Krautian Dwarves and a Paint Jiggler

I managed to get a bit done on the uniformed dwarves

I would have got further tonight, but my delightful dog somehow knocked a box of figures down and meant my poor Werewolves had to have another touch up!

I managed to get the pack, cartridge boxes, straps and other pouch painted. Still, as can be seen from the photo above, there is a long way to go!

I was having a mooch in the shed (after safely transferring the werewolves into it) and decided to see what else needed painting. I found Dog artillery and cavalry that I had forgotten all about!

As for my paint jiggler… one of my biggest issues with Army Painter paints is that no matter how much you shake them they still don’t mix properly. They all have an agitator in to help with the process.

I eventually decided to bite the bullet and purchase a tool to do the job for me.

I would have preferred a more manly design on it, but it does jiggle the paint.

I decided that my ‘oak Brown’ being an absolute swine to mix would be my test paint, that and the fact that I wanted to use it for the packs on my Dwarves.

The following is a before and after view of the paint.

It really has made a difference.

I suppose the only fly in the ointment is that the jiggler came in at £25.00. To be fair it had free postage but that was about as cheap as it could be. Time will tell if it has been £25 well spent.

I doubt I will get anything done on my dwarves tomorrow night as my daughter and I are off playing a Star Trek RPG.

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Krautian Dwarves II

And one is finished…

I did a bit more on them all but decided to crack on and finish at least one of them.

The rest of them still have a long way to go.

I am quite pleased with the Blue highlights on most of them apart from second on the right, it looks a bit weird. I will try and remember to sort it out tomorrow, as he is the one that had only one unpainted epaulette I don’t rate my chances of remembering to tone down a highlight.

The highlight on the black isn’t showing up very well in these photos. I didn’t want it to be in your face, but maybe this isn’t in your face enough. I went for a blue-grey colour which can be seen on the boots of the second from the left.

As I said yesterday, I really like these figures, and if truth be known I prefer the civilians over the uniformed ones. But to be honest it might be that the one I finished was really quick to paint up!

I think that, although I really like the dwarves, I won’t be getting many more as I have so much other Flintloque stuff to paint up that I would never get to them.

Off the top of my head I have the following:

Ferach

30 infantry and 6 cavalry

Orc

30 infantry plus 2 sets of Sharke’s rifles

Witchlands

30 infantry and 12 cavalry

Not to mention various random specials, individuals and a box of dark elves I haven’t got a clue what to do with. I have a niggling feeling that I am missing stuff from the above lists.

I suppose I could flog off some of the above especially the orcs. I already have one of the rifles sets painted so I really don’t need any more. I have 25 orc Militia which, to be honest, I only bought so that I could get a couple of figures that were no longer available.

And finally….

I succumbed again!

My excuse, I keep trying to convince myself, is that they are for my little boy. These are now starting to get a bit more pricey. £7.99 for three figures and a pot of gun metal paint. Now if I was desperate to collect space Marines then the value would be much better.

I will probably get the next issue to get the half dozen pox walkers and then call it a day unless something awesome appears.

Finger Knitting and Flintloque Dwarves

My little boy (7) was taught to finger knit by some older girls in school.

He taught me when I got home. The results are below. I think he was quite a good teacher!

In the background we can see some of the dwarves.

First up are the Krautian dwarves.

Think Napoleonic Prussians, but dwarven one’s. I have to look up the uniforms, but I think dark blue tunic with grey breeches. Black shako, gaiters and cartridge box. White equipment straps and a brown haversack.

The other three are either dwarves from the confederation of Finklestine or some form of civilian militia. I have already painted up the two ogres that came with this schilling pack.

One of them has a sword, the other two seem to be unarmed, however they both have large satchels that could contain anything.

I am still in a dither as to whether I should paint these or crack on and finish my French and Indian Wars stuff first…

We shall have to see what tomorrow brings, but as these are already on bases and the mould lines removed…🤔🤔🤔

5027 Grapeshotte Shilling Expansion Pack

My new toys came today 😁😁😁

I decided a while ago that when I sold a bit more of my unused and unloved ‘stuff’ I would purchase the Grapeshotte Shilling pack.

This is my review of what I think.

Firstly it was well packed, it had extra packing in to keep stuff from moving around in the box. The Bier and Bones pack had the figures in a small box. This had them in bags but sellotaped down to stop damage occurring.

So what do you get in the set….

The two sided Shilling sheet and the 96 page book.

This book is an expansion and you will need one of the other 3rd edition books to play a game.

I had an artillery piece and crew so wanted this book to allow me to use it. However this book is a whole lot more than 96 pages of artillery rules. The actual rules for artillery take up about 12 pages…and the rest.

Extra rules to enhance your Flintloque games. Foul Weather, night fighting, engineers and demolitions. There are some new troop types, obviously gunners and engineers/sappers, not to mention Guard and mounted infantry as well as cavalry on foot.

Chapter 3 looks at more generic weapons for most nations.

The rest of the book looks at both unique weapons for the various races as well as some different troop types or in some case updated ones.

The final chapter covers vehicles, exploring Officers and Faith. Not to mention singers and attaching characters to a section.

Finally you get the various artillery templates to pull out.

The artwork is similar to the other books.

A cartoon style which I really like 👍. Some are ‘cartoony’ and others are more gritty.

Now onto the figures.

The set comes with two artillery pieces (a mortar and a grasshopper gun) as well as 8 crew.

The mortar is made out of resin and the crew white metal.

This is a nice little set, it also comes with a pile of mortar shells and a cartridge holder.

The second lot is the grasshopper gun, or should I say guns…

Apologies for the blurry photograph.

As can be seen this has two guns and crew. The carried gun is separate to the dogs carrying it. I actually have the same sized barrel from an earlier artillery purchase so technically I can have two operational guns.

The white metal figures have very little flash on them and look the part.

The crews can be painted up as Ostarian or as the forces allied to the Ferach.

Now as with the Bier and Bones review I totted up individual costs of everything in the set.

The Shilling pack cost £32.50. To buy everything separately would have cost £44.50. With my blinding mathematical skills I make that a £12 saving.

Even better was I managed to get the order in on the last day of the March to war offer, therefore saving myself postage and gaining another pile of carrots for free.

The scary thing is I have three of them which means three orders in April…luckily I sold a lot off stuff and one order was for my mates birthday present….

Anyway is it worth it…. once again financially…most definitely.

If you are wanting to get into Flintloque then no – go for one of the other Shilling packs instead as they are awesome value too.

If you are wanting to add artillery into your games then most definitely.

There is a bonus for me in that I have purchased various sapper packs as well as religious figures more because I liked the figures than actually had any rules in mind for them. This book has now given me the rules.

Strangely enough, I ordered the undead engineers at the same time as the Shilling pack without realising the book they were coming with had rules for their use.

The one caveat I would give is that the artillery is great, but can be a bit powerful in a skirmish game. However with plenty of terrain it can be a very expensive target. The designer’s notes in the book explain this really well.

To end I will share one of my favourite pictures in the book… as I said at the start I love this style of illustration.

Once I sell a bit more stuff I may just have to get the death in the snow pack. I actually have the rule book as an electronic copy. To be honest I much prefer the hard copy version of things, it will have the added advantage of boosting my undead forces.