Thursday, January 18, 2018

Old style Frenchies

Last time I worked on these were almost to the day one year ago today. 

I've wanted to continue on these for some time, and I came over some new style bases, and wanted to use those, I had finished 16 last January that were based, so I ripped them from the base and finished the unit. 

They are quite a lot of work, with all the different colours and small detail.

These are Claymore Pavisers, with regular shields also from Claymore, with spears from Curteys and various hand weapons from Front Rank, changing them from pavisers to "infantry" 
I added two claymore MAA as "command" 

I love the end results, they are very animated and colourful.

Because of a meter of snow in 24 hours, we were without power and internet for some time, I planned on putting them up on Tirsday but that wasn't possible. 

 Here they are 24 infantry, 
A good mix of weapons, some pole-arms, spears, maces, flail, two diffrent swords, war-hammer.  
The flag and pendant didn't turn out as I wanted

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Russian Horse Grendiers

I think only Leauge of Augsburg's own blog has shown these so far. They came out right before Christmas.

I'm posting these partly to get a new blog post up, as I have 5 half done units and will be some time before I can get up a blog post(one unit is done but awaiting bases )

The other is I need peoples opinion, but more on that later.

I decided to do horse grenadiers because I already got a crapload of tricorne cavalry for my Saxons and Danes(and Swedes) so I wanted to do something different, also Horse Grenadiers are awesome.
The new Russian cavalry comes with new wonderful horses, and yes the horse reins are separate! and not one "mono-rein" like most other are on miniatures. This started for warfare with their dragoon horses. and I hope they continue. Warfare now has a huge amount of horses. They have their oldest "cavalry horses" both standing, trotting, and galloping I believe. Then you have the dragoon horses and now these that I believe both Russians and Swedish will use, and some new generals horses too.

I think these are some of the best faces from warfare so far, which has always been the one thing on the warfare range I've never been that happy with.((mostly because of my own limited skills)) but these are wonderful.


 Bad lighting today, and so the first pic is the only pictures I'm truly happy with when it comes to showing the colors correctly.

I'm looking forward to finishing them. which leads to the need for your opinion. 

The Russian Horse Grenadiers were 1 company out of 10 from Russian Dragoon regiments, they were combined in ad hoc formations, until 1708 when they became permanent, in numbered regiments 38, 39 and 40. In 1709 they were all given the classic green coat with red facings. I thought this was boring, so I decided to do it before 1709 even though most of my Russians are modeled for Poltava. This has led me to a conundrum, A BLB squadron equals 2 real squadrons so anywhere 200-300 troopers and horses. 
But a Russian Horse Grenadier company was 100 on paper, this leaves me with two options.

1. Each company equals 3 models(half a BLB squadron) This is what you see here, 1 company from Vladimirski and 1 Sibirski, I have 6 more to do, and if I continue this way those 12 figures would be in 4 different uniforms, That would be colorful, but I'm also afraid it will look untidy and messy, with problems seeing "units"

 2. I can expand each of these companies into a BLB squadron each, so 6 green and 6 blue, this would make each company 100%-200% bigger than they would have been(200/300 men instead of 100) It is only visual of course, and it would make units more distinct and easier to recognize.

So what do you think?

Friday, December 29, 2017

End of year raport

Well, it's just a couple of days left in 2017 and I did manage to squeeze one more unit out of the year.
I did try and finish it as I noticed I had 1 post more this year than last year, but this year I did the end of year raport for 2016 in January 2017, so it was really even. But with this post and a new unit, I did beat last year.

I'm actually supprised I only beat 2016 with 1 post, I did 9! Napoleonic blog posts in a few months. I felt really productive, yet I beat 2016 with just 1 post...

Let's just get going with the new unit.

This is a sort of generic second/3rd line unit, it could be Nyland 5 mennige regiment, that is what I planned it should be, but apparently, that unit never numbered more than 100.
Or it could be the Åbo/Nyland/Björnborg 3-mennige regiment, they did use grey coats in 1700, but they also used karpus, while this one has a mix of tricorne karpus.

So it's both and neither. The reason for the unit is that I've gotten a bunch of free "damaged" Swedish figures that are missing their bayonets.
So I just bought the command pack, I think I even got the flags for free so the unit ended up costing me a whopping £8.5.

I got a second Swedish battalion in the works and it's about time the Swedes got some love, last Swedish I did were back in February.

So what else did I do this year.

12 Numidian cavalry
12 Medieval mounted knights.
24 SYW cavalry
18WSS infantry
6 WSS cavarly

Some half finished unit, that are:
HYW infantry,
SYW infantry,
WSS infantry
WSS cavarly.

But the year has been dominated by the two period Great Northen War and Napoleonics.

 48 GNW cavalry(18 Swedish, 18 Danish and 12 Saxon dragoons.
62 GNW infantry(40 Saxon and 22 Russian)
3 Swedish command.
3 Saxon command.
1 Saxon Gun with 5 Crew.

The Napoleonic score ended at:

120 Infantry(72 French, 24 Prussian,  24 Russian) (plus 12 more Prussian in a half-done unit)
36 Cavalry(24 French, 12 Russians)
3 French Guns.

Both of these periods I have several hundred unpained, Same goes for SYW.
I think/hope these three periods will dominate 2018, But I suspect my HYW period will get some love too.
I'm running out of space, and I want to scale back my other periods. That mostly means getting rid of my Ancients and pike and shot stuff, sadly it's hard to sell stuff when living on the end of the world.

