Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Completed Russian foot artillery for 1805-07

A close up of our hard working Russian friends at the action!
Those followers of this blog would have seen that I have been working on the Napoleonic 1805-07 project for quite sometime.  One of the latest developments has been to base some lovely Elite Miniatures Russian foot artillery in a slightly unconventional way.

I was inspired to do so by the figures of Mr John Ray who several years ago published a fine tome titled "A Military Gentleman".  In it he showcased many of his wonderful, personally designed figures as well as a superb style of basing and capturing our hobby in a wonderful and characterful way.  One such deviation from the norm that John had envisaged was basing artillery in non-rectangular shaped formats so as to maximise the ability to transform each base into an action scene.

I was instantly hooked and have determined that my artillery for this period will also be so based.  I will then replicate it when I kick start the Elite Peninsular project sometime in late 2018.

In this shot you can see the unusual template on the ground and the rough laying out of  figures and
equipment to ensure all marries up reasonably well.

Love the idea of being able to use the wonderful ramming figures in the correct manner

Here we have an angle from just off centre - that's a heck of a lot of firepower!

A very different look however one I am very, very pleased with.

Another angle

Very much like how the gun timber have come out using the Foundry triad paint system.  You can see a
requisitioned wheelbarrow from the old Hinchcliffe ECW artillery range which I thought was perfect
for these gunners to use to help transport their bloody heavy round shot up to their pieces.

I think the battery certainly looks more animated and not "squashed in " to accommodate a base of conventional means

The "Money Shot" - the newly based battery is approximately 10mm wider in frontage than the standard
basing that I have used in the past with General D' Brigade rules. Perfect.

I did post a few shots of these on the Facebook page for the Napoleonic Wargamers Group and received approximately 70% liking the innovation and 30% of those thinking that they could never get used to the irregular edges and shape which is really what I expected if truth be told.  It is different and certainly not something for everyone however for this particular style project, I simply think it works tremendously well.

Monday, 23 October 2017

General D'Armee 1815 battle at the NWS

Rifles advance and reform to the left as the French move on.

After much procrastination and even more busy work schedules the planets aligned for Cookie and I to take our Napoleonic's out of the box and give Dave Browns excellent new set of rules "General D'Armee" a run at the club.

The battle was to be a simple four brigades a side of roughly equivalent style forces so that we could see how well we could get our heads around the innovative command and control system.

Fighting on a 12 x 6 which was also a chance to try out my 13 x 7 cloth from Deep Cut Studios

First British Brigade

Dutch Belgians in reserve situated in the centre

The game requires ADC's to be sent to respective commands to help with orders.

British KGL Light Dragoons

Second British brigade of foot

French line lancer brigade

British light cavalry manoeuvre to meet the advancing enemy

The hamlet is quickly taken by the advancing troops

Lovely Perry plastics and metals combined to give a dynamic battalion over the fields.

Garrison formed - disordered turn 1 and then ready to rumble after that.

In they go on the British right flank

The French elect to form line and use their guns to try and inflict some damage however Phil
did not elect to use "Artillery Assault" due to a shortage of available adc's.

The British attempt an enveloping action on the flank

Another view as the rifles look to make a difference.  They didn't!

We mucked up the results of the melee and used the withdrawal of the beaten unit and supports
using the "Charge" section and not "Melee".  We will get better.

The mat looks quite good in my opinion.

The Brigade Commander looks to make a difference.

Great job on these guns from Cookie.

The cotton wool (borrowed from an adjoining 15mm game hence the smaller nature of the fibre!) is
used to denote a unit which has lost fire discipline and is no longer as effective as they could
be.  A great innovation designed to stop speculative fire which can waste time in any wargame.

A nice view of the figures on display

The KGL light cavalry get roughly handled by the lancers upon their return engagement.

The veteran leger regiment on the French left receives withering superior volleys from the British lines.

We had a wonderful time of it and have learnt a good deal on the rules and how and where we went wrong, which was surprisingly in only a few areas.  The system is a great one and certainly will be the set of choice for me going forward.

All I need to do now is mount some adc's on oval bases and some skirmishers on the same in small groups of three.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

On the workbench for 1805-07

Wonderful GMB flags being readied for the Russian Guard

Just a quick post to show that things are still progressing steadily on the 1805-07 project.  The figures are now based and varnished in their entirety and are now simply awaiting a presentation of the Colonels and Regimental colours from Tsar Alexander himself.

In his absence it would seem that the duty will need to fall on this old grumbler!

Get onto Dave Ryan and order this in as it is simply brilliant!
Adding to my enthusiasm in getting the flags up and going were a number of things.  Firstly I had received some wonderfully crafted and painted hand painted flags from the very talented Mark Allen and though they were not for my guard, I felt obligated to make sure that my GMB ones were prepared and finished in the best possible way.

Doesn't get much better than this.  Hand painted on metal by legendary Mr Allen.

Secondly, I had ordered the book you can see above earlier in the year from trusty Dave Ryan at Caliver Books and to say I was very, very impressed is an understatement.  The detail that Dr Prince and Mr Spring go into is amazing and now, with the confidence of knowing flag pole, drum stick and staff colours, proper designations etc. Russian flags of the Napoleonic era should be a lot easier to decipher from now on.

A sneak peek inside the excellent reference book which no Russian wargamer should be without

Elite Miniature Russian artillery about 70% complete ..."Now that's what you can a gun"
Just a quick glance on the picture above will also show that the oldest son Ben has continued on his project of unusual painting subjects.  Perhaps those knights overseeing the Russian artillery pieces are looking for a nice spot to locate...a....SHRUBBERY!!!

You have to love Monty Python.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

SYW Russian Narvski Horse Grenadiers

Front Rank SYW figures always look the part.
Carrying on from the last post I thought another Seven Years War themed unit would be in order.  On the excellent AMG Forum John is sculpting his own Horse Grenadier as part of  an ongoing project he has on the go.  It was ideal timing for me to brush off the cobwebs and set up a quick shot of some Russians upstairs.

Painted by the very talented Kiwi Paul Stairs - have a look at the detail in the basing.

Lovely artillery limber

A few officers gather in the churchyard to discuss goings on at the front

Slightly different angle on the shot

I think you call that detailed ticking on the collar of the Regimental drummer

Love this Old Glory resin model - before MDF became all the rage this is what we used.

I will continue to catalogue the various units in the army and see if we can get them set up in a game before Christmas.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Seven Years War Russians - Command

A lovely command stand with the general looking for just the right opportunity to issue some orders
With the anniversary of Zorndorf recently I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to start to catalogue one of my favourite wargaming armies in my collection.  This particular Seven Years War Russian army was acquired from the very talented Paul Stairs many, many years ago.  It is a collection of Front Rank and Foundry figures which in my opinion Paul has painted wonderfully well and then followed that up with absolutely first rate basing.

"Perhaps over here sir?"

It is my intention over the coming months to properly photograph and catalogue the units in the army as well as the wonderful command stands and vignettes that came with it.

An unfortunate Prussian musketeer seeks aid from the always civil and polite Russian Staff Officers.

Beautiful basing adds to the entire effect of the stand.

Hopefully it will bring back some happy memories for those who played with and against these lads in the land of the long white cloud.  I know that I have played many a wonderful game with them against the fiend Mike W using Angus Konstams "Die Kriegskunst" rules at the NWS.

More to follow in the coming months.