Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prussian cavalry done

 After a solid bout of painting over th last couple of weeks, I've now finished painting and basing all the 1813 Prussian cavalry lead in the current lead pile. It`s amazing what you can do when trying to avoid painting 12 battalions of Landwehr.

2 Brigades of Dragoons and a mixed Dragoon/Uhlan brigade. I think the coat blue might be a bit bright buts it was was the closest thing I had in the paint collection.

2 Brigades of Hussars, again with a mixed Hussar/Uhlan brigade.

Finally a couple of brigades of Landwehr cavalry (not as organised as the regular troops above). on the left is a brigade of Cuirassiers with the Guard du Corps in white coats at the frone and 2 other regiments behind in blus coats.

Maybe I'll look at some artillery next.....

Monday, April 26, 2021

Biweekly update

Back to fullish steam on the painting table with the delivery of an order of bases from Dopey dog. Good service (and not particularly good in the base counting department, but in my favour so not a huge issue).

So tonight the painting table looks like this.

Reserve infantry at the back to be flocked. cavalry at the front with Dragoons on the right, Hussars in the middle and the 2 bases on the left waiting for me to finish the Ulans for the front rank.

The unpainted mass on the left is the Landwehr infantry and cavalry (with some commanders and Kurrasiers). Only ~300 figures in that particularly pile. I have not yet looked at the artilley or the guard infantry which are still in the bags.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

On the finished table this week

 Time for another update. 

I have been back at the painting table and finaly killed the Prussian regular troops. 

I've also finished 12 battalions of Prussian reserves but I've run out of bases for the moment.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Biweekly update updated

 As par normal I've been remarkably remiss in updating the blog. Truth be told I've not been in a good place to do any wargaming modeling. January started off with painting 12 battalions of regular Prussian infantry. Somewhere through this my painting mojo just up and died. I attempted to start 12 battalions of Prussian reserve infantry, and that nailed the coffin shut. Eventually I moved to some IHMN modeling by hauling out the large paddle steamer. Now going back when we last saw it, it looked like this.

First up some decking. While you can use paint and clever washes, nothing looks quite like real wood. Thin pine veneer (no idea where I found thing) stained (walnut) and varnished has come out quite nicely.

 Now while trawling the intertubes looking for further inspiration I came across the following which proves that there is indeed a prototype for everything. I swear now that I have not come across these before. If I had I probably would have been stuck trying to replicate it wihich would have taken far longer or most likely stalled the project.

This ferry and several sisters have plied the rivers of Burma/Myanmar for over 100 years. And while White is a quite nice quaint victorian colour, I came across something I found a bit more interesting and fetching.

I quite like the external vs internal colours on the sides.
One thing I have discovered in working on a model of this scale is that its a real pain to paint them

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Bi-weekly update

 This weeks completed painting is another divison for the 1813 project. This time its the 39th division from the Confederation of the Rhine with a brigade from Baden and the other from Hesse.

No Divisional comand stand as I'm currently out  of round cut bases. 

Other projects that have come tocompetion over the last week.

A couple of months ago while looking for some ice-cream I discoverd 3kg of plums in the freezer from last seasons crop (you run out of things do do when you have 35kg of plums). So plum wine it was. After 4 weeks in the fermenter it was time to bottle it. Just to try something different I've done 1/2 of it as a sparkling wine. what was left of the plum pulp was used to make a plum saison beer (which is also quite nice).

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

On the Bench

Another month and another update.

This last month I've been painting more of Napoleons allies for my ongoing 1813 project.

First up is the Wurttemberg 38th division of 2 brigades. The Wurttemberg infantry were among the best of the Confederation of the Rhine troops.

Next is the Polish Dutchy of Warsaw VIII corps. The Poles were among the strongest supporters of Napoleon as they viewed him as the best chance of an independent Poland. The infantry contingent contained the Vistula legion previously in French service.

The artillery was a progression of cock ups. First up I ordered the artillery crews from the Polish range in Czapka which the artillery replaced with the Shako in 1810. As there's no quick way to replace them (with the curent Baccus ordering setup) I used the figures anyway. I also painted up some horse artillery using French Guard horse artillery. I also grabbed a set of artillery limbers and horse teams from the pack and painted and based them. Of course I completely forgot that I needed 2 limbers and teams for the scond artillery battalion for the other division.

I suppose I can always use them as corps troops. Next order to Baccus I will have to order the correct replacements.

The cavalry so far. A brigade of Uhlans (using the Imperial guard figures as I had them sitting round spare) and the Polish Cuirassiers with light lancer support.

The Corps commader Poniatowski and a couple of ADC's. Poniatowski was the only non French marshal created by Napoleon, even if he only got to enjoy it for 3 days.

 The 1813 campaign saw the end of an independed Poland for over a centry untill the end of WW1. 

With this lot off the painting table I now have to decide whats next. I have 2/3rds of the Middle guard (for some odd reason Bacus sell these guys and no other formed infantry in 48's rather than 96's) which punts them down the list a bit. Theres also the figures for the 39th German division of Baden and Hessians on hand. 

Or I could start on the Prussians.....

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

A request

 I was asked on a mailing list for some close up pictures of my Russian WW2 cavalry. Flicking back through the blog to find the pictures  I discovered that I had not taken any. So here we go. I apologise for the painting in advance

 3 stands of Cossacks (H&R SR05)

Russian cavalry in helmets (H&R SR04)
Part of the cavalry divison tank battalion. I thought tank riders would suit this quite well (T34 is H&R S08A)
Tank battalion command unit. The truck with troops and flag is from the Irregular Spanish civil war range.
A rarity. A divisional command stand on table. The cart is also from Irregular.