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!

Eric

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Painting Update, French and British


A selection of pictures this time: Photo's 1 and 2 1st Cuirassiers, 1st Squadron who apart form the trumpeter are conversions of CTS Mexicans with Italeri dragoon heads and greenstuff additions. I have just started on the 2nd Squadron, but they take an age to complete.

Photo 3 are the completed Young Guards shown unpainted last time, two companies are now finished.

Photo 4, the start of a squadron of British 15th Hussars, with photo 5 being a close-up of the officer. They look sort of pretty when complete, but take ages to paint.

And photo 5 shows the start of a squadron of Chasseurs a Cheval of the Garde, I need to do more in the uniform actually worn at Waterloo, but quite like this earlier version wearing the pelisse.

I'm working on a set of rules that are based around each unit starting with a score of, say, 100 points and adding and subtracting based on various factors, for example, plus points for advancing, presence of senior officers etc., and minus points for such things as attacked in flank, receiving devastating incoming fire. I'm keen to avoid removal of casualties and too much accounting, with large numbers of figures and only two players I don't want the game to bog down, so hopefully this will encourage movement and manoeuvre, adding to playability(?)

More on that later, in the meantime, the usual request for feedback and comments, just drop by and say "hello".

Thanks

Eric

Friday, 3 February 2017

More Work in Progress


Some rather bad pictures (apologies) of some British Lifeguards and Voltigeurs of the Garde.

The Household Cavalry come from the HELMET range, They were quite time consuming to make, as sadly is the case with mounted kits, but I eventually was fairly happy with the result. They will eventually comprise two squadrons,36 figures, and form part of the Household Brigade - much yet to be done.

The Voltigeurs are from HAT and are still very much work in progress, there will be two companies, 46 figures plus a standard bearer (no eagle) and a mounted officer, HAT head, HELMET body; legs and bits and pieces, with Historex arms. (All H's together) and a stack of Greenstuff. Next up for the French will be a company of Garde Grenadiers using the marching figures from the HAT Elites in Greatcoats pack, and Airfix heads. Hopefully some (better) photos when work is under way.

Please feel free to comment, negative or positive, or just say "Hello"

Thanks
Eric