Monday, 8 August 2022

Blunders on the Danube and Austrian Infantry regiment No 4 Hoch and Deutschmeister Napoleonic 19

Planning for my Christmas game I wanted to try and base the game on a historical battle if I  could and if not I wanted some scenarios for the 1809 Danube campaign.  Where else but Peter Anderson's Blunders on the Danube,( who's blog of the same name is a great resource) designed for Piquet but adaptable for other rulesets, I  managed to get a real book from Lancashire games ( I always prefer them to pdfs) I'll be using it for Blackpowder  I'm clearly joining the book posting fraternity!

In addition,another Napoleonic Austrian Infantry regiment, No 4 Hoch and Deutschmeister , this time it's, primed halfords grey, flesh, black, brown , facing colour and metal then agrax earthshade wash and then yellow and white, pretty happy with this lot, three of them were  painted during the Analogue Hobbies painting challenge, I've just changed the facing colour on those chaps, slightly different finish but I think they fit in, a bread and butter post but hey at least it's a post, having missed July due to a holiday, a trip abroad for a funeral and it just being too hot to paint. I've still got quite a few more Austrian units primed in grey ( and one primed in a combination of black and grey, that'll be interesting? I'd run out of grey and wanted them primed!) But I've primed a load more in white, how retro I hear you cry but I am going to try out contrast paints, who said I am a dinosaur incapable of change? I don't know who you are, but you might have a point, nevertheless in the interest of productivity I'm willing to give it a go!

In addition I had another Kings of War game at the club which was fun, I took some photos of the set up but after that was too busy, a hard fought draw which is an improvement, here are some photos since apparently without photos it didn't happen    ( so says Jonathan anyway!) Chariots were mostly useless but terribly characterful!

Next up? Napoleonic Austrian cavalry or French infantry? Or possibly some terrain with some paint rapidly thrown at it? Who knows, I know I don't!

All the best 


Monday, 27 June 2022

Boudicca/ Boadicea and six chariots Ancient Briton 1

 Well this is a bit different! In order to have a game at the club I needed to have an army to go up against an Early Imperial Roman one, I've got plenty of historical armies but not one that works for that( my Early Imperial Roman army is not finished and  based for Impetus/ To the Strongest!) So I figured I'd be able to scrape a stand in army using my pagan Saxons/Picts and Irish , I remembered I'd picked up Boudicca/ Boadicea ( you choose, I don't mind!) A warlord model from Orcs nest which is one of the only bricks and mortar shops left in central London that sells wargames figures and I try and find something to buy when I go in there and the last time I was in there ( some time ago!) This is what I got as a long term build an opposing army for my Romans, I didn't think I would need her quite so soon  !  One chariot is clearly not enough so, as I am a cheapskate, I ordered three mdf chariots from warbase for £9 , I already had some 25mm horses that I'd got to mount my English civil war dragoons on, so I press ganged them in , then I decided three wasn't really enough so I scratch built three more out of balsa, irregular wheels,wire, 1/72 wicker panels and three spare mdf poles left over from my great Italian wars wagons( see Stew, never ever throw anything away!) I also felt the warbase chariots were a little chunky so I wanted to go slightly thinner but I still needed to fit figures based on 1p coins on them.

 You will I hope, excuse the paint job, essentially in the week leading up to the game my wife got covid which meant no spare time in the evening during the week, she was meant to be taking our daughter to Cambridge to see the Rocky Horror musical for the day on Saturday leaving me with eight clear hours of painting, instead of which I had barely two hours, up till midnight to paint seven chariots including herself and driver and an old GW druid that I rebased onto a penny, he just seems slightly portly! I've chucked some flock at least on their bases after the game which was great fun, fast and brutal, I was in it up until the last go when it all collapsed and I didn't really use my chariots well but, first game great fun and we've agreed on a rematch next month and I've got to join with the cool chariot kids! At least I've managed to squeeze a post into June! The infantry and cavalry are on temporary bases I've got a cunning plan to economically replace them with ancient Britons down the line but for now they'll do! Next up we return to our normal programing ,Napoleonic  probably Austrian ?
All the best Iain 

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

French 5th hussars Napoleonic 18

 Another French hussar unit, this time it's the 5th with their striking blue and white uniform, present at Wagram they were also part of Lasalle's brigade infernale together with the 7th regiment of hussars, I am tempted to get another box of Perry plastic hussars and make them up. I still have French chasseurs to paint and of course Austro-Hungarian hussars  but I can see it happening! Lovely figures that go together easily and are a joy to paint, they're now one of the earlier sets and maybe you would have removable sword arms for variety but they're still great sculpts as far as I'm concerned, I did of course want to paint Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard's unit but there is a bit of a sticking point as the unit he is meant to be leading defected to the allies at the beginning of the 19th century, the danger of fictional characters!

So here they are, I realise I've got to go back and touch up the commanders shako cords as I've got some red on them. As I  said they were fun to do , so when I went to Partizan  I  picked up another box of them, of course! Great show, lots of lovely historical games I had a nice chat with James Morris about his new dark age mass battle  rules Midgard which looks really  good .Next up some Austrian Napoleonic cavalry and then I need to knuckle down to painting more infantry for both sides , or maybe something different just for a change!

All the best 


Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Rye medieval hill town

 Last weekend we managed to get away for the weekend to Rye, which is a medieval hill town and cinque port, that's now  a distance from the sea. 

I thought there was quite a bit that might be of interest to those that read this blog and I wanted to keep all the images together, so please, indulge  me!

 There is a  nice medieval gate, the Landgate, a big church, lots of timber framed buildings, some rebuilt in 1420 and a medieval fortification called the Ypres Tower . We went on a nice little walk that took us to another fortification built for Henry VIII,an artillery fort, much like  the Falmouth model but now a ruin , it was interesting to me to contrast the construction techniques of the two fortifications, the earlier tower is rubble except around the arrow slits and door ways which are masonry. In the fort it is clear it was faced entirely with masonry ,because a lot  of it has eroded/ fallen/ been removed? we can  see the rubble and brick structure beneath and also around the gun ports. Indeed there is a row of bricks below one gunport that looks like it's been done with London stock bricks!

I thought the erosion on the seaward side of the fort was also of interest. There were a couple of Georgian 32 pounders on War department garrison carriages outside the Ypres Tower , the other smaller guns didn't have any markings, I  did start thinking I could  maybe make the Ypres Tower out of four pringle tubes, some foamboard and a  bit of rubble type wallpaper but then decided not just yet, try and stay on task and get  some more Napoleonics done! A nice slice of East Sussex  to visit if you're in the area, next post will contain toy soldiers, honest!
All the best