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.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Artillerie a Pied

Second battery for Friant's Division done.
Another small one, 2 4pdrs represented by a single gun with crew.

The gun is Perry from their Egypt Range while the artillerists are Brigade games, since the brigade games ones are really Revolution range, they are missing the pompoms and they all have mustaches.

This was the first brigade games french I've painted, these are very nice and take to my painting style well.
The gun was great, and I think I've gotten the hang of the new technique for the tube.

I've now finished 2 out of three batteries for Fraint's Division, but the last battery will be 3 guns. So I'm not halfway in actual guns and crew to paint.

 I like open big bases, lets me do some gardening. 
 I had to try and not go overboard with the terrain, I didn't pay attention and almost put a big log right behind the gun, that wouldn't be stupid. 
The log is grapevine with some paint, and so is the little tree but with added foliage. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Moscow Dragoons

I've done 2 out of 3 squadrons now, I was planning on doing all 3 squadrons before I posted them, but I'm kinda bored with them, so I'll so some French, Prussian and Russian infantry before doing the last squadron. In the end, I want all 5 Squadrons for this regiment.

So I've started on 6 French line infantry, I have 2 bases done from some time back and hopefully, I'll be able to finish this battalion in now too distant future.

Those 1805 Russians somehow manage to make mostly green and grey uniforms to be very colorful, it helps with the pink&rose facings but adding those white, red and orange "caterpillars" to the command helmets helps a lot too.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Artillerie à cheval

After I posted my last blog post I realized I had actually posted 5 posts in one month. It's a very long time since I've had that kinda blog productivity. Not only that but this was also the first time in a very long time I've posted 5 posts from the same period without any other periods getting squeezed in between. And now a 6th! post in a row that is Napoleonic.

This is my first "conversion", not a proper one, just a headswap, it's my first headswap.
The figures are Perry Artillerie a cheval from their Egypt range, I murdered them using a guillotine(they are French after all) And then glued on some heads from the Perry Plastic hussar box I had left over from the Chasseur a cheval thing. 
The collars did get a little screwy, but it looks ok.
The Perry figures are superb, I did criticize the Perry infantry in bicornes, but these are fantastic, lots of detail, lots of folds to for me to work with. And easy to paint(not a given with Perry)

The gun is Brigade games 8pdr which I had a lot of trouble with, it has no woodgrain, and so I had big problems making it look good(not that I'm very good with guns with woodgrain)
On the other hand, I'm quite happy with the tube, I got some painting tips from someone of TMP, it was a nice little technique and while I didn't get it quite right, it is one of the better tubes I've painted,.

 I like these, the French really knew how to do uniforms!
 The base is a little too small, but my next bigger base is way to big.
Dark blue and red are one of the best combos in color there is.