Sunday, 19 November 2017

French Fancies


Over on the Hinton Spieler blog Matt has posted on his  old Alberken/ Minfig Austrian figures.

http://thehintonspieler.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/amateur-austronomy.html?m=1

Well I have thought I would share my collection of old French Alberken/Minifigs. 

I recently received a nice selection of figures from Bob as part of a trade. These include Voltigeurs, Fusiliers , Young Guard as well as a few different Officer codes.


These Fusiliers do look rather familiar.


A Minifig (FN30) and Hinton Hunt (FN5) side by side. These figures could easily be used in the same unit.


In addition I also have my old cleaned up Voltigeurs.


Interestingly I have 2 figures which are identical. The figure on the left is a FN16 French Voltigeur with boots. The figure on the right is the same but without the boots and I have been unable to to find this variant in any lists.


In all I have enough figures to make 3 units for my French forces.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Napoleonic Invasion of Britain

I was flicking through my old copies of Miniature Warfare magazine and came across an interesting 2 part article by the Bletchley Wargames Group covering a what if Napoleons Invasion of Britain.

I enjoyed re reading the article and I thought I would share. Apologies that I loaned the mag out and page 1 has been written on.








Thursday, 9 November 2017

Austrian Artillery completed

Well all except the mdf bases and finishing the grass green.


I have finished my Austrian Artillery. The artillery figures and Hinchcliffe guns were all gifted to me by 3 fellow gamers and I hope you like how they ended up.


I painted the guns in a clean yellow rather looking scruffy as I would have done with 28mm figures.  It took quiet a few coats if yellow to get the finish I wanted.


I painted the barrels black after pictures I saw on the First Legion site as I liked better than bronze.  Not sure if this is strictly accurate though.

Next up I am going to renovate 14 British Fusiliers I got from Matt (WM) and 2 Ensigns I got from Bob to make up my 2nd Fusilier Battalion if my Fusilier Brigade.

I also have French Marshall from JCs range undercoated.

Figures with maps


Hill: Gentlemen I suggest we synchronise maps. I have my trusted map if Portugal.

Mack: I have a good map of Ulm and its environs.

Artilleryman: My map is blank I fill it in as I go along. Look over there that Frenchmen has a red book.

Hill: Damm those Frenchies and their Michelin guides.




Monday, 6 November 2017

General Hill

As part of my Oxfam haul I picked up an old Alberken/Minifig General Hill.

I have been rennovating/painting this figure off and on over the last 6 weeks. More off than on if truth be told.

Anyway finished him today.



And this is what he looked like.


Friday, 27 October 2017

Austrian Artillery - WIP

Making slow progress. Hopefully get these chaps finished over the weekend. The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that there are now 8 gunners. Thanks to Stryker for the extra 2 figures.


Next up I am going to refurbish a unit  of Les Higgins French Light Infantry. I have started by blocking in the blue using Humbrol 104 - Oxford Blue.


One thing I have noticed is that there are slight differences in the figures snd some have malformed bases. Could these be copies? The detail looks fine.



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rose and Scruby 20mm Napoleonics

Fellow blogger Bob Kett recently sent me a parcel of classic 20mm figures as part of a figure swap.

Included in the parcel were some Alberken, Les Higgins, Garrison as well as some other interesting figures.

Firstly some Rose figures which included a few painted examples. The figures are all of normal human proportions.


There were two bags of  unpainted British Infantry and French Grenadiers. I had 4 of the Grenadier figures in my armies in the 70s which I bought from a private house in Charlton whilst on London Red Rover ticket.


The British is a good match height wise with Hinton Hunt although slightly slimmer.


I am thinking of painting these as a Prussian Reserve unit even though they have the belgic rather than stovepipe shako. I have been influenced by Matt's rather nice unit here
http://thehintonspieler.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/prussian-special-reserve-3.html?m=1

I have added a couple of Hinton Hunt British and Prussian command to bring the unit up to strength for Marshal and Muskets.


Secondly there were 12 Scruby British Light Dragoons. I don't know if these are original figures or more recent castings.

These figures are of human proportions. Interesting the horse has no reigns which will need adding. There is also very little definition of the saddle cloth which will need adding or painting on


Size wise they are slightly smaller than a Hinton Hunt Prussian Dragoon.





Monday, 9 October 2017

Austrian Artillery

I have moved on to artillery for my next Hinton Hunt unit.  So on my painting table are 6 Austrian artillerymen and a couple of old Hinchcliffe French guns.

I started with an old model which may well have been painted as an Austrian gun by the previous owner.


After a quick bleach dip and a bit of cleaning the model is ready for a black  undercoat. (I use Halfords Matt black primer)




Its a rather nice model and the barrel even elevates.

The other artillery piece started disassembled in bits.


And after the dip.


I need to cut a pin to make the axle.

