Saturday, 20 May 2017

Another British Foot Artillery Battery in 6mm

When I bought the figures for the Allied II Corps, I also bought the artillery support. I was going to make them into individual attached artillery bases, but realised I could make two batteries instead with the amount that I had. So I did and this is the second one.

Like the previous one, this battery is made up of 4 x 6lbers and 2 x 5.5" howitzers.

Baccus supply four figures for each gun in their packs, but I had plenty of left over figures from the attached artillery that I had made in the past. These extras were added to the battery bases to flesh them out.

So, my total of 6mm figures painted is now: 2,854

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

I Like Small Guns and I Cannot Lie...

I added a British artillery battery to my Anglo-Allied units for the 100 Days Campaign. This is composed of 6 guns, 2 x 5.5" Howitzers and 4 x 6lbers.

In Blücher the artillery are either added to brigades or grouped in batteries like this. This also gives me a chance to make a nice vignette for gaming purposes.

The Corps flag is left blank so it can be added to any of the existing units by marking it with a dry wipe pen.

Total 6mm Figure count: 2823

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hanoverian Cavalry and II Corps

So the final unit for II Corps is finished! And it is the Hanoverian Cavalry brigade, which was composed of the Bremen-Verden (Hannoverian) Hussar Regiment, the Regent (Hannoverian) Hussar Regiment and the Herzog von Cumberland (Hannoverian) Hussar Regiment.

These three units were made up of various British cavalry figures, as the uniforms were similar and at this scale it's hard to tell the difference... Sue me.

This was a nice and colourful unit to paint, with lot's of red, blue and green!

Along with other units from II Corps, only Cumberland's regiment were present at Waterloo, the rest of the brigade was stationed at Halle and had no part in the battle.

With this unit completed, so is II Corps! (about bloody time, I hear you say...) and here is the full Corps in all their glory. Rather than waffling on any longer, I'll let the pictures do the talking:

As I finished the corps, I decided to have a count up of how many 6mm figures I have painted so far; the total stands at 2,793!

Breaking this down, here are the totals:

Allied I Corps: 720
Allied II Corps: 636
Brunswick: 144
Others not included above (command, artillery, etc.) 75
Total: 1575

French I Corps: 543
French II Corps: 608
Others not included above (command, artillery, etc.) 67
Total: 1218

For my own amusement, I will keep a running total for every 6mm unit I paint from now on!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Ripley, she doesn't have bad dreams because she's a doll. Aliens AAR

On Saturday, Ninjasaurus Rex and I met up for a game at his place. We were playing his re-jigged version of Space Hulk, that goes back to the original inspiration of the Aliens film. Using colonial Marines versus genestealers, and here is a photo essay of the game. The Marines had to kill 30 genestealers to win the game.

We'd better get back 'cause it'll be dark soon and they mostly come at night. Mostly. 

Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen!

All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps!

How many drops is this for you, Lieutenant?

All right sweethearts, you heard the man and you know the drill. Assholes and elbows!

These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers.

You always were an asshole, Gorman.

We're on an express elevator to hell, going down!

What the hell are we supposed to use, man, harsh language?

I like to keep this handy... for close encounters.

Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

Game over man, game over!

I say we take off, nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

The game was actually won by the Marines, who passed their thirty bodycount. But we played on for a while longer and eventually the xenomorphs used superior numbers to crush the remaining humans. Space Hulk was and still remains the best game GW ever released, even to this day, each game is a tense encounter and this one was no different!

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Dutch (Indonesian) Brigade in 6mm

The last is always the biggest. The final brigade base for II Corps is the (Dutch) Indonesian Brigade. This was commanded by Lt-Gen Anthing and comprised of the 10th and 11th (Dutch) West Indian Jagers, 1st Flank Battalion and two battalions of the 5th (Dutch) Colonial Regiments.

This means that the unit is Overstrength and has five battalions. Having the Jagers also allowed me to add a splash of green in the unit.

Unlike most of the other Dutch units, this one also has skirmishers, so although the Elan is quite low at 5 it has quite a punch.

Like other units of II Corps, the Indonesian Brigade was stationed out at Halle on Wellington's right flank and took no part in either Quatre-Bras or Waterloo.

This is the final infantry brigade for II Corps, I have only one brigade of cavalry left to finish before the full Corps is finished!

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2nd Brigade, 1st Netherland Division in 6mm

The penultimate infantry unit for the Allied II Corps is the 2nd brigade of the 1 Netherlands Division. This was a unit commanded by Generaal-Majoor Dominique Johann de Eerens. These are more blue-jacketed Dutchmen wearing the uniforms of their former French allies.

In Blücher terms this is an Overstrength brigade, hence the five battalions, 18th Light Battalion, 1st Line Battalion, 1st National Militia Battalion, 2nd National Militia Battalion and 18th National Militia Battalion.

The 18th light battalion were added as a reason to break up the blue with a unit of green! One of the best things about painting the Anglo-Allied armies is the real mix of uniforms.

As with the 1st Brigade of the Netherland Division this unit is made up largely of militia, so they have a low Elan of 5. However, their overstrength status will give them a bit of punch in the fight.

Now there is only one infantry unit of II Corps left to paint, then one Cavalry unit, so I am almost done! Then what next? Only time will tell...

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