Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dollar Store Marlburians

I ordered some bags of these:
In the center is a bag of over 200 US and British 1/72 soldiers with some tanks, jeeps and a plane. On either side are some of those cowboys and indians I mentioned before with Giant style horses.

I made some units in Charles Grant Style, that is 48 ranks with 5 officer/extras plus 2 bases of 3 grenadiers for a total of 59 miniatures. I guess I'll group the grenadiers into a converged unit once I have enough made. All are plasticine conversions painted with acrylics and with a double coat of Future Floor Polish.
I was really taken with the home cast armies I saw on the Westerhope Wargames Group Blog:

Basically I made a few units like their Spanish Marlburians:

I used the cowboys and indians for the mounted officers, and for the cavalry.  I really like the Lombardi poplar trees, which I've culled from toy farm sets and second hand shops.
I  also did a unit of dragoons. Twenty four other ranks and four officer types. I used Funcken's Lace Wars book for the uniform of Spanish Dragoons, but I'm at a loss for a flag.
I started a unit of Danish cavalry, again a copy of some of the soldiers I saw in the Westerhope blog. I really like these guys. The swords are toothpicks.
I also started a few other units, like this artillery piece. I guess I'm lurching towards Almansa on cardboard and plaster roads.


  1. Fine conversions! An attractive looking army in the making here!

  2. Thank you for the kind comments.

  3. Nice minis, lines of battle are impressive!

  4. Fabulous, Doug. War-gaming as it should be; innovative, imaginative and inexpensive. Nice one.

  5. Thank you both! I'm also working on some ECW/Thirty Years War types. I'll put pictures up later in the month.

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    1. Thanks, I've been following your blog for a while. If you find you need any figures let me know, I might be able to help.