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.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Elite French Legere near completion

Complete with side plumes these early Elite Miniatures French legere look the part.
Well the PSA Rugby season has concluded which means my Saturdays are my own again for at least six months which means a bit more time spent back upstairs completing some long on-the-go projects on the wargaming frontier.

As those who have been following this blog for a while would know one of my favourite pastimes at present is the 1805-07 "Glory Years" armies for this period.  Just to prove that the project still has legs I thought I would post some more shots of works in progress.

A few Front Rank musicians and a lovely drum major figure helps fill the ranks

First up is one of three legere battalions from the Elite Miniatures range available in Australian from Nathan.  As you can see I have elected to base my command stand in the old school with the Peter Gilder In The Grand Manner style with the Regimental Colonel slightly in front of his other commands bases.  I think it looks quite good and will do this with all of my Elite battalions from now on.

The rest of the lads awaiting colours and the final matt varnish

Beautiful hand painted Mark Allen specials for these lads await!

As you can also see I asked wargamer to the stars Mark Allen to paint up a few flags for the newest reinforcements and they have arrived and look sensational.

Skirmishers for General D'Armee will be on these three to a base oval shapes.

Russians are still getting themselves ready as well

Always something to do upstairs in the room...life does sometimes get in the way though.

All that now needs to happen for the French is to ensure there is no residual static grass anywhere and then give them all a good spray of dullcote and get them on the field for some General D'Armee Napoleonic battles.

Can't wait.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Syracuse battle the Persians - To The Strongest

The lines of battle start to take shape as the rival units of hoplites prepare to come to grips!

What a wonderful game I participated in last night!

Jeff Champion and I played a superb battle of " To The Strongest", the sensational ancients rules from the very clever Simon Miller.  I must say that for me, these rules have reinvigorated my love for ancient wargaming and I do find them so enjoyable and at the same time a very good simulation of my thoughts and perceptions of what ancient warfare may have been.
I had also been recently inspired by Peter's wonderful battle reports and accounts of his groups games on his excellent blog ""Blunders on the Danube"  If you can spare a moment, pop over a have a look at his wonderful TTS battles.

The battle was a 160 point a side affair with stratagems and the terrain formalities dispensed with so we could get right into the game.  Some random terrain was scattered about the field and each player was able to move a couple of things as he saw fit, which I think neither of us bothered with.

Jeff's central command made up of his collection of lovely Victrix Hoplites I believe.  In the background
Steve and Cookie are also playing in a TSS game involving Romans and Gaul's.

A view across the flank to his dastardly yet inept scutarii.

Slingers and Hoplites make up my the central command.

Scythed Chariots, Kardakes, Apple Bearers and Mardian archers - what a force!

Colonist cavalry, Median mounted and Saka with a tough group of Takabara for good measure in the rough.

I quite like my eastern style camps and baggage made up of some Castaway Arts gear from Gerry Webb.

These scythed chariots are old Naismith models and still look fantastic.

The to and fro in the centre would go on all night.

On the right I narrowly missed my chance to destroy a hoplite unit on the flank with Median Cavalry.  They have
now ominously occupied the hill and prepare to try and squeeze the life out of my left flank.

My Mardian archers could not hit the side of a barn but actually fought well in hand to hand combat.  Go figure!

I decided the rough was important and allocated a hero to my Takabara unit.  You can see my cavalry on the
flank of the hoplites in the background however they would soon be destroyed by enemy lights and cavalry.

A view from the Syracusan lines.

Lovely Vendel miniatures here which I believe are now manufactured in America.

Who doesn't love Greek Hoplite shields?  Theses are all hand painted which is incredible - well done Leroy.

The game finished with a narrow but well deserved victory to the Syracusans.  Jeff, who is an acclaimed acclaimed, published author on the classical period, actually wrote the Syracusan list for Simon and is a great chap to play against.  As a member of the NWS for decades together its amazing how few games we have actually played together in.  I think that these rules will help ensure that many more battles being fought across and alongside the tables edge will be a mere formality.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Elite Miniatures 1805 Russian Imperial Guard

The six battalions of the Russian Imperial Guard in all their gloss varnished glory!

