Monday, 18 November 2019

Huzza Hussars

I've completed my French Hussars, providing enough for a brigade. Unfortunately I couldn't find my Lasalle model to include in the pictures

The figures are all Italeri and the uniform is quite varied with some with just dolmans, or pelisses or both.

2nd Hussars


3rd Hussars


7th Hussars


9th Hussars

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Armate in Miniature (exhibition in Torbole, Lake Garda)

I was quite surprised when on holiday to find a military model exhibition in a nearby town, It was slightly awkward as it only opened in the late afternoon, which only left a small window to fit it in before the ferry back to my hotel.


It was quite a mix of models from a much larger museum in Roverto, built for many different purposes. Hopefully most of the models ae self explanitory as most of the details were in Italian.











































Sunday, 10 November 2019

Napoleonic Spanish Cavalry

My Spanish Cavalry brigade for the early Peninsular War. Very much a mix and match force


Maria Luisa Hussars (later became Estramandura Hussars) nicknamed the run-away Marys. These are Zvezda SYW hussars on the Esci Polish Lancer Horses.


Cazadores a Caballo - Voluntarios de Espagne. Italeri French hussars on the carabinier horses from the same manufacturer.


Villaviacosa Dragoons, using Italeri Prussian Cuirassiers


Rey Cavalry Regiment, known for its successful charge at Talavera, again Italeri Prussian Cuirassiers

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Setting the Scene - Mediterranean

Just landed. Had a quick browse and it's full of goodness!


Further reading and I'm already contemplating a terrain mat

Friday, 1 November 2019

On the Workbench - November 2019

Another partial month, not satisfied with a holiday in September. SWMBO decided that we would have a couple of weeks on the Isle of Man! So I've got a fair bit of catching up to do and start on my Spanish infantry. So I have

  • Two units of Napoleonic Spanish Cavalry (using Esci Prussian Cuirassiers) - the horses are painted
  • One unit of Spanish Hussars - the horses are painted
  • One unit of Spanish Cazadores a Caballo - the horses are painted
  • Four units of Napoleonic French Hussars
  • Five units of Napoleonic Spanish Infantry
  • Two units of Napoleonic Spanish Light Infantry

The two Spanish light cavalry units have been assembled from various suitable bits

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Zulu Riflemen rebased

Just to finish off the month some Zulu Rifles that I have rebased to the 1-2-3 style.

Having tried this for my Nine Years War French for Pikeman's Lament and liked it for skirmish units, so I though I'd use it for these Zulus who were beginning to fall off their old bases.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Changing of the Guard

Time to retire my old long serving Les Higgins Guard Lancers and replace them with new Zvezda figures


Polish Lancers


Dutch Lancers



My old figures


Not yet decided how to dispose of the old figures, maybe put them on ebay.



The old Les Higgins Lancers have now found a new home.