Friday, 14 November 2014

Holiday Snaps

I went to France with the wife and kids and in between visiting Paris and Euro Disney I managed to take in a couple of military sites.

Firstly I visited the battlefield of Fontenoy. A battle I have fought on a number of occasions but never visited.

There is a factory which limits what can be seen but there is a small board by the local cemetery.

There are also a couple of plaques on the cemetery wall.

The village of Fontenoy today. From the this photo you can see that the French positions that ran from Fontenoy to the Bois D'Eu was on slightly higher ground than  the British. Enough perhaps to give the French a tactical advantage.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

More Renovation and Refurbishment


It's been a couple of months since I did a spot of R&R.  Well here are a couple more of my Prussian units that have been given a basing makeover.

The basing is very traditional in its look and is very much a through back to the way Peter Gilder did his. I blame John Ray for putting glororios pictures in the book 'A Military Gentlemen' and Phil Olleys blog.

First up Grenadier Battalion 29/31. I painted these figures about 15 years ago.   
I certainly don't paint eyes on 28mm figures now. Figures by Foundry bought in the days I could afford them.

Second up a unit of Elite Prussians I bought years ago at Vapnartak showin the Merchants Hall at York.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Great War in 10mm


I have been interested in the Great War for many years as certainly goes back to the early  1970s when I had Airfix armies.  In 1978  I collected and painted Peter Laing 15mm armies for the period.

I do now have quiet a few 28mm figures for both the early war years as well as for later trench games. 

But recently I have been basing up some 10mm figures as well as adding a few 12mm kalistra Germans. Which is kind of full circle as they are at least as big, if not bigger, than the Peter Laing ones I had all those years ago.

Anyway here are a few photos of some of my Russians and Germans.

A Kallistra German MG next to a Pendraken one.

The Kallistra Germans are bigger than Pendrakens Russians side by side. On the table the size difference is less noticeable. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Battle Maps

As a youngster back in the 60s I was given a number of gifts by US folks visiting my father. Among these was a book the 'American Heritage Pictorial Atlas of United States History' and my first board war game Battle Cry also by American Heritage. 

The book included some very nice Battle Maps by artist David Greenspan and these iconic images had a huge influence on me and no doubt influenced me to start collecting plastic ACW figures.

As a eleven year old I remember drawing my own battles influenced by these battle maps. It was not long afterwards that I got  a copy of 'Charge'.

Here are some photos of these maps showing of the American War of Independence and Civil War.

The images show parts of the maps for Trenton, Bemis Heights, Cowpens and Burnside Bridge at Sharpsburg.

The full set of ACW maps where also published in a Bruce Catton book the Picture History of the Civil War. My son who is 8 also loves these pictures and is developing a keen interest in history.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Battle of La Rothiere

A group of the Ilkley Old Schoolers got together today to refight the Battle of La Rothiere using  Lasalle by Sam Mustafa.  The Battle was fought on 1st Feb 1814 on as a snow covered battlefield.

I  not sure how many figures we had on the table however in all there must have been in excess of 1500 once all the reinforcements had arrived.

Most of the figures used were from Ian's extensive Napoleonic collection with the rest from Kens and Tims collections.

We have only used Lasalle for a few smaller games and we are looking to use them for our Plancenoit game we plan to take to Triples next year. The game worked very well.

We managed to finish the game in about 5 hours. Here are few photos of the action.

A unit of Lancers on Patrol in the early morning light.

As the morning mist clears the French see masses of Russians assembling close to La Rothiere.

A French General decides to see for himself.

General Maxmillian surveys the battlefield around La Rothiere.

The table was set up on a L shape - the view lolling towards Morvilliers at the far end of the table.

Did I mention that it had snowed and the battle was to see persistsnt snow showers all day. This made hampered musketry for both sides.

Even with a battle about to start an affair of honour had to settled. Brigadier General Briggson and the Chevalier de Schuch exchange pistol shots. Both survive although I am not sure the Lady in question will be playing after dinner charades soon with these two again.

The Austrians launch an attack at Morvilliers. Although initially successful the Austrians are only able to take 2 of the 3 town sections allowing the French to reinforce this sector with a Young Guard division.

Austrian artillery pound the village.

Meanwhile the Russians launch attack after attack against La Rothiere. Each attempt is beaten back.

The Young Guard arrives to support the defense. 

The Russians re organise and launch a final attack which is easily beaten back as the French launch a counter attack that throws the Russians back on disorder.

French Artillery are particularly effective against the massed Russians.

The Wurtemburgers arrive but with the light fading the French claim victory.

Victory to the French. Vice L'Emperor

But at a high cost. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Renovation and Refurbishing

I have just completed the Renovation and Refurbishment of one of my old Prussian units. Original purchased many years ago     from the B&B at Triples. This unit was used as two 16 man units and both have seen a lot of action.

As part of my SYW R&R project, inspired by John Rays excellent book 'A Military Gentleman',  I am reorganising my infantry units into 30 figure battalions and finishing the basing in a traditional style as used by the late Peter Gilder.

These are Dixon figures and have been refurbished as the 12th Infantry Regiment - Erbprinz Von Hessen - Darmstadt.

Anyway here are a few before and after pictures.

Notice the rather open order look of the basing using 40mm by 50mm bases with 4 figures.

And the refurbished unit using 45 by 50 bases with 6 figures per base.

I will be ordering some GMT flags to finish the unit.  These boys will be one of the units I will take to the AMG15 game at Partizan next May.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Day out at the Royal Armouries

I have a week off with the kids as our child minder is on holiday.  Monday it was a trip up the Dales and paddling in streams, yesterday was scorching so the days was spent at Ilkley lido.

Today however I took Max and Emma to the Royal Armouries in Leeds. I was not sure if Emma would enjoy it, I knew Max would, however she enjoyed as much as he did. 

Having a go at the Vickers MG shooting game was the highlight.

Battle of Waterloo. This is a smaller version of the original 1830s display by Captain Siborne and which included 75000 model figures. Not sure how many figures are in the smaller version - it's safe to say that it is more than 3000 figures used in the largest game I have ever played in.

The are plenty of exhibits and Emma particulary like this one.

A rather nice little mortar and  the arms and weapons that line the central staircase.

Also rather liked this double headed eagle.  This was part of the display for the tournament and Maximilian the first display. Something my Maximilian liked.