Saturday, 17 July 2021

1815 British having a slight re-tool and tweak


Some of the lads having a slight shifting of arrangements in the ranks

We all remember those concerts and assemblies at school.

You hoped all year you had grown enough to be front and centre after years of being neglected and forgotten in the wings at photo days much to yours and your families disgust.  All the lead up rehearsals saw your plans going well as the lifts in your shoes, the blow dried hair and the toes on strict “tippy” duty seeing you where you should be…until the teacher, let’s call her Mrs Fox, comes along to ruin all your dreams.  Not that I’m bitter…or feeling cheated…I’m not bitter I said!


The time had come for me yo revisit some of my basing on some of my Brigades for 1815, including a better “historical”positioning of sergeants and officers.  A bit of cutting and gluing today to be followed up with some painting of bases tomorrow.

Always great yo gave good references available though I will need to order
Some more excellent flags from GMB to sort through the regiments correctly  

Some additional Foundry British that are destined to become a 4th KGL Line battalion 

Another battalion from the reorganisation - Perry plastics and metals

That’s a battalion of Highland Light Infantry from Front Rank on the black board which has been made “large” for General D’Armee requirements.

These look very effective with such a wonderful assortment of poses

A collection of mounted Colonels preparing for final touches and then the purchasing 
of their commissions in the Kings Infantry.  Lovely figures to paint.

These should all be ready for a return to the shelves during the week after which I will revisit my lads from Pictons command. I’ve been waiting to do those chaps for ages.

Monday, 5 July 2021

Prussian 1806 forces on the workbench


Elite Miniatures Prussian musketeers preparing to be finished and based a while back

Now from the outset I need to be honest.

These are indeed some older photos of figures that were on the workbench a Emile back and now actually await an outing on the field of battle. It was however, an excellent opportunity to once again sing the praises of these figures from Elite Miniatures and the wonderful service from Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia in Townsville. He is a star. 

This project has grown well and the painting of the figures has been a joy.

Prussian mounted staff officer who may well be a Russian 1807
casting impressed into service for the King.

Some French converged Grenadiers undergoing
 some work at the same time 

Not a great photo but the variety of poses in the range of musketeers is
most impressive indeed 

I really need to get the combined 1806 Prussian and Saxon forces on the table very soon.

Saturday, 26 June 2021

The Waterloo Collection


The front cover of the brochure I came across 

I was fossicking through some old magazines and came upon this old brochure from 1979 advertising a special collection of hand painted figures to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.  I’m curious to know how many of you ever came across this and did you know anyone who’s actually ever purchased it. Even by today’s standards $45 a figure for a collection of over 50 figures seems quite

Friday, 14 May 2021

An interesting find in some old EEL magazines

I’ve always enjoyed the various incarnations of this magazine 

I’ve been looking through some old wargaming magazines (remember those folks?) looking for more writings and potential scenarios as I continue my long lasting love of the Napoleonic period.  I had the good fortune of reading some great articles in Empires, Eagles and Lions and then came across one of my favourite sections - “Friday Night at the Fights”.

I swear I’m going to commission an Austrian command stand in sheets
 one day “The White Menace” indeed!

For those who remember the magazine it was the cartoonish recollections of the previous battle fought by the New Jersey Wargamers, and was a hoot to read.  Well this particular issue had the origins of the cartoon.  Very interesting reading.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Battle of Catalaunian Fields 451AD - TtS Part One

The Alan’s look to harass and Harry their Hun opponents in the centre

 The NWS had its monthly games day yesterday at North Perth Bowling Club and there were a wonderful array of games on show.  Guido had organised for Steve and  I to take the roles  of the great Attila the Hun and Roman General Flavius Aetius.  The battle saw a large allied army of Germanic Foedarati from Visgothic King Theodoric I and Romans defeat Attila and his vassals including Gepids, Ostrogoths and Huns.

We had been working towards this for six weeks. Steve already had his army sorted and I certainly had the Romans covered. I had the Frankish army painted and awaiting basing in storage for nearly twenty years so this was going to be the catalyst to get them out of the box and on the table. 

We recruited Phil and Chris to help command on both sides and Peter stepped in when one of our regular To the Strongest players Jeff was indisposed.  The table was set up on a 12 x 6 surface and away we went on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning.

A few from Steve and Chris's side showing the extreme left flank command of Ostrogoths.
Unbeknownst to us these would be the worst troops on the tale however we did not engage.

On our right flank the command of Thorismund V , Gothic allies of Theodoric V and
Sangiban with his Alans.  All to be commanded by Phillip Tiberius W. 

On the extreme right flank of the Hunnic Confederation of barabarians we find Gepids of Arderic and part of Ellacs command of Huns.

The mighty Romans under the command of Aetius himself

Lovely figures of Steve's.  One of Foundry's best ranges in my opinion

Many of the Franks that I had especially based for this particular battle

I had also purchased the resin tent from OTP as part of their fantasy Orc range.  I think it suits
quite nicely as a suitable Barbarian style hide tent.  I still need to finish it as the paint was still
partially damp when we placed it on the table that morning.  Typical wargamers.

Masses of Hunnic and Burgundian javelinmen backed up by light cavalry and scary nobles

A close up of the Roman and Allied right

On the Roman left an advance is called for to negate the potential outflanking Hunnic horse

Foundry on my side of the table as well

The tabs on the back of the units help us determine the units general save without modifiers 
as well as the command that they are in.  The Romans had six commands and the Huns five
so it was very important to keep an administrative watch over all participants.

The Romans commence their advance in the centre

Steves lovely troops in the centre.  The Romans were determined to give them no maneuvering 
space whatsoever if at all possible.

The Ostrogoths demonstrate on the Hunnic left

Valimirs reserve of Ostrogothic cavalry at the rear

The Franks of Meroveus advance in support of Aetius

Sangiban and the Alans, stars of the actual battle historically, advance.

A combination of Gripping Beast and Foundry Romans

Frankish bow and sling do their best and wonder why they missed out on the Angon stakes!

A great aspect of TtS is the depiction of camps.

Sangiban advances again

Merovius in all his glory

The Roman right looks for a weak point to attack

Two of our worthy Generals in action

It would appear that the Roman camp Provosts may have...ahem...some discipline
issues within the allied contingents.

All the Franks were based on Simon's excellent irregular bat bases from his shop.  Clever chap
our Simon Miller and more power to him.  Great set of rules and incredibly well supported.

Steve advances his raw warbands and waits for the attack

Phil takes the high ground

"Lads this is getting out of hand now"

The action starts to heat up across the board

The advancing Riomans seem to have caught the Huns and Burgundians slightly on the hop

Each side awaits the opportunity to launch a foray into the enemy ranks

Those pesky Burgundian javelin men would fight well all day

Action in the right Roman centre and flank starts to develop quickly

A view from the Roman ranks

Love the new activation chits from Simon.  Very visible and double-sided for speedier play

The Romans are feeling pretty confident at this stage of smashing through the centre

Merovius refuses the flank on the Roman left whilst his opponent Chris just cannot get
 his army moving whatsoever through a succession of "1's"

The Roman auxilia take the woods, denying them from the Hunnic lights

A gap in the lines however can it be exploited

As you can see the game is certainly a large one and has a nice volume of figures on the table.  As we leave this part of the report the battle is evenly poised.  The Romans have managed to cut off a large amount of the table to deny the Huns their ability to get behind our flanks and rear and the fighting has been fierce in the centre without any major blows being landed as yet.

More to come.