Sunday, 26 May 2019

An old, old project revisited

As the title shows, this little diversion started quite a few years back and as it seems I'm still suffering mass uniform painting aversion syndrome following the Waterloo extravaganza, the time seemed ripe to reawaken it.
Basically the aim of the first phase is to produce a "company" of Polish Winged Hussars as part of the relief force for the siege of  Vienna 1683. This will comprise 20 hussars, an officer, trumpeter and standard bearer that will form up in three ranks with the rear rank comprising the less well equipped "retainers".
Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves, but comprise drastic alterations to what mostly start out as Britain's knights with various (and time consuming) additions.
If people are interested I can run through the process in future blogs, please leave a comment and let me know.
They have yet to have their bases completed
Close-up view
Progress so far

Friday, 5 April 2019

Figure conversion details

Prussian infantry with ACW figure for reference
Rear/side views

A couple of people have asked for details on the figure conversions, so here goes for the Prussian infantry. They were originally ACW infantry from Accurate and Imex in the main. I struggled for references especially back views, so some of the figures rely on guesswork, also I am not (my son will disagree) a pedant over the details, if they look OK, that's good enough.
Firstly I beheaded them and cut away all the equipment, the helmet heads are by Irregular, they should have a square front peak...... but they look OK(?) Then I added standing collars, shoulder straps, cuff-flaps, ammunition pouches, haversack, water bottle and pack all from greenstuff. I also made a mess-tin from a wooden skewer and a short sword from Helmet spares. A coat of paint and job done!

Danish Infantry

Rear/side views

The Danes were a bit easier, they are based on Replicants ACW marines originally issued with the Harpers Ferry set. They have the correct crossbelts and sort of "have the look". They were beheaded and a new kepi type head added along with a standing collar to replace the fall-down one, The height of the kepi was increased slightly and a strange cockade/button/cord arrangement added from greenstuff, Then haversack and canteen with straps again greenstuff with a sword as with the Prussians. That's it a coat of paint and away we go!
I hope this is of interest, please let me know, thanks.


Thursday, 4 April 2019

After Waterloo

After the big battle stuff, I decided to do something smaller and less mainstream
So picked the obscure First Schleswig Holstein War 
Despite the obvious popularity of this conflict, manufacturers are not rushing to produce appropriate figures

In total I produced 40 figs, all conversions using a large quantity of greenstuff, and in the case of the Prussians, metal Russian Crimean heads from Irregular.
We premiered the game at the Little Wars Revisited Games Day in Woking last month, where a good time was hade by all!
All are converted from ACW figures

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Back from our hol's and some data

We have just returned from our holiday which explains the gap between this and the previous post.

Thanks to all those who viewed the story of our refight especially those who left comments, this post will hopefully answer some of the questions raised.

The figures are organised into companies, squadrons and batteries as follows:

Infantry - A company comprises an officer, NCO, musician and 20 men. A regiment (I have one French Line) has 6 companies, a colour party and two mounted officers.
Cavalry - 16 men, an officer and a musician make up a squadron. A regiment (I have one each of French Dragoons and Hussars) has two squadrons, a standard bearer and escort, and a mounted colonel with trumpeter.
Artillery - A battery is three guns with a total of 12 gunners and an officer.

All the figures are painted in good old, actually some of them are not so good anymore, Humbrol enamels. There's no real trick to the way I paint, I usually go from dark to light, so a face would be painted brown first, then a flesh tone, leaving some brown around the nose, mouth and eye sockets with a final highlight in the nose, chin and cheeks. Practically everything has this three colour treatment. And yes black horses are highlighted in blue!

Given the number of figures involved (around 1300) I wanted something simple and easy to operate. Given my usual consummate planning skills I finally "wrote" the rules the night before the battle.
All distances, movement, weapon ranges etc. were in "feet" that is our feet heel to toe, large boots might lead to an advantage or two?
For each unit I devised a rating score based on ten factors:
1. Elite - Guards, Rifles etc.
2. Status - Veteran etc.
3. Morale level
4. Resilience
5.Competence - Drill, weapons handling etc.
6. Physical condition
7. Specialist weapons - Lance, rifles etc.
8. Specialist equipment - Cuirass for example.
9. Level of training.
10. Reputation

So we then scored each factor out of 10, giving a possible maximum of 100. Through out the day each unit had its' factor rating adjusted depending on what was occurring, so heavy casualties for example would reduce the overall score. Once a unit reached half its' starting total it had to withdraw two whole moves.
Firing was decided by simple dice throws, so we threw lots of dice.....

Lessons learned.
We needed two players a side to help with moving the troops, despite the large number of figures on each base, time started to run away from us. Any volunteers out there????
I need to devise another way of sticking figures to card bases. we used PVA and it really stuck, it really stuck.

We had a lot of fun and laughed at some of the strange events, what next? well perhaps a bigger version in 2019?

Thanks, hope this helped.


Sunday, 2 September 2018

....the battle ended

                              The British artillery kept up a constant fire throughout the battle

                                            The only means of rapid movement on the field

                         The musketry duel on the Allied right forced the French to withdraw

                       On the left the Allied foot witnessed the defeat of the French cavalry

                                   On the right the French line infantry were in full retreat

So with the rain starting to fall and the distant rumbling of stomachs the Emperor conceded defeat, without the need of Prussian involvement the Iron Duke still couldn't believe how his normal pathetic dice rolls had changed to winning almost everything!

A good time was had by all.

Next time I will detail how the armies were organised and briefly describe the rules we used.

If you have stayed with us so far, thanks for your interest and stamina!



Saturday, 1 September 2018

...................and as the rain started to fall...........

                                       Mounted grenadiers threaten the Household Cavalry....


....who have support from rifles in the newly reinforced sandpit, while the Allied infantry remain unmoved - in both senses of the word.

                             The French prepare to exchange volleys with the Allied line

                                               The matter will shortly be decided

The last episode will be published tomorrow.

Thanks for looking,


Friday, 31 August 2018

..........the sky darkened.............

                              The Union Brigade moves up in support of the light cavalry

                         French lancers bear down on the doomed riflemen left as rearguard

                                Riflemen re-establish themselves in and around the sandpit

                                            Guard cavalry starts to threaten the Allied left.

Crunch time! The Allied light brigade crashes into the French cavalry, both sides have more horsemen in support.

The feeling is that the last act is about to begin.

More soon, thanks for looking.