Friday, 23 February 2018

Russian Fangoria Fusilers for 1805-07

Fresh off being sprayed lightly with some Dulcote these lads will do the job for the Tsar

Just to prove that despite all the work on casualty bases, ADC's and other items for my current General D'Armee game on the wargames table, the 1805-07 project continues unabated.  I have just managed to finish off a battalion of the Fangoria Regiment which fought in Langeron's Column at Austerlitz on that fateful day in December 1805. 

Once again for this period and with these Elite figures the command base will have the old Wargames Holiday Centre
command bases with the mounted Colonel just slightly ahead, leading the column on the base as shown.

The Fangoria Regiment consisted of two fusilier and one grenadier battalions and had a crisp and clean white facing to the uniform which shows up very well on the darker green coats of the Russian army.  Though the fusilier mitre, which was shorter than the traditional grenadier one, was meant to be phased out in late 1804 their are sources stating that it was still in use by some regiments up until 1807.  

Since Elite Miniatures and Peter Moreby make these wonderful figures in mitres it seemed a shame to not include them in the force.  They will also appear on the field of battle alongside troops in the newly introduced shako (not the sloped Kiwer of 1812 fame but an earlier version) as well as some regiments still in bicorne as was indeed the case during this early period of the campaign.

Another view of the battalion as well as my very messy paint rack!

A wonderful plate illustrating the types of head gear in place in the Russian army  during this particular
period.  You can clearly see the difference between the fusilier and grenadier mitre cap.

Another great depiction of headgear.  I especially like the Officers green overcoat.

Beautiful hand made and painted flags from that dapper artisan Mr Mark Allen.

These will be joined by a second battalion which I have just undercoated and hope to have finished by the Easter weekend.  I am still deciding whether the Grenadier battalion will be in the old style mitre or in the shako and am leaning towards the latter.  Lets see what the next few weeks leads to.

The second battalion undercoated and awaiting the issuing of uniforms
and equipment...well a few good coats of paint at least!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A new French ADC on the workbench

Its a cracking model.

I was looking through Face Book the other night whilst away on business and saw a wonderful painted model which really caught my eye.  It was of the very famous Chasseur a Cheval Officer of the Imperial Guard looking back on his steed whilst brandishing his sabre.  An evocative and truly inspiring piece of art.

The artwork of course is by Theodore Gericault "Officier de chasseurs à cheval de la garde impériale chargeant", which translates into  "Officer of the Chasseurs à Cheval of the Imperial Guard charging".  It is incredibly famous as I have said and first exhibited in Paris in that infamous year - 1812!

The work itself - truly delightful!

Wargames Foundry produced their version of the figure many years ago sculpted by the mega talented Perry brothers whilst still doing work for them.  As I looked at the FB post I remembered I had the very same model and decided that I would do my best to get it complete and turn it into another highly volatile and flamboyant French Aide De Camp for General D'Armee.

With suitable inspiration in an over-sized card print I purchased from Les Invalides in Paris
almost 32 years ago!  Bloody hell that's a long time.

I still need to finish a few bits and pieces, varnish and of course hide the metal supports for the front legs however I am very happy how its turned out so far.

I love that painting so much I have a large canvas version hung on one of the walls in my wargames room. Here
my erstwhile opponent Cookie looks on at the field whilst I admire my Gericault!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Young Guard skirmishers now complete

Ready to rumble

These guys are now ready for action.  All finished though I did notice a couple of small items that will need to be touched up.  No matter, they will be fit for purpose for when the Young Guard next arrive onto the tabletop.

I do really like the prone figures  as well as the chap sitting almost cross-legged shooting

As mentioned in previous posts, I am very happy I hung onto these castings for so long and that they finally have managed to make it not only to the painting table, but off it successfully!

The patient has done well!

Thursday, 8 February 2018

On the Workbench - Young Guard skirmishers

The workbench can get quite messy at times.

Quite a while ago I had the opportunity to purchase a vast horde of Wargames Foundry figures from The Tin Soldier in Sydney.  The Federal Government had just introduced the Goods and Services Tax into Australia and the local businesses were unsure how exactly they would manage this new imposition upon their everyday financial practices.

Gary at Tin Soldier had taken all the Foundry figures off the racks.  In those days you could still purchase the Wargames Foundry figures individually and he was going to be damned if he had to transact a 10% GST on 55 one figure transactions etc!!

His decision was my gain as I made him a "Job lot" offer on thousands of figures from the Napoleonic, Ancients, Medieval, Dark Ages and Franco-Prussian ranges at an absolute song.

I mean...a song!

The only bugger was you got what you got.  In other words there may be ten French Napoleonic Fusiliers figures marching in one pack and 24 Fusilier drummers and standard bearers in the other!

Fortunately that was the extreme however there were some eclectic figures that I scratched my head with and thought "What the heck am I going to do with them?" 

