Friday, 22 September 2017

Franco-Prussian Campaign , The Return ! .

And they said it would never happen ! - after a break when my Generals went on holiday , then I went on holiday - we have returned refreshed in mind and body and getting back into wargaming ! . Here we see the situation on the 4th Day of the campaign with two action developing , one in the North of the map and another in the centre , we will be re fighting the centre action first .

The forces have met half way through the day and comprise the above units , this is an important battle as both forces need to push past each other to capture their respective objectives , the French have to capture the bridge and demolish it and the Prussians have to take the town (Schutzige Stadt) . The players have sent in their orders of march and will more detailed orders when the table is set up , which hopefully will be later next week . ( click on the maps to enlarge )

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Piers Plowman .

This figure and oxen have been waiting to be based up for over six month and so on returning from our holiday I got him finished . He's a 28mm Foundry figure for my 'Lion Rampant' Medieval skirmish project . 'Patience is a virtue' as William Langland said !

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Austrian Secret Weapon.

The Austrians had rocket batteries in 1859 , in fact they used them in the First Schleswig-Holstein war 1848-51 , but what they looked like I have no idea ! , I have Googled them but came up with no results , Irregular do a Congreve Rocket in their Napoleonic range - so I asked Ian if he could send me one with a replacement Austrian gun crew - as always he was happy to help . If anybody has any more info I would be pleased to hear , till then this model will have to do ! 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Austrian Command .

One of the drawbacks with Irregular is that they tend to do only one General per army . So I have been making variants for my 1859 Austrians . The right hand figure is the original figure , the centre one is a slight conversion using a different horse, adding a sash and plumes to his bicorne using 'green stuff' . The left hand figure is a more ambitious conversion using a British officer in 1890 Home Service Dress (!?) , I scraped off the various straps over his shoulders , added  coat skirts  , sash and  lengthened the  trousers using 'green stuff' . I cut the head off and added an infantryman's head and shako . 

This is the Austrian Commander in Chief and a Hussar bugler on the command base , he is a British General from the Irregular '1890 Home Service Dress' range with a rather  impressive beard ! . I cleaned off the various straps, added longer coat skirts and trouser legs , I also added a sash around his waist . I CAREFULLY cut off his peaked cap and added a bicorne , tidying up with 'greenstuff ', so that is the Officer Corps sorted out for my Austrian army .

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Austrian Hussars.

Still beavering away painting 1859 Austrians for my Second Italian Wars of Independence . These are Austrian Hussars from the  12th Regt. Heller . They probably should have a black waterproof cover but that would mean you wouldn't see the white shako.

They count as a 'small' unit under Black Powder , I'm not painting a lot of  cavalry for my various armies as not many seemed to be used in the smaller actions in Italy that I'm playing .

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Old Faithful .

The other evening 'A' came round for a game and whilst playing he borrowed my ruler and remarked "you must have had this old thing for ages!" and "I thought I broke it ?" - the answers where 'yes' and 'yes' and 'I repaired it !' . This set me thinking how long have I had it ? . To the best of my recollection I acquired it at 'Northern Militaire' when I bought a couple of 'Savage and Soldier' magazines from a trader and was given it as a 'freeby' , now there hasn't been a 'Northern Militaire' wargaming show for over twenty years or more so that is probably how old it is.

Savage and Soldier was a magazine which dealt with Colonial warfare and wargaming (sadly I don't seem to have any copies left in my collection) and seeing it had been 'serving wargamers since 1965' must have been one of the first gaming magazines out.

It has served me well and suffered injury in action - 'A' was making a dramatic sweeping action mid battle hence the breakage - which was repaired using wood glue and is as good as ever . A fellow blogger was remarking how difficult it was in this metric era to get twelve inch rulers nowadays , so I had better look after 'Old Faithful' . (just found that some of the original articles can be found at

Friday, 1 September 2017

F.P.W. Campaign , The Return (Well Sort Of)

Well my two Generals have returned from their holidays and we have got to Day 4 of the campaign (click on map to enlarge ) . In the South the French have spent the whole day building a temporary bridge over the river after the Prussians blew it up  . In the centre the two forces have met half way through the day , so they need to make decisions on the forthcoming action . In the North the Prussians are pushing forward to their second objective  (the town of Nebel) and have caught up with the French Cavalry Brigade , so another potential battle . However these two actions are not likely to be played out in the next couple of week or so as I'm away on holiday myself soon . Too be continued (soonish) ..........

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Titler Independent Border Battalion.

I was going to have another Grenz Regiment but when I found out about the Titler Independent Border Battalion with their light blue uniforms (and a name worthy of a 'Carry On' film)  I couldn't resist painting them instead ! .

The figures are of course Irregular and have just got based and varnished in time for a game tonight with my wargaming colleague 'A'  when they take on the Sardinians .

Monday, 28 August 2017

New Hens .

Unfortunately I've had a couple of deaths in our flock of late , old age being the cause I think (they were a couple I was given so not sure of their age) . I have got four from a local free range business , two of which are seen here being feed from my hand .

And she is quite capable of helping herself to sunflower seeds when my back is turned ! .

When birds are moved they often stop laying but these have started again after a few days , different coloured and sized eggs which reflect the various hens/bantams types I have .

Part of the flock overseen by the cockerel , another inherited bird , he doesn't like me at all ! and we have had confrontations ! . 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Austrian General And Artillery .