On the basing desk for quite sometime, these wonderful Elite Miniatures figures are about to get a hefty workout as I commence my General D'Armee phase of my wargaming life.  For those of you who have been following this ongoing project, it is my attempt to play a few games in that particularly interesting period where Napoleon really did have an intense edge over all the powers that went p against him, particularly Russia, Austria and Prussia.

These figures are designed by the very talented Peter Moreby and have been painted for me by DPS quite some time ago.  I decided that it was ridiculous in the extreme for them to not be getting a Guernsey now that I have nearly finished rebasing the other 18 battalions of Elite early war Russians in the collection as well.

Still a little bit of correcting do engage in but all in all pretty pleased with this lot.

As you can see I have returned to the "Gilder WHC" method of basing the officer on a slight apex in front of the battalion.  I will do these for all my Elite 1805-07 battalions.

The Russian Imperial Guard played a pivotal role at Austerlitz and in the end was basically the only reserve formation left purely in that role after the blunders of the column attacks of the allies at the onset of the battle.  They also play an important role in Dave Browns linked scenarios for refighting the battle for the Pratzen in his GdB scenario books.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Napoleonic Naval

Wonderful to look at and even better to play with - Langton Miniatures at their best!
A quick post to prove that all is well and that life has not completely overcome some gaming activities.  Here are some older shots of a few naval encounters using the spectacular Langton 1:1200 ships played at the NWS.

Rear view of HMS Victory I believe.
These are truly miniature works of art and were purchased by a friend many, many years ago when the Langton's were still painting, rigging and basing these ships for their clientele.  There are still some companies around the world who do this style and quality of work.

Slightly fuzzy but you see the attraction.
Now if we can just find the right set of rules for these games I will be very happy indeed.

Sails in the water may spark the end for this French 74 gun

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

French 1805-07 Infantry on the basing benches...

Quite a few wonderful Elite Miniatures French from their 1805-07 range. 

Just a quick post to show that I am still well and truly alive and still ticking along with this very enjoyable project.  As I mentioned on the AMG forum basing can be a very much Love/Hate aspect of the hobby for me.

There is nothing I enjoy more than actually affixing the figures to the bases and looking at what starts to resemble a wargaming unit.

However then comes the PVA White Glue, sand, rocks and debris, sanding of the edges, brown paint, light brown paint, lighter paint again, touching up the boots and gaiters that have become inadvertently blotched with brown paint (ugh!), flocking, tufts etc.

I always use a Humbrol Enamel Gloss Varnish to top coat my figures prior to the final base painting.
It provides excellent protection for the figure and will be toned down once the units are Dull Coat.

As you can see in the average photo above the figures have been glossed.  I do like the gloss look I must admit however these will all be toned down with Testors Dulcote.

Lovely early French Legere with the side plume along with a few Front Rank characterful figures tossed
in for good measure.  Love the Jingling Johnny and the Drum Major!

Out of focus in the photograph but very much in my sights in the coming weeks.

As may have noticed I have reverted to the old WHC Peter Gilder basing with the Chef De Battalion slightly in advance half-based on a small oblong shaped piece of MDF.  Looks great in my humble opinion.

These figures are 99% Elite Miniatures from the talented Mr Peter Moreby and purchased from Nathan Vinson who is Peter's man in Townsville, as well as the rest of Australia and New Zealand with Elite Miniatures Australia.

The Front Rank figures are from Alex Brown and available in their Early French range of excellent Napoleonic figures.

All the best until next time.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Elite Miniatures Russian 1805 - 07 Jaegers

Wonderfully crisp sculpts and castings.

Just a quick post today to highlight some delightful sculpts from the talented Peter Moreby from Elite Miniatures.  These are the Jaegers from the Russian 1805 range that Elite do so well.  I have a number of skirmishers based like this as well as three other units in close order to represent advanced elements of any Russian force I put into the field for this period.

These are organised into 8 man skirmishing units

I particularly like the crouching/kneeling chap reloading his weapon

The three units are all 32 figures strong plus a mounted officer which I always like to add into my units in homage to the wonderful Napoleonic units at the Wargames Holiday Centre.  Those shots in the magazines so much influenced my thoughts onto how a Napoleonic wargame should look.

Lovely plate I saw on the web - as you can see I prefer the apple style green colour of the
uniforms of the Jaegers for this period rather than the dark green of the later years.

A few more bits and pieces to go and then the main Russian infantry and Guard get an outing.