Sunday, 22 March 2015

"Dutch Courage" - Napoleonic Dutch Belgians and Nassau for the Hundred Days Campaign 1815

Dutch Belgian cavalry survey the field.

With the upcoming Waterloo Bicentenary commemorations planned at the Napoleonic Wargaming Society in a few months, I thought it was an opportune time to whet the appetite and post some pictures of my Napoleonics that are preparing to be dusted off.

Here are a few shots taken of my chaps taking on Cookies French in past encounters.

The 28th Orange Nassau prepare to advance upon the French positions

Nassau advance through the fields

Is that Trip leading them or Ghigny?

Cookies French advance past the lovely Hovels Belle Alliance model to meet the Dutch attack

Nassau skirmishers - excellent Perry Miniatures figures


"Up that hill and at 'em lads!"

French start to form square as the Dutch 8th Hussars and 5th Light Dragoons move up in support

Dutch Belgian artillery in support of the attack start to launch some withering fire.

Lovely shade of blue on these lads.

View from across the board - Cookie doesn't seem the least bit worried by my attack as he is chatting on the other flank!!

Moment of truth...my Nassau normally don't make it this close to the enemy

Prince of Orange looks on.  This is one of my favourite shots of him and this made it into the General De Brigade Deluxe rule set of the very clever David Brown.

Saxe Weimar looks to save the day - again!

Perporcher looks...perplexed. 

Dutch Militia appear to be heading in the wrong direction.  Joining the Cumberland Hussars perhaps? 

30 comments:

  1. incredible number of beautifully painted and based figures/units, another words "bloody marvelous display of miniatures"!

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks Phil. Collected over a few years but well worth the effort.

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  2. Just stunning! Beautiful figures :)

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    1. Cheers C - though your work is what I old call sensational.

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  3. A brilliant set up. Regret never starting this

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    1. Thanks Graham. You can always just pop down and have a game with these guys. BA have done wonderful deals between the UK and Australia these days :-)

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  4. That is a very impressive sight! Very well done!

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    1. Thanks Rodger. Phil and Steves terrain boards are pretty impressive.

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  5. Absolutely amazing collection!!!

    I can't even contemplate the effort requited to collect all the miniatures let alone paint them!! :>)

    Darrell.

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    1. Thanks Darrell - I can proudly say I painted about 10% of these figures...would still be on the first brigade if it was me alone!

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  6. Very nice figures and the game shots so plenty of action (and not a label in sight). Excellent.

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    1. Cheers Mark. Funny but I like your labels and those used in RFF. Might experiment with them in GdB.

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  7. Great pictures with fantastic looking armies, command stands are most impressive!

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    1. Love the command stands as well Phil. Perry do these vignettes and commanders incredibly well in my opinion and they go together very well.

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  8. Stunning looking game and figures. The green uniforms are a lovely contrast to the others.

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    1. Cheers Dean. The great thing about the Nassau if course is that they also bought for the French so pretty versatile units.

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  9. Just love it Carlo. Gorgeous army on a smashing table.

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    1. Cheers Greg - lovely fierce that played such a significant part in the hundred days but gets somewhat forgotten by wargamers.

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  10. Beautiful photos Carlo. Don't often see the emphasis on the DB forces, but I am rather partial to the Nassau uniforms. Thanks for getting me even more in the mood for Waterloo than I am already.
    cheers
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Chris. It was actually a built to your site which made me get my ginger out and post these. Your troops are top, top shelf mate!!!

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  11. That's bloody lovely old chap!

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    1. Good on you JJ - thought you might like the scale, though it us a bit smaller than your epic battles!

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  12. Spectacular spread of troops, Carlo. I will probably add a unit or two of Nassauers, as they are versatile and can be used over a long period of years. The Dutch Belgians definitely have their charm, but suffer from being pretty much limited to June 1815 for (historical) actions. Joe in our group has done them for Quatre Bras, so I am (relatively) safe there!

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    1. Hi Peter,

      Very true mate in terms of the DB;s. As we both know however no 1815 campaign is complete without them. Thanks for the lovely comments as always mate so look forward to seeing your Nassau when they are up. I still need to do the Ussingen so watch this space.

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  13. Wonderful eye candy Carlo. And yes, it is a lovely blue.

    I particularly like the 3rd and 4th photos that show a hex layout on the walls for plotting your campaign or off table moves. Masterful! 8O)

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Did you also then like the fortress of San Pellegino in the green glassy haze in the 8th photo down Von Peter?

      Thanks mate - hope the move went tremendously well and you have discovered some long forgotten wargaming goodies

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  14. Hi Carlo, I really enjoy your blog, especially all,of the beautiful pictures of your figures.

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    1. Thanks Duke for popping over to have a look at the blog mate. Greatly appreciated. Hope there are a few more posts coming up to take your fancy shortly.

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  15. I also have a soft spot for the Nassau contingent and may (eventually) as them to my growing allied army for 1812 :-)

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    1. They fought well Stephen, were well lead and don't get the credit they deserve, as for the entire Dutch Belgian contingent, during this campaign.

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