Below the Normans drawn up in wedges, and usual I replaced the lances provided with florists wire and added pennants from paper.
The Bretons. There is a lot of character in this set and they can be mixed in with the Normans if necessary.
All that is now needed to complete the army is to rebase the archers as LI and it's done. Well at least until their first outing then I'll probably make some changes.
- Fight at least 50% of the scenarios in the RF Bulge book (so I may need more WW2 Germans and Americans)
- Start selling surplus plastic figures on ebay (There is a list on database in the trading department if you are looking for anything plastic)
- Complete at least 2 of the following WRG 6th armies :- Normans, Parthians, Teutonic Knights, HYW English.
- Prepare WW2 Italians for the big WW2 Battleaxe game by mid year.
- Finish the rules for "With Desaix in the Desert" (I need a few more figures but I'm almost there)
- Update the AWI and Frundsberg blogs more.
- Sort out my TYW armies to be able to fight some late war scenarios such as Jankow 1645.
- Progress further with the 1683 campaign and battles (links to the Frundsberg blog)
Of course, all this will be heavily dependant on activities in the real world and the release of new figures, rules, etc.
Happy New Year
The breakdown by broad periods is
2,709 Lace wars
1,293 American Civil War
4,473 20th Century
Trouble is that it's a long way to the next milestone of 25K, so I won't achieve this for quite a few years.
What did I get?
- Strelets-R Arab Cavalry
- Strelets-R Medieval Britain (a big set)
- Strelets-R Military Order Sergeants
- Strelets-R Muslim Archers
- Strelets-R Muslim Foot Warriors
- Strelets-R Scottish Army Of Robert The Bruce
- Zvesda Medieval Field Powder Artillery
So this means I'm ready to build both a HYW English Army and Teutonic Knights and possibly some variants on them. The Muslims and Arabs will be used with my Ottomans (mixed in with other figures).
I also received the Osprey British in the West Indies book, so there is a future option for my French in Egypt army to fight there instead, especially as the British army in Egypt was similarly dressed.
Finally, the ultimate present, just what is needed for my WW2 desert campaign Italian army. It will be a morale booster for my forces and the pink camouflage is what is needed for the desert
Hoping everyone has a peaceful Christmas.
Two Peugeot DMA trucks, much poorer moulded detail and the same problems with filling of the wheel mouldings. This vehicle only started production in May 1940 so it is unlikely any were used by the French in combat, however I'm short of typically French vehicles so these will provide some necessary transport and look the part.
There is lots of good stuff, and plenty of eye-candy
Some new orders of battle, I'll have to get some more WW1 German 77mm guns for my Volksgrenadiers, and conveniently I've just bought some RSOs, which are also needed. There are some additional scenario specific additions to the rules and the first scenario has more details on playing a divisional level game.
The 10 scenarios comprise
- Death of a Division - 18th VG v's 106th ID (Division level game)
- Twin Villages - 12th SS v's 2nd ID
- Stourmont - KG Peiper v's 30th ID
- Malmedy - PzB 150 v's 30th ID
- Seige of La Gleize - KG Peiper again
- Champs -101 AbD v's 26th VG
- Foy-Notre-Dame KG Boehm v's 82nd Reece & 3rd RTR
- Sibret - Fuhrer Begleit v's 11th AD
- Bizory - 6th AD v's 12th SS
- Tillet - 87th ID v's Fuhrer Begleit
Plus a mini what-if campaign involving KG Peiper.
I would have liked to have seen more on modelling the figures, vehicles & terrain. but if the choice is that or a scenario then I'd choose the scenario. Hopefully some of this may appear on the RF site over the coming months.
I got my copy from the library, but there's a good deal at Amazon.co.uk with plenty of reviews.
The figures are basically Esci French Guard Artillery gunners with the bearskin head removed and replaced with bicorne heads from their Prussian Infantry (part of the old Prussian/Austrian pack). The guns are from the Esci Crimean Russian Artillery. They look just the business, so I'm sure they will be used in the next test game.
While waiting for other figures to dry I decided to get on with this vehicle as it seemed to be just a variant on the BT. On finishing it in my standard Russian paint scheme, I checked the web and found the BT 42 was a Finnish variant, using 18 captured BT 7 chassis's and mounting a British 4.5" howitzer. I don't have any Finns and rather than repainting it I'll use it as a BT 7A , which mounted a 76mm howitzer. The other problem was that my usual dark brown wash also dried quite dark and has hidden some of the detail rather than highlighting it.
There were five dragoon regiments involved (3rd, 14th, 15th, 18th and 20th) and three of these had pink facings so I selected the 18th as being fairly representative. The figures are the standard Hat French Dragoons, with no changes needed to reflect the campaign, but I'm sure they would have avoided wearing a metal helmet as much as possible in the heat.
If I can find something suitable then I'll be tempted to make the Dromedary Corps, which may or may not be considered cavalry.
ID gaming from St Helens was there with a rummage box of BP Casts stuff and I picked up a selection of various bits and pieces I "need" for my WW2 armies, which will appear over the coming months. The bits included the 20mm AA guns and artillery crews I needed for my Western Desert Italians.
