Wednesday 17 February 2016

Downsizing - 6mm

I purchased some Baccus 6mm SYW figures at Vapnartak as part of my downsizing experiments.

Here are my first go at this scale. The Austrian Waldeck Regiment.  I have organised them as a 48 figure unit and based them on 2cm square bases.

I intend to use these for rules such as the Wargame and use markers for casualties and officer loses.  I will use cm rather than inches.

These chaps were actually a lot easy to paint than I thought.

The full unit deployed.

So I have tried 6mm, 10mm and 15mm in the last few months for my downsizing.  

So having tried all 3 of the smaller scales my verdict is........6mm

Zinnfiguren unit finished

The basing on my first complete unit of Zinnfiguren took a bit longer than planned.  

The unit is 17/22 Puttkamer Grenadiers as they may have looked at the Battle of Lobositz.  

Friday 12 February 2016

Battle of Leuthen

Spent a very pleasant day yesterday gaming the battle of Leuthen at Chez Colin using Honours of War. 

The Battlefield is snowy (I do like model railway back drop). Looks cold.

Outside there was snow on the hills which added to the attmosphere.

The battles opens with the Reichs Armee units retreating in disarray.

A unit of Austrain Hussars bravely, some would say foolhardy, advance to cover the Reichs Armee retreat. 

The church, defended by the Rot  Wurzburg. 

Charge - the Austrian Hussars throw themselves at a unit of Prussian Cuirassier. Although they lost the Melee they did slow down the Prussian Cavalry.

The Rot Wurzburg look the part. So much so that the Prussians spent the whole game avoiding them and instead throw a few long range artillery shots into the church.

The Prussian advance gets on track. I am sure that every unit was classed as superior.

Austrian Cavalry finally arrive to stem the Prussian cavalry on the Austrian Left wing. 

A scene of the early moves showing Von Jarvies attacks on my poor Austrisn Infantry. 

Whilst the Austrisn left wing cavalry were able to stem the Prussian Cavalry there was little we could do against the  Prussian Infantry who superiority ground down the Reichs Armee and Austrian Infantry.

Der Jung Wellington (aka Dave - brush for hire) started the day slowly but picked up speed after an excellent lunch.

Boom, boom  Austrian artillery opens up. Robbie commanded the Austrian right wing. I was soo engrossed in my own battle that I had little idea of what he was up to.  I do know he lost a few Austrian generals as casualties.

The end is nigh as Prussian Infamtry demolish all before them.

All in all a thoroughly good day out with good company, great gaming and nice soup for lunch.

Saturday 6 February 2016

Seven Years War Zinnfiguren

Over on the AMG forum I was discussing gaming with Flats. Well as a result I decided to paint a unit of Prussian Grenadiers. 

I bought these figures from Fechner a while back but only painted a few as a tester.  

Well I have almost finished a unit, a few highlights to the faces needed, before basing them on a single 10 by 5cm bases.

This unit is the 17/22 Puttkamer Grenadiers.

This photo shows are thin these chaps are. 

I made a few mistakes and learnt a few tricks and I hope to get get these finished and based over the weekend.

I have some more Grenadiers and some Austrian Cuirassier to paint.  

I can see me doing some more of these.