I have 6 original Austrian gun crew and these are now undercoated and the leather brown applied.  I will need a further 2 figures to make up the gun crew to full strength.


To do like this chap pointing with a map.


I am planning on having a small game of Muskets and Marshals soon. As my collection is embryonic I will use 16 figures for Infantry units but let each 4 figure base represent 6 so they will fight as 24 figures. For cavalry each figure will represent 2 so a 6 figure unit will fight as 12. 

It will be a hodge pooch sort if game with British, French, Poles, Nassauers, Prussian, Portuguese and Austrian on the table.  Reminds me of my games as youngster.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Gloss Varnished Lutzowers.

I got up early this morning to get a some varnish on my Lutzowers.

I really like the gloss finish as this reflects the light making the colours pop even on these black uniformed Lutzowers.

The photos below show the glossed figure and the unvarnished matt finish. I know which one I prefer.




In other news I visited my local model railway shop, Frizzinghall Models and Railways, which has recently moved to Baildon.

I came away with a Dapol Cottage as every gamer should have one. My old Airfix version had disappeared many years ago.


The shop also sells a wide range of bits and pieces including some thin plasti card. I bought some to see if I could make some replacement bayonets.


I have tried making a replacement bayonet as a trial run. I hope that the mixture of super glue and pva will provide a strong enough bond. If not I may have to try the old classic glue - Araldite.

The bayonet looks OK the test figure on the left and compares well with the original on the figure on the right. I will do a stress test later today.








Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lutzow Lancers

Having seen Wellington Mans Prussians in black I decided to have a go at Lutzows Lancers part of the 6th Uhlans.

I used original Hinton Hunt Prussian Landwehr PN39. These have taken a couple of weeks to do and just need a final tidy up before two coats of gloss varnish before basing.

The gloss varnish will bring these figures to life. In my next post I will do a photo comparison between a figure in Matt and the final Gloss finish.


In other news.  This week I received some British Fusiliers from Matt in New Zealand as part of an exchange for some of my  Prussian Dragoons. These reinforcements will allow me to field 2 full 24 figure battalions in my Fusilier brigade and create a 6 figure unit for the combined light companies.


These look to have been painted as Bavarians. I had originally thought of stripping the figures however I think I will use the repaint option to match them to the the ones I got from Oxfam.


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Mystery Figure

As part of my recent Hinton Hunt Prussian Cavalry reinforcement Iain also included a gift of a box of 20mm Prussian Landwehr figures.



The figures look to be home cast as the bases are not complete. They are not Hinton Hunt but what are they.

The style is similiar to early Alberken/minifgs however I am unsure if either of these companies produced Prussian Landwehr.

Looking at the equipment I wondered if they could possibly be  Crimean Russians.

Perhaps I should paint one to see how they come up.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Wellington

I had not planned on doing any British in my classic napoleonic collection.

However having got some Fusiliers and a General Hill from Oxfam and various Garrison and Higgins figures it was only natural  that I needed a Wellington.

Well he arrived today courtesy of ebay.



I now have Napoleon and Wellington originals and a JC Blucher in my lead file.

My 6 Prussian Lutzow Lancers are underway and I hope to get more done this weekend.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Renovated British Fusiliers


Before my summer holiday I picked up 32 original Hinton Hunt British Fusiliers at Oxfam. See previous post for details http://ilkleyoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/british-fusiliers.html?m=1.

The figures were reasonably painted so I decided to do a paint renovation. This weekend I finished the renovation and basing. I now have a full 24 figure unit plus 8 figures towards a second unit. Fortunately JC has British Fusiliers in his recast range although I am going to have to do a head swap to create standard bearers.




So on to my next unit.  I have recently been able to add 10 Prussian Landwehr Lancers (PN39) and 17 Prussian Dragoons (PN81) courtesy of Iain aka Essex Boy. These are original figures and very nice too.


I paint cavalry in batches of 6 and the first lancers are being cleaned up ready for painting. These figures are crisp and need a little work with a file. 

I am going to paint these as the Lutzow frei korps element of the 6th Uhlans. They have black uniforms and red piping and should look good with a gloss finish.  One thing I am not sure of is if they used black horses but even if they did they might just be a bit too much black.


In other news yesterday I posted some original Hinton Hunt figures to JC to use as masters for his recast range.  These are a mixture of my original figures purchased in the early 70s from the shop in Camden Passage and others I got from Oxfam. The figures sent are:-

AN33 - Hungarian Grenadier firing
FN23 - Old Guard Grenadier Firing
AN 26 Hungarian Infantry Officer marching
AN24 Hungarian Infantry Musketeer charging
WN16 - Polish Fusilier Marching
FN 8 French Infantry of the Line 1812/15 Officer marching
FN 1 French Infantry of the Line 1812/15 Officer Charging -

John recast list has expanded recently and has around 230 recast Hinton Hunt figures listed. It is now possible to create whole armies from his range.