First up, the buildings. I had been searching for the best 15/18mm Peninsular style buildings and saw a recommendation from Fat Wally's blog that the Rusus buildings were some of the best on the market. I decided to ask Santa to see what he could do and with some help from my family, he came up with the total collection of their Bella Italia range which I think you'll agree tick the box. I should also say that when I got the models out of the box and grouped them in the order of the collection as advertised, I found that they had included extra village items as a bonus, so "hats off" to Rusus.
I really like the character of these models, if you haven't already, check them out.
|The Rusus large town houses with added doors and staircases that come in the extras box to add variety to the buildings|
|The Farm collection, with dung heaps and water troughs, very nice!|
|I love the little entrance archway to complete the entrance and exits to the village|
The next up is my Portuguese cavalry, which is going to be a unit of AB Wurtemburg Chevauleger
that I picked up from Fighting 15s at Colours last year.
These chaps will be supporting my British light dragoons when I roll out my Vimiero scenario in a couple of months!!
|I hope my Portuguese cavalry will look as gallant as these chaps|
I usually paint two units at a time, and I am planning to paint up these casualty markers for indicating units under a compulsory movement when using Carnage and Glory rules. I always prefer figures to counters when producing markers.
|British casualty markers from Fantassin|
|French casualties from AB|
And last but by no means least I like Jason have been planning to upgrade my tree collection so have also been busy with the Woodlands Scenics range to get some much needed new trees ready for a new season of wargaming fun.