Monday, 30 January 2023

Chasseurs a cheval de la Imperial guard Napoleonic 25

 This unit didn't make it to the big game but I've finished them now, it's a rather understated uniform I think but I do like them, since  my cataract operation in December I'm having to re learn how to paint and can't see close up like I did before, so I think they're alright but I'm not entirely sure! Like virtually all my Imperial guard figures these are metal and therefore second hand, the previous owner had picked them up second hand with their black acrylic paint worn off in various places and with only the eagle bearer apart from the rank and file, I converted/promoted one of those chaps into a command figure, the trumpeter was a Foundry figure ( part of a rather varied eBay French Napoleonic command purchase ) who matches his Perry cousins in size very well ,(one of the sword at the ready chaps took his place guarding the Emperor, the Foundry horse was definitely diminutive compared to the Perry horses) I cut his carbine off and gave him a spare plastic trumpet hand, like Keith in my hurry to get the unit done I painted him green, only realising my mistake later, still repainted he's done and a rather dapper light blue!

The flags are by GMB designs and very nice they are too, bases by Warbase. next up? More guard cavalry I think!

All the best


Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Confederation of the Rhine Anhalt battalion and battle of Fontaniva 1796 Napoleonic 24

 This is the Anhalt battalion of the 5th regiment,. Confederation of the Rhine. The command are metal Perry figures, the rank and file are Perry plastic Austrians with French hussars/ light infantry, mainly Perry but a few from Victrix, the elite are Victrix Austrians with French elite arms complete with epallets. I rather like the colour scheme . They were painted and largely based for the Christmas game but I've only just finished basing them and giving them a flag which looking at it now I realise I will need to enlarge it slightly.

We had a black powder scenario Des got off the web with the Austrians holding a bridge against a French assault  , the French needing to get 2/3rds of their strength across the bridge and into the town, the Austrians got reinforcements as the game went on and it was set for 8 turns. Playing the French I tried to get the first unit to move, obviously that wasn't going to happen! The Austrian artillery was very successful but eventually I managed to eliminate the Austrians and get my troops across but it was a very close run thing!

I improved the basing and brought out some more appropriate Italian buildings for a refight at the club on the following Sunday.  This time I played the Austrians and I was lucky that John elected to try and reduce my effectiveness by shooting, which delayed his assault resulting in me holding on barely by the time the last turn came around, both were enjoyable games and a nice size with about six units a side which we have since adopted for the last couple of games.

Well that's a rather long post,more Napoleonics in the pipeline but I am tempted to at least prep some Italian wars figures up and I have some primed dark age types winking at me!

All the best 


Monday, 26 December 2022

Christmas Napoleonic wargame Napoleonic 23

 I can see now but not up close as I have got long vision appropriate for my age, which does mean it's all a bit different on the painting front! I couldn't really see for the first few days after the operation but I still did some painting as I had foolishly decided to paint 150 28mm French infantry/ artillery crew, 96 confederation of the Rhine and some French command between 20th of November and 20th of December, it's possible it's a unit or two too far . Still it was fun trying!

Luckily I'd finished a contract, so I wasn't working and could do day and night shifts, although there was a fair bit of additional stuff to do apart from end of year accounts.  I was still painting and sticking down on bases after we arrived in France , I ended up with 96 Germans painted and 74 French, plus 6 mounted command and a further 74 Imperial guard and 2 guns and crew partially painted and stuck down in time for the game, very loosely based on the second day of Leipzig 1813 , Russians, British ( pretending to be Prussians) and Austrians versus the French, two villages         and          which both sides needed to hold at the end of the game to win and both sides dicing for reinforcements after the first turn 

The basing on the reinforcements, both French and German I'll get around to now the pressure is off and post them together with the Imperial guard and Napoleon once I've properly finished them.   The French took both villages and got their reinforcements in earlier, the Brunswickers managed to throw out a unit of Frnch line from one village, there was an inconclusive cavalry battle in the centre, the Austrians did well against the weaker French right wing on the French left wing it was back and forth against the Russians, the final action being the loss of a unit of Russian grenadiers and we declared it a draw with each army holding a village and with comparable casualties, it was after one am but great fun!

Still trying to adjust to the eyes, I've always only used my phone to post and read/comment and that's proving  more difficult so apologies as I  have dropped behind on my commitments, I  hope you all had a good Christmas and good luck for the new year!

All the best