Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Napoleonic Russians

This week’s main focus has been the first of two regiments of cuirassiers for my Russian Napoleonic collection.

 

This regiment is the Gloukhov Regiment. The figures are Perry miniatures again, a mix of the charging with swords raised and shouldered figures. The horses are good solid beasts, as heavy cavalry horse ought to be.

 


To a some extent I was dreading these because of their white coats, and I sometime struggle with white, but I needn’t have feared. The fact that the blackened cuirass covers most of the torso dramatically reduces the amount of white that has to be painted – it limits the white it to the arms, coat tails and the gauntlets.

 



The dark blue facings on this regiment caused me some problems with the trumpeter as I have not done that great a job on the lace down his sleeves. Nonetheless I am quite pleased with the overall effect. They look suitably menacing.

 



Also completed this week is the third of the artillery batteries required for the army. In many 1812 formations the divisional artillery consisted of two field batteries and one position battery. By 1813 the number of batteries was generally reduced to two. The field batteries (and horse batteries for that matter) consisted of eight 6lb guns and  four 10lb howitzers. The position batteries contained the heavier 12lb guns and 20lb howitzers, in the same numbers as the light batteries. In my batteries I have used two models; one gun and one howitzer.

 



Again these are Perry miniatures and what wonderfully meaty guns these are. They really look the part of heavy guns.

 



I have one more battery to do for this army and it is a horse battery, which I have ordered from Front Rank – rather annoyingly I noted just after I had placed the order that the Perrys have horse artillery on the workbench! Oh well…

 

For now it is back to the second cuirassier regiment, the Ekaterinoslav regiment.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

First Carlist War Battle Report

Today's game was supposed to be an American Civil War action, but the week has been a busy one and the opportunity to plan was limited. This combined with the fact that I woke up late this morning and didn't have time to sort out the armies saw me change the ACW game to a First Carlist War affair, plainly and simply because in could very quickly grab the two storage containers from my study cupboard. We used all my Carlist War figures

For the game a Carlist force of 13 infantry battalions, four cavalry squadrons and two guns were charged with covering a road leading back to their heartland. Against them was an Isabelino force consisting of four guard battalions, one light battalion and 9 line battalions, three cavalry squadrons, two field and one mountain guns. The Isabelino forces were supported by components form the British Auxiliary Legion (BAL) and the French Foreign Legion (FFL) - a battalion of British Marines, two battalions of a BAL infantry, a squadron of BAL cavalry, a rocket troop and a detachment of royal artillery, four battalions of the FFL, a squadron of cavalry and a mountain gun.

The FFL and BAL troops advance

The Isabelino right flank

The quality of the troops would be essential to the game. Of the Carlist infantry one battalion of Navarese guides was rated elite, six battalions were rate trained and six raw. The cavalry and the artillery were rated trained. The Isabelino guard and FFL infantry were rated trained, the Marines elite, but all other infantry was raw. Of the Isabelino cavalry, the BAL cavalry was raw while the rest were trained. All the Isabelino artillery was rated trained.


The Carlists chose to deploy six battalions and the mountain gun in a village in the centre if the table with the remaining forces on or behind the hills to the rear. The Isabelinos came from two directions, the FFL, BAL and a brigade of five Isableino battalions on the left and the remaining troops on the right.

The Isabelno Cavalry

The guard advance 

The village became the centre of the action, quickly drawing the two raw brigades and two batteries of the Isabelino troops into a desperate fight with six Carlist battalions. The Carlist drove off ten Isabelino battalions before being driven out themselves.

Above and below, the Isabelinos advance on the village




Meanwhile on the left flank the FFL and BAL faced up against a mixed Carlist force, and on the right the Guard and the cavalry faced off against the Carlist Cavalry, three battalions of infantry and the field battery. The fighting on the flanks continued all day, but the final collapse of the village marked the end of the game.





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Winter Village - Part 3

Due to another flattening of the lead pile I returned to the winter village that I commenced last month. This, regular readers might recall, is for a future Great Northern War project. The simple nature of the structures will enable their use in any winter theater in Eastern Europe and into Scandinavia from the 16th Century right up to the Second World War.


This second batch of buildings consists of four structures. The first two buildings are a variant on the  two that were completed earlier in that they are dwellings.





I still have to complete the base on this one.



The other two buildings - a farm house and a barn - are in ruins. 







There may be one more structure in this series, perhaps it will be something to work on the next time that the lead pile flattens out.


In the meantime it is back to the Napoleonic Russians with work commencing on two cuirassier regiments and a position battery.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Dark Ages Project Complete!

With the completion of these two units of Dark Age archers, my pocket Dark Ages project has come to a close.


Inspired by the TV programme "Vikings",  from the outset this project had quite finite bounds and was intended as a simple beer and skittles type of game of short duration on a small table. It also had to fit into a tight budget and for that reason I decided to use the Gripping Beast Plastics.


So what is the extent of the project?

4 units of Viking Hirdsmen
2 Viking leaders
2 Viking musicians
4 units Saxon Thegns
2 Saxon leaders
2 Saxon musicians
4 units of warriors (usable as either Vikings or Saxons)
3 units of archers (usable as either Vikings or Saxons)
6 Dark Age buildings.

Each unit consists of two stands each of five figures, while the leaders and hornblowers are single figures.



While the project is complete, the armies will not see action until October. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

SIkh Infantry for WWI in East Africa

My part of the armies required for our upcoming WWI in East Africa game is three companies of Indian Sikh infantry, supported by a couple of heavy machine guns.



The bulk of the infantry are provided by a friend who very kindly painted them and gave them to me as a birthday present nearly five years ago. These are all the Woodbine Design figures, available through Gripping Beast.



Finally I have finished the command stand and the HMGs for this force. These are all Brigade Games figures.





Annoyingly I thought I had three companies each of 12 figures, but I mis-counted and only have three companies of 9 figures so need to order another nine figures to complete the force. They will have to wait until the end of the month since my budget allocation for toys this month is exceeded.




The final item has been on the painting table for a while now. Left over after painting the crew from the Pom Pom gun, this is the officer from the Perry Miniatures Gardner Gun set from their Sudan range. He is used here as a British naval officer on shore duty.



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Dark Ages Warriors

I finished these last Friday, but only completed the bases yesterday and took advantage of the brief amount of daylight left after I got home from work to take these images.

Presented here are four units of Gripping Beast Dark Ages Warriors and one unit of archers.



I was a bit doubtful about these when I started on them because there weren't as many variants as there were in the Viking and Saxon sets. But now that they are based, I like them. They are a mix of spearmen, slingers, javelinmen plus a couple of swordmen and axemen.



They have been deliberately painted in a neutral manner so that they can be used as either Viking or Saxon "arrow fodder".



The archer sets was quite limited because, although the box contains 30 figures, there are only three on the sprue, so the selction of poses is very limited. However, by using some of the spare Viking and Saxon heads, and some of those from the Dark Age Warriors set, it is possible to gain a little more variety.


I still have two more units of archers to go to finish this project. There is no rush with these though since they aren't required now until October.