Field of Glory: Arrows and Bolts

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2018 by Sean

I’ve had a good round of painting lately, so have gotten a lot done for the Lancastrian English army for Field of Glory.

Featured here are the third Longbow archers battlegroup and a Mercenary Crossbow group.

The archers are Retinue Longbow under Andrew Trollope, the army’s third commander, one of the Lancaster cause’s great strategists. His livery is green and white, with a white stag as his emblem. The archers follow the same coloring convention as the previous groups, with a mix of patterns using the livery colors plus additional colors to break it up. I decided to go with Trollope over Lord Clifford for the third commander because I wanted the Longbow units to be easily distinguishable on the table. Clifford’s colors are white and red, too close to Northumberland’s colors.  I included a detail of the white stag some archers wear on their tunics.

The second unit is the Mercenary Crossbows. These are foreign fighters from the Continent, not in direct service to any lords or nobles. Thus they have no common livery or unit colors, instead using a wide mix of colors and patterns. I did opt to sprinkle in a bias of yellow/black, the colors of the Swiss canton of Uri. The Swiss were always in demand during the time period, so it fits. And as before, it allows for easy identification across the table.

I’m not too happy that the Crossbowmen I got for the unit were all the same sculpt. The monopose is annoying for stand-based minies. I did try for variety with a little more staggered formation on the bases, as well as the colors. I also decided to create a ‘command’ stand for the unit, to show their separation from the proper retinue troops. A Swiss mercenary captain in Uri colors, accompanied by a man-at-arms with a big ax (plus crossbowman) finishes off the unit.

The medium foot for the army are done now. All that remains is the Mounted Knights (4 stands) and 3 groups of Dismounted Men-at-Arms (12 stands), as well as the 3 commanders.


War of the Roses: Longbow

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2018 by Sean

I’ve finished the next battle group of Longbow archers for Field of Glory. Like the previous post before, these are for the Lancastrian army from the Wars of the Roses.

In this case the battle group is in the livery of the second army commander, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. His colors are red and black, with a crescent moon symbol. As with the Somerset group, I varied the colors up enough to add some diversity but still kept it unified (both for visual interest and for ease of identification on the tabletop).

The second pic shows details. The Northumberland group shows the crescent moon icon worn on some of the archers’ chests. Some wear the icons across their backs instead.

In addition, I went back to add some extra decoration to the Somerset group. Somerset’s livery bears a yellow gate portcullis icon. I sprinkled a few of those throughout the unit. I did have to simplify the portcullis somewhat (we are talking 15mm here after all).

Next on the painting desk is the third Longbow archer group and a Mercenary Crossbow group. The Longbow will either be in Lord Clifford’s livery (white with red details and dragon icon) or Andrew Trollope’s livery (green and white with stag icon). I might leave one of the other for when the army gets expanded to 800 points. The other option is mixing the two liveries amongst the unit.

The Crossbow, being Continental mercenaries, will have much looser livery colors. They will have a lot of random colors; however to avoid too much of a motley, a substantial amount will be wearing the yellow/black colors of the Swiss canton of Uri. Once more, this will help identification on the table.

Field of Glory: Wars of the Roses

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2018 by Sean


In an effort to get Field of Glory played around my area again, I’ve been trying to sell the game to other players. Sometimes if you want to play a game, you have to paint all the armies…

Two players have decided they want to play the sides of the Wars of the Roses, one doing Yorkists and the other Lancastrians. The armies will also be used for ‘generic’ Late Medieval armies for other opponents. I am doing the Lancastrians army, using the starter army from Essex Miniatures.

The army planned out comes out to 600 points. I based it loosely off the army that fought at the Battle of Wakefield (1460), where the Lancastrians crushed the Yorkist force, killing most of the Yorkist leadership, including Richard, Duke of York. I figured the army could represent the House of Lancaster at one of their zeniths.

Field Commander (CiC)- Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset

Troop Commander- Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland

Troop Commander- John Clifford

Dismounted Men-at-Arms x4

Dismounted Men-at-Arms x4

Dismounted Men-at-Arms x4

Mounted Men-at-Arms x4

Longbowmen x6

Longbowmen x6

Longbowmen x6

Mercenary Crossbowmen x6

Stakes x9

If we expand the army to 800 points, some potential units could be Currours, Town & Country militia Archers, and maybe cannon. I might also add Andrew Trollope as another Troop Commander. When I get around to making the camp for the army, I’ll try to include Queen Margaret of Anjou and Prince Edward.

These archers are Longbowmen of the retinue of Somerset. They wear his livery of blue and white, with enough variety to keep it interesting. I wish there were more sculpts for the archers, but I did my best with just 3 (and a serious favoring of one sculpt).

I’m looking forward to the rest of the force. I haven’t done 15mm in a long while. More to come.

Bughaus Current Projects

Posted in Miniatures on January 15, 2018 by Sean

I’m just dropping a note (for those who care) that I’ve added a tab to the side bar that will detail my current projects. I’ll update as things progress and change.

