Saturday, 27 February 2016

Another Day, Another Brigade!

The 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division is the one commanded by Général de Brigade Baron Jean-George Grenier which was formed of the 25th and 45th Regiments of Line. Another typical French formation these were involved in D'Erlon's attack in the afternoon at Waterloo. However, as part of D'Erlon's Corps, these were another unit that spent the 16th of June marching between Quatre Bras and Ligny, and being engaged at neither of these battles!

All four battalion commanders were wounded during the fighting when they faced Pack's brigade on the Anglo-Allied ridge position.

The 45th also lost their Eagle when the Union Brigade counter-charged the afternoon French attack, the Eagle was carried off to Brussels during the afternoon cavalry actions on the 18th of June.

This is the sixth Brigade for the French I Corps, so I now have two more infantry to complete and one Cavalry, so hopefully these won't take very long before I can start back on some more Allies!

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Belgian Buildings in 6mm

Back at Vapnartak one of my purchases was some of Baccus' 6mm buildings from their Napoleonic range. I bought the village set, which included four buildings at a cheaper price than if they were bought separately, so they are a good bargain. In recent days I have been able to paint three of them. The reason the fourth building is still unpainted is because, in Blücher built up areas are designated by a square that is slightly bigger than a base width by a base width in size and I haven't got enough buildings to cover the base at the moment, so it can wait until I buy more. In my case, my brigade base widths are 3.5 inch, so these building bases are just slightly bigger than that so that units can be accommodated easily.

The village set consists of a barn, a small cottage and a church with a graveyard (plus the bigger as yet unpainted Manor House). They all come on their own base, so I used these to hold the buildings in place on the base but to also make them removable.

With the base on the base and some Polyfilla applied, the church appears to sit on a small hill, which I quite like.

The barn and the cottage also come on their own bases, again, they were used to form the base of the built up area.

The buildings can be removed, which is a bonus as it means I can use them in games other than Blücher. I lined up the road running through the village with the one from the church so it looks like the main street of the built up area. I'll do the same with other bases that I make in the future.

However, my priority is Blücher at the moment, and these two base put side by side make a town in the rules or two villages. One base is a village, two a town and three a city. This last photo shows the church and graveyard removed and one of my British bases occupying the position.

As I mentioned, there is another building to finish from this set, but I am waiting for other 6mm buildings before I start it. I will make some other bases to add more built-up-areas to our board, so stay tuned for those when I start them!

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

1st Brigade, 3rd Division, I Corps in 6mm

Moving on rapidly due to lack of work, I was able to get the next French unit ready, the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Division of I Corps, commanded by Général de Brigade Antoine Noguès. This brigade was composed of the 21st and 46th line regiments. The brigade formed part of the left wing at Waterloo and were a very experienced unit.

The 3rd Division was not engaged at either Ligny or Quatre Bras but confronted Pack's British division during D'Erlon's frontal attack at Waterloo.

They were badly mauled by the Union Brigade and this brigade had three battalion commanders wounded, one regimental commander wounded (Colonel Baron Carre) and Noguès himself wounded, showing they were in the thick of action on The Day.

So the fifth French brigade is finished, only three left to do, then the cavalry and I Corps will be finished. It's all downhill from here...

In other news today is the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, the German attempt to break the French army on the Western Front. This picture show the French fort of Douaumont before and after the battle and gives an idea of the intensity of the fighting that occurred during the nearly ten month long battle.

There have been a couple of good radio programs about the campaign, click the links below as they are well worth a listen:

Radio 4's Verdun - The Sacred Wound:

BBC World Service: Witness - The Battle of Verdun

Remember them.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Lord Vader, You May Start Your Landing

With the continuing Star Wars project in 15mm, I needed to add some Star Wars specific scenery to my collection. Ninjasaurus Rex made me aware of some chap who had built the shield generator from The Empire Strikes Back for a Star Wars diorama. 

He was using it for the action figures, but it looked like something more in scale with 15mm figures. The whole thing was made using paper plates and bowls and mounting card (and other odds and sods). I have embedded the original video below on this post, rather than detailing how I went about making mine as the process was pretty much the same (minus the Styrofoam balls).

The whole building time was very short, only a couple of hours work and the materials for both came in at about £6! The most expensive thing being the plywood boards they are mounted on. Painting was pretty simple too, as it was all speeded up with the liberal use of spray paints!

As, I said, they are a reasonable size for 15mm figures, here is a shot with some 15mm Stormtroopers and an AT-ST for scale.

I know in The Empire Strikes Back there are four of these structures, but I decided on making only two, as there would be other smaller shields needed to protect smaller targets than the entire Rebel HQ!  Plus two wouldn't take up as much room on my table as four.

Here is the original video which I used to construct my two generators: 

It's a pretty easy build and can be used for any other Sc-Fi settings,so it's definitely worth giving it a try!

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Half Way Through the French Infantry!

This is the fourth French Brigade for Blücher. Which means, I am now half way through the full I Corps! This Brigade was commanded by Général de brigade Baron Aulard (who was killed at Waterloo) and was the other half of 2nd Division, the first half of which I have already completed.

