Monday, 6 August 2018

Some Allied Cavalry

                                         15th Hussar squadron completed -at last!

                                         Brunswick hussars well underway - 4 men needed

A long gap since the last post, and have managed to make some progress, as shown in the pictures above. The game will probably take place about two weeks from now, however the hot weather has disrupted my plans insofar as some hoped for units will either not be present, or be understrength. Having said that, there should be around 1300 figures available.

I can only paint in 15 minute slots at present due to the temperature 32 c, and the two angle poise lamps adding to the heat, last week the paint was literally drying on the brushes as I worked. Apparently the weather is due to cool down by the end of the week, so I should be able to catch up a bit.

As ever, comments criticism and encouragement welcome.



Sunday, 11 March 2018

First Outing for La Haye It'aint! Number 2

I guess the tension is by now unbearable..........

The French try to batter down the gates, "Did anyone think to bring the key?"

                                                  "Are you busy later?"

                                                Some of the brave defenders

All in all a splendid day in Woking's Christchurch, hopefully this is the start of an annual event, which next time will be something different from Napoleonics.

Comments and questions gladly accepted, thanks fro now.


First Outing for La Haye It'aint! Number 1

Our son and I went to the Little Wars Revisited Games Day in Woking, hosted and arranged mainly by Mike Lewis, thanks Mike, and had a grand day out! Six other 54mm enthusiasts were there and a number of games were played, only this morning I realised that we only took pictures of our efforts, but others will appear on other blogs and sites and I'll try to post links to those later.

The date gave me a deadline by which to get the building and garrison done, somewhat ahead of the planned schedule, but that's no bad thing I guess. The roof sections contain over 20,000 individual tiles, cut from my accumulated business cards - friends and foes - a time consuming but cathartic experience, see previous post "A place in the Country".

We used a set of rules we wrote nearly 10 years ago, which worked fairly well, although a few issues need to be thought through. The allies were controlled by Jonny Kemp and while being outnumbered more than 4 to 1, and having limited rifle ammunition, held out remarkably well. The French were handicapped by my now traditional terrible dice throwing and suffered terribly eventually taking the building when the Allied ammunition ran out, so a reasonably accurate reflection of history?

So, a few pictures:

                  The farm with Kings German Legion inside and 95th Rifles on the road

                 Close-up of some of the 95th, some of whom ran away later, Ha ha ha!

 Magnificent columns of French with voltigeurs in open order; bravely advance little suspecting the carnage that awaits due to my appalling dice throwing.

                                                           Vive L'Empereur!

More news on next blog

Thursday, 21 December 2017

French Cavalry Brigade Parade

The complete "Brigade", so far..........

HELMET cuirassiers
Fusilier conversations

Sunday, 15 October 2017

French 1st Hussars and Staff Officers

French 1st Hussars, the complete "regiment"
The colonel leads from the front
Eagle and escort
Heavy Cavalry General and ADC.
 This is only the second cavalry regiment now completed. They are mostly Italeri with trumpeters and the NCO holding his carbine from HELMET Soldiers. Many of the figures have their arms or wrists swivelled to add variety. The elite company have Andrea metal heads but I modified them with Greenstuff as the colpacks seemed under-sized. The officers horses are mostly from the British Light Dragoon set, slightly modified, while the colonel rides a Hat Roman horse with a Historex leopard skin saddle.

These made an appearance at the (fairly) recent Leipzig Lawn Wargame where their performance was...........pathetic! During the Emperors' enquiry following the disaster; the facts that they did not fight as a complete regiment and their eagle was not present were offered up as reasons (excuses.)  It will be interesting to see how well they do against British opponents.

The last picture shows the Heavy Cavalry brigade commander and his ADC that appeared few blogs ago, now painted.

A few more French cavalry to finish then back to the infantry and artillery.

Thanks for looking, any comments welcome.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Lancers Completed

A number of domestic issues have meant that progress has been slow of late, however I have at last managed to complete the squadron of French line lancers started some while back. These are from the 5th Regiment with interesting light blue facings, they are all from adapted Helmet kits with a variety of horses most of which are Ebay purchases.
I did a fair amount of research on this arm of service, and as is often the case, the resulting evidence is confusing - to me at least. Most sources suggest that the second rank were armed with sabre and carbine, not with a lance. This seems to be based on the reasoning that a lance is pretty much useless in a melee, so the second rank would support their lance carrying colleagues, This makes some sense I think, but I cannot understand how such a regiment would manoeuvre on the battlefield or move about in column of route. So I have compromised with the elite company all have lances while the remainder of the company are "half and half." Ant thoughts gratefully received.

The final picture shows work in progress on a French general of heavy cavalry and his ADC. These are from a variety of bits and pieces including Historex and Helmet kits and metal heads and one sword picked up at toy soldier shows.

Thanks if you have read this, please feel free to leave a comment, next up some Italeri hussars.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

More French

I took advantage of some warm spring sunshine yesterday and took some pictures in the garden. Firstly a company of Old Guard Grenadiers marching in greatcoats, they are all Hat figures with Airfix heads apart from the officer who is metal from Tradition. These were fairly simple conversions and happily used up most of the marching bodies left over from the Young Guards painted earlier.

Working on the basis that you can never have too many Guard units, actually I think you can, I have also started a company of Grenadiers in campaign dress with Airfix heads on mostly Hat bodies. I really like this version of their uniform, but am currently concentrating on French cavalry, hence the final two pictures, an officer of Chasseurs a Cheval and the beginning of a unit of line lancers.

I try to pick up a many items as cheaply as possible from Ebay, so I can use a variety of horses, some like me getting very old, and odd figures that might be a bit bashed about but still have another life ahead (ha ha in the case of the Airfix Guards) of them.

More French next time.

We have also completed the barn for the La It Aint farm, the title keeps changing, with around 3,000 roof tiles it did become a labour of hate, so I'll put some pictures up soon(ish).

Thanks for getting this far, and do feel free to say hello or something!