Saturday, 13 October 2018

Blucher reviews his troops

I have finished my Blucher and thought it would appropriate for him to review his small, but growing, army.

So far I only have the 9th RIR and Von Lutzow Lancers but I do have 4 battalions, a dragoon regiment and 2 batteries in the painting queue.

The Blucher figure is a JC recast as is his horse. I don't think is the correct horse to use for a mounted Prussian officer but its the only one I had.

Blucher address his troops.

'Raise high the black flags, my children. No prisoners. No pity. I will shoot any man I see with pity in him.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Lutzow finished

I have finished my Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm Freiherr von Lützow conversion.

I added a bit of gold and silver bling to act as a contrast with the black uniform.  I had a bit of trouble as his head came off and I have to reinforce with a small pin.

I added a small leather knapsack to help cover up the area where the the stock of the carbine had bee.

I could not find any reference to Lutzow ever wearing a hussar uniform . But then again I could find any references that said he did not wear one.

I used my pea dot effect on the sheepskin saddle cloth using 2 different shades of grey. Whilst slight cartoonist I do like the effect. I used the same effect to edge the fur on the pelisse.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

A double anniversary- 1st October

The 1st October is a double anniversary.

Firstly the Battle of Lobositz was fought in 1756. I first came across Lobositz in the Miniature Warfare magazine in 1970. I thought I would share this bit of memorabilia.

Oh yes - The 1st October is also my wedding anniversary. 

Friday, 28 September 2018


I am getting close to playing my first game with my classic Napoleonics. My plan is to the first Wargame rules I used as back in the late 60s.

So I have pulled my old copy of Charge from the shelves.

There have been a couple of blog were others have been using the Charge rules for Napoleonics. Firstly Keith F has been posting of his dining table games with one Stuart A.

Andy C has been using Charge for his Shinyloo Project.

I have been reading the rules and have come up with some rule amendments I intend to try out.

Firstly I am going to downsize all units and measurements by 50% to fit in with my 24 figure battalions and 12 figure cavalry/light infantry units. Each unit will consists of 2 companies / squadrons which may act independently  if required

Secondly I am going to add morale rather than using the 50% rule. I going to use a variation of the morale rules used in Grants the  Wargame based on loses and officer casualties. 

Every time a player loses a figure roll a D6 for each figure lost. If you get at least one 6 then an officer is at risk. Any extra 6s are ignored. An officer at Risk is saved on a 5 or 6. I will mark Officer loses with an appropriate marker.

Morale is based on a basic unit value
7 Grenadiers and some better elites 
6 regular
5 militia and less well trained.

Every time a unit loses a figure/officer you have to take a morale check. 

- 1 for each have lost 1/6 strength lost
- 1 for each officer lost 
- 1 for each rally attempt (max 2 attempts)
Roll a D6 and add the units base morale. A unit needs to make a 6 or fails the morale check, if advancing the units halts and may not move or fire next turn, otherwise the unit routs.

A routed unit gets 2 chances to rally using tge standard morale test with a -1 on first attempt and -2 on second attempt.  A command officer may attach to the unit and adds 1 to the morale test.

The final change is to the infantry melee. Units in line/skirmish melee as usual with figure vs figure melee rolls.  If a column hits a line take the total number of figures in the column and divide by 2 rounding up.  The result is the number of melees that are fought as 2 to 1 individual combats against the defender. There can never be more melees than there figures in the defending unit. Remember that loses from firing as the unit charges in are added to the attackers loses when determining the melee victor.

To test these rule changes I am planning my first small game  - Battle for the Bridge loosely based on Blasthof Bridge.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Von Lutzow

I needed a Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm Freiherr von Lützow figure to command my von Lutzowers.  So a quick conversion was needed.

Using a recast Prussian Hussar as the starting point I used my dremmel to remove the carbine and fashion a small pouch at the end if the cross belt.

I then added the buttons down the trouser using the point of a file.  I then bent the sword arm so the sword was at porte rather than straight ahead in a charging pose as this more a officer inspiring his troops.

Finally I cut off the head and replaced it with a Prussian Guard Officers head with feathered shako.

All in all not to complex a conversion.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

9th Prussian Reserve Infantry - done

This lunchtime I finished off the 9th Prussian Reserve Infantry.

Forming figures in a firing pose with muskets and bayonets is a bit of a jigsaw. As a result these guys will probably send most of the time in line.

The nco is a an old Rose miniatures figure and fits in nicely. The standard bearer is a Douglas figure with cast on flag

So what next.

I think I may have enough units painted for a small game.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Latest Work in Progress and other news

I am making progress with the remaining 23 figures that make up the 9th Prussian Reserve Infantry.

This unit consists of a number different manufacturers. The rank and file are Garrison British Light infantry.  The Officer is also a Garrison figure. The standard bearer is a Douglas figure and the drummer a recast Hinton Hunt Prussian grenadier with the plume removed.

In other news this week I received a small parcel from Matt (Wellington Man) containing a French Light Infantry Voltigeur. It came boxed in a rather nice little piece of memorabilia.

On the same day the Voltigeur arrived I also received an original boxed Airfix La Haye Saint.

The kit inside was used. A couple of chimneys were missing and one small piece damaged.  

