Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elite Coy 16e Chasseur A Cheval

 So I've had a box from FR laying unopend for months, 12 chasseurs and 12 dragoons.
First up is the elite Company of the Chasseurs, painted up as the 16th.

I like these, I've never been a fan of the old FR Napoleonic infantry. but FR Cav has always been great. Painted them as the 16th simply because aquamarine/torqouise is not a color I get to paint that often. This is actualy the first time I've painted an elite coy for cav units, I feel when paiting just 12 figures they take up alot of room, But I wanted to do it this time.

I think they turned out great. The green is Russian green B and C, with russian apple green A and B. I think it turned out great.

 I'll paint them as 2 squadrons, at 240 troopers, it gives 120 troopers pr. squadron, a very understrength but not uncommen company size.

An actualy intresting battle in Napoleon Total war.

 So I've played Napoleon Total war again, I was quite disapointed, It's was better then Empire, but then, beeing better then a stinky pile og shit, is not a great compliment.

I was very disapointed about Empire, tho it came out back in 2009 I think, I had not studied the 18th century that much, Except for AWI. But I knew enough to be very disapointed. The game starts in 1700. But all the uniforms are bad compies of British 1768 Warrent uniforms, just diffrent colors, Yellow spanish, white French, blue Prussians. Atleast the 1768 looks kinda like prussian 7YW uniforms, if you squint alot. But does not look like the uniforms of the WSS.

That pluss the game was just horrible, horrible ai, bad battles, boring battles, boring campaign map ect.

When Napoleon came out, it was even worse, yes gameplay wise it was some what imporved. But they had managed to get every single uniform wrong in the game, They kinda look like what they are supose to look like, the russian kinda look like russians(if you ignore the post 1812 uniform in 1805) But it's like the uniforms are copyrighted, and so they could not make them just right, had to make some altertations so they would not get sued by Napoleon and Alexander. I don't see any other reason, I mean even for free most of the uniform of the period is easly avalable. And if you spend say 500 dollars(out of budget of 30 million) on uniform plates there should be no reason  for these close but not the close uniforms and models.

Add to that I have a big problem with Napoleonic battles with 1500 menn fighting. The historical battle of borodino in the game had 1500 men, in real live some 320 000.

So I played it because I had to but it was stupid, sloppy shit. I do try it now and then normaly when painting Napoleonics, there aren't that many games for this period(atleast not that has battles)

So now I saw that the Mod Napoleonic total war version 5 is out. It does fix some things, but can not fix a broken game. The kinda improved the uniforms, but not really, the landwehr looks right, but prussian musketeers still look close but no sigar, and the reserve infantry don't look like it at all.
The french units in singleplayer is a mix of 1804 uniforms and all the way to 1815. Some walk around in bicornes, some in 1815 shakoes but with the prebardin uniforms ect. Some of the french infantry looks like revolutionary period. But lets ignore that.(oh and prussians still use 1813 uniforms and not 1805-1807) even tho the game starts in 1805.

But they have improved some stuff. the ai is kinda better,(but they are very bad on certain maps(they bunch like 5 units into one big blob of man flesh, it only happens in maps with towns in them and only when ai is defending) The size of units are bigger, so you'll have 3500 in a full army instead of 1200-1800. They have added new uniforms and units, but still they are kinda off.

So in this battle, I was prussian, with my landwehr in 1806. I had lost this town the last turn and wanted it back, the frech had reenforced the army.

This is the start of the battle, i'ts dominated by the woods, on both flanks, there are gorges that can not be passed that limit the width of forces that can pass on the side of woods.
I made two "divisions" One of landwhers, one hussar and one small howitzer battery, It's a suport division, meant for flanking and simply making the enemy uncertain where I will strike.
My main force is a mix of reguglar infantry, a bigger regular battery, some fusilisers and 3 cav units.

I mangaged to get most of my forces through the bottle neck unmolested. The enemy sent cav at me, But with a 1000+ muskets fireing on each of the cav units, it didin't go well. The dragoons attacking though the woods were "guard dragoons" and the forest slowed them down alot, making them  perfect targets.

It's heating up, On my left flank the infantry is outnumberd, luckely most of the french units in that action were "armed citizens" they are big units of some 300 "soldiers" but very bad moral, accuracy ect. Also no bayonets, so I soften them up with musketfire and sent in my cav on their flank.

The franch colapse in on them self on all fronts except in the woods, the woods make musket fire extremly ineffective. And even tho some units were running low on ammo, few had actualy been killed on either side.

I keep pushing the french into a small ball, and my howizer is doing damage to that tight packed formation. I also detach some landwehr from the right flank, and start to take the french in the woods. The french in the woods are regular line infantry and so quite hard to get running.

Some scenes from the firefights in the woods.

Ah dead horse from the first attack by the "guard dragoons"

My Vetran musketeer battalion, These are quite good, one of these ran out of ammo, and I sent them in with cold steel. Worked quite well.

Even at close range like this, the muskets do not do a huge amount of damage to units.
The woods were filled with heavy smoke and lingering haze fore sevral thousand muskes fireing for some 40 minutes. Looked quite pretty.

In the end, they got overwhelmed and started to run, lots of dead on the forests floor. I had to charge them in the back with Bayonets to make the last few units run.

It was a decent battle, I lost some 600 against their 2500. While I did have to control quite a lot, and I had to work for the victory, it became clear early on, that I would win, those "armed citizens" just are no good. I had them when the French took the town a few months earlier.

