Thursday, 11 August 2016

An old image from days gone by...

Wargames Foundry Joseph Napoleon Regiment

 Just a quick post to show off an old picture of a regiment I still have in the collection from days long ago.  This was a lovely 24 figure regiment that a chap in the Blue Mountains had painted for his own collection and whom I convinced to part with them after some gentle persuasion.  Scott W really is a wonderful painter.

This was a wonderful day full of some great gaming

We used the image for our signage that year for the Napoleonic Wargaming Society's Open Day which featured a wonderful large Napoleonic Demonstration game, a superb AWI demo game put on by Peter Dale and Co. as well as a great Warhammer tournament by Mike Ward and another big 15mm Ancients competition.

Great memories.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Russian Elizabethgrad Hussars 1805-07

Elite Miniatures Russian Hussars very much looking the part!

One of my early recollections of my childhood was visiting some relatives in Mt Lawley on a Sunday, which for us was always so special.  Different food, a different house and yard to explore.  Lots of fun.  On one particular visit I was busy running about when I passed a room where the television had been inadvertently left on and was captivated.  Massed columns were attacking a battery of guns (even at this early stage of my life Airfix catalogues and Bruce Quarries Napoleonic Wargaming Guide had become part of my life!).

It happened to be the Hollywood version of War and Peace however I believe they had made arrangements to borrow some of the battle scenes from Sergei Bundarchuks grander Russian version.  I sat and watched the remainder of the movie and was captivated.

Another view of this 32 figure regiment
 I mention this only insomuch that anyone who has ever read "War and Peace" will know that Russian Hussars have a mixed reputation for their dashing courage and their rather caddish behaviour!  I think that Peter Moreby from Elite Miniatures has captured that wonderfully in these sculpts.  You can just see them with a girl, perhaps two of them, on one arm and a balloon of warm brandy being balanced in the hand of the other.
Lovely view of the cyphered shabraques

Officers to the fore
 These were painted many years ago by friend Nathan Vinson and I am sure he has no recollection of knocking them out.  He can be forgiven though as it was probably 15 years ago!  Hope he enjoys seeing them again.

They are going to get a fair amount of action in the coming months.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Napoleonic Russian Brigade Generals 1805 - 07

"What do you see Tavarich?" Nice Elite Miniatures rearing horse with an Essex General and a
lovely telescope wielding Cavalry officer of the Cuirassiers, also from Essex, and possibly
from the Napoleonic Austrian range if my memory serves me correctly  
\A quick post to show a few nice General command stands for my 1805-07 Russians that are on the go at present.  Always important to represent in any good set of Napoleonic rules and the wonderful General De Brigade is certainly no different.

Nice stone marker from Eureka Miniatures

Lovely Elite Miniatures horse, one of my favourites from their range, rearing perfectly

Another two excellent Elite Russian figures

To finish another command stand that I use to represent a cavalry Brigade or Divisional General.  This one is a wonderful Elite Miniatures General accompanied by a Hussar trooper painted to represent an ADC from one of the colourful Hussar Regiments.

I think I will add some orange and black "under" feathers to his hat to help put the final touches on this figure ala Von Peters at his best when painting Russian generals.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Napoleonic Russian Kharkov Dragoons 1805-07

A large regiment of Russian Dragoons from Elite Miniatures
Continuing on with my 1805-07 Napoleonic project is this regiment of Peter Moreby designed early Russians from the wonderful Elite Miniatures range.  Despite the limited amount of poses available in the codes - Officer, Trumpeter and trooper, there is sufficient variation and animation achieved by the various horses and the way the figures are mounted in the saddle.

One can only imagine what a supreme converter and designer such as Doug Mason, Mark Allen or a John Ray could achieve with these figures.

Wonderful Trumpeter figure with his instrument on his back and sword at the ready!

Nice view of the unique officers coloured comb on the helmets of the earlier period

Imagine this running down on you if you are a French battlaion still in line!!

Nice hand painted Imperial Cyphers

These figures, as I always say with any Elite Miniatures or Connoisseur figures, always look best "en masse".

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Connoisseur Napoleonic Kings German Legion Hussars

Two squadrons of KGL ready for some action

A quick post today showing two squadrons of KGL Hussars for the ongoing actions in the Peninsular.

It it did surprise me that the range of figures available for these chaps was very limited indeed.  In fact I think in 28mm the Connoisseur range from James at Bicorne Miniatures may well be the only ones with the correct peaked hussar busby/headgear.

The peaked busby, so unique to the KGL Hussars, is well depicted in this shot 
Once again, these figures were designed and originally sculpted by Peter Gilder and like a few of his figure ranges, they were limited in poses and variety by modern day standards.  For example these chaps have no musician figure available with them in the range and it is something I will revisit down the track as a converting project.  I am told that for the metal used in the initial period of release was very conducive to soldering, cutting, bending and chopping.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

General Von Alten Napoleonic Command Stand

The man himself set in suitably Belgian countryside
In the light of some more command stands being photographed I thought it would be an opportune time to present General Carl August Von Alten who commanded Wellingtons 3rd Division at Waterloo.

This formation was heavily engaged during the battle and Von Alten was severly wounded.

The famous painting that the vignette is modelled upon

The magnificent diorama put on in Hanover at the Bomann Celle Museum is to thank for this wonderful command stand.  As I recall the piece was commissioned through Najewitz Modelbau by Jens Najewitz specifically for the museum at the superb rendition of the battlefield of Waterloo to commemorate the 200th anniversary last year.

Nice Hovels covered well in the background

The pose of the groom and the dog are absolutely perfect
The figure is still available through Schilling-figuren in Germany and was originally scuplted by the very talented Franz Germershaus.

Another view to show that I do, on occassion, get my sons to clear the wargames table!
The Bomann Museum was one that I did have the good fortune to visit many years ago on a business trip to Germany.  My memories of the delightful town of Celle were that it was shut almost exclusively on a Sunday but it was beautiful to wander around in.  The museum itself was delightful with all manner of wonderful uniforms and weaponry from the Napoleonic period and it obviously focussed upon the German contingents of the allied forces.

Lots of uniforms of the Hanoverians, Kings German Legion etc.  Unfortunately very little in the way of English translations on the exhibits and even less available in the somewhat limited shop at the museum itself.  However it was still very good.

It would be amazing to see the Waterloo Exhibit today though.  Maybe next year...

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Napoleonic Command stand - General Hugh Halkett

General Halkett looks over teh field - lovely Perry Miniatures

As part of the constant growth of my Napoleonic collection, late last year I finally based these two figures in order to provide some brigade commanders for my Anglo-Dutch army at Waterloo.

One of the beautiful character figure packs that the very talented Perry twins have designed include a number of divisional and brigade generals.  In this case, I have based up the reasonably talented General Hugh Halkett who commanded the 3rd Hanoverian brigade in Clinton's 2nd Division at Waterloo.

Brunswick Mounted Colonel figure painted as a Hanoverian ADC

The command stand works well with the added field puddles in my opinion

Halkett also served in the Peninsular and saw some action with the independant KGL under Von Alten.

Really need to straighten up that bloody sword!
 A few more command stands to post in the coming week