I recently received a few DK French Line Lancers from RG and now have enough figures for a 6 figure squadron. The unit will consist of 4 original Hinton Hunt figures (FN 118) and 2 Der Kreigspieler figures (DK 38).
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Well it taken way longer to get these figures completed but they are finally done.
Friday, 9 April 2021
I have had a break from painting classic Napoleonics over the last 3 months. This week however I have been making progress on a 6 figure squadron of Polish Guard Lancers using FN44 figures.
They are as per usual taking longer than I expect but his morning I make good progress on them and managed to complete the white on the first figure. It took over 30 minutes just doing this.
The 2nd Squadron will be painted as the Red Guard Lancers and will look rather fetching on the wargame table.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Following my last post I have been very kindly been sent some original Bellona river sections.
Sunday, 14 March 2021
Bellona made a range of terrain pieces and I owned quiet a few as a youngster. I have been looking out for some Bellona stream for a while now to go with an old Bellona bridge I have.
As I have been unable to find any I decided to have a go making my own stream sections using some Kardean flooring I had left over from a bathroom floor.
Kardean is very easy to cut and is flexible. I made the banks using Caulk and a simple paint job and a bit of Jarvis flock finished them off.
The Old Guard crossing into Belgium in June 1815.
A section of the stream painted in an appropriate gloss blue with a little dry brushing. You can see the texture of the Kardean which I think adds to the effect.
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Its been a while since I have had a game and this is partly because I only have access to a kitchen table which for some reason my wife wants to use for eating meals.
So in the last few weeks I have been looking at alternatives for quick set up and play games that can be played in a small space.
I have been looking at Neil Thomas One Hour Wargame rules and DBN. I have decided to first give DBN a go and this has been influenced by what Lee has been doing on his blog http://napoleonictherapy.blogspot.com/?m=1
So I dug out my old Napoleonic 15/18mm armies and picked enough figures for two 12 point armies. I spent sometime refurbishing the figures which included new flags, rebasing and a two coats of gloss varnish.
For terrain I kept it simple using one of my old mdf boards with some hills made by cutting up another board. I dug around in the shed to find some trees and a building. The roads were made in the mid 70s out of plasticard.
This morning I had a first game of DBN with my son Max. I am sure I got a lot of things wrong but the game was fast paced and completed in just about an hour. Max won.
Sunday, 7 February 2021
When I game with my classic Napoleonics I use the Charge rules by Young and Lawford. I have been gaming with 1/2 size units but as my collection has grown I have come to realise that larger units maybe the way forward.
My current 24 figure Infantry units represent a battalion so why not put 2 battalions together and add a unit of Skirmishers. In all a unit will muster 61 figures and in Charge the unit can take 31 casualties before going below 50%.
Today I got a few figures out and set a brigade of 2 units. I set up the unit in line with 2 options.
Firstly with the two units side by side with a cloud of skirmishers deployed.