Friday, 18 September 2020

Austrian update and a Jingling Johnny

I now have a total of 16 figures finished for the 59th Jordis Regiment. It has been a great boost to production to have had the sneaky head start.

This week I was very pleased to receive from Tony a Miniature Figurines S-range Imperial Guard marching band. These charming (and nicely painted) figures were part of the collection of the late Eric Knowles and as Tony already has one, he kindly passed them on to me.

I vaguely remember seeing these on the Minifigs list back in the day and I think there may even have been a photo in the catalogue, so it has been interesting to see them in the flesh. Back in the 70s there is no way I would have spent my pocket money on non-combatants so it will be a real luxury to add these now to my Hinton Hunt Imperial Guard. I’m thinking +1 to morale for all French units within 18”?

 If you don’t know what a Jingling Johnny is then Google it – I had to!

Friday, 11 September 2020

Where’s Werner?

A few years ago, I was gifted some Austrian figures that included nine marching Hinton Hunts. These had been painted for the previous owner in a style that very closely matches my own, so I was loath to strip the old paint. Instead I decided to try to adapt my painting to fit in with them with the aim of making as few adjustments to the existing figures as possible.

This mostly meant trying to match the colours as everything else was pretty straight forward. The lining on the cross-belts had been done in a way spookily like the lining on my own Austrian units, the colours are block painted without shading as I do, the only significant difference was the detail on the face and hands.

So, today’s quiz is - can you spot the figure painted by yours truly?

Friday, 4 September 2020

Rearguard Action

As the Duke’s troops were still on the table, I couldn’t resist setting up a small game to let the Hertfordshire’s 'see the elephant' (I know wrong war but I like the phrase). It was a simple scenario – the British were acting as a rearguard and had to hold off the French for eight turns.

The British were deployed covering the road to an important bridge, the French wanted to take it.
Napoleon kicked off by advancing his right, with the 24th & 45th ligne taking the lead supported by the 1st Grenadiers of the Guard.
Wellington decided to launch a spoiler attack of his own by ordering the 11th Light Dragoons to charge. Fortunately the 45th ligne managed to form square - there would be no easy pickings of French Eagles today.
Meanwhile the French columns tramped forward towards a hill held by the 49th Foot.
Recovering his poise, Napoleon ordered a counter-attack on the Dragoons by the Guard Light Cavalry.
Whilst under the watchful eye of Lord Hill, the 49th Foot fired a devastating volley that dropped 6 Frenchies and turned their column into a disordered mass. All that training was paying off!
However, in the centre, the French cavalry had gained the upper hand.
And the infantry now attempted a passage of lines to bring the Old Guard forward but this just caused the Grumblers to become disordered!
Although things looked up again for the French when the Poles broke the 30th Foot with a spirited charge.
But at this critical point Moore led the Guards forward and with a loud 'hurrah!' they saw off the 9th legere. Behind the Guards the Black Watch moved forward to shore up the flank.
Whilst the Hertfordshire's charged down the hill to complete the victory - not bad for new boys!

Nice to have a British victory for once – there will be jubilation at Horse Guards.

Friday, 28 August 2020

British Infantry on Parade

The Duke thought it would be a good idea to hold a parade of the British infantry to welcome the 49th Hertfordshire’s into their ranks.

The reinforcements are well overdue being the first addition to the British OOB since 2015.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Fall in the 49th Foot

The Hertfordshire’s are now based and ready for action. It has taken just over six weeks to complete them which is pretty good going for me. I’m pleased with the overall look of the unit and with the flags in particular.

All the figures used were vintage Hinton Hunt castings most of which had never been painted before. They are:

18 x BN/5 Private (charging)
1 x BN/2 Sergeant (charging)
1 x BN/8 Officer (standing)
1 x BN/12 Drummer (playing)
1 x BN/13 Ensign Regiment Colour
1 x BN/14 Ensign King’s Colour Bearer
1 x BN/90 Light Infantry Officer (charging)

Years ago, I was inspired by the photo’s of the 1965 refight of the Battle of Waterloo featured in Featherstone’s Advanced Wargames. One picture shows a British unit in line composed of the same advancing figure and I remember at the time wishing I had some (I never did buy any British figures from Hinton Hunt because my limited funds went exclusively into raising a Prussian army). It has taken quite a few years but I now have a unit of my own!

Friday, 14 August 2020

Hertfordshire’s done – almost

The final six infantrymen are finished, well they would be if I hadn’t just realised that I’ve missed the same bit of white lace on each of them but never mind. When I’ve sorted that out, they will all need a second coat of gloss varnish before being based.

I hand cut my bases from 1.5mm plasticard which is always a bit fiddly and I noticed recently that the size of the bases has been gradually increasing over the years. This is because I tend to take a base from the last finished unit as a template and as a result they grow slightly, not in width but in depth for some reason. What I should do is not be so lazy and use my ruler instead.

If I was starting this project today, I would be using laser cut 2mm MDF bases and yes, I’d probably be basing the infantry in 6’s like everyone else. However, I’ve gone too far down the road now to think of re-basing.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Command Group for the 49th Foot

I’ve completed two officers and a sergeant to finish the command figures for the Hertfordshire’s. I enjoyed painting the sergeant in particular as it is a very nice sculpt and it reminded me of the one provided in the Airfix set many years ago – I was bemused back then as a youth as to why there was a pikeman in the box.

I continued my tradition of including an erroneous figure in the unit, this time it is a Light Infantry officer in stovepipe. I’m short of British line officers and as I don’t have a unit of light infantry in the painting queue, I thought I’d use him here.

The figures are (left to right) BN/90 Light Infantry Officer (charging), BN/2 Sergeant (charging), BN/8 Officer (standing). Hopefully I’ll get the unit finished in the next week or two.