The younger wargamers reading this may think what teh fuss is about?  Surely skirmish games would want figures like these all the time.  However in my early days as a wargamer we desired our rank and file to be almost uniform in pose and stature.  How amazing now to think that we want variety, especially subtle variety in similar poses such as Elite Miniatures and Perry Miniatures do so well today.

Very useful figures for the General D'Armee rule system

These Young Guard figures lying down and sitting were just the ones who fitted that last statement perfectly.

So they sat in the WF box (that's Wargames Foundry box, not what you may have been thinking), for sixteen years.


General D'Armee appeared.  In case you haven't noticed I am very much a devotee of these excellent rules from Dave Brown.  They allow Brigade skirmisher screen to be formed by having each battalion provide a single base of three figures.  I have elected to place these on a distinctly different oval base from Warbases (excellent company by the way)..

As per my usual practise, I gloss varnish all these figures and then Dulcote once the base is dry brushed and flocked with static grass and tufts.  The extra protection, especially for skirmish style stands which do have a tendency to be knocked around and tipped over in the heat of battle, is invaluable.  I hate having to patch up scratches and chips!
In the old days of WRG etc. skirmishers were simply picked out of the back rang of you battalion and placed in front.  Invariably they had the same marching or "at porte" pose.  However in GdA you have some scope to be a bit more creative.

The lying figure has his shako by his foot.  I may need to scuff up the soles of his shoes a bit now that I think of it.

I thought, as I do have the Young Guard at Waterloo 1815 I would have some specific skirmisher bases for them.  I know their is some minor variation in the uniform depending on the year however these will do for covering 1813-15.

Once they are completed I will post them up to see how they look on the table.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Action at the Junction - Chain of Command

A wonderfully modelled Panzer Mk IV from the Troop of Shrewe

It had been absolute ages since my last game down at the Club so Marty and I thought it was high time to roll some dice with a half of lager in our hand and a fine Chain of Command action going on.  Martin devised the scenario which saw a British Infantry platoon tasked to defend a T-Junction from a Wehrmacht German platoon with supports.  No Airborne or Panzer Grenadiers here mate!

A German section looks to get the timing right to head across the open space and decide to double and go flat out.
This means three d6 - which I rolled and ended up with a 1. 1. and you guessed it...a 1.

A PIAT team makes its way up to the woods after being rallied.  They appeared out of nowhere and took a few shots at my
Panzer and I honestly thought I was done for.  However lady luck helped old "Hans" on this occasion.

I really like Martins British.  These are Crusader Miniatures and his clean style of painting helps them
come up a treat.  He is a wily one our old Marty with his constantly evolving collection.

This MG team on "Overwatch" played its part in clearing the central copse of trees.  In the background the rifle
team are preparing to be ordered to advance under protection of its withering fire.

Under fire the entire evening these lads managed to hang on throughout.

It was a great night of fun wargaming.  For those wanting to know, the Germans managed to push through and the Brits were forced to surrender the field and slip away to lick their wounds for the next action a few miles south.

It was great though to have a few laughs and reacquaint ourselves with an excellent set of rules and a lovely skirmish game at the NWS.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

An old favourite makes it out on the table

Perry Miniatures do put out some absolutely first class figures which lend themselves to so much scope.  

For those of you who have followed this blog for a while you will all know that I very much like vignettes on the table top.

I always think they add so much in terms of setting the scene and establishing scenarios, atmosphere and...well...they look good on the field!  That's seems a good enough series of reasons for me that's for sure.

A courier arrives in a flurry, a veteran Cuirassier trooper looks on with a sense of "What do they want us to do now?"

Just the right amount of determination and uncertainty in this trio of high ranking command

The vignette base marries in reasonably with my rubber roads.  Not perfect but serviceable.

This vignette had a run at the club Waterloo 2015 celebrations at the NWS and hasn't been out since.  Since a brigade of Cuirassiers are on the field in our current battle I thought it was an ideal opportunity to get them out again for a new photoshoot.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Cuirassier Casualty markers on the workbench

Brilliant figure and the animation in his fall is perfect

Nothing like a wargame in progress to get the juices flowing and keep the small projects ticking over.

This week sees a couple of General D'Armee casualty bases which will be in use for the French Heavy cavalry regiments currently on the table.  Specifically they are the Perry casualty figures which are expertly designed and sculpted by the Perry Brothers.

These have been mounted on the favoured Pyjama dial from Warbases, though this is the larger 50mmm version.  They have already been gloss varnished for protection from wargamers hands (notorious tools of destruction that they are), as well as random and enthusiastic dice throwers!

I originally had one of these chaps on the Generals command stand, to be replaced by a trumpeter, but thought he
would be better served as a gaming aid in use regularly rather than the occasion when a Cuirassier Divisional
General makes it onto the tabletop.  You never know what may be in the offing though...

As always they will be Dulcoted, flocked, and reaing for action next weekend.