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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.|
A "second" Sunday update (it being a holiday and all) I thought it was time to update whats been across my workbench in the last month. First up was the finish for the moment of the 1:600 aircraft replacement project (as I just got tired of it ).
I was having a bit of a hunt through the back-blocks of my hard drive today and came across a TOE for Russian airborn units published by those nice chaps at the Army Infantry School in Fort Benning. Its part of ST 7-198 FY 84. N this is a handy document as I am rather sceptical of the TOE's that I have seen. Now I suppose I should hold any information from the 80's with a grain of salt as information on TOE's was very hard to come by (even more so at the arse end of the world). However the official TOE's for MSH are in places not much better (British anyone?)
Now I must admit that I have some misgivings about bits of it which I'll address at the end.
Divisional HQ HQ infantry stand.
Artillery regiment 4 x D-30 122mm
Artillery regiment 4 x BM-14/GAZ66
AT battalion 4 x ASU-85
1 BMD regiment HQ in BMD
Mortar battery 1 x 120mm Mortar/GAZ66
AA battery 1 x 23mm AA /GAZ66
AT battery 2 x BRDM 2S/BRDM 3
3 Battalions HQ in BMD
3 companies 2 BMD-1
2 Parachute Regiments HQ infantry stand
BMD coy 2 BMD-1
Mortar battery 1 x 120mm Mortar/GAZ66
AA battery 1 x 23mm AA /GAZ66
AT battery 1 x SD-85/GAZ66
3 Battalions HQ stand
3 companies 3 Inf stands
3 companies 3 SPG9
Man the formatting for the new blogger is rubbish for something like this.
So issues I do have is a lack of regiment/battalion recce elements, engineering stands and 82mm mortars. The 82mm mortars might be replaced by SPG-9's as they would be easier to cart round than a mortar baseplate.
Now oddly enough the airborne units that I have modeled seem to be from another source which from what I can tell was Jake Collins old site.
First up the parachute units. This appears to be a BHQ, 3 companies of 2 platoons, an 82mm and 120mm Mortar, an SA-7 and 2 AT stabds (mixed SPG9 and AT-4).
The BMD battalion is BMD comand (BMD-KSH), 3 compaies of 2 platoons, plus an 82mm motar and a 30mm GL
To cap this whole story off I have another TOE for 1979 in one of those annoying "every vehicle represented by a sillouete" which doesn't give numbers (which counting 30 trucks is just daft) or platoon/squad breakdowns. it also has some really odd stuff of which I'll give 2 examples;
-BMD companies have an extra platoon with SPG-9 in trucks. now why if you have 10 73mm guns would you want another 3 that are unarmoured?
-The Regiment has a battery of ASU-57, when these were phased out in the mid 1970's
So, a bit of a mess really, and no clear winners.
I'll leave you all with a picture of my ASU-85 battaion, possibly the worst idea anyAFV designer could come up with.