Saturday, 30 January 2016

My Third 6mm French Brigade

So pushing on with the 6mm French I Corps is the third Brigade. It is 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, led by Général de Brigade Baron Nicolas Schmitz. This unit consisted of the 13e Régiment de Légère and the 17e Régiment de Ligne, both with two battalions.

The 13e Régiment de Légère had interesting uniforms which saw them in all blue from head to foot (except their white cross belts). This was the typical French Light infantry uniform.

This was nice from a painting point of view as there is not that much variety in the French units that I have painted so far.

Also, the commander figure was a nicely sculpted little chap with his sword aloft as his horse leaps dramatically.

Another unit down, perhaps in 2097 I may be able to have a game using these painted 6mm figures, but until then I will keep on plodding along!

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Thin Red Line

On Sunday I met up with Ninjasaurus Rexfor a game of Blücher.  This was only our second game, but I wanted to try out the new Peninsular War card set I bought a while back. These are different to the original 100 Days Campaign Cards in that they are generic units and also have the points cost printed on the cards, which makes adding up for a game much easier!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

French 1st Division, 2nd Brigade in 6mm

Cracking on with the French 1st Corps for the 100 Days Campaign I next painted the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division. This unit was commanded by Général de Brigade Baron Charles-Francois Bourgeois and was made up of the 28th and 105th Regiments of Line. Both of these regiments were formed of two battalions, however, the Blücher card has the unit listed as Understrength. So in this case, I left off one battalion of the 105th Regiment (the two could have formed into one or one may be off on garrison duty, whatever...). 

As with most of the French units, this one also has skirmishers, so four of these were added at the front.

As I have mentioned before, the three battalion formation is game shorthand for understrength units, so we don't have to keep referring to the base labels during the heat of action.

This unit adds a second to I Corps, which is slightly smaller than the British I Corps with only eight infantry Brigades and a cavalry Brigade. So this shouldn't take very long to finish off.

Having said that, I have set myself a big task here completing the armies for the 100 Days Campaign, but I am relishing the challenge!

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The French Are Here!

With the finishing of I Corps for the Allies during the 100 Days Campaign, I felt they should have an opponent to fight. Before beginning more Allied figures, I started the French I corps, as represented by the cards in the Honour 100 Days Campaign set. This is intended that I have two sides that can face off against each other eventually (whilst working on the full campaign OOBs).

Having learnt from working on the Allied I Corps, I started at the beginning, with the 1st Division. This unit consisted of two Brigades and the first of these was commanded by Colonel Claude Charlet (who was also commanding 2nd Brigade). The 100 Days Card for this unit name the commander as Quiot, who appears to have been Divisional commander  according to the OOB of the French army. I am not 100% sure but I am guessing that Quiot left command of this unit to command the entire division during the campaign. Let me know in the comments if you know the answer!

Anyway, I digress. The 1st Brigade is made up of two regiments of line, the 54th and 55th, each with two battalions. This unit also had skirmishers, which accounts for the four voltigeurs at the front.

I had originally toyed with the idea of basing the French units in column, in a stereotypical representation of them advancing across the field. However, as the usual way of fighting was in line, I decided that I would base the units in this way. Also, having tried out columns on the base, the base looked pretty empty!

The figures came, as usual, from the Baccus 6mm French Napoleonic range, and the flags from

So the long trudge towards a full Corps of French soldiers has finally begun! Keep watching this space as more units emerge!

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Some Droids for Star Wars

As a break from painting tiny 6mm figures, I went back to the Star Wars universe and quickly finished a few droids. They all came from Ground Zero Games, in their Work Bots set. First up are these two that look a lot like Wall-E, however, with a dark grey paint job they look more like an Imperial scout droid.

These two will work well as maintenance droids, similar to the MSE droid seen dashing about on the Death Star.

And the final figure from the set looks remarkably like an Astro-Mech droid we all know so well. I painted the other one as R2-D2 previously, so this one got a paint job similar to R5-D4.

As with all the figures from GZG, these are really nice miniatures. They were easy enough to paint and will make for more interesting additions to the galaxy!

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A portion of the poppies that surrounded the Tower of London in 2014 as part of the First World War commemorations, had been brought and displayed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I went along as it was the last weekend that they would be displayed and took some photos.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

British Artillery from The Great War

A long time ago I painted one of the 18lbers that came with The Great War board game from The Plastic Soldier Company. It had sat this way until I decided to finish off all the artillery that came with my Kickstarter edition of the game, I worked on the Germans first then turned my attention to the Brits.

As with the German artillery, these have no real use in the game, so they will be seconded to Square Bashing. Also, basing helps as the model is slightly nose heavy and tips up easily.

They were a lot easier to paint than the German guns, and I already had one painted, so they took no time at all to finish off.

As I mentioned these will add to the guns I already have for Square Bashing and will allow for bigger games. 

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

German Artillery from The Great War

When I put money behind the Kickstarter of The Great War board game, one of the extras was a set of German FK96 77mm field guns. The snap together kits also had four crew each and make five field guns. Unfortunately, the guns don't play a part in the actual game, but I thought I could easily use them for Square Bashing. With this in mind, I based the guns on their own bases, which came from Peter Pig.This also helped with stability as the models are nose heavy and tilt forward when not fixed in place.

I wanted the guns painted in the German three tone pattern. In the First World War this differentiated from the later WW2 pattern by the colours being separated with thin black lines. The easiest way to achieve this was to paint the guns in black then paint small patches of the camo with the black still visible between them.

This process took a long time, but I am happy with how they turned out. I think if I had painted the camo patches first then black-lined it afterwards, I would have gone mad. The crew figures are nice, the helmets seem a little small to me and I do wish there was another pose rather than the two similar looking guys who are not carrying shells.

These minor gripes aside (and they are minor), these guns are an excellent edition to my other 15mm First World collection. I was thinking of making the other Plastic Soldier Company figures I have as Square Bashing units. It would give me an excuse to buy some Peter Pig rifle grenadiers.... Not that I need much of an excuse!

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Once Upon A Time in Chechnya

I hope everyone reading this had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year! Welcome back to the blog!

Over the Christmas break, we managed to squeeze in a few games. One of these was the play-test of Ninjasaurus Rex's 'Cross Fire of Irony', which he has been writing for about eight years... The rules are based loosely on Cross Fire and a Second World War 54mm skirmish game we played at Triples in Sheffield about twenty five years ago. Ninjasaurus' rules have gone through several revisions, but this latest version may be the definite (don't hold your breath though!).