Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bashi Bazouks .

Coming to the end of my Crimean splurge and the last up are some Strelets Bashi Bazouks.

Mounted them two to a base rather than the more usual three to portray their light cavalry skirmish role and to accommodate the wilder figure poses .

The British recruited a lot of these to boost their numbers of cavalry - with mixed success , being called Beatson's Horse after their commander (will have to paint a suitable figure for him) . Having made inroads to the Crimean plastic mountain I'm back to painting 28mm lead now .

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment.

The Highlanders took longer to paint than the Russians , but were a bit more entertaining .

I had to convert a Standard Bearer as I've run out of them . The figures are of course Strelets .

Luckily you see very little tartan on the figures because of the sporrans and various bits of equipment and I just suggested the dicing on the socks and bonnets . Busy with the Turkish irregular cavalry at the moment .

Monday, 10 July 2017

2nd Battalion Azovsky Regiment.

Been very productive the last week or so getting most of the Crimean figures I'd got cleaned up painted . Here is the Russian Infantry Regiment Azov , the problem with Russian Infantry is that they all look the same . 

They have painted up very quickly , I gave them a good coat of high gloss yacht varnish to seal the paint so it won't flake then a coat of matt varnish - which isn't truly matt (are they ever ?) but gives a pleasing satin finish .

Whilst I'm on a roll I've decided to do some Turkish Bashi- Bazouks to give the Turkish contingent a bit of cavalry , they are again Strelets and cleaned up fairly well , they are fixed to their horses using dress pins . Next up 42nd Highlanders .

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Border Clash ( Parte The Seconde ) .

The Saxon Garde form a column of companies as they prepare to cross the stream and capture the windmill .

The Uhlans deploy to capture the bridge .

'Jung Fritz' orders the Brunswickers to seize the windmill .

The first company of the Garde crosses the stream and opens fire on the Prussian Hussars .

Scheither's Carabiniers charge across the bridge into the Uhlans .

They drive the Uhlans back ! .

An overview of the battlefield , towards the top of the table the Brunswickers move up as the Saxons move another company across the stream to reinforce the company on the hill . The Saxon Hussars move to reinforce the Uhlans .

The lines exchange volleys - with the Saxons coming off worst .

The Hussars reinforce the melee .

Against the odds the Carabiniers drive back the combined Saxon cavalry ! .

The result is a draw and as it is the third round of the melee both sides have to retire .

The Brunswickers advance.,  get the drop on the Saxons and shoot first - causing heavy casualties , the Saxons fail the their morale test and flee ! ,. The Allies have captured the windmill ! .

The cavalry fall back to reform , but the Prussian Hussars arrive and take the bridge which was the second objective . The Saxon General decides it is time to retire as most of his army is disordered or fleeing . A convincing victory for the Allies . Using the larger ground/movement scale worked very well and sped the game along greatly , which I find is a great advantage when you are playing solo .

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Border Clash ( Parte The First ).

I've been re-reading 'BAR' (Batailles de l' Ancien Regime) and decided to give them another go but this time using the larger of the two ground scales to speed the game along . The forces have to capture the two objectives - the bridge and the windmill . 

'Windy' Miller and his son don't realise they are an objective !.

The Saxon Light Cavalry is commanded by Gen. Baron G. Wrangel, a Swede in the service of the French and his force comprises of the Saxon Hussars Von Schill and the Graf Renard Ulhans .

The Allies Cavalry is commanded by General Wartenburg who is accompanied by his faithful hound 'Moritz' . Scheither's Carabiniers lead the column followed by the Prussia  Ruesch Hussars

The Saxon force's Commander in Chief is General Moutors a capable young man (in his own estimation) (and an Irregular 40mm figure).

The Allies are commanded by General 'Jung Fritz' Swartzenburg , his striking resemblance to Frederick the Great is the cause of gossip that he is an illegitimate son by a youthful dalliance at the Saxon court with a Hungarian Countess !? .

The Saxon Lieb Garde Grenadiers cut across country to the stream and try and  capture the windmill .

The Brunswick Regiment Von Zastrow also leaves the road to move towards the objectives .

The Saxon Hussars cross the bridge and deploy but are charged by the Carabiniers and driven back .

The Saxon Hussars rout but Scheither's Carabiniers are disciplined enough not to pursue ! .

General Moutors attempts to rally the Hussars ! . Too be continued.............

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Applying Paint .

After some delays when 'real life' got in the way I've started to get some more Russian infantry done , doing them first because they're the easiest - thank heavens for brown greatcoats !. The figures are Stretlets and have some rather odd poses in the box which hopefully won't be to noticeable when they're all done and based . 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Getting The Next Batch Ready.

Having got my painting table somewhat cleaned off it is time to prepare the next figures for painting . Decided it was time to revisit my plastic Crimea project , I am going to do another Highland regiment and a Russian battalion . The Highlanders were a gift from the gallant 'Conrad Cinch' and had been already snipped off their sprue and had hardly any flash at all , the Russians however were still on their sprue and boy do Stretlets make it hard to get them off - two broken knife blades later (and much cursing) I finally got them ready for spraying a black undercoat , which will be done this afternoon before summer vanishes for the rest of the week .