In addition, I’d like to thank my 75 followers. I guess it’s a milestone of sorts, but still I appreciate that anyone wants to see my work and read my rambles.


These are some 15mm Italian Crossbowmen I completed several years ago. Not a current project, but they are a preview of the War of the Roses Lancastrians I’ve started on.

Death Korps: Behemoth

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2018 by Sean

The Death Korps deployment continues…

I’ve added a couple more Infantry Squads, but as a break from English Uniform, I’ve painted up a Death Korps Leman Russ battle tank. This Forgeworld kit is a Mars Alpha Pattern Leman Russ, with a modified Ryza Pattern Turret. That’s a lot of words to say a tank with lots of extra detail and a different gun. The commander popping his head out the cupola is Krieg as well.

The kit actually has a good amount of detail, and the proportions make a little more sense than the standard Leman Russ design. Owing to the nature of the Krieg battle front, the tank has an atmosphere filter/processor and trench rails on its rear.

The color scheme for the tank follows the same idea as the Infantry. They wear WWI-era uniforms and gear. With that in mind, the tank is based off WWI-era British tanks. I used GW Baneblade Brown as a solid color over the whole tank. The surface is scarred by battle, with mud collected on the lower portions and tracks. More mud is caked on the trench rails and the front plating. This was created with GW’s Stirland Mud texture paint, the same I used on the bases for the Infantry. The ‘mud’ was then painted a dark brown and highlighted. The tank has obviously seen action on the front.

The tank bares unit markings in the form of a ‘3’ for the tank itself, and a white/red/white squadron stripe on the side panels and a single patch on a side sponson, visible from above. This was also based off WWI British markings. This marking convention will continue on further vehicles for the army.

There are a few more tanks on the painting table, as well as even more Infantry and support weapons.

AoS: Waaagh Further

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2018 by Sean

While working on projects for clients, I’ve been doing some work on my own Age of Sigmar force of Orruks and Grots. It’s mostly just adding to existing units of Ardboyz and Moonclan Squigs.

The Ardboyz are of course the old Black Orcs. At 2000 points, my Ironjawz force has three mobs of Ardboyz, so I had to build additional command models. In this case, here are one unit’s Standard Bearer and a Boss. Both use standard Black Orc bits, with some pieces from Orcs, Brutes, and some extra equipment pieces (including a random satchel from a WWII German sprue). The Boss also has a jagged sword with his left arm from the Brutes kit.

The other pic is a couple of Ardboyz from one unit. Two carry big choppaz, while the middle carries a choppa and shield. Again they have extra bits from other kits, like the head from the Brutes, with a jaw plate from a 40K Ork sprue. The other big choppa boy swings a halberd-like weapon converted from a Brute sword.


I have acquired more Squig models, allowing me to field a 10-squig unit, or by adding in more of the previously shown Blood Bowl Grots I can field a 15-squig unit. The mob still has a Blood Bowl player as a leader-type, and a Squig Rider for variety.

The last pic is my Moonclan arrayed before a game. At 2000 points, the army is a Warboss (with Squig), 2 Shamans, 2 x40 Grots units with spears, 20 Grots with bows, 2 x3 Fanatics, 3 Fellwater Troggoths, a Mangler Squig, 10 Squigs, 2 x4 Squig Herders, and 2 Spear Chukkas.

Death Korps: Western Front

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on December 10, 2017 by Sean



The Death Korps builds slowly. I’ve got a bunch of these Guardsmen on the painting desk. So far I’ve completed 2 Engineer squads and an Infantry squad. Now that I’ve got the color scheme down, the rest will be much faster.

These are one of the Engineer squads. The unit is a 5-man squad. They served as the test paint for the army; odd since they are veterans with more armor and equipment than the standard Tommies.

The other squad here is a basic Infantry squad, a 10-man section. Instead of the shotguns and armor plating of the Engineers, they carry basic lasguns and have to live with long coats for armor. Their gear is simpler, with a compact backpack and gas mask filter on their chests. Very WWI look to them.

A few insert shots show the unit markings I added to the members of the squad. The squad number is on the left shoulder pad and the backpack rear. The sergeant wears his stripes, the only spot of color on the whole unit. Finally, the platoon marking is on the right shoulder, in this case a white diamond. The platoons will follow the ‘card suits’ style for designations. The only member who breaks this marking scheme is the flamer; the special weapon and heavy weapon troopers will not have squad numbers, so they can be mixed and matched into whichever squad needs them.

The bases for the army will look like a Western Front of WWI- churned mud, broken ground, barbed wire, etc. I added lengths of barbed wire from Army Painter Battlefield XP. Some of the wire is crushed into the mud, while some crisscrosses the ground. Barbed wire posts stick out of the mud, strung with wire or split and lying in the dirt. Patchy grass and little tufts of grass give a little brightness in contrast to the drab uniforms and dark bases.

Next up is another Infantry squad, a couple Command squads, and even some Leman Russ tanks. The tanks will follow the coloring scheme of the Infantry, painted in the dark khaki of WWI British tanks.