Also played the first working draft of "With Desaix in the desert". Everyone liked the eye candy. The rules worked OK, but there are lots of bits needing tidied up/recalculated/rebalanced. Certainly something to work on over Xmas.
Secondly, the Italian artillery for the big game next year. The guns are the Hinchliffe range from Skytrex and comprise 2 x Ansaldo 75mm sield guns and 2 x Schneider 105mm field guns.
I still need to find some suitable western desert crew figures, and I may still buy a couple of Skoda 100mm field guns as well
The front right hand unit has a different type of static grass, which I tied to see if it would look better for desert/arid conditions, but it's not pale/dried out enough.
I've now got to write up the rules. They will be an amalgam of my AWI and Zulu rules and the working title will be "With Desaix in the desert"
- For my Norman army 12 Breton Knights and 24 Norman Knights by Strelets
- 8 Dragoons for my French Army in Egypt;
- 12 Russian Civil War Red Army cavalry;
- A Matchbox Panzer II to boost my early war Germans;
- The 105mm and 75mm artillery guns for my Italian forces in North Africa in WW2 (linked to next years big game) I still need to find some suitable crews.
There is still a pile in the stash to do, but nothing else seems to tempt me yet so I'll probably update the plan part way through the month, maybe some more WW2 infantry.
So here they are the red, green and blue cavalry regiments of the Hessian army. Each unit has the relevant coat colour and as close flags as I could find. The use of standard coats was not that common, but it does make the units easier to use on the table top.
The figures are all the (now rare) Revell TYW Swedish Cavalry. I have kept to the same flock basing as used for the rest of my TYW army
I will definitely be painting a few more TYW figures from my stash as I have a mind to refight Jankow 1645. This is a battle involving a higher proportion of cavalry so I may be painting yet more cavalry. If anyone knows of a detailed OOB for Jankow please let me know. (I've ordered Guthrie's Later TYW via inter-library loan but it may be a while arriving)
The two units selected were a copy of the Bohemian Cuirassiers from the League of Augsberg site and Pappenheims Cuirassiers, since I had the flags from this site (very useful TYW flags page, but lots of images & slow)
If there was any reasonable choice then I would not have used the Mars figures, firstly because it's a breach of copyright, (it's very blatant and I don't understand why Revell doesn't act), secondly the quality is not that good, the figures are produced in a low temperature soft plastic and the moulds are not always filled properly, this was particularly the case on the horses. Adding a wire pole for the standards was a nightmare as the plastic flowed away from the hot metal, it was very much trial and error to get the poles in place. I'm glad that I had not decided to created Wallensteins Lifeguard with lances.
Then Cadiz for a change of scene and unexpected warm Atlantic breezes. Finally Nerja for walks in the mountains
Now back for some painting and gaming.
My only complaint was that the aircraft is tail heavy so it doesn't sit properly on it undercarriage. I normally assemble my aircraft flying but the kit only gives the option of having undercarriage down. In retrospect I should have taken the time to modify it into a proper flying version. (I may still do this if it gets damaged)
My impulse for buying it is from reading "Attack of the Aircobras, Soviet Aces, American P39's and the Air War over Germany", by Dimitriy Loza a while ago when I found a copy in the local library. Very heavy reading in the classic soviet style.
I had forgotten the thin legs on the horses and the need to pin the body to reduce flexing in use, as most of the recent horse models I have used have been well positioned with two strong points of contact with the base and sometimes three/four. As the plastic was old and quite stiff I actually had to drill a pilot hole for the pin.
What I still need is some free cossacks, but for these I need the Orion Cossack figures (promised shortly) and some pancerni, but unfortunately nothing is easily available in plastic yet.
I was too late on the B&B to pick up any real bargins, but found "Trobruk, the great seige reassessed" by Frank Harrison for GBP 3.00, which might help me with the big game next year. I also acquired some artillery from Hincliffe (2 x 75mm + 2 x 105mm) to bolster Brescia which I will command in the game.
Other acquisitions were the Osprey "Armies of the Ottoman Turks 1300-1774" and "French Soldier in Egypt" to give me more inspiration on my current projects and a Hobbyboss Aircobra for my Russian WW2.
Not much eye-candy at the show, but there was a nice looking RCW game using Red Actions and a pirate game using WSS figures that got me thinking of possible scenarios with my existing figures (plus a few purchases of course!)
As expected, in the L&L game, I lost playing Biocca 1522, but one unit of Swiss pikemen actually pushed its way over the defences and defeated a counter attacking pike block before succumbing to a flanking counter attack, so I consider my performance a success .It seemed quiet, but some of the traders seemed to be happy with their turnover.
Running ahead of schedule for once, so what have I got planned?
- 2 units of TYW Imperial Cuirassiers (24 figures, using the Revell copies I got as a trade)
- 2 units of Polish Registered Cossacks (16 figures using the HaT Napoleonic Cossacks, again from a trade). These will be similar to the units I found on Wab-ramblings a very useful blog on the late renaissance in eastern Europe)
- French 22nd Chasseurs and French 7th Hussars bis for my French army in Egypt (16 figures)
- Mamelukes for the opposition (18 figures)
- Finishing off some TYW Swedish and Imperial Cavalry I had started a while back)
The next challenge was the pike as the one provided was bendy and would have really failed it I had glued it. So it was out with the florists wire heat it up over the candle and position carefully so it welds itself into place. This normally works on the first attempt, but with the extra soft Hat plastic it took two attempts for most figures and three for a couple.
