Saturday, 19 December 2015

Final unit for I Corps and the full Corps!

I recently finished the final cavalry unit of the Allied Army I Corps of the 100 Days Campaign, which is the 2nd (Dutch/Belgian) light cavalry brigade under Major-Genral van Merlen. The brigade is made up of 6th (Dutch) Hussar regiment (in blue) and 4th (Dutch) Light Dragoon regiment (in green). I also added a commander and trumpeter figure at the front, leading the men in a charge.


I actually ran out of Hussar figures so had to add a couple of different figures from some left overs, look closely and you may spot them. However, this is not really noticeable at this scale and will not be too obvious at game's length, so I will sleep at night. 


This is the last unit I need for I Corps and they also complete the cavalry support compliment for the Corps. 


It has taken me nearly six months to complete I Corps from when I started in August. It's been a long journey and I have learnt a lot about the 100 Days Campaign, in particular, about the uniforms of the Dutch and Belgian troops! Research is a big part of this hobby and in historical wargaming, particularly, and it's an aspect I also really enjoy.

OK, so here are some pictures of the entire Corps. For now I'm satisfied with the results, however, there are a few bases that I will revisit in the future, the Guards and KGL, for example, should really be the other way around (two battalions in the Guards, four for the KGL). This can wait and doesn't affect the overall look of the figures:




And literally as I had finished the last unit, my postal order of French I Corps infantry marched through the letterbox! A quick word here about Baccus, I asked if I could change the ratios of command strips to infantry strips, to cut down on wastage as my battalions are made up of a different composition to the ratios of figures they sell. They replied instantly, asking me to detail the ratio change in the comments section of my order and when they arrived everything was sorted! Brilliant customer service.

On that note, I am going to have a break  from painting 6mm before I start proper on the French chaps (as it's Christmas and all...), but I managed to paint four as a tester before I embark on the full unit.


Finally there will be no more posts on this blog until the new year, so have a happy Christmas and I hope your stockings will be full of lead!

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

1st Netherland Light Cavalry Brigade in 6mm

The penultimate unit of I Corps of the Allied Army in the 100 Days Campaign is the 1st Netherlands light cavalry brigade. It has two formations, the 4th (Dutch) light Dragoons (in dark blue) and the 8th (Belgian) Hussars (in light blue). The figures, as ever, came from the ever excellent Baccus.


I wasn't sure that the blue of the 8th Hussars was too light, but I needed a contrast with the darkness of the blue of the Dragoons to make the units obviously different. However, at this small scale, shades of colour are tough to see anyway, so it works.


This is the second of three cavalry bases which support I Corps in the Blücher 100 Days Campaign Cards that I have completed, so there isn't long to go until the full corps is finished.


The cavalry bases seem to build up a lot quicker than the infantry bases, this may be because there are fewer figures on the base in comparison, but they look as filled out as their footslogger comrades.


As I mentioned, there is one more base left to do for the entire Corps, so check back in future when I complete that one! 

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

1st Netherlands Heavy Cavalry in 6mm

Now that I have finished all the infantry for I Corps of the Allied army of the 100 Days Campaign, it's time to sort out the cavalry units that are attached to the unit in the Blücher cards.

Of these, there are three bases, the first of which is the 1st Dutch/Belgian Heavy Cavalry brigade. This unit was commanded by Maj-Gen. Jonkheer Trip and consisted of the regiments of the 1st (Dutch) Carabinier, 2nd (Belgian) Carabinier and 3rd (Dutch) Carabinier. The Dutch units are resplendent in their bicorns!


Thankfully, Baccus do the Netherland heavy cavalry, but disguised as Russian and Spanish Cuirassiers.


The three regiments of cavalry give this base a heavy packed feel and really fits the heavy cavalry idea.


Also, I came across the Hanoverian flags which I used for the last infantry base I completed. As I mentioned, I found these flags in a thread about someone else's Waterloo project, so I cannot claim any credit for them, neither can I verify if they are correct. I am merely reposting them here for other people's use (right click, then click 'save picture', paste it on to a Word document and print them!):

Two generic flags:



Verden:

Duke of York:

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

1st Hanoverian Brigade in 6mm

And finally the last unit for I Corps of the Allied army during the 100 Days Campaign. It is the 1st Hanoverian Brigade commanded by Major-General Graf von Kielmannsegge. This unit gave me the biggest headache during researching the Allied army for this project.