Friday, 23 June 2017

A Potpourri From The Painting Table.

Here are a selection of models I've painted in the last couple of weeks , a bit of a mixture as I'm trying to clear up some of the things that have been on my 'to do' list . First a selection of markers for  my 'Test of Honour' Samurai skirmish game , they are Perry Miniatures .

The Six Samurai - the other one must be on holiday , again Perry Miniatures for 'Test of Honour' .

Hodge interrupts the photo shoot , trying to ingratiate himself after being cursed for killing and eating a baby bird .

American Civil War early war Militia, Perry Miniatures once again - think I have been  contributing to the Perry retirement fund of late .

Mars plastic TYW light artillery , these have been waiting to get painted for ages . This set of figures got a right slating on the 'Plastic Soldier Review' , but I don't think they have come out to bad , sadly the double barrelled gun may be fictitious but I don't care ! .

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Painting 'Al Fresco' .

Been rather warm of late ( well for the U.K. ) and so I took the dog out for a quick walk at Five this morning , when we got back we decided to go to the coast for a walk before it got to hot . After our walk we had breakfast at Mc Donald's - if you think their burgers are naff you should try their breakfasts - how can somebody make a balls up of bacon and eggs !? . On returning home I decided to paint some figures outside on the patio , not that good an idea on reflection the light was a bit 'glarey ' and the paint kept drying out even on my 'wet palette', however it is summer so you have to make the most of it .

The livestock seek shelter under the table .

Friday, 16 June 2017

Re- Setting Time .

This morning I was alarmed to find the dog had gone missing from the back garden , further investigation found him on next doors lawn eating some crusts of bread thrown out for the birds ( being a Spaniel he is convinced that he is on the point of starvation ) , I retrieved him then started to puzzle how he had got over the fence ? , it was surely to high for him to jump ?! - in fact when my wife takes him to Dog Agility training they have to lower the hurdles for him .

As I sat puzzling about this I saw him sneak off to the top of the garden , so I quietly crept up on him to find him balancing on the Sun Dial ready to repeat his jump using it as a platform to escape to food . So I thought I will have to move it further away from the fence . Now the Sun Dial has been in place for about 25 years and in that time it has grown heavier or I have grown weaker !? , it's quite a substantial piece of Limestone which came from a house we once demolished when I worked for the Council , however with a little ingenuity and quite a bit of swearing I managed to up-root it and move it to another position away from the fence . Then I had to find my compass to set the dial so that it pointed North so it would give a true time reading - well sort of - it doesn't do British Summer Time .

Having got that done I rewarded myself with tea and biscuits and a little planning for my next game .

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Border Clash ( Part 2 )

First an apology for the lack of photos for the second part of the battle , I got so engrossed in the action I forgot to take pictures. Treborian General D' Laye command ability is affected by the appearance of an enemy femme fatale .

The Treborian 'Hussars of Excellence' rout the Fetaland 'Green' Hussars and capture the bridge . The Fetaland Artillery drew a Chance Card - 'defective ammo' - Oh dear ! .

On the right flank the Treborian Reservists break after suffering heavy casualties and fail to rally .

However on the other flank the British Legione safe behind the cover of a wall slaughter the advancing Fetaland infantry . This about ended  the battle in favour of the Treborian force and without the support of their artillery they were forced to retire leaving the bridge in Treborian hands . It has been a while since I got these figures on the table and I had forgot how much fun they are , it was interesting using the Chance Cards  which added a new dimension to the battle.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Border Clash (part 1)

I have decided to set up a game using my 40mm Balkanish Imagination collection. Here we see the border of Trebonia and Fetaland which is marked by the Bug River , negotiations have broke down between the two countries over the issue of a 'hard' or 'soft' border and so both sides have dispatched local forces to capture the vital bridge over the river.

A rustic shepherd views the Fetaland forces in the distance .

The Fetaland General Stavros takes up position to direct his forces , his staff wear traditional Feta costumes .

The Treborian General D'Laye takes cover behind a stout stone wall .

The Treborian 'Hussars of Excellence' move up swiftly towards the bridge.

The Fetaland infantry move forward in open order , the are the 1st Batt. of the 4th Infantry Regt. Fetaland has a small but well trained army in the French model.

On the first move Treboria draws a chance card which may prove useful on future moves.

Treborian infantry move onto the table , here we see the 'British Legione' in their anachronistic uniforms*.

The Feta artillery arrives , French '75s' .

The Treborian reservists move up past the Temple of Diana, on their left the 'Alicia' Dragoons dismount and move up in open order.

The 4th Fetaland infantry open fire causing casualties on the advancing Reservists .

The 'Hussars of Excellence' dash for the bridge but the Fetaland 'Green' Hussars also are moving up to take possession of it . Part 2 to follow .......
*The Treborian Government did a arms deal with the British for what they thought was state of the art uniforms and equipment but instead received surplus Crimean War uniforms , to save face the Treborians raised the 'British Legione' ,  it was to be recruited from ex British servicemen but in fact it ended up with a mish mash of undesirables . The Treborian Minister of War disappeared with a large sum of money shortly after this disaster .