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.

Monday, 13 April 2020

Ersatz Prussian Commanders

I am slowing building up my classic Prussian forces. So far I have 2 mounted officers a Blucher and a converted Lutzow. I knew I would need more.

As I don't have any Hinton Hunt Prussian commanders I decided to get some Newline ones and mount them on some recast British Hinton Hunt horses

In my organisation I need one mounted commander for my brigades which consist of 2 units of either cavalry or infantry.

In all I have the following to paint to complete my Prussuan army - phase 1.

- 2 Der Kreigspielers line units
- 1 Der Kreigspieler Jager unit
- 1 Hinton Hunt recast Landwehr Infantry unit
- 1 Der Kreigspielers Lutzow Infantry unit
- 1 Hinton Hunt Lancer unit
- 1 Hinton Hunt Dragon unit
- Half a unit of Alberken Prussian Dragoons
- 2 SHQ guns with recast Hinton Hunt crews and Newline Limbers and crew.

Should keep me busy for a while. I will keep looking for other bits and oices that may come up.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

9th Prussian RIR - Completed

I have now finished the remaining figures for the 9th Prussian RIR (21st Regt in 1815).  I hoped to finish these by the end of March but they are a few days late. So far this year I have now finished 38 foot and 12 cavalry figures - so 62 points.

The infantry are Les Higgins British rifleman. The standard bearer is a LH officer who has had his arm adjusted and a pin added for the flag pole. The flag is made from a fizzy pop can, a la Wellington Man. The Officer and Drummer are old Hinton Hunt figures. They probably should have black facings but I have done them in red to match the flag and add a bit of colour.

The flag is painted free hand and the lettering is done using a fine pointed brush and little dots rather than painting the letters.

So what's next.  Firstly I am started 3 Prussian mounted Officers. The figures are from Newline,  mounted on Hinton Hunt British Scots Greys Horses as I don't have any Prussian horses.

I have also started prepping my next infantry unit - some DK Prussian Lutzow Infantry code 122. Hinton Hunt never made a Lutzow figure.

The command are DK Prussians and will need a little conversion to add a Milliput Litweka. I am also using Milliput to add a little height to the Infantry figures as can be seen in the middle figure.

I target to complete the mounted  officers and Lutzowers by mid May.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

9th Prussian RIR 3rd Battalion

I seem to be painting a lot of Green recently.

Last year as part of a trade I got a bunch of Les Higgins figures including 30 Rifle types painted green.  The 3rd Bttn of the 9th RIR were equipped with British Rifle uniforms in 1813 and wore them all the way through to Waterloo.

This weekend I finished the first 12 rank and file and got them based and ready for inspection.

I had originally planned on adding bayonets but in the end left the figures alone.

The next 9 rankers are 50% done and the command will be provided by a Hinton Hunt officer and drummer in standard uniforms. This will add contrast to the unit. The standard bearer will be a Les Higgins officer, the type pointing, which will be adjusted to take a fizzy can flag. 

I hope the get the unit finished by the end of March.

In other news today I took a short trip of just over a mile to Ilkley Moor for a breath of air and to stretch my legs.  I got to practise some Social distancing.