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Monday, 24 October 2016

A little of what you fancy...

                   Well I still have a lack of positive drive at the moment mainly because of the late season weather and also because I have become addicted once again to "Eve" online. What an incredibly deep game it is. As a result I have not really felt like painting huge numbers of figures but have found time to concentrate on some unusual units I have been meaning to get round to for a while. 

                     Two elements this week . One let us call "young guard" and the other a unit of Italian Guard cavalry. I have chosen to take close up photos of these elements because although it somewhat exposes my painting techniques it highlights the charm these figures have.

The "Young Guard" are a battalion of Fusilier Chasseurs in great coats. Now it's possible I have made a mistake here because I chose a dark blue greatcoat as per guard units but these guys may have used grey greatcoats. So be it.

If they are wrong I don't intend to change them as I think they look good in the blue  heheheh. 


The Italians that I chose to model are the "Guardia d'Onore". I was particularly attracted by the fact the body consists of 5 companies all dressed in different uniforms in 1809. I settled on four of them because of my base restrictions

    I also like the fact they were still in bicorns at this time although this did mean I had to convert them. I used an early Austrian model from Commision and the heads from the bicorn infantry. I really like the result.

I'm afraid that's all I managed this week but hopefully I will manage more in the weeks to come.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The return of the guard.

                   Some of Walt's newer figures were making my early efforts look a bit shabby so I decided to revisit the guard. It's taken a while as the good weather is continuing well into Autumn. Last week however I did manage to knuckle down a bit  and finish them off. The horse artillery and the two pèrsonalities ar from Adler but the rest are 6mm MDF from commission figurines

                  Here are the results and yes I repeat I know the lancers did not carry lances in 1809 but my lancers do :)

The collected elements of the guard based for Blucher

The recently completed elements.

 close ups of the Blucher basing.

I'm not sure what comes next but I still have thoughts about the peninsula.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A horseman riding by...

                Wow it's been a while since my last post. The summer has been so splendid here that it seemed such a waste of life to be sat in my bunker painting. I'm afraid the last couple of months have been more about fixing bits and pieces around the house and preparing for a huge reunion of old friends in September. However the call of the hobby is as strong as ever. Our on line system for Scharnhorst using cyberboard and google drive is now up and running with the 1809 campaign in Italy well into the first week. It's working very well and proving most enjoyable.
                 A quick check of my unit lists highlighted a lack of light cavalry elements so little by little I have been prepping and painting units for both armies. I have six done in the last weeks and fine they look too. I also received my order from various Amazon finds of Hourtouelle books. I bought "jena auerstadt", "Friedland" and "Marengo". I have to say I absolutely love them.  These, along with the Rawkins booklets and my collection of  John Gill books are simply my go to books now. Lovely stuff. Anyhow enough rambling here are the latest elements ready for the table.

The elements are two Austrian hussars, two Austrian light horse (one in white one in green) and two French chasseurs a cheval,

          French Chasseurs

 Austrian lights

 Austrian hussars

I also have prepped some rather splendid fellows from some of Walt's later designs which will replace the Imperial guard units I did a couple of years ago. The originals will revert to line status..

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Biehlberg and Gromstadt revisited.

                    With our 1809 Italian campaign under way and both sides playing hide and seeks in the mountain passes right now , Erik and I had nothing prepared for today's game . We decided therefore to revisit the much neglected part of Germany occupied by Biehlfeld and Gromstadt. Time to play "Maurice".  It seems we arrived just in time as Gromstadt launched itself into the adjoining duchy in search of recompense for some unimportant abuse or aggression.  As Erik hadn't seen the Maurice rules before it seemed an appropriate moment to introduce him. I should say that I have had the rules almost since launch but never had a real life opponent before so it was also an introduction for me too.

                    we used around a dozen units per side and played two games. To say we enjoyed ourselves is a gross understatement. I haven't had so much fun in a great many years. The game was simple but wonderfully subtle in its use of the cards for fog of war.  The high point for me and the moment that apparent victory changed suddenly to a sinking feeling of approaching death came when the second Gromberg Line infantry at the centre of my perfectly formed fire line, launched itself at the enemy to its front. This divided my command, caused the said units demise and left me in what I think is technically described as the deep shit.  I REALLY enjoyed my first real game of Maurice. Excellent rule set and more fun than a bunch of playful puppies. Absolutely loved it. We are definitely going back there again soon.
                    I did manage to take a wad of photos but without commentary and merely for ooh factor.

 Our first game was a disaster for Biehlberg as Erik came to terms with the command and control system or should I say didn't.

You will notice how fervently Erik is searching for useful cards in his hand . A searching that got more desperate as the fortunes of his army worsened.

The second game was wonderfully balanced until the unit in the centre of the Gromstatd fire line was played an interrupt card by Erik and hurled itself at the enemy   What followed was apocalyptic for Gromstatdt.

In this game I was the one desperately scrabbling through my card collection . Alas to no avail. The cards are such a hoot.

Roll on next weekend...

Saturday, 2 July 2016

memories of a far flung field..

             Not much to post this week as I am working on a cyberboard project to run our 1809 Danube campaign capable of covering all the theatres.. A tad ambitious but I am almost there for Bavaria.

           Yesterday I received a batch of pics from our mega game on 12th June from a participant. They are rather splendid and cover all three tables. No idea chronologically but I enjoyed looking at them..  Hope you do too. They are interesting in the although the majority of the figures are in MDF at least two corps were lead. The way they blend on the table is amazing...  Many thanks to Alfons for the Photos.  The rules are Blucher with a couple of house rules.

View of the whole battlefield from South to North

South                                    South

South                                    South

Centre                                 Centre

Centre                                 Centre

Centre                                 Centre

 Centre                                Centre

Centre                                 South

South                                 Centre

 North                                 North

South                                   North

Centre                                Centre

Centre                                 Centre

Centre                                 Centre

Centre                                 Centre