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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

28mm Black Brunswickers

With the anniversary of Waterloo approaching I can appreciate Napoleon's cry, in the film "Waterloo", of "I need zoze men!". We have had two hundred years to prepare for this day. I still have units to finish. I have yet to do the horses for my Brunswick cavalry, which consists of 32 Hussars and 8 Lancers, are without horses.

All of these figures are form Elite miniatures.

The horse artillery. 



Lieb Garde and Avant Garde skirmishers


There are seven battalions, including the Lieb Garde, and two skirmisher screens.


It is hard to see the highlights on the black in photos. They are there! I think that the key thing about painting black is that it should still look black after a highlight, not grey.





Friday, May 15, 2015

28mm Napoleonic Polish and Bavarian Generals

This is the sort of thing I have sitting around for ages while I get around to basing. I couldn't decide who to put on particular bases, or how many figures to use per base. I think I still have some Polish Generals floating around.



28mm French Napoleonic Imperial Guard Band

This is the original Blues brothers band. The figures are from Bicorne miniatures. You seem them pop up occasionally at the Wargames Holiday Center and other places people with too many figures gather. For the Wargamer who has everything...




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Westphalian foot and horse artillery (Elite miniatures)

These are Elite miniatures Westphalian figures. Peter Morby has quitely been developing a vast range. He doesn't advertise much. The figures don't get the credit they deserve.

I have so many guns knocking around that I just paint the crews these days. I have enough French, or British, or Austrian guns (each) to stretch the length of most battle tables. I am only half kidding. I have a crazy number. Most of these will do for the allies.

Here I used some Prussian guns, for the horse artillery, and Bavarian guns for the foot artillery. I don't know why it is that I feel like using the right figures for gunners but don't care about the guns. I tell myself they could be using captured guns. Such is the currency of self deception which saves my brush time and pocket.


 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

War of the Austrian Succession Austrian IR 1 Kaiser

These are another unit of Spencer Smiths Spiffing 30mm War of the Austrian Succession figures. These are painted as Austrian IR No. 1 "Kaiser". I have just decided to add a pioneer to each unit. So I've more painting to do!




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WAS Spencer Smith 30mm Prussian infantry regiment No. 1 Winterfeldt

These are some Spencer Smith miniatures 30mm War of the Austrian Succession figures painted as a battalion of Prussians. Spencer Smith figures are very basic. If you want detail you must paint it on. Painting these figures is a kind of art. It is much harder to paint them than Front Rank or Perry miniatures. But they have an old school grace to them.


The pictured unit is populated according to the "Charge!" rule set. Line infantry have 48 men, 1 mounted officer and four other command. I've done an extra officer because I like the variety. He can stand and watch if it comes to a game.

















Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We be Vivandières three

I have some Napoleonic figures from the late, great, Dave Allsop. So far I've only painted up three battalions as the Guard du Paris (two units) and Irish Legion. Now I have two units of Swiss and five units of French on the go.

Dave also made these Vivandières. I had a hunt through pinterest and got inspiration. I may park one with a standing French regiment. I have some Front Rank French Imperial Guards in this attitude.




BTW, there is a wonderful song "We be soldiers three" sung by the Deller Consort  which gave me the idea for the title here. Hunt it down if you have the chance.

1. We be soldiers three
Pardona moy je vous an pree1
Lately come forth of the low contry
With never a penny of mony.2
 
2. Here, good fellow, I'll drink to thee
Pardona moy je vous an pree
To all good fellows wherever they be
With never a penny of mony.

3. Here, good fellow, I'll sing you a song,
Sing for the brave and sing for the strong,
To all those living and those who are gone,
With never a penny of mony3

4. And he who will not pledge me this
Pardona moy je vous an pree
Payes for the shot what ever it is
With never a penny of mony.


Charge it againe boy, charge it againe,
Pardona moy je vous an pree
As long as there is any inck in thy pen,
With never a penny of mony.