On a "lighter" note, Soults got a pistol ball in the face from one of my hussars and died.

In my first battle of the game, I managed to Kill Bernadotte, which I did like as he is one of my least favorite historic persons.

Monday, December 15, 2014

So I was stupid enough to stop by the Napoleonic board on TMP, I knew it was a bad mistake before I did it. There was wonderfull pictures, talk of history, a thread listing favorite manufacturer's

I was also stupid enough to stop by dhcwargamesblog, and saw his wonderfull prussians and Möckern project. Möckern is ofcourse my favorite action during the Napoleonic wars. I've read digby Smiths Leipzig 3 times(only book I've read that many times) and the Möckern chapter of said book many many times. I've orderd a unit of Prussian line infantry, and Landwehr Cav. But I needed to paitn something while I waited, and I had to dig far into my boxes(from the move) to find some FR french. The boxes was in the "wall" up stairs. almost got stuck in there. I had like 12 big boxes to check, ok a few I knew had only dvds, but still quite a project. I also found my french cav(also FR,) they are still in the package they were shipped in. I know they are a unit of dragoons and one of Chesseurs.

Anyway, I finished the grenadiers, these are the new(well newish now) FR reenforcment packs. They are wonderfull. They still have super detail of FR, but are less stiff and bulky. Still much more hefty then say Perry, but now very close to Calpe. I'm torned I like the french uniform, but for Leipzig, the more down troten style of Calpe french in greatcoats is probebly more realistic. So realism or flash?

I tried something new on the french, a full 6 blue colors on the blue, Not sure if it's worth it or not, but I wanted to try it.

So those other french I did sevral months ago, they are painted more or less the the same, except for lack of eyes and 4 blues instead of 6.(and diffrent bases) But I think they look close enough.

I did notice I have lost some skill, the while lines on the cuffs seems straighter on the "old" figures then the new. Lost some of the tuch apeantly.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Landsknecht part 2.

 So I basicly finshed my landsknecht, I got 2 more from the order, might paint them up tomorrow or something. But I kinda hate having a half finished base, so might wait untill I order more.

So this is 18 landsknecht from artizan. When I get the money(not untill well after new year)  I'll order 6 packs of these and 1 of halbraders, For a total of 72 figures. I'll also order 2 units from TAG, one foot and one mounted arqebusers. And one unit of gendarmes.

So this is it so far. Hand painted(traced)  flag.
A 72 strong unit will be 4 bases wide and 3 deep.
I like them so far, But I think my next unit(that will be made with foundry) with be advancing.
I get marching instead of advancing, but just standing like this, From all the pictures of pike blocks they are always moving or advancing over the battlefield. By just standing there they loose that old feel.

Friday, December 5, 2014

First Landsknecht

 So Waited for theise for a very long time(well 22 days) This happend after I watched olicana's blog about the italian wars, the pure wargame porn. I needed to do that!

I orderd 20 landsknecht from artizan, And I'll order a big order from foundry that will give me some 120 landsknecht and 18 gendarmes.

I'll also add arebusers, mounted and foot, mounted and foot crossbowmen ect. Probebly from TAG.

I've tried a totaly new style of painting theise figurers, I could say a bleak  imitation of olicanas style. I only use 2 layers, with big contrasts, This is not a style I will use on any other project, this is italian war only style. They don't look half as good as olicanas but they look good.

 They are fun to paint, but takes a long time, even with just 2 layers vs 3-5. the complex "uniforms" means it takes a while.
 Besides imitating a italian war god, I like this style for 2 other reasons. 1 in a pike block of 60-120 figures, you need bright colors with big contrasts to be seen. 1 saves time, again a unit of 60 pluss figures.

My units are mostly brightly colord, greens, reds, blues, yellows.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Knight Command

 So did these a few days ago, quite a few days, but blogger decided to be an asshole. So I didn't bother doing this update, but now I'm bored So might as well do it.

This is the command, well 2/3s of it, still need the thrumpeter. Took quite a long while doing theise. The "lord/officer" is black and yellow. Even his helment is painted(which aperantly they could do) The standard berrar is even more so, with sliver and red.

 I like this picure, but aperantly it's not realistic. The "scara" fought in tight packed formations boot to boot, quite alot like later cav bee it 30YW or WSS or Napoleonics.  So they were really were thanks, a mass og iron and meat. So theise while they look look like this, would infact be more "blocks" like we usualy play with in miniatures.
My medievals so far

Also up next is either 2 more knights(9 and 10 of 12) or if I get my fireforge box(it's taken now 17 days for the order to go from Italy to me, mabye the mafia got it) (or coked out fashion people from milan) If I do get it, I will try and make a conversion. Aperantly Scandinavian people loved the kettle hat so much even knights used it more then the great helm. So I will cut of the heads of my foot knights(most of them) And glue on some plastic fireforge kettle helments on most of them(a few get to keep their heads and helms)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More knights

 Finished 3 more knights: I do 3 knights after I have done 6 infantry so I'll start on some crossbow men today. then when those are done I'll do 2 knights. I'm quite happy with these knights.
 I really like this one, I got the checkerboard pattern pretty well done, and it look good in the light blue.
 There I like the dark green kinght, but not so much the lightgreen.
 Half done with this unit.
My medievals so far.