So here are a few pics to show of 2017.

 Saxon force
 French Guns, fun project, involved finding guns from all over the world and my first proper conversion.
 French Force

 3rd battalion Azov regiment
 One of two WSS units this year, French Ponitau
 Second WSS unit, Dutch  Saxe-Heilburg.
 My first unit of Warfare Russian infantry, expect to see A LOT more of that next year.
 My Anti-Swedish coalition army, since then several units have been added to it.
 My SYW project this year mostly saw cavalry, Prussian Cuirassiers 
 2nd Dragoons the Scots Greys.
 Allied Pricipes
 My Swedish army reaching the half way mark.
 The first unit I started on for my  GNW project, started late 2015, finished it in February 2017 the 48 strong Småland cavarly regiment. 
And so far my only Danish cavalry regiment. 
My Danes need more love both in cavarly and infantry.
Warfare will soonish (I think) release Danish infantry, I also hope they will release their dragoons in tricrones so I can do some Danish(and Norwegian) dragoons.

So 2017 is coming to a close, the world is still here(bearly) 

Besides Miniatures, we've added two dogs to our pack. Dalbris she was born in April this year, and Polaris who is just 11 weeks old. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I did an army commander

Come meet Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg.

He is my favourite "looser"! He might not have been one of the great "Captains of his age"
It's kinda hard to be when your contemporaries are Eugene of Savoy, Duke of Marlborough and Duke of Berwick.

But he was a lot better this his failures against the Swedes. While he lost battles like Fraustadt, he did do a good job, he knew his business, and did surprise the Swedes earlier by his aggressive tactics. He also served in the Low countries from 1708 and fought well under Eugene at Malplaquet.

The figure is actually the new Shermetev figure from Warfare's GNW range, but give him a red coat and you have Schulenburg.

On his left, he has a trooper and cornet from the Saxon Chevaliergarde, I thought it appropriate he had some bodyguards from that regiment.
This involved creating a "feather rim" on the tricorne of the trooper, way too big because I can't model if my life depended on it. The Chevaliergarde are also warfare figures.

While we are on the topic of can't model, same goes for that well, apparently making a good looking well is "well" above my pay grade.

At least the cannonballs I made look roundish.

Schulenburg will lead my Saxons, but also lead my not very historic Dano-Russo-Saxon coalition army.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saxons keep marching on

So another week another Unit,

This time a battalion of from Kurprinsen regiment.
A regiment that took part in all the major battles in the 1700-1706 period against the Swedes.

I now have two battalions one of this regiment and one of Steinau.
I think I'll try and finish each of these regiments. I'm bad at doing actual regiments, I often just do single battalions. But I think I'll try and finish the regiments.

Anyway, a little photoshoot seems appropriate.

It was bad taking picture weather today, silly light, 
 Kurprisnsen with yellow facings.
 Nice firing line going on there.

 Total so far, 2 battalions, 4 cuirassier squadrons, 2 dragoon squadrons and a gun.
In miniatures that's 36 cavalry, 40 infantry and 5 crew with a gun. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Deploy the Wasp-Cammoflage

So after almost 200 Napoleonic figures and a record-breaking 9 blog posts in a row about the same period. It's time to get back to GNW.

I got plenty to paint, two Swedish, one Russian, one Saxon battalion, as well as one squadron of Saxon dragoons, I also got some Polish Hussars in the work. Warfare is hopefully close to the release of Swedish and Russian cavalry.

I decided to start with a Saxon cannon. I had finished the cannon before I jumped over to Napoleonics, but I did get a few hints and tricks doing the French artillery, I wanted to use those on the Saxon gun, So the gun got a short dip in acetone and got repainted.
So managed to do the gun and crew yesterday and finished the base today.

 The cannon is massive, I think it's a 12pdr, it's front rank and I bought it in like 2012 or something. So I don't remember if it was the 12 or 24pdr I bought, I think it's the 12. 
 But Front Rank are kinda over scale, and so a 12pdr front rank next to Warfare crew turns the 12pdr into a 16pdr. 
So this Wasp got at a minimum a 12pdr sting. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

48th ligne.

And another battalion is added to the Napoleonic project, the 1st battalion of the 48th.
I did plan on having this be the 2nd battalion of the 33rd, But these are the Front Rank reinforcement packs, and while not as extreme as the earlier FR they are still not really that close to perry, more in sculpting style and movement than actual size. So they became the 48th.

This is the 9th blog post in a row that is Napoleonic themed. Since my last post, I did finish the 3rd gun(a howitzer but didn't bother making a blog post for it)

I'm working my way through some Prussian grenadiers now, and I think they'll look good.
BUT I am suffering from Napoleonic fatigue now, my mind wanders to SYW, Great Northern war and WSS, Warfare has released quite a bit these last few months, even some random talk about AWI on facebook as made me think about that period again and even ACW.

We'll see, I've been a good boy now, I might deserve to do some other stuff, 9 blog post from the same period is unheard of on this blog, at least for several years. When I finish the Grenadiers I'll have painted 192 Napoleonic figures, except for 21 of them in June or July, all other have been painted since September.

Anyway here is the 1st battalion 48th Ligne.
The Front rank figures are the very opposite of Perry, these are very well sculpted with clean sculpts and NO MISSING CUFFS! But they are very stiff, the Perry brothers are masters at the animation, while these are clean and very easy to paint, they are kinda boring? Like they are simply marching on a sunny day, going out for a picnic.

 Here is the howitzer, Victrix plastic crew with Eureka Howitzer.