Saturday 24 January 2015

'By Fire and Sword' Cossack Servants

Here's a couple of pics of  a unit of  'Cossack Servants' from the 'by fire and sword' range from the commander is from the Moloitsy set and the drummer is from the cossack command box.

I've now bought several different sets from this company and views on these figures are a bit a mixed on the bad side the metal is not the best, flash was awkward to remove on several casting and  five out of eighteen figures in this set either snapped during cleaning; or were broke on receipt. Also there appears to be a couple of different sculptors at work as there  are different styles and noticeable size differences between some of the figures in the same sets ; the cossack skirmishers and plastuny sets being two offenders. Nevertheless the bad points haven't put me off and there are several positives. The range is huge and continues to grow, the figures are very detailed , full of character and really capture the era well  and the newer figures appear to be improving in quality .

cheers Pete 

Saturday 10 January 2015

By Fire and Sword Muscovites WIP

Hi, i've been tempted with gaming 17th century Eastern Europe for some time and finally succumbed before XMAS with  and bought a Muscovite skirmish pack and a couple of sets of cossacks from Stafford games. Here's a couple of pics of a pair of standard bearers I've completed from the 'Russian dragoons ' who it appears were dragoons in name only  and fought with arquebus and long spear. I've painted the whole unit and will place some pics up once the're based, the flags are excellent and  from  jmchasco at the warlord Games forum and are printed onto cloth . I would also like to thank Roland at Stafford Games for his excellent service