Sunday, September 17, 2017

19e régiment de dragons

Another unit done!
2 squadrons from the 19th dragoons.
At Austerlitz, this regiment with 3 squadrons only numbered 160 men, so basically just a single squadron.

The figures are the quite new Perry proper dragoons, and they are very nice.
Like all the perry stuff they are animated and detailed.
Also like most of the perry stuff, they are very campaign-oriented. A mix of saddle cloth and sheepskin, coat slung over the shoulders etc.

The 1st and 2nd Squadron with the elite company from the 1st squadron. 

 I'm generally happy with these, some of the horses didn't turn out quite as I wanted.
To my surprise, the yellow trumpeter turned out quite well(yellow uniforms are hard)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

33e régiment d'infanterie

So I've wanted to do Napoleonics again, but I can never seem to get into the mood.
In June I decided to try yet again. And this time do the 1805-1807 which is my favorite period.
I managed a whopping 12 French infantry and 3 French dragoons.....
But starting late last week. I started on the last 4 bases of my unit. And actually managed to finish it.
Since this is the 1805 period I did toy with the idea of making 9 bases of 5 to get the 900 man battalion. But I decided to keep it to 36. That's still 720 men and far more than actually were present in most battles.

 The figures are Perry miniatures, I'm not completely happy with them, besides the standard Perry stuff, like flash and mold stuff, several figures are actually missing their cuffs, two figures from the
 fusilier pack are missing a cuff each, and one of the command figures have no cuffs.

 But they still look very good, I have another full battalion
to paint that are the newish Front Rank reinforcement packs.
I know they have good detail and quality, but I have painted some
 other French from their reinforcement packs and the might 
be a little stiff next to the perry that are lovely animated. 

It's a lot of work these big battalions but they sure look good.
Last time I did a unit as big or bigger was in April
2012 when I did a Pyrrhic Phalangite unit of 40 pikemen.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Regiment Poitou

Wow, a totally new unit less when two weeks since the last post, aren't you guys lucky.

I'm still working on WSS, with a new WSS only unit. a single battalion of Poitou. I plan on doing two French brigades from Blenheim. , One will have a mix of several regiments, and the other is the 3 battalion brigade of only La Reine. On top of that, I plan on doing a brigade of Bavarians.

 I try and keep my French as colorful as possible.
Keeping away from the gray faced regiments as much as possible.
 I'm quite happy with these, except the drummers, so naturally they are placed in the second rank.
The flags are the wonderful cloth flags from Maverick.

I've finished the 1st of 3 bases for the first battalion of La Reine regiment.
I'm also stripping my old French Front rank infantry and they'll become Bavarians.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I once was lost

And I'm still kinda fucking lost.

Since may I've done 3 units; Prussian cuirassiers, Glotz dragoons, and the Russian Narvska battalion.
In the same period I have painted; 12 French line Napoleonic Line infantry, 3 French Napoleonic Dragoons. 12 Landsknecht, 6 Swedish Musketeers, 6 English musketeers, 6 Polish winged hussars.  On top of that, I have almost finished 6 Austrian SYW Musketeers. No units done. I've been bouncing all over the place. I literally had only a couple of hours left of work on the last 6 landskencht to finish the 18 I had planned, which would have let me finish the 54 strong pike block. But noo had to do other stuff. I was so sure I would be able to finish the 12 Polish hussars. but nope. the next 3 horses are half done....

But I finally did finish something. I had 6 warfare cavalry laying around they were supposed to be Saxon Cuirassiers. Instead, they are now the Dutch regiment Saxe-Heilburg. My WSS project has gotten way too little love. While my Saxons and Danes can be used for WSS. So far the only pure WSS units I have are 1 Dutch battalion and 2 French Squadrons.

So this was an attempt to remedy that.

