblistered total of 21 figures: 10 musketeers, 5 standard bearers, 1 fifer, 3 officers taking snuff, and 1 general wiping his brow with hat in hand. $20.00 for the lot.

Russian Musketeers: top row left 4 officers with snuff and 1 general; top row right 5 musketeers wearing hats; bottom row left 4 standard bearers, bottom row center one fifer and one NCO with musket, and bottom row right 4 musketeers without hats.
LOT 8: Russian line grenadiers in four blister packs. 1 x command in capes (6), 1 x grenadiers in capes (8), 1 x Observation Corps grenadier characters (6), 1 x Grenadiers in uniform coat (8). That is 26 figures in total for $25.00 for the lot.

Observation Corps grenadiers:2 in capes and 2 without capes.

LOT 9: Foundry Prussian Dragoons Charging: 4 blister packs of mounted dragoons or 12 in total and 1 blister of dismounted dragoons (6 total). $49.00 for the lot SOLD.

Foundry Prussian Dragoons for the SYW


Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm On a Painting Frenzy

Marbach Regt. Firing Line in front and von Donop Marching Regt. in the second row. Fife & Drum Hessians. Click to enlarge the picture.

My painting mojo has returned and I have been on a painting frenzy for the first two weeks of January 2017. I have painted two Hessian regiments using the new Fife & Drum AWI Hessians: von Mirbach (50 figures) using the firing line musketeers and the von Donop (40 figures) regiment using the marching musketeers. You can see my output for Hessians in the picture at the top of the page. I also painted two Russian SYW artillery crew, which are behind the Hessians.

I have also painted some of the Minden SYW civilians, as shown in the pictures below. All of these figures could be used as AWI American Militia, noting that the farm tools would have to be replaced by muskets and rifles. RSM95 has some muskets that would work with the Minden figures. Note to self: ask Richard to make a sprue of muskets and rifles to sell weapons in a new pack.

CIV-001 Agricultural Workers #1

CIV-002 Agricultural Workers #2

CIV-004 Armed Civilians

I had not done any serious painting since about June 2016. No matter how hard I tried, I could not bring myself to pick up a paint brush and sit down at the painting table for an hour or so. Usually painting figures is relaxing and reduces some of the stress in Life, but I think that the old Black Dog was working against me and I couldn't do much of anything for quite awhile.

I think that being retired (since November 1, 2016) has made me a happier and less stressed-out person and this has enabled me to pick up the brushes once again. 

I working on painting samples of all of the Minden and Fife & Drum figures to use on the on-line shopping cart on the Fife & Drum website. The civilians are fun to paint because they are in small groups of 4 or 5 figures and I can paint each figure as an individual with different colored clothing. I didn't add eyes to these samples, so some of them look like zombies when you click and enlarge the pictures. Trust me, they look better first hand.

In parting, some pictures of the Minden Pioneers set. These are very useful figures as the poses can be used for a variety of uses. I often use them as laborers for my artillery crew sets. I have seen other people using them as bakers in a field bakery or as brick masons, etc.

CIV-003 Pioneers (one pose is missing in the picture above, see below for the full set of Pioneers)

CIV-003 Pioneers


Monday, January 2, 2017

Rapid Reading

I read all 320 pages of the book, Hero of the Empire, in one day yesterday. It is the story of Winston Churchill's escape from the prison camp during the Boer War. The book is very well written and has an easy reading style to it, such that I just could not put it down.

I picked up the book at Barnes and Noble yesterday afternoon and started reading it while sipping on a Starbucks latte. My daughter had wanted to go to the mall  in order to get some walking and exercise in and get a little more experience buying something and getting the correct change. So I waited and started reading the book while my daughter did her thing. I liked it enough to buy the book and read the whole thing between 1:30PM and 10:00PM. I don't think that I have ever done that before.

In any event, I recommend this book and suspect that I will want to find some more books about the Boer War for additional background to the book.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

With the dawn of the New Year, it is de rigeur to declare one's resolutions for the coming year, so let me provide a few of my own as pertains to the hobby.

My first resolution is to focus more on the SYW and less on other historical distractions.

Add a second squadron to my Zieten Hussars.

Paint some more Saxon cavalry regiments.

Paint more Hesse Seewald cavalry and start a campaign between HS and evil Saxony.

Get the Minden SYW Russian army into production, both infantry and cavalry, and paint a Russian army.

Read Christopher Duffy's book "Might and Reason" cover to cover for the first time rather than skipping through various chapters. I'll also read Duffy's "Wild Goose and the Eagle ".

Read more historical books in general.

Go to Historicon.

Add pictures of all of the SKUs to the Fife & Drum web site shopping cart.

Play more solo wargames.

Learn German so that I can read my vast collection of history books that are in German.

Enjoy my retirement.

I think that this is a fairly good start on the year. What are some of your resolutions and plans? Please feel free to leave them in the comments section of this post. By the way, this is the one thousandth post in my blog since its inception.