Saturday, 17 November 2018

WW2 French artillery

I already have the famous 75mm's in my French army, but these are the motorised version available from First to Fight. A bit fiddly to assemble, but turn out OK.

The crew are the new HaT WW2 French Artillery crew, supposedly with the wheels to make the motorised version, but I sold off their bendy plastic versions of the 75mm a couple of years back. These figures are adequate, but don't provide any figures that could sit in the gunners position. But at least they are moulded in sensible plastic.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

SYW rebasing - French cavalry & artillery

Another batch; six regiments touched up and rebased.

Left to right, front to back the units are Mestre de Camp, Royal Cravattes, La Reine, Orleans, Bercheney Hussars and the Chasseurs de Fischer

Four more artillery pieces plus some pioneers

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

37mm Portees

After a lot of effort, I've completed the pair of Morris portees with 37mm Bofors anti tank guns. They are marked up for the 106th RHA during the period of Compass/Beda Fomm

The basic vehicles are Morris trucks from Frontline Miniatures that were surplus as I added newer models to my 8th Army. it involved some careful sawing of the rear body to reduce it to a flat bed. The Bofors is the First to Fight model carefully assembled to fit in the available space.

A shelf was added at the rear of the flat bed and various stowage added. Crew was a significant problem and the only "gunners" I could find to fit were HaT British tank riders.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

SYW/AWI rebasing - Canadian Militia

Oops, this picture is a bit blurry. I have rebased my four units of Canadian militia and distinguished them by their stocking caps. The regional distinctions of red for Quebec, blue for Montreal and white for Trois Rivieres district appear to have been introduced in 1759. My fourth unit was given a green cap. I also managed to rebase my artillery, two guns from La Fère regiment and a single gun from Lauzun's Legion. Backed up with a unit of cavalry from Lauzun's Legion.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Crisis 2018

It's been about 15 years since I last when to Crisis in Antwerp and all I can say is that it is a lot bigger and better but still is a very friendly show. On to the games that caught my eye

Arriving on a cool morning

Our game, provide by the Alde Garde with participation by the Lance & Longbow society. It was the battle of Arcen 1511. a what-if encounter from the Guelders Wars

The Guelders forces

The Habsburg forces, on the extreme right a group of English mercenaries about to attack the fortified manor house of Huys

battle is joined

A nice idea from Peter of adding Doppelsöldner to the front of the pike bases.

After a hard days fighting the victory was awarded to the Guelders forces.

The rest of the show

Some nice 28mm terrain on sale

The assasin's island

lots of lovely details on the buildings and terrain

Nice middle-eastern terrain representing Benghazi

What a Tanker with Nick

and Chain of Command with Rich of Two Fat Lardies (it was nice to have a chat with them before the show got started)


Rotterdam 1940

Dunkirk , again 1940

great modelling by the Dortmund gang

Late WW1 Czechs v's Germans somewhere in Russia - the Battle of Bakhmach 1918

The old Pikeys - defense of Oosterbeek lots of good modelling this is the third version of the terrain they have produced over the years!

Those nice printed foamcore buildings

Supply drop

Black Powder 2 Napoleonic Austrians v's Bavarians including a pontoon bridge crossing

Anglo-Egyptian scrap unfortunately a bit blurry

Maleme 1941


Jon & Diane Sutherland - battle of Rugen island 1715 seems to be trying to maximise the number of figures on the table.

League of Augsburg - their new Ottomans

Links to some other blogs with pictures
Alte Garde
Wargame Amateur (1) game report & (2) show report
Murphys Heroes (Delft)
Wargames Gazette
Società di archeologia e cimeli
JJ's wargames
Trifles blog - 350 pictures!

Saturday, 3 November 2018

New AWI French Infantry

The three replacement infantry regiments are now complete having just missed the month end. There is Saintonge (front left), Soissonais (front right) and combined Grenadiers (rear) with a flag for Agenois. All the figures are Revell SYW Austrians.

All the units were involved at Yorktown in 1781 and replace the same regiments originally converted from Airfix AWI British Grenadiers, which have seen heavy service over the years.