The unit was made up of the 19th Regiment of Line and 51st Regiment of Line, both of which had two battalions. The Brigade was involved in the corps attack in the early afternoon of the 18th of June and was later helpful in the capture of La Haie Sainte.

As with the other French units so far, this one also has skirmishers as a trait, so they were included at the front. Not only was the Brigade commander Aulard killed at Waterloo, but the Colonel of the 51st Line, Baron Rignon, also fell.

All in all, this is another pretty typical French brigade, they have an Elan of 6, which is reasonable and the skirmish trait. The French don't seem to be as mixed as the Allies!

This is the half way point for the infantry, only four more bases to complete, then I'll have the full Corps finished (except the cavalry!). But all that is for the future now!

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Vapnartak 2016

Last Sunday was the annual Vapnartak show, put on by the York Wargames Society, I went along with Dean and Ninjasaurus Rex to see what this year had to offer and below are a few pictures of the games that were on display. This wasn't everything there, but just a selection.

Peter Pig were in attendance along with their demo game of Hammerin' Iron, their ACW naval rules:

A large desert scenario set in what looked like the Russian Civil War dominated one end of the main hall. There was loads of details and this looked pretty interesting!

Speaking of detail, this magnificent board was crammed with details alongside a 17th century battle:

Close by the Alamo was under attack from the Mexican army:

I am not sure what this was, but it seemed to be set in Africa in the 19th century (edit: it was actually the 8th cape war of 1851-53). I liked the look of the grass.

This was one of several Dragon/Lion Rampant games going on, this was a large siege with a very impressive castle.

Star Wars Armada. The collection of ships in this game must have cost a few bob!

Another Lion/Dragon Rampant game, this time a desert fort under attack by marauding Muslim warriors.

A small demo game of Daisho, with a small but perfectly formed board.

A Cold War Force on Force game fought out on a large model of a ship. This was a really innovative way of gaming.

Next door was another Dragon Rampant game (I think!), revolving around a large wickerman on the centre of the board.

And finally, my favourite game was this one hosted by the RAF Gamers being the reconstruction of the filming of an episode of Sharpe.

TV cameras and helicopters were in attendance, although I did think there were too many extras to make it an accurate representation of an episode of Sharpe...

So that was it for another year, and it was definitely worth the journey up to York to attend. I came away with a small amount of stash, some Baccus figures and buildings along with some more dice and dice holders. I'll post pictures of these as I paint them over the next few weeks. 

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

We Don't Need That Scum

I am currently trying to clear my painting table of left over projects, one of which is a bunch of 15mm Star Wars figures. They are designed for Star Wars Miniatures Battles, and have been hanging around on my desk since before Christmas. Taking advantage of unemployment, I hammered through them to finish them off.

First up are these Rebel Fleet Trooper Heavy Blaster crews. as with my other Rebels, they come from Ground Zero Games in their Colonial Defence Forces range. I bought these ones by mistake, actually, as I wanted the ones in the field caps, but I'll pick some of those up in future.

Next up is a Bounty Hunter who looks similar to the 'blink-and-you'll-miss-him' Bossk. This is quite a big figure, but will make a nice character.

Here we have a Lando Calrissian stand-in. I am not very keen on the sculpt of this figure, but it will work on the table.

And finally, three NPCs or two young force users and a pirate/smuggler. These are quite small sculpts, when stood next to the GZG figures, so they may work as teenagers and the like.

The last few figures all came from from their various ranges. This collection of figures is not the last in my Star Wars project, but just some that I had started and not finished off. Check back in future as I add more figures to my forces.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

By God Sir, I've Lost My Leg!

In Blücher, the commander in chief of the opposing forces can make a difference, especially in moving units at their most basic level. There are also different C-in-Cs with different traits and generic ones with no skills beyond the basic movement allowances.

However, both need a marker for the table as they have a command radius for the movement bonuses. So, I set about making some for my growing 6mm British and French forces. I used a Peter Pig 30mm x 30mm plastic base for both and Baccus' figures from their command ranges in the respective Napoleonics ranges. The French C-in-C marker is made of two generic officers on horseback.

Being staff officers, I added a bit more gold braiding than on the other figures I have painted.

The British command base consisted of Old Nosey himself, Wellington, along with Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton, armed with his trusty umbrella and overcoat, along with his top hat. The third figure is Henry Paget, 2nd Earl of Uxbridge, dressed in his favourite 7th Hussars uniform (although with a lot more gold braid, in keeping with his flamboyant character!).

The title of this post is what Uxbridge supposedly cried during Waterloo, when he lost his leg to a French cannonball. Wellington's terse reply was 'By God Sir, so you have!' Wellington's complacency may be due to the fact that in the recent past Uxbridge had run off with Wellington's brother's wife!

The figure has both legs intact, in case you were wondering...

Again, these were lovely little sculpts from Baccus, a really pleasure to paint and full of character. I hope they look good on the board amongst the other figures.  

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