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

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Grumblers - Part 2

I finished the first batch of 9 figures this morning.  Second batch are being cleaned up.  I hope to have the full unit ready for inspection on June 18th.

And all 9. I was worried about doing the gaiters black but I think they have come out Ok. They do look more 1812-15 with black gaiters.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Grumblers Part 1

I made some progress on the first  figures of my Old Guard unit. I need to crack on with these so I can get them finished before Strykers unit of Old Guard. See his latest blog post.

He has a head start. I am targeting to complete the unit on the 18th June.

I have got some painting done today

These are all JC recasts and are cast  from one on my original figures. I am painting these as later period 1813-15 and I am going for Black campaign style gaiters.

And now for a mystery, well a mystery to me that is. I have a French Sapper figure who I assume is an Old Guard chap who will be part of my unit. But who made this figure. The base was miscast, hence the Milliput I have added, but does look a bit Hinton Huntish.

I have check Clives blog and listings and there is no Sapper figure listed. I thought he made be an Alberken but their Guard Sapper is a different pose. Does anyone have any ideas as to who made the figure.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Lutzow Infantry

I have finished my unit of Der Kreigspielers Lutzowers. DK ref 122. The command was a made up from other figures and I not sure of their providence. The drummer was a copy of a French Drummer with a Prussian head. He required a fair bit of cleaning up before painting. The Officer is a Hinton Hunt PN1 but possibly not original. The standard bearer looks like a David Clayton casting PN11 Garde Standard bearer but without he plume. All 3 command figures needed Milliput Litweka adding.

The DK Lutzow figure has French style backpack rather than a Prussian one.

I painted all 24 figures in one batch as I thought as they are in Black it would be easier. Now I am not sure about this and will revert back to smaller batches.

I based the flag on a image I found on the Lutzow Freicorps Website. I am not sure about is authenticity but a Black flag does complement the uniforms.

To support my Lutzowers I am going to add some old Kennington Austrian Jaeger as a company of the Lutzow Tyrolian Jaegers in Grey and Green. 

After that it these boys next.

This unit will include 11 of my original Grenadiers I bought from the Hinton Hunt shop in Camden Passage. The rest are more recent recasts. Unfortunately I don't have a Grenadier drummer however I will add  a Sapper instead.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Battle of Gardenville

It been sunny today and the Garden Lawn has  been cut. What an opportunity for a spot of Garden gaming.

So my son Max and I set up a played a game based on Charge.

Each side had 2 Brigades of Infantry each of 2 regiments of 24 figures and a battery of 2 guns.

The rebels advanced across the open ground. The Louisiana Tigers leading the 4th Texan as the sunlight glinted off to the bayonets.

With flags fluttering in the gentle breeze.

The Union are not slow to respond. Tge Iron Brigade moves forward to provide support

As the New York Zoauves defend a fence.

A rebel yell is heard and repeated across the battle field

Grim faced the New York Zoauves are determined to stand.

But the rebel attacks sweeps them away and allows the 4th Texans to turn on the 20th Maine holding Gordon's Farm.

The 4th Texan charge down the Gordonsville Pike is too much for the 20th Maine who turn and run.  With only the Iron Brigade left in fighting shape the game is up.

A fun way to spend a couple of hours. Perhaps I can persuade Max to play a Garden game of Fire and Fury next.