As both my wargaming colleagues who are the Generals in my campaign are still on their hols I'm still busy painting up the Austrian army to fight my Sardinians . I thought it time that I did a General for the first Brigade and here he is in undress uniform , I'm not sure if I've got the right shade of blue/grey for his tunic as the various colour prints I looked at seemed to vary greatly . The figure is of course by Irregular.

You have to love an army that paints their guns yellow ! - well maybe it' a bit to bright ? - but I tend to go for the bright option ! .

Just got my copy of this , not sure how useful it will be as it covers 22 years , quite a long time with several uniform changes and different wars - a thin book to cover a big subject ? - we will see ?. However it is nice to see Osprey starting to do a series on a era that is not covered well in English. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Austrian Grenz Regt. Szluiner.

Whilst all this O.S. Franco-Prussian War Campaigning has been going on I've been busy painting up some more Austrians for my Italian Wars Of Unification aided by the rather damp Summer weather we have been having which (luckily) has prevented any major or prolonged gardening tasks .

This is the first of my Grenz  the rather hard to pronounce 4th Szluiner Regt. with nice orange facings . The figures are of course Irregular 28mm , I rang them up about eleven o'clock in the morning with the order and Peter said "we'll try and get them out today" - I thought "great ! be a couple of days" - they arrived the following morning ! - now that is a great mail order service ! 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Situation At The End Of Day 3.

Here we have the situation at the end of Day 3 , in the North the French Cavalry Brigade has retired back down the road and the Prussians hold what remains of Neuchatel . In the South the Prussians have achieved one of their objectives by blowing up the bridge , but have lost their Dragoon regiment as a fighting force . The French are dealing with the aftermath of the battle and the serious casualties caused to the Chasseurs a Pied which are probably out of the campaign now . Both of my player Generals have gone on holiday and so there will be a pause before the next moves . Too be continued ...........

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Bridge On The Schnellenfluss .

This is the second action on Day 3 taking place in the south of the map . A small Prussian force of a Regiment of Dragoons are holding the bridge so that the Engineers can demolish it . Two Brigades of French Infantry are attempting to seize the bridge so they can push through towards their objective.

The Dragoons have built a small barricade to hold the bridge as the Engineers place explosives to destroy it . The Engineers had arrived during the night so I thought I would roll a D6 at the end of each move to see if the bridge was ready to blow up ( 6 on the first move, 5-6 next move etc.)

The first French Brigade moves up at dawn supported by a Mitrailleuse.

The French Infantry advance swiftly and come under fire from the Dragoons .

The Mitrailleuse gives supporting fire but does no damage .

The Chasseurs a Pied storm the barricade and slaughter the Dragoons .

They charge across the bridge ! , it was getting rather tense now as I rolled a dice at the end of each turn to see if the charges were in place . Have the French seized the bridge intact !? .

As they reach the other side the Prussian Engineer Officer sacrifices himself to detonate the bridge causing heavy casualties amongst the Chasseurs . A Prussian victory although a Pyrrhic one with the loss of the Dragoon Regiment , however the demolition of the bridge was one of the Prussian Game Objectives so that is 1-0 to them . In the next instalment I will give the situation at the end of Day 3 . Too be continued...........

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The World Reacts To The Burning Of Neuchatel.

The Worlds press reacts to the Prussian burning and massacre at Neuchatel . The Prussian C in C Von Mooke  is christened 'The Butcher Of Neuchatel' . Later unbiased research found that the village was probably set on fire by the shells from the artillery and not by design . In fact in his memories ( Meine Erinnerungen an den sp├Ąten Krieg) he laments the fact that the village caught fire as there was no accommodation of the wounded . However there were reports of the bayoneting of wounded and surrendering French Franc- Tireurs . 

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Action At Neuchatel.

The first battle of the campaign is situated in the North of the map , the French Cavalry Brigade has taken the town of Neuchatel and have been reinforced by the towns people who have risen in support . Here we seen the positions of the forces at dawn on Day 3 of the campaign , the Prussians are to the right of the photo .

The French cavalry follow their orders from their C in C to only skirmish with the enemy before falling back . It is very interesting how the mentalities of my two generals have been altered by the campaign , troops that would have been thrown away in a one off game must be carefully nurtured

The Prussian artillery opens up on the French Lancers

The French Chasseures D Africa charge the Prussian Hussars causing casualties but then retire as the Prussian Infantry move up .

The Prussian C in C oversees the artillery fire . (the coins are to track the ammunition expenditure)

The French cavalry withdraw still under effective artillery fire .

The Prussian infantry move up to attack the village .

They come under fire from the towns people as the artillery starts shelling the village .

The Franc-Tireurs and the civilians man the barricades having been left in the lurch by the French cavalry .

The Prussians attack the village .

The defenders put up a stubborn resistance but are no match for the Prussians .

The Prussian flanking attack breaks into the village .

The French are forced back as the Prussians pour into the village over the barricades .

The survivors flee the village .

The Prussians set fire to the village and massacre any wounded enemy casualties .

The first battle of the campaign is a Prussian victory , so we must find out what happens in the next action in the South . Too be continued .........


Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Campaigns First Actions .

Well my two Generals have been very good and provided me with instructions for their various brigades , of course I cannot reveal the positions of these,  but there has been a meeting of forces in the North and the South (marked on the map) on the evening of Day 2  and these will be played out on the table top next week . (click on map to enlarge) Too be continued .......