Thursday, 30 July 2015

Franco Prussian War progress

I have been preparing the map for the Battle of Froschwiller to fit hexes. We will be doing the re-fight as a what if scenario. MacMahon had originally planned for the battle to take place on the 8th August 1870 but kicked off a day early when the Bavarian II Corps brought on a full engagement after skirmishing with the French I Corps. What this will allow though is much ,ore troops on the board.

The French will be able to field 3 full Corps,  historically I, V and VII. We will have to use I,II and III as that is the figures we have. this gives us 10 infantry divisions and 3 cavalry divisions. We will also have the use of the Imperial Guard in reserve, another 2 infantry and a cavalry division.

For the Prussians we will be able to field the Bavarian I and II corps, Prussian V and XI Corps and XIV made up of Wurtemburg and Baden troops. However we will be substituting one of the Prussian Corps for a Saxon Corps as Mick has painted them up ready for their first action. Also the Baden division for XIV will have to be replaced with a Prussian infantry and cavalry division. That will give us 10 infantry divisions and 3 cavalry divisions.

So onto my progress, 2 more infantry regiments and some Chasseurs for the 2nd division of Bavarian I Corps. Both of these regiments are at full strength of 3 battalions. With the Chasseurs their are 2 regiments which I have brigaded together to a 4 stand unit.

Bavarian additions
Bavarian infantry
I have sent off another order to Outpost for the additional infantry I require for the last regiment and the 2 Jager regiments that I need. I will also need to add 3 artillery pieces for the Corps as well as a Prussian piece for my cavalry division. Now just need to paint up those pesky Prussian hussars.

Bavarian I Corps, 2nd Division in the foreground
Bavarian I Corps, 1st Division  in foreground
I have also updated the pictures on my FPW page for the French III Corps

Monday, 27 July 2015

Rogue Trader Orks

When I was a youngster me and my friends really got into Rogue Trader, or 40k as it is now known. We didn't collect to force lists, just whatever took I fancy. I picked up a mix of marines (long since gone), space pirates and Orks. Most of our games used to old judge Dredd city block floor tiles and much fun was had, Now it was time for my Orks to see the light of day. The bulk of these were painted in the 80's and not very well. I was still experimenting with colours and learning how to paint. I decided I would give them all a fresh lick of paint, no re painting, just touch up the chips then added some washes and highlights. The bases also need re doing. The handful unpainted figures were also given a lick of paint to match them in with the rest of the figures.

First up is the 17 figures from the Space Ork Raiders boxed set, already got me thinking of re-fighting the Battle of the Farm scenario in the back of the rulebook.

Space Ork Raiders
Space Ork Raiders
Next up is some of the support weapons as well as the troopers that I picked up from blister packs (the days they were affordable). There is also a dreadnought. Please excuse some of the colour schemes like the Ork troopers with Pink trousers.

Weapon teams
Ork troopers
Ork Dredd
The whole force
I've really enjoyed working on these as they brought back fond memories. I still have another 5 troopers to finish as well as an Ork buggy. I find these figures are much more characterful than the current plastics that are produced these days for Orks. Well better get back to my Bavarians

Friday, 24 July 2015

Gearing up for War, The Franco Prussian War

I didn't realise that it has been over a month since my last post. Must admit work has been hectic but I have still managed to get some painting done, namely for the Franco Prussian War. These will all be required for the big game in the Autumn. So first up is the 71st line regiment and a Mitrilluese that will finish Mettman's division as part of French III Corps.

71st Line Regiment
71st Line Regiment
The figures are all from Outpost Wargames, also have to thank them as they posted out a Mitrilliauese barrel after I lost the original. Next up is the start of My Bavarian infantry to finish off the Bavarian I Corps.

Bavarian 3rd infantry regiment
Bavarian 3rd infantry regiment
These guys like the French are also from Outpost. I've already got a second regiment nearly finished as well as the other two undercoated. However i made a miscalculation in my order and was an infantry pack short for the last Jager regiment I will need.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Back to the Franco Prussian War

After what seems like an age I decided to make some more headway on my Franco Prussian stuff. With a big game up at Micks in the Autumn I really need to crack on. Late last year Mick gave me a bagful of mounted figures so I decided to have a sort through. There should be enough for 3 regiments of Prussian Cuirassiers and a hussar regiment. There were also enough figures for the Bavarian Cuirassiers that I need for the Bavarian I Corps.

So with Dave making steady progress on the French guard here I needed to get my skates on. First up was 2 of the Prussian Cuirassier regiments. The figures are all from Essex miniatures, very nice apart from the annoying bases which are much to fine in my humble opinion. Not sure when I will get to field these as I don't have any plans yet to add Prussian infantry divisions.

Prussian Cuirassiers
Prussian Cuirassiers
Next up i made a start on the Bavarian Cuirassiers. I will need these for the game at Micks as I committed to providing a full Corps of Bavarians. I currently have the 1st Division done, and these guys are part of the 2nd division.

Bavarian Cuirassiers
Bavarian Cuirassiers
Going through my research material for the 2nd division I will need 4 infantry regiments at 1 battalion each (or 6 stands each), 2 small Chasseur regiments (2 stands each) and 2 Jager battalions (4 stands each). After that 3 artillery pieces will be needed to be attached to the Corps. Should be manageable for the Autumn, though need to purchase them first.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

A Napoleonic Skirmish

With the club being in their temporary venue we are unable to play larger games as we have to pack up each night, so we decided to play a small Napoleonic Skirmish game using Black Powder. The scenario was that a Westphalian Division had to fight its way down the road and exit the table on the left hand side. A small Brunswick detachment were acting as a blocking force until relieved by some Prussians. Neither side new when these reinforcements would arrive, being determined by rolling a D12 each bound and once the total reach 200 they began to enter the table at a random point on the defenders side of the table.