The brigade consists of six battalions; Field Jägers, Light Battalion "Grubenhagen", Light Battalion "Lüneburg", Line Battalion "Osnabruck" (York), Line Battalion "Werden", and Line Battalion "Bremen". I discovered that the resource I was using for the uniforms, Cent-Jours, had got the uniforms wrong, however, I was able to get a list of corrected colours through some help on TMP. This was the first hurdle over with.


Secondly in Blücher, this unit is not classified as 'overstrength' which it would be with six battalions, therefore, I would only need four battalions on the base to cut down confusion in a game. In the interests of gaming I decided not to model the Grubenhagen battalion and instead only depicted, Luneburg, York, Verden and Bremen. I also left off the field jaegers, as there is no 'skirmisher' trait for this unit in Blücher.


Unfortunately, my problems didn't stop there. The third issue in this unit was flags. I had seen several different sources that mentioned the Hanoverian Brigade went into battle with flags, so I wanted to have these on the base. However, few could agree what was correct. I searched and searched online until I found a source by a fella who was recreating Waterloo in 1:20 ratio! He had created some flags for his Hanoverian Brigades and had posted them online (I can't for the life of me find the link again, but all credit for work goes to him, whoever he may be!). They looked good enough to me, so I rescaled them for 6mm and printed them.


It adds another dash of colour to the Allied side, red-coats (and green) and white flags, and makes for yet another interesting unit in the army.


This is the last infantry unit of I Corps, however there are still the three cavalry bases to complete the full Corps. Once these three are finished I'll post photos of the full corps and then it's onto the French...

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

1st Dutch/Belgian Brigade (Detmers) in 6mm

The penultimate infantry unit of Allied I Corps from the Blücher 100 Days Campaign is the 1st Dutch/Belgian Brigade of the 3rd Netherlands Division, commanded by Colonel Detmers. This unit largely consisted of conscripts from Belgium and Holland, organised into six battalions, namely the 2nd (Dutch) Line, 4th (Dutch) Line, 6th (Dutch) Line, 17th (Dutch) Militia, 19th (Dutch) Militia and the 35th (Belgian) Jager. Despite their conscript and militia status, this brigade broke the Middle Guard at Waterloo.


The unit is 'overstrength' in the Blücher rules, which is why it has five units on the base. I left off the Belgian Jaegers, as skirmishers are not included in the unit traits and I didn't want to cause confusion during a game.There are occasional compromises to make in these bases.


The Dutch and Belgian troops were only awarded colours after the 100 Days Campaign, so I was able to leave off the flags for these units. They may have carried various banners into battle, but my limited research showed that this is still debatable and I couldn't find any examples of them anyway.


I like the 'chunky' look of the five battalion base, it certainly looks like it packs some weight.


Only one more base to finish now and I will have the infantry elements of I Corps completed. So check back for further updates.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

1st Dutch/Belgian Brigade (Bijlandt) in 6mm

Another addition to the British 1st Corps for Blücher is the 1st Dutch Belgian Brigade of the 2nd Netherlands Division under Major-General Bijladnt. This is a unit made up of four battalions of 7th (Dutch) Militia led by Lt-Col. H Singendonck, 8th (Dutch) Militia under Lt-Col. W A de Jongh, 5th (Dutch) Militia under Lt-Col. J J Westenberg and 7th (Belgian) Line under Lt-Col. Vandensande. There was also a unit of Jaegers (27th Dutch), but as these would have been operating as skirmishers and the Blücher 100 Days Campaign cards gave this unit no skirmishers, I decided to leave them off to avoid confusion in a game.


The 7th Belgian Line battalion are at the front left and have a slightly different uniform from the Dutch Militia. The figures came from the excellent Baccus Napoleonic ranges.


This unit is classified as a 'conscript' unit in the Blücher rules and have an Elan score of only 5. This makes them a pretty weak unit.


Like the other Dutch/Belgian units in I Corps these battalions were not awarded their colours until after the 100 Days Campaign, so I have left off the flags.


Another week, another brigade, I have cleared my painting desk of anything that isn't Blücher related at the moment in order to finish of I Corps. Not long now!

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