Last post for 2023 - a large batch of Napoleonic artillery rebased

Quite an effort to get done in time and I still missed completing some. They are dominantly French or French Allies.
In the foreground are the Brunswickers, who have also had their equipment replaced with French (apparentely purchased at Liepzig), I had originally assumed they used British.
The reason for the mismatch es between limbers and gun is fron earlier in the year when I replaced my old Airfix converted limbers with 3D printer and some guns that were replaced far earlier
What did I fail to complete? - Four British, two Portuguese gun crews to replace old Airfix conversions and a couple of extra British limbers.


Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and hopefully a peaceful New Year


Starting to rebase my Napoleonic British Army

A small start to one of my tasks for next year. I've started upgrading and rebasing my British Artillery, these are just the items that only needed rebasing. Some of the later humbrol blue paint has come out very bright, it doesn't look like that normally.
Some Foot Artillery with Revell figures, I am painting more of these these to replace my old Airfix conversions. The command stand is Strelets.
Rocket Troop from HaT, the rocket trailer was made many years earlier from an article in Airfix Magazine I think.
The limbered version of the trailer


Rebased RCW Cavalry

Quite a collection of cavalry for the Russian Civil War, With these rebased I've completed all my existing WW1 and RCW units
Generic Russian Cavalry
Cossack Cavalry
Red Army Cavalry


Rebased RCW Cossack Infantry

Continuing the Russian Civil War theme here are a couple of units of cossack infantry or alternatively as dismounted cavalry.


More WW2 Volkssturm

More Second World War Volkssturm, again a half set from from Mars, but their latest release. Together with the previous half set this will make a great unit for Rapid Fire or Battlegroup.
My previous batch from March 2021


WW1/RCW "White" Russian Infantry

Another three units to add to my WW1/Russian Civil War collection. All depict White Russian units and are based on the HaT WW1 Russian figures.
One of the Kornilov regiments
The composite Imperial Guard regiment (I have given them their parade hat and trousers to make them a bit different)
A Markov regiment
The flags are some I had spare I will add some better ones in due course.


WW1 Austro-Hungarian rebasing

I don't have a large force of Austro-Hungarians but they also need rebasing to bring up to current standards (except for the artillery)
I did comtemplate giving them a light wash to bring them completely up to date but I decided to leave them as is for now.
The unit with light blue breeches and hat tops is actually Ukrainian, but could easilt be used as Hungarian.


WW1 Russians rebasing - part 1

A big step forward with most of my remaining old based Russian infantry, etc. rebased.
Each unit has a flagpole so I can add an appropriate flag depending on which faction they are representing.
Most of the figures are HaT
Along with the guns I have reworked my old Russian WW2 limbers (ex Airfix) to provide mobility


On the Workbench - December 2023

I felt I made good progress over the course of the month but there is still plenty left unfinished frm my original plan, so in an effort to clear the decks before the festivities I will try on work on:-
  • More WW2 German Volksturm to complete my "Fall of the Reich" forces - in progress from last month
  • Rebasing my WW1/RCW Russians and Austro-Hungarians and adding some additonal units such as the following
  • WW1 Russian limbers based on reusing my Airfix ACW limber previously used for WW2 and adding HaT WW1 Russian limber riders
  • 3 units of WW1/RCW White Russian Infantry
  • plus trying to finish as many bits as possible before the year end
As mentioned earlier, I also went to Recon in Pudsey on Saturday and also managed to sell some remnants from the stash.


A few pictures from Recon 2023

An early start and off to The Recon show in Pudsey to join the Lance & Longbow running a participation game of the battle of Nicopolis 1396. The participation games had less space than previous years and it was just as well we didn't have the society stand as well. We managed two games and each side won one.
Our second game after Sultan Bayezid was struck down
Italians v's Greeks 1941
"What a Pirate" game
Modified playsheets for "What a Pirate"


ECW - Burghill's Horse

One of the longest serving regiments in Sir William Waller's armes was Burghill's Horse, later commanded by Jonas Vandruske after Colonel Robert Burghill was wounded at the battle of Lansdown. The figures are all Warlord plastic.
In front are a few skirmishers to make my existing unit up to 12 figures.


A pair of Grants

A couple of M3 Grant tanks to finish off my Rapid Fire Armoured Regiment equipped with Grants. My existing tanks were Airfix plus S&S turrets. These were 3D printed and scaled to match.


Type 97 Te-Ke

The last verison of the japanese tankettes was the Te-Ke, and since they were used in both Burma and Phillipines I had to add some to my collection. I had some problems while printing and although I only wanted three I managed to retrieve four vehicles out of the three failures and two successes. (I subsequently changed the FEP , which was the cause of the problem)
But I did realise afterwards that I do need some MG armed versions to add variety.


A quick update with the gates I created and 3D printed, the support posts are just matchsticks but I think they will fit in nicely with either hedges or fences that I have previously created.


Waller's Dragoons

Yet another batch of 3D printed stuff in this case English Civil War dragoons scaled up from 15mm to 28mm. I have painted them as Waller's Dragoons both mounted and dismounted. Regreatably there were no horse holders for the dismounted dragoons.
I may have to use them as two seperate troops of 6 figures so I kept the two types of hat separate for the cavalry, which also helped as there is very little variation in the mounted figures.
If I were to reprint them I would reduce the thickness of the dismounted figures.
Link to the dragoons on Thingiverse (link)


Not quite Napoleonic odds and sods rebased

- - since the mixture includes Napoleon and a number of his Marshals. These are mainly Strelets figures painted many years ago and rebased while I was working on the limbers


WW2 Russian horse drawn limbers

Following on from the German infantry carts I also 3D printed some Russian multi-purpose limbers (52-R-353M Mod. 1942). For years I have used some old repurposed Airfix ACW limbers, but I finally decided to replace them with something more appropriate.
The limber horses are the same as I used for the IF.5 but they look fine with this limber. Again I need to source some crew.
As for the old Airfix limbers - they will move on (or back?) to support my WW1/RCW Russians.


German Infantry Carts, etc.

German Infantry Carts or more correctly Infanteriefahrzeuge (If.), I 3D printed number of If.5 Maschinengewehrwagen (Bauart 36) (Vorder- und Hinterwagen) Machine gun wagon (model 36) (anterior & rear wagon). These were used thoughout WW2 so I split them into early and late war, I suspect that the limber was used for more than its designated role so I kept the MG carts seperate. I also somehow lost some of my old Airfix 88mm trailers so I also printed some excellent replacements as well.
Early War versions in grey and some Recoiless Weapons for my early war Fallschirmjaeger
Late War versions
Thanks to Dani Dunber for the STL files, I just need to sort out some suitable drivers for them.

Link to kfz der Wehrmacht (link) for more details


DAK sdkfz 10s plus other bits

Three 3D printed sdkfz 10 halftracks to add to my large collection of DAK. I had planned to print the versions I had created with crews and stowage added, but somehow I used the intermediate file with just the crew and had to add stowage from the bits box, etc.
Also painted were more 3D printing stuff, some DAK LMG teams from "Kozak" and some recoiless rifles for my Fallschirmjaeger.


Fairmile MTBs

I've completed the four Fairmile D class MTBs for my Cruel Seas collection. I had some problems with two of the hulls not printing cleanly, but that has mostly been hidden by filling with putty.
The armament was printed seperately, but in retrospect I should have assembled the model in 3D Builder before printing. A couple of the ships have 6pdr quick firing guns to add a little variation.