The Forces - Westpahalians
1st brigade - 1 Jager battalion, 2 infantry battalions, 1 9lb gun
2nd brigade - 1 Chasseur regiment, 2 infantry battalions
3rd brigade - 4 Polish infantry battalions, 1 6lb gun
4th brigade - 1 French infantry battalion, 2 Dutch infantry battalions, 1 6lb gun
5th brigade - 1 Grenadier battalion, 2 infantry battalions

The Bruswickers
1st brigade - 1 hussar regiment, 1 light infantry battalion
2nd brigade - 2 infantry regiments, Sharpshooter skirmishers, 2 9lb guns

The Prussian Reserve
1st brigade - 2 Dragoon regiments
2nd brigade - 1 Grenadier battalion, 3 infantry regiments, 1 Brunswick light infantry battalion, 1 9lb gun

The battlefield

The Westphalians had to cross R to L
The game did not begin well for the Westphalians taking 3 moves before 2nd brigade advanced onto the table, led by the chasseurs. On spotting the waiting Brunswickers they began to swing North to try and flank their position while awaiting the rest of the army. The next few moves were all about getting the Westphalians onto the table.

Brunswicker's in position
The first Westphalians arrive
First 3 brigades move into position
Eventually I was able to bring on the 4th and 5th brigades who both swung South to try and capture the town and open the road up. Meanwhile to the North the polish brigade continued on a march to get behind the Brunswick position. The 1st and second brigades began there assault as the Chasseurs first held a charge from the hussars before sweeping them from the field. this forced one of the Brunswick regiments to form square, right in front of the deployed artillery. Now at this point we all thought they were doomed, however despite taking a horrendous number of hits from musketry and artillery fires it took 5 turns before they eventually broke, at the same time that the Westphalian 1st brigade was also forced to retire broken.

We'll go this way
Brunswick light infantry deploy
Form square
Finally the Dutch got themselves into position and swept aside the Brunswick light infantry before turning their attention to the artillery deployed on the hill. Surprisingly the artillery managed to hold up the Dutch for a couple of turns. To the North the poles continued on their advance and looked likely to achieve our objective and exit the table when the Prussian brigades made a timely arrival, crashing into the Poles and halting their advance. The Brunswickers in the center were finally broken under the severe pressure, but they had done enough to hold up the Westpahalians to prevent their escape.

The Dutch charge in
Now for the artillery
With time running out and needing to clear up we called the game a draw. Our conclusion was that this is a rather difficult scenario for the attacker as you must decide to either try and outflank the position or smash into it.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Flags and more Hessians

To try and finish of my Hessian's I decided to make a small purchase with maverick-models as a number of bloggers had recommended them for the quality of their flags. So with a small purchase made I was surprised to receive an email the following day asking if I wanted the standard 15mm scale flags or re sized to fit the flag poles of the figures I was using. As it happened the standard size is fine but it is nice to know that re sizing can be done, particularly thinking of those 15mm ranges which border on 18mm nowadays. So a big thumbs up on that, especially when you are only paying 50p a flag.

Next to delivery, the website say to give 21 days for delivery, so imagine my surprise when they turned up only a week later. This may have been to do with the small size of the order, but still excellent service. So to the flags themselves, well I was impressed. I did take a picture but it didn't come out very well. However after a few minutes trimming I had them added to my Hessian Horse units.

Command stands
The flags are from left to right, Erbprinz, Erbach, Leibregiment and Aurochs. Now luckily I have some black and white line drawings of these flags with colours in German and confirm that they were spot on for accuracy. So overall i am very happy with these and will be making future purchases. If you haven't already done so I would check out his site.

The second part of this post is for my completed Dragoon regiment - Aurochs. This brings my Hessian horse to 4 regiments. The nice thing with these is they fit in well with my British troops fighting at Blenheim.

Aurochs Dragoons
Aurochs Dragoons
I have also been slowly updating my WSS/GNW page with better photos showcasing each of my contingents.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

WSS Hessians

I have continued to try and round out my force of Hessians for this period. Blue coats are such a nice change from painting red and white. So first up is 2 battalions of the Prince Leopold regiment. The figures are all from Warrior except the command which is from Dixon. The flags once again were produced by Mick.

Prince Leopold
Prince Leopold
Next up I completed 2 battalions of Grenadiers, these figures are all from the excellent range by Dixon miniatures. At the moment they do not have any flags. This is because I put in a small order with maverick models as I have seen some good reports on their flags. I also purchased some for my Hessian horse units. So these will have flags added as soon as they arrive.

Hessian Grenadiers
Hessian Grenadiers
This brings my Hessian strength up to 10 battalions of foot, 2 Horse regiments and a regiment of Dragoons. I do currently have Auroch's dragoons on the painting table and will have to purchase some extra figures for the 3rd horse regiment. I also have enough figures to complete the 2 battalions of Lowenstien's regiment. I still need to do some research on the Hessian artillery, i.e uniforms and gun colours, so far turned up very little.

Here is all of the foot completed to date. I did notice that some of the older units have a different finish to the base and will need rectifying in due course.

Hessian infantry
Hessian infantry