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.