Wednesday, 18 July 2018

10th Legere

As part of a trade last year I got a bunch of Les Higgins figures. They consisted of both original and copied figures. The bases of original figures are very distinctive and include Les Higgins signature where as the copys had malformed bases

I was originally not going to use the figures however I decided I needed to get more units finished if I wanted to have enough painted figures for a game. 

So I have undertaken a relatively quick painting refurb of the figures to form the 10th Legere. The first 18 figures are done with just a second coat of Humbrol green needed on the mdf bases.

The Officer is in the classic Les Higgins pose pointing to where he wants the unit to advance.

I used this picture and my trusty old Funken (in French) for the uniform.

The last 6 figures are underway with 4 original Les Higgins elites and a Hinton Hunt recast standard bearer and drummer to complete the unit.

The final pictures are close ups of an original Les Higgins figure. Beautiful detail but a little wooden when compared to Hinton Hunt or Alberken figures however are welcome in the ranks of my classic Napoleonic armies.

The underside of the base shows the distinctive manufacturers makings.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

British Rifles or Prussian Reserves

On my last post Rob made a point about the British rifleman figure perhaps holding a musket as it was too long for a Baker rifle.

This has got me thinking about my plan to use these figures and some other minifigs 20mm I have.

The figures all have Stove Pipe shakos and I have mussed about using them as Prussian Reserves.

Here is how a battalion would look.

I would perhaps need to add bayonets, at least to the front rank figures, as Prussians always had them attached.

As these figures have shoulder wings they could be used as the 1st battalion 9th Reserve Infantry , 21st Infantry Regiment in 1815.

The picture is from Knotel however they would look rather good with white belts rather than black.  Artistic licence perhaps

If I go down this route then I will wait to see if I can get some HH Riflemen on ebay. In the Interim my British skirmishers will be provided by the 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) Regiment using these, rather odd looking Garrison Figures.

As I live in West Yorkshire it seems appropriate to do this unit. I have also realised the regimental museum is located in Doncaster.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

British Rifles

Having finished the French Carabiniers I have moved on to my next unit  - the 95th Rifles.

I have 10 Riflemen and 2 Officers to paint that I picked over the last year. Back in the day I had 6 of the very same figures. I understood they were Alberken/early Minifigs but on closer examination they look rather like Douglas figures. Perhaps another case of Peter Gilder 'borrowing' someone elses design.

Here are the figures before the dip.

And afterwards.

As this closer view shows there is a bit of flash that needs cleaning off the figures.

The final picture is of Peter Gilders Waterloo game from the front cover of Miniature Warfare from September 1970.

On closer examination you can see one of these chaps almost single handed defending La Haye Sainte from the French masses.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

French Carabiniers - Finished

It took me a little longer than planned to complete my Carabiniers than planned.

Well here they are trooping off the painting table. 

These are all JC recasts and are rather nice

The Trumpeter was converted from a single casting Carabinier with a plastic trumpet and hand glued on from a Zvezda SYW Prussian Hussar. I used my dremel to remove the carbine and other equipment.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

French Carabiniers - Work in Progress

I have been painting 12 French Carabiniers over the last few weeks. The main areas are now complete and I am now ready to paint the detailed bits and pieces.

I find the figures really come to life when the detail is added and this helps encourage me to get a unit finished.

I have painted these as the 2nd Carabiniers and have given the  converted trumpeter a white plume, rather than red, as I liked the contrast.

In other news it looks like the Yorkshire chapter of the Hinton Hunters will be putting on a demo game at the Battleground show in Stockton on November 24th.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

French Young Guard - Recruitment

Last year I picked up some Alberken/Minifig FN20 Young Guard Voltigeur advancing however well short if what I needed to form a complete unit. I thought it unlikely that I would be able to find any more.  But I lived in hope that some would turn up.

I was very pleased therefore that
this week I was able to complete the unit after an ebay purchase.

The YG are now added to the awaiting a bleach dip/painting  pile.

Included in the ebay lot was one of those odd figures you get with classic Napoleonics. This is a FN23 YG Officer charging. Although why this pose is described as charging is beyond me. He looks like he is directing traffic. I will try bending the arms and perhaps his head to see if I can get a better pose.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Hinton Hunt Grenadiers and Partizan

The weekend started well when on Saturday morning the postman delivered a small parcel from John C.

Inside where a dozen each of French Old Guard and Hungarian Grenadiers firing.  I had been short of these figures to make up my 24 figure units.

The JC figures are seen here posing next to a couple of my original figures still wearing my rather poor 70s paint job.

On Sunday I ventured down to Partizan and the Newark showground. This the second time I have visited the new location since it moved from Kelham Hall.

The standard of the demo and participation games was exceptional and with the trade and airy location this is now the best show of the year.

Being rather attracted to things old I rather liked the simplicity of this game using flats from Tony Bath and Peter Guylers collection. The battle of Trimsos from Featherstones book War Games.

There were so many other games on show but I was also taken with this game using Command and Colours Napoleonics.

On the purchasing front I picked up some SHQ Prussian and British 6lb artillery to go with my Napoleonics. The SHQ models are seen here with some HH Prussians.

I also bought a few books. Firstly a couple of Summerfield books on the Prussian Army. These are as new and cost a less than a third of the original price.

I also bought a book on Wellingtons campaign in Southern France for less than a price of a Wargame Magazine. This is a campaign that I know very little about.

I was also particularly pleased to get a new copy of Skrine book Fontenoy on the War of the Austrian. This is Terry Wise produced facsimile and is book 152 of a limited run of 250.  This I got for a fiver. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Marshal Murat

Marshal Joachim Murat (1767-1815) was one of Napoleons most flamboyant and dashing cavalry commanders, but he was perhaps less impressive later in the wars, when he was promoted beyond his abilities. Which is perhaps true of many of Napoleons Marshals particularly in the later campaigns.

This morning I finished painting my Alberken/Minifig Murat. 

I have based the uniform on the one he wore in the earlier campaigns and the battle of Austerlitz.

Many of the pictures show him riding a white horse. Whether he did, or whether it was artistic licence, I decided to go for a darker horse to act as a contrast to the uniform.

Pictures also show his white uniform festooned with gold but I decided to tone it down a bit. 

Having got a Murat perhaps I should paint him a unit of Infantry to lead and in my 1815 armies my Murat will be present at Waterloo.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

French Line Carabiniers

Next up on the painting table are some JC recast French Line Carabiniers. The unit consists of 11 FN311 Line Carabiniers and 1 single figure casting FN106.

I decided to try and make a trumpeter using the FN106. Using my dremel I removed the carbine, cuirass, cartridge box an belt.

I tried making a trumpet however I could not get a reasonable result.  I therefore made one using  the trumpet and hand from a plastic Zveszda SYW Prussian Hussar.

Where the Carbine had been a used the point of a file to dot the metal to look like a sheepskin.

Finally I used a little bit of Miliput to add a sword hilt. I also used Miliput on the bases of all the cavalry to fill and smooth the bases.

Sunday, 13 May 2018


No self respecting Napoleonic collection would be complete without a Napoleon.

I got the figure of ebay a while back and finished him this morning.

The Alberken Murat figure is nearing completion and I have started cleaning up 12 recast French Carabiniers ready to join the painting queue.