Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Napoleonic Invasion of Britain

I was flicking through my old copies of Miniature Warfare magazine and came across an interesting 2 part article by the Bletchley Wargames Group covering a what if Napoleons Invasion of Britain.

I enjoyed re reading the article and I thought I would share. Apologies that I loaned the mag out and page 1 has been written on.








Thursday, 9 November 2017

Austrian Artillery completed

Well all except the mdf bases and finishing the grass green.


I have finished my Austrian Artillery. The artillery figures and Hinchcliffe guns were all gifted to me by 3 fellow gamers and I hope you like how they ended up.


I painted the guns in a clean yellow rather looking scruffy as I would have done with 28mm figures.  It took quiet a few coats if yellow to get the finish I wanted.


I painted the barrels black after pictures I saw on the First Legion site as I liked better than bronze.  Not sure if this is strictly accurate though.

Next up I am going to renovate 14 British Fusiliers I got from Matt (WM) and 2 Ensigns I got from Bob to make up my 2nd Fusilier Battalion if my Fusilier Brigade.

I also have French Marshall from JCs range undercoated.

Figures with maps


Hill: Gentlemen I suggest we synchronise maps. I have my trusted map if Portugal.

Mack: I have a good map of Ulm and its environs.

Artilleryman: My map is blank I fill it in as I go along. Look over there that Frenchmen has a red book.

Hill: Damm those Frenchies and their Michelin guides.




Monday, 6 November 2017

General Hill

As part of my Oxfam haul I picked up an old Alberken/Minifig General Hill.

I have been rennovating/painting this figure off and on over the last 6 weeks. More off than on if truth be told.

Anyway finished him today.



And this is what he looked like.


Friday, 27 October 2017

Austrian Artillery - WIP

Making slow progress. Hopefully get these chaps finished over the weekend. The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that there are now 8 gunners. Thanks to Stryker for the extra 2 figures.


Next up I am going to refurbish a unit  of Les Higgins French Light Infantry. I have started by blocking in the blue using Humbrol 104 - Oxford Blue.


One thing I have noticed is that there are slight differences in the figures snd some have malformed bases. Could these be copies? The detail looks fine.



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rose and Scruby 20mm Napoleonics

Fellow blogger Bob Kett recently sent me a parcel of classic 20mm figures as part of a figure swap.

Included in the parcel were some Alberken, Les Higgins, Garrison as well as some other interesting figures.

Firstly some Rose figures which included a few painted examples. The figures are all of normal human proportions.


There were two bags of  unpainted British Infantry and French Grenadiers. I had 4 of the Grenadier figures in my armies in the 70s which I bought from a private house in Charlton whilst on London Red Rover ticket.


The British is a good match height wise with Hinton Hunt although slightly slimmer.


I am thinking of painting these as a Prussian Reserve unit even though they have the belgic rather than stovepipe shako. I have been influenced by Matt's rather nice unit here
http://thehintonspieler.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/prussian-special-reserve-3.html?m=1

I have added a couple of Hinton Hunt British and Prussian command to bring the unit up to strength for Marshal and Muskets.


Secondly there were 12 Scruby British Light Dragoons. I don't know if these are original figures or more recent castings.

These figures are of human proportions. Interesting the horse has no reigns which will need adding. There is also very little definition of the saddle cloth which will need adding or painting on


Size wise they are slightly smaller than a Hinton Hunt Prussian Dragoon.





Monday, 9 October 2017

Austrian Artillery

I have moved on to artillery for my next Hinton Hunt unit.  So on my painting table are 6 Austrian artillerymen and a couple of old Hinchcliffe French guns.

I started with an old model which may well have been painted as an Austrian gun by the previous owner.


After a quick bleach dip and a bit of cleaning the model is ready for a black  undercoat. (I use Halfords Matt black primer)




Its a rather nice model and the barrel even elevates.

The other artillery piece started disassembled in bits.


And after the dip.


I need to cut a pin to make the axle.

I have 6 original Austrian gun crew and these are now undercoated and the leather brown applied.  I will need a further 2 figures to make up the gun crew to full strength.


To do like this chap pointing with a map.


I am planning on having a small game of Muskets and Marshals soon. As my collection is embryonic I will use 16 figures for Infantry units but let each 4 figure base represent 6 so they will fight as 24 figures. For cavalry each figure will represent 2 so a 6 figure unit will fight as 12. 

It will be a hodge pooch sort if game with British, French, Poles, Nassauers, Prussian, Portuguese and Austrian on the table.  Reminds me of my games as youngster.