Friday, 23 October 2020

Major W Robertson

During the Waterloo campaign the 1st KGL were commanded by Major W. Robertson.

I have used an Alberken colonel to represent him and lead the 1st KGL in action. There is less detail on this figure than a Hinton Hunt personality figure. I have therefore added the detail, such as buttons, using paint.

Although a less detailed figure he is a useful addition to my classic collection.

I have some French artillery crew on the go before I tackle some French cavalry.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Better late than never

There have been times over the last couple of months when I lost my painting mojo and thought I would never complete the 1st KGL.

The unit certainly stretched my patience particularly as I had to use multiple coats of both red and white to get the depth of colour right.

The standard bearers and colours take time and are painted in multiple layers of paint. The regimental colour was originally a Union Jack which I had cleaned off with a dremmel. As they looked like recast figures I did not mind. I am not sure I would not be so drastic with one of my original Hinton Hunt standard bearers.

The officer, drummer and fifer are original figures and painted up nicely although why the British had some much lace and white beats me.

The full unit in line. In the Charge rules you get 1 dice per 8 figures so a full volley from a refresh unit is three D6.  At close range what ever you roll are casualties. So anything from 3 to 18. Ouch. You have to be lucky to get a column to beat a line using Charge. As it should be.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

1st KGL almost done

It has taken me much, much, longer to get this unit finished than planned.  I think my original plan was over optimistic and went out out of the window with the first coat of red.

Anyway there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The rank and file are done, mdf bases painted humbrol green and the  command under way.

The command also includes an Alberken mounted British Officer who will represent Major W. Robertson.

I can now start planning my next unit and whilst I may go for something simple I feel another French unit is needed. However I am still uncertain whether to go for another cavalry or infantry unit . There is  still the matter of 16 French gunners to consider. 

Saturday, 25 July 2020

1st KGL - first batch completed

I have got the first 10 figures of the 1st KGL completed. These have taken longer than anticipated as I have been distracted a bit and the fact that British are just fiddly to paint.

These figures are not originals however are pretty good castings and look the part.

I am now moving onto the 2nd batch of Infantry before finishing of with the command.

I have been distracted by the ACW. My first wargaming period with Airfix figures. I have a reasonably sized 28mm collection which I am slowly rebasing however I have recently bought some 10mm figures for the Altar of Freedom rules. My interest in the Western Theatre was re kindled after my visit to Chickamauga and Kennesaw Mountain last year.

These are 10mm Blaze Away figures. After painting these chaps it made my Napoleonic 20mm figures look huge.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Hinton Hunt Paint Along - 1st KGL Infantry - work in progress.

Along with Stryker of the Hinton Hint Vintage Wargame Figure blog ( last month we both completed a French Old Guard unit.

For our next synchorinesed Paint Along we have decided to both do a British unit.

For my unit I have selected the 1st KGL Line Infantry. The Infantry have been cast from a converted BN7 British Infantryman with the arms adjusted and musket added.  The officer, standard bearer, drummer and fifer will be original figures.

These figures had been painted and I decided on a paint restoration rather than a full bleach strip and clean. The command however I have stripped off the old paint and will get the  full treatment.

The first ten are well underway with main colours refreshed and the belts etc painted black. I have now started the white. This is fiddly and will require touch up particularly the piping on the collars. It takes about 10 minutes to do just the white on each figure. In all it takes up to 2 hours to paint one per figure.

I hope to complete the unit by the end of July.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Grumblers finished

I am a few days late in getting this unit finished as I hoped to complete on the 18th June.

The unit consists of both original and recast figures. The standard bearer may be a DK figure but I am not sure. The Sapper is of unknown origin.

The unit from the back. Something the enemies of France seldom saw. It was a bit fiddly getting the figures to fit on the bases but with a bit iof wangling I managed to get them to fit.

I added a couple of sergeants to ease the congestion on a 2 of the bases. This means I have enough figures left over to create a 4 figure Grenadier company in bearskins for a Swiss unit I am contemplating on adding to my French army.

As requested by WM and Rob a picture of the unit in line.

Next up on to am going paint refurbish a unit of British.

I got a unit of these painted Infantry as part of a trade but without command. The figure looks to be a copy of a BN7 with a slight pose change and a musket added before being cast. It's not a bad casting and I have enough unpainted for 3 more units. I have some original command to paint from scratch to complete the unit.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Something Different

Until yesterday the weather has not been good for under coating the final 5 figures for my French Old Guard unit. So as a short interlude I have put together a Prussian FPW unit for the 'A Gentlemans War' rules.

I bought about 100 Zinnfiguren from ebay over 10 years ago. They were factory paint jobs and I have done a bit of refurbing for Wargaming use. Certainly no where near the level that serious Zinnfiguren collecters achieve.

I had based a few figures up on big bases but that was as far as it went.  A recent thread on the Law Forum was discussing the WoFun flats and it reminded me about these figures.

So I spent a pleasant day yesterday removing the figures from the big bases and the sand and grit groundworks.  I have gone  for a toy soldier look with single figure basing , with a nice toy soldier green base colour, and lashings of Gloss varnish.

I went for single basing as this is very much the ethos of the AGM rules but also I found that if Zinnfiguren on multiple bases are actually more likely to be damaged when picked up than if they are singly based.

Finally I came across another old photo of classic Napoleonics which I had not seen before. Mostly Hinton Hunts with a Superquick Cardboard church