I have been looking for one of these for a while as this is a must have kit for anyone who collects classic Napoleonics.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Napoleonic Black Powder

Last night I took a short trip off less than a mile to James Roach house aka Olicanalad for a Napoleonic game using Black Powder. I have only played BP once many years ago.

The game featured a British force defending a Bridgehead against a French attack.  The British had to hold long enough to allow a vital bridge to be mined for demolition and for the British  rearguard to get as many units across before blowing the bridge.

All figures are Front Rank and painted by James. British Infantry stoically stand to in line ready to buy time for the engineers to work on mining the bridge.

My command consisted of a cavalry brigade consisting of a hussar and dragoon regiment and 3 battalions of the 2nd legere.
My first command move allowed 3 moves and my infantry moved forward rapidly in columns.

British artillery section opens fire on my massed columns but with very little effect.

Using my cavalry to protect my flanks. My Dragoons firstly drive off some British Light Dragoons before crashing into a British infantry unit in line, and after a short melee, break the unit in rout.

On my other flank the hussars force the British into square. My columns advance with elan and although the square holds my initial assault a second  round of melee sees the square destroyed. 

My triumphant infantry are able to move into the town at this point we called the game as a French victory.

My command was the smaller of the two French. The other French command was bedevilled by high command rolls and was unable to put much pressure on the British defences. 

I quiet enjoyed Black Powder and expect to play these rules again

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Holiday Reinforcements Update

Following my recent post I have been given some command figures to lead my new recruits.

Firstly Ken has sent me a French Voltigeur Officer and a British Rifle Officer.

And secondly a French Voltigeur Bugler is shortly on its way from New Zealand, via Scotland, from Matt.

The Hinton Hunt community may be small,  and spread across all 4 corners if the globe, but is not only supportive but generous.

On my painting table I have the remaining 23 figures to complete the Prussian 9th RIR.

I started painting them on Sunday and I am painting a little bit each each day. I hope to have the figures finished this Sunday ready for basing.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Prussian 9th Reserve Infantry - Test figure

I have completed a test figure of the 9th Prussian Reserve Infantry (21st Infantry in 1815). This unit used British/Portuguese uniforms from 1813 all the way through the Waterloo campaign.

I have used a Garrison British Light Infantry figure and cut down the base so that 4 figures will fit on on my 25 by 30mm bases.

I have 20 of these chaps so I will need to find/convert some command figures.

As a reminder the original figure looked like this.

I have 3 choices on my short list to paint next.

1. 12 Alberken British Riles as the 2nd KGL Light Bttn.
2. 6 Hinton Hunt recasts British Horse Guards.
3. The first batch of 12 figures for the 9th Prussians.

Which one should I do ?

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

10th Legere - completed

One of the advantages of working from home is that you can find some time here and there for the hobby.

This lunchtime I finished and based the remaining 6 figures needed for the 10th Legere.

The drummer and standard bearer are HH recast figures and once painted tmix OK with the more statuesque Higgins figures.

The standard bearer has the battle honours and regimental details engraved into the flag. To paint this I painted the basic red, white and blue of the flag and then applied 2 washes of diluted gold paint . Allowing time to dry between the washes I then touched up the red, white and blue around the now filled in lettering. It is probably of no surprise that the engraving on the flag is for the 45th Regiment de Ligne.

The finished unit advances in column.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Holiday Reinforcements

I have just got back from a mini break in to the Llyn Penninsula in North Wales. Whilst on holiday I normally keep a look out for second hand bookshops and normally  manage to find something of interest.

This holiday however I did not find anything that piqued my interest.  It was therefore fortuitous that I had arranged to drop in and visit JC on the journey home.

After a good hour chatting away John asked if I needed any figures. He then got out various bags and boxes of Hinton Hunt recasts.

I spent a very pleasant time open bags to discover the figures inside. This was reminiscent of my memory of visiting the Hinton Hunt shop in Camden Passage  in the early 70s.

So this is what I came away with.

A battalion of French Voltigeurs in Busbys. I also got an NCO. I will have to make the rest if the command by doing some head swaps.

I will base these so they can skirmish in 6 figure companies.

A British battalion firing. I have some original Command and Standard bearers to finish this unit.

A battalion of Prussian Landwehr. I will probably do these as the 5th Westphalian with Green facings. I have some recast Command for this unit

I also got a few British riflemen so I can make a couple of 6 figure skirmish units. John did not have any command so I will need to add these to my ebay search list.

I got a few French Engineers and Elite NCOs.

There were a couple of French limbers wand 3 British Limber Horse teams which will come in useful.  I can perhaps use these as Prussians. Of course it means I will have to get some figures for the limber and riders. Collecting these classic Napoleonics is truly a never ending search but one that is both enjoyable and satisfying.

So what did I read on holiday.

A battered classic paperback on the ACW which I was given as a youngster some 50 years ago. The ACW was my first period I did with Airfix figures. I still have a  28mm collection seen here in action some years ago.

Perhaps its time I got these out for a game.

As a footnote. I am working on adapting Charles Grants the War Game for my classic Napoleonics. With a little extra work these could be extended to the ACW. More on this in future posts.

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.