The unit is really Cuirassier, so the cuirass, is painted as buff coat. 
 I like the light grey I've managed to do. 
Given that the Dutch regiments were mostly 2 squadrons, this is it. Only 6 strong.
Flags is ordered. But not sent yet.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Say hallo to my medium sized friend

Well it's one day shy of a month since my last post. I've been lost, I started a new Napoleonic project. I thought I had about a 20% chance of actually getting into it. As it turns out the 80% won. After painting 12 French infantry and 3 French dragoons I was bored with it.  Just can't seem to get into it. 

Before I started on the Napoleonic project. I had done half a Russian GNW battalion. The first base was done and almost done with the pikemen. When I started on those evil Napoleoincs. But I got back and managed to finsih the unit. It is the Narvaska regiment.  I really like the Warfre Russians, Especially the officers with their Russian sashes and all that gold. Proper Dandies!

My Russians now have a Brigade, The two battalions behind are Musketeer/Footsore which I don't like. so they don't get any closeups.

And Sinc I've been gone for almost a month, I now give you my Allied army.
7 battalions, 9 squadrons. 185 figures(131 infantry 54 cavalry)
3 Danish, 3 Russian and 1 Saxon battalion, 3 Danish, 4 Saxon Cavalry squadrons, and 2 Saxon dragoon squadrons.

I'm now working on a Swedish battalion, After that, I'll start work on my two remaining Saxon squadrons(1 cuirassier and 1 dragoon) I also have 1 Saxon battalion and 1 Russian battalion to do, And a Second Swedish battalion. By the time those are done I hope the new Swedish and Russian cavalry from Warfare are out. I got 9 more squadrons of Swedish cavalry to paint.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Glotz Dragoons

Well, It's again been close to a month since last post.
Not long after I finished my Prussian dragoons, I got the need to finally start on those Warfare miniature dragoons. They looked awesome and I've had them laying around for some time.

But just as I started on them, I got hooked on several PC games again. The games drained my precious fluids. And I lost my painting mojo. Add to that we suddenly got a small monsoon season. And I hate having finished figures and not being able to take pictures of them. Last few days have been very nice, but today will be the last day before several new days of rain. The ground hasn't had time to dry up yet...

So I trucked on and finished the first two squadrons, there is still one left to do.
I was surprised when looking at the pictures, Since I didn't have my mojo I often do half-assed jobs, But the figures look very nice on the pictures, the horses looked much better than I feared, It did help that it was light overcast. It's much easier to make the details come out when there isn't to much sun.

 The look very nice, the new warfare dragoon horses are lovely. 
 There are 4 different horses, 3 of them got dragoon equipment instead of a second pistol. One got a knife, the second got a spade and the 3rd got an axe. 
All 3 troopers also have an axe under their cartridge box.

 The Colonel got red reigns to make him stand out. 
The horses are lovely and small, I hope other companies start doing this too. Given that even during the Napoleonic wars, French Hussars and Chasseurs shouldn't be riding horses bigger than this.

I've now started work on my warfare Russian battalion, The first  6 are based now. I'm starting work on the pikemen today or tomorrow. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Markgraf Friedrich von Brandenburg Cuirassiers

Two posts in one month? You lucky bastards you!

Have you ever had one of those units that everything goes wrong with?

Well, this is one of those. it started with the reigns on the horses. Didn't like the way they ended up. Then you have all the little details that the Prussian cuirassiers have. I feel I have to try and paint them, yet my skill is far below what I need to be able to paint these details......
The end result is an untidy messy looking thing. I got half way through and did the next 4 horses. By this time my inspiration was gone, I probably used two weeks on painting those last 4 riders.... And they, and because I had problems concentrating on them, they became even messier and untidy...

Well, they are done, but since this regiment will get 4 squadrons I still have 8 more of them to paint, plus 8 more cuirassiers from another regiment.... I don't think it will go any better. Luckily an order from Minden is at the post office(they gone fucked up and yesterday when my wife picked up the package(and paid lots of VAT on them) She got the wrong package, and so instead of Minden miniatures I got some basing material.... But I'll go there today and fix it and pick it up this will let me complete two half done battalions(one Austrian and one Prussian) those I AM quite happy with(especially the Austrian one)

Anyway here are some pictures.