Friday 23 December 2016

Livgarde til fods

A Danish Guard Regiment served at the Battle of Blenheim.

I need to order in some flags for these figures!

Friday 16 December 2016

Nagel's Karabinere

A 1704 Horse Regiment from Munster.

Complete with the worse hand painted eagle in wargames history. 😛

Saturday 3 December 2016

Hachenberg's Cuirassiers

Imperial Cuirassiers, from Neiderrhein,this time wearing the Tricorne Hat.

Saturday 19 November 2016

L'Ostanges Horse

Some Imperial Cuirassiers from the War of Spanish Succession. 

These fellows are still wearing the lobster helmets that were all the rage during the 30 years war.

Friday 11 November 2016

1st Battalion, Regiment of Foot Prince Karl

A new Danish Regiment from the War of Spanish Succession.

These didn't fight in Blenheim but their brothers in the 2nd Battalion did.
I'll be doing the 2nd later on. Need to finish some cavalry now the figures have arrived.

Tuesday 8 November 2016

2nd Battalion, Regiment of Foot Prince George.

More Danes from the War of Spanish Succession. The figures are 1/72nd Russians by Zvezda.
I may said it before, but I'm sure now, I find this scale much more relaxing to paint.

Friday 28 October 2016

1st Battalion, Regiment of Foot Prince George

I tried my hand at 1/72 foot this week. Starting with a Danish Regiment from the Blenheim OOB.
Grant lists them as having light grey coat and orange cuffs and pants. I took advantage of fairly deep bases to off set the figures and try to give an impression of back rank shooting, front rank ready to fire.

No flag yet. I think I need to order them from Maverick.
Better with blonde hair!

Monday 17 October 2016

Helmstaett Horse Cuirassier Regiment

Finished my first War of Spanish Succession Regiment.
They are 1/72 Strelets. I found painting the larger scale mess's with your rhythm a bit!
For instance painting a grey horse in 15mm is quite routine, in 20mm it wasn't.
How ever the 20mms are more relaxing! 

Saturday 15 October 2016

New Period, New Scale, New Project.

A conversation with Julian, a War of Spanish Succession enthusiast, and member of those irrepressible historical battlers  ANV , lead me to "find out more/anything" about this early 18th century conflict. I found so many things that appealed and was immediately hooked!
Some of them are.
Intriguing political background that leaves room to sympathise with either side.
Many different national armies that can be mixed and matched together. This means I can build my armies in a module style. Paint a brigade of Austrians then a brigade from Swabia etc.
The uniforms are colourful but are easy to paint.
The ease this can develop into ImagiNations should I wish too.
So after ordering about 6 new books I am painting regiments from Allies right flank at Blenheim for the up coming ANV replay. I've needed to switch up to 1/72 scale for this game.

WIP Helmstaett Horse Cuirassier Regiment (Swabia)

Only a couple of steps left. Flag, bases and wash.
I normaly paint the faces last because Terry Wise said so in my first wargame book. :)

I've found the larger scale a bit of a challenge so far.
But I'm enjoying a return to my 1/72 roots.

I'm now undecided wether to continue with this scale for all my WSS armies or switch
to 18mm for my home collection. The problems being having to collect new terrain and the
difficulty getting what you want in this scale.

Friday 14 October 2016

Some senior ACW Commanders

General Beauregard

General Hunter

Federal Baggage. Love having a baggage train for armies.

Saturday 8 October 2016

Eureka 18mm ACW Reinforcements.

I painted these a little while ago but I thought I'd post them to prove I'm still alive!

The CSA get a battery of 3 inch Rifles.

The 1st Rhode Island Regiment. 

11th Mississippi. Must be hell being dyslexic and living in that state. 
I have to spell check it every time.

Saturday 27 August 2016

Battle of Phillippi 3/6/61

I've foolishly wanted to play out Historical scenarios from the American Civil War from the beginning to end since I started collecting my armies. So this is the first of the series and arguably the first land battle of the civil war.
The Historical Battle of Phillippi was a instant rout with the Union forces surprising  unorganised Confederates in an early morning pincer move. To create some interest for myself I tasked the Confederates with holding the Town with two regiments against Col. Dumonts Brigade for 12 turns until Col. Kelly's Union Brigade turns up and sweeps all before them.
Dumont's column consists of the 14th Ohio, 6th and 7th Indiana Regiments plus two 6pndrs from the Cleveland Lt Artillery.

The alarm is raised and Col. Porterfield deploys a regiment each side of the bridge. 

Col. Dumont arrives with the 6th, 7th Indiana Regiments and the two 6pnr guns.  

The Guns deploy on the hill ready to support the advancing infantry. 

The 6th Indiana use the south woods as cover to out flank the Confederates.

 The 14th Ohio arrive on the Union left.

 The federals move into musket range.

The 7th Indiana take some hits. The drummer means they have disorder.

 The 1st Confederate Regiment has markers showing it is Disordered and Shaken.
Wooden houses only give a minimum amount of cover.

By turn 5 the 1st have had enough and run.
Fortunately Col. Porterfield was on hand to rally the boys!
 The 1st, now rallied, occupy some buildings on the south side of the river.

The 2nd Regiment now start taking the heat. They are now disordered. 

The Federals charge just falls short.

 The 6th Indiana successfully charge in.

  Col. Porterfield successfully manages to rally the second regiment.

 But they are charged in the rear by the 6th Indiana and...


The 6th then charges the last defended house but are broken.

On turn 11 the 7th Indiana attempt to cross the bridge but are disordered by Confederate musketry.
These troops then clog up the bridge allowing the Rebels to hold until the end of turn 12.
Confederate Victory!

I trialled the Black Powder Glory Hallelujah rules
and they gave an enjoyable game.

The next battle Big Bethel.