Overall they painted up OK
Over the years they fought in many actions, but their weight was always a constraint. They were originally bought to provide cavalry to go with my Springwood Russians ready for a club refight of Borodino.
With the release of most of the Russian cavalry in plastic I gradually built up a second cavalry force and tended to use them instead.
They consisted of the following units all 20 figures strong:-
Kiev Dragoons (HH Prussian Dragoons painted as Russian)
Don Cossacks (Blue tunics)
Bug Cossacks (Green tunics)
Some close ups
You'll be sadly missed guys, hopefully you are going to a good home
Keeping my fingers crossed for this one and that England wins the rugby
These are the Waterloo 1815 dervishes and they are really nice figures. There are a few Esci Muslim warriors use to make up the numbers. The basic colout scheme is a base coat of sand plus a wash of brown ink, then a very light grey for the cloth. Gets me thinking about doing the Sudan again, oh dear!
They are not expected to do well, but hold ground, especially behind fortifications, etc and provide a general nuisance value.
The bases are a bit to plain, but I've not yet decided how to improve them. I want some sort of vegetation but the static grass I've got is far too green to use. I'll see what I can find at Fiasco next weekend.
I've based them for a set of rules called "DBA in the new world" and I'll just be using them as another unit of auxiliaries in my Aztec army rather than as a stand alone army, but perhaps I'll add more at some point in the future.
That should be the end of my work on the Prussian infantry as I've no more figures left and I now have 33 battalions in close order completed, certainly sufficient for any normal game. The only component of the army now understrength is the landwehr cavalry.
I have painted the Wallon regiment Los Rios (green coats) and the Regiments Koenigsegg (light blue facings) and Eck (yellow facings), for standards I have just used whatever was available and looked most suitable.
I now have a complete small army, and need to concentrate on their opponents the Ottoman Turks, where not everything is available in plastic yet.
The bases were made out of hardboard cut using a hole borer which gave a nice chamfered effect when I got it right. But cutting 25 bases was not as quick as I had hoped! To complete the bases I just used some old coarse scatter material fixed with PVA.
In the front is another version of the same unit, it can't quite act as the I or III batalions as their uniforms were different, although the III had a very dark grey almost black tunic. They will either act as the III batalion or as the mythical Frundsberg Frei Batalion. The figures are a complete mix, in the front rank are Revell prussian line infantry, then behind in groups are (L to R) Hat Lutzows, Springwood Prussian line and Hat Prussian reservists.
- Finish the Maya, they have been slowly progressing with my usual problems with painting irregulars, but I'm on the last leg now, just a final push, honest!
- Macedonian elephants, the beginnings of the extras needed to create successor armies
- More WSS Austrian infantry, hopefully three more infantry regiments, which should leave me with just a hussar regiment needed for my Imperial army at this stage.
- Some sort of Ottoman rabble, probably orientated toward the Cairo militia v's the French in Egypt
- Some tartars to support my renaissance cossacks, I saw this done on Phil Olleys blog, and I've got enough in a box of mongols I had previously considered swapping, so this now leaves only the heavy cavalry spare.
- Assemble and paint the couple of Pegasus German trucks.
- More work on tidying up my Napoleonic Prussians, including adding some guns and limbers.
The other action is to continue trading so I hopefully convert my stock of "undesirables" into "needed" figures, watch the trading department for details
The figures used were the Strelets Lieb-Drabants Of Charles XII
Prinze Eugen has red coats and Bayreuth light blue, the standards are what I had that looked suitable.
So far, I'm in the midst of organising several trades and it's suprising what others want, I'm sure they are thinking the same.
To date I've only put items where I have fairly large quantities available (one box or more). Once I've finished these I'll probably start offering smaller quantities.
The group can be found at link
1 x Zvesda Russian infantry of Peter the Great - figures needed to complete my next 3 Austrian regiments
1 x Pegasus German army trucks - just an impulse purchase, I always seem to be short of trucks.
2 x Strelets Norman knights - to boost the cavalry strength of my Norman Army
1 x Strelets Breton knights - ditto
1 x HaT Prussian artillery - to complete the artillery in my Napoleonic Prussian army
1 x Revell US Marines WW2 - again an impulse purchase at £1.00 I thought I might get around to island hopping games sometime, especially having seen the Frontline LVT2s
2 x HaT Macedonian elephants - to allow my Macedonians to become Successor armies. I was also lucky as the two boxes both contained 3 elephants each.
My only regret was missing out on a 2nd hand pack of SYW Prussian Hussars
For the sharp eyed observer the coats have turnbacks when there should be none
Included is a unit from my imaginary country the Frundsberg Frei Stadt acting on imperial service, their yellow coats are not that dissimilar from the buff coats worn my the Austrians
These units may also be my submission into The Guild painting competition