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"From the plains of Royal Meath"

So despite the song lyrics my new terrain is neither representative of plains, nor of the terrain of Meath. It is however closer to the mountain valleys of the Wicklow Mountains. When I envisaged and planned my table I initially wanted terrain suitable for playing the Battle of Glenmalure, a battle that itself has a catchy(cringy perhaps) patriotic song written for it. As the project evolved my focus moved to later in the century and farther north to Ulster. Either way the table will I hope work whether I am representing the battles of Fiach McHugh O'Byrne or O'Neill and O'Donnell.

The various sections can be moved around to get different combinations of battlefield and needless to say it is a work in progress. I hope to add the remaining sections to fill out the entire table and to add some 16th Century or earlier buildings. Earlier buildings with some weathering should work perfectly and will be also be of utility for my future Normans/Edward Bruce Campaign in Ireland pr…
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It has been a hectic Christmas and new year period. I did manage however aside from some fierce work/family multi tasking to get in some Ale drinking and conversion work.

I have however been unfaithful to my 16th century project and cheated on them with some late war Germans. It has become more than a fling though, and I am well on the way putting together an entire Heer division with plenty of Fallshirmjager, SS and Volks Grenadier units mixed in too!

Hobby infidelity aside, here are my latest conversion additions for my Irish. Most of the shot are Perry, some really very nice sculpts, with the exception of the guy in the back with the blue jacket who is a Eureka Portuguese Colonial conversion. All the pikemen are Eureka conversions. The painted one has had a Leine added with greenstuff.

Irish Horse painted up

Greetings all,
I have been busy these last few days, taking advantage of every spare minute available to paint up the first half of my horse.
Nothe that they are still in the process of being based, hence the liquid mud effect still drying and translucent.
So here they are.

Thanks for viewing.

Irish Horse

Dia dhuit,

I have had some time to get used to convertimg with greenstuff. My pikemen are still a work in progress and as I continue to build up experience doing simple green stuff conversions I felt it was time to get stuck into some horse.

I got myself some New Line Design Pictish cavalry. I spent a fair amount of time searching for suitable miniatures with which to convert my Irish Horse. These are quite small, closer to 25mm, or more probably a true 28mm meaning they would do well as Irish Horse who rode sure footed Ponies rather than heavy boned war horses. The riders are quite generic in terms of attire. They have long hair, a cloak pinned with a celtic looking broach, short trousers and no shoes. The detail is actually very good, especially the facial features.

With that in mind I decided not to be very specific in terms of period with these. They are more of a representative amalgamation of 16th Century horse in Ireland than conflict specific.

I had a look at both contemporary…

The Lads assemble!

Dia dhuit all.

I have made slow progress, but progress nonetheless. Here is the entire force to date.

Please excuse the coffee table/leather couch backdrop. I am moving into a new house and I have not put together my gaming room and table yet.

Pike, with shot behind them, with Gallowglass at the back. Left and right front is Kern with darts, and one bowman(5 more to be added). Back rigjt is the small unit of Bonnachts with two handed weapons. Command and banner as well as more pike and gunners is in the works.

I hope you like my efforts.

Pike Conversions

The first of the Irish Pike have arrived to continue the fight against the foreigners and secure victory for Irelands various and fractured Gaelic Kings and sub Kings.

DISCLAIMER: This is the first time I have ever used putty and green stuff to convert a miniature and it reminded me of learning to ride a bike, it cant be learned without just doing it, and it wont be pretty at first.

Despite falling off many times and scraping metaphorical knees to bits I pushed ahead and put together my first conversions.

Dont judge too harshly.
We have the original Eureka Miniatures 16th Century Portugese Colonial and the same mini converted to Gaelic Pikeman in Aketon and trews with Morion helmet.

 I do hope that when primed and painted it papers over the rudimentary conversion and brings the miniature closer to feeling like a 16th Century Irish pikeman.

Here again the original Eureka and my conversion, this time with greenstuff. I wanted to try my hand using both materials and I did find both advan…

New colour scheme, and first conversion.

I have just received my order of Portugese colonials from Eureka miniatures and in the coming days I will begin converting them to Irish pikemen.

While I waited for the Eureka miniatures I had a go at adding a Morion helmet to some Perry Miniatures Kerns with handguns. I also revised my painting schemenin favour of a more toned down and more earthy approach.

I made the mistake with the saffron leine on previous figures of applying thin layers of yellow which gave an unintended glaze, rather than building up layers of highlight as I had intended.
Compare the above with previously painted examples below,

I will leave it to you to decide.