Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Resurrected Armies Project: Coming In April

It's been a quiet weekend at the Mad Padre's painting chapel at the edge of the frozen prairie. Work continued on my 1 to 1 scale terrain painting project. It will be a while yet before I get a posting message from the military, allowing me to put my house on the market, so we are putting the time to good use getting it ready for showing. A colleague who came by this weekend pronounced the house as "cottagey" (not really sure what that means) and liked the original woodwork, so I am hopeful that we will get the right buyer who also likes "cottagey" homes. In other news I completed a unit of 17 Soviet WW2 Cossacks in 20mm on Sunday, continuing the theme of February as Russian Month, and got the pictures off to Curt for the Analogue Painting Challenge. If you're not tracking the Challenge, I'll show them here in a few days. On the painting bench as of last night are a unit of 28mm SYW Prussian hussars, who have already been told that they are being painted as Russians. I've told them they'll get the same schnapps ration, only in vodka, so they're good with that.

Speaking of the SYW leads me to this photo.

These chaps came out of a box a few weeks ago, in which they have languished and been bashed around for over a decade and four moves. They are the command stands from a Russian Seven Years War army that I put together in the 1990s, as I believe I've mentioned here before.

They are all Front Rank figures, with the exception of the stand on the left with the red flag, who I think are Falcon? The flags are all hand painted, but as you can see at the back of the photo there is a set of flags for the fabled Apcheronski Regiment which I ordered from GMB out of curiousity, and which has also languished in a box for some time. The infantry to go with these fine fellows is in a box, I visited them last recently and they are all doing fine, but restive and eager to revisit their faded glory.

Now I am, as those of you who visit my other blog (the God blog)a preacher, and right now, like preachers everywhere at the start of Lent, I am thinking ahead to Easter, and that has lead me to think of what I am going to call The Resurrected Armies Project.

(Icon of Christ raising the dead. Raising the lead rhymes, and is hopefully not too impious.)

So here's the plan. Sunday, March 31 is Easter Sunday. By then the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge will be over and my focus ("my focus" is a bit of an oxymoron, but bear with me) will no longer be on cranking out new figures. My main painting focus in April, during the first four weeks of the season of Easter, will be on retrieving my neglected and half forgotten armies, fixing them up as needs be (some major flag work on the guys in this picture, for example), painting whatever new figures for them I have stashed away over the years, showing them to you in their resurrected glory, and finally, and most importantly, getting them on the gaming table.

The armies I am thinking of for this project are:

1) Seven Years War Russian army (28mm) - fix the command stands, paint three mounted Foundry generals for them, as well as a unit of Dixon Tartar light horse

2) Late Renaissance-ish Ottoman army (28mm) - this army was previewed a few posts back when I showed off the mysterious love slaves that folks helped identify as possibly Essex Cossacks. There are a lot of figures here that need remedial painting if not stripping and redoing. Also there are two cannon and crew to paint and finish, as well as a mouth watering unit of The Assault Group Spahis of the Porte to paint. Once done, they'll take on the Russians in a test fight of the Maurice rules

3) Soviet army (20mm) - a lot of this is old old stuff, plastic ESCI infantry and badly painted tanks in the wrong colour, so repainting and rebasing will be required. There are some FAA Black Sea sailors to be found and repainted, and if I can unite these resurrected Ivans with the ones I'm painting for February Is Russian Month, then I can do Battlegroup Kursk in 20mm while I work on building up a 15mm Red Horde

4) Medievals (25mm) - my first love. These figures haven't seen the light of years for 20 years. They need some love, and there are some new unlainted. figures in a box that I need to I visit, a unit of half painted pavisier spearmen, etc. James Manto's Blood and Chivalry rules will be just the thing for these dusty figures.

This may be an overly ambitious project for one month, and if necessary I'll carry it into May, since there are seven weeks of Easter this year. If I can get even two armies back on their feet and in play, I'll call it a victory. So, gentle reader, can I entice you into this project? Do you have a mothballed army that you feel guilty about neglecting, and would like to resurrect to new life, glory, and great battlefield victories? You are welcome to join me in The Resurrected Armies Project.

15 comments:

  1. All the WW2 lads I'm painting right now were bought in 2007 and have been waiting in the basement since then, does that count as resurrection?

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  2. I was thinking more of reviving an army that is half finished and neglected, but I am happy amending this to pulling figures out of the lead pile after long years. Plus you get bonus points for bringing them up from the basement, so yes, it counts.

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    1. I have now challenged my buddy Hank to dig out his old Epic Chaos army and fix it up, promising I'll match him by painting Eldar. Those minis have not seen the light of day nor the field of battle since 1994.

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    2. That's the spirit! It would be great to see how many bloggers do a project like this in April. I hope Hank rises to your challenge!

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  3. Great project you have there will be following this resurrection with interest

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  4. Great post Padre, which made me realise I too have umpteen abandoned projects strewn into my secondary memory; time for some earthly 'resurrecting' of my own I think...

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  5. Godspeed to your brushes - there's nothing like coming across and breathing new life into old stuff.

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  6. Sounds like a plan Mike, it'll be good to finally get the last bits and bobs done.

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  7. I'm detecting a definite Russian theme here. Come Easter, you'll be shouting "Christos Voskres!" and flinging smoke everywhere.
    Seriously, my first 15mm SYW army was Russians. I like them too.

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  8. Thanks all, I hope you also get inspired to revive an army of your own this April.
    @ Grenzer John: You have it right, Pastor. February Is Russian Month. Wait till you see the Cossacks. The SYW Russian army is indeed great fun. Very stoic infantry (WRG gave them a -3 morale modifier for just being themselves, I guess on the theory that being lashed by Prussian gunfire was no worse than being lashed by the master back home as a serf). Also tons of artillery and cavalry that makes the British cavalry look disciplined. Great fun.

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    1. Plus snow, if you play your cards right. Rats! I forgot the Russian army only campaigned in summer... in their nice white gaiters (except for the Apcheronski Regiment.)

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  9. AMEN BROTHER! I'm feeling like Jake Blues at the Little Rock Chapel.
    I have pulled my neglected 28mm Old Glory Wars of the Roses figures out of hiding and got some more 15mm SYW Austrians pushed up the painting queue.

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  10. Medieval (25mm) - are also my first love. I've 100s completed and God only knows how much raw lead! I've not touched them in a decade or so...Good luck with the resurrection project, perhaps it will inspire some of us world class procrastinators into activity!

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  11. A great idea Mike. I must admit I haven't hung on to much of my old stuff, I tend to have regular purges - I either pass stuff on to my son or sell it or give it away, then start something new :)
    It will be interesting to see how your painting style has changed over the years with some "before & after" shots. Have fun.

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  12. Thanks chaps.
    @Jacksarge: One of the interesting things about this project will be to see how my painting style has changed over the years. It's improved, a little, but I think I will let a lot of my earlier figures remain "as is" if possible, and just repaint the ones where I got a uniform wrong or where there is some other obvious improvement. All the SYW figures with red cheeks, in my "Nutcracker toy soldier" phase, will remain as they are.

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