Friday, 31 July 2009

Prussian Limber

Various distractions including a couple of trips away and an on-going re-basing saga involving my 15mm Napoleonic armies has meant that Hinton Hunt painting progress has been rather limited for the last few weeks. I have however found time to complete my Prussian artillery battery with this limber.

The horses are vintage castings of H/1 and H/2 that I stripped using my usual method and repainted. The limber is a Clayton produced Hinton Hunt AL4 model and the gun is a contemporary piece produced by Newline Designs.

I never expected to have limbers for my artillery but I now have quite a few thanks largely to Don in the US. I decided to go for just two horses in ‘Fire & Fury’ style as I think that four-horse teams take up too much room on the table (also I have an aversion to painting horses). The Hinton Hunt range does include both limber riders and limber-horse riders for the Prussian forces but sadly I have neither of these in my collection hence the run away effect.


Anonymous said...

Very neat little arrangement-I like limbers etc. but they are something of a wargames "luxury item".


Rafael Pardo said...

Effectively, limbers are a luxury for wargaming, but they make more realistic the artillery columns: lots of fun for raids, ambushes....

lewisgunner said...

Lovely job Strykie
Limbers are good because they go some way to showing the huge amount of clutter behind a battery. Also if, like the British, you move guns around, it looks so much better to have them make the moves by limber rater than just turn the gun around and have it move eeerily across the field. I'll have a look for Prussian limber riders if you want them. I may have ein or zwei surplus!!

Stryker said...

Roy - if you had one that would be great as I'm worried that those horses will bolt at the first gun shot otherwise!


DC said...

Very nice - and useful. I thoroughly approve of limbers, etc. on our battlefields. Predictably i recommend the Gilder approach of one limber team per battery - base it so it's length/depth matches the battery frontage and place it immediately behind your deployed battery to simulate the area taken up by all those battery wagons, spare horses, etc. that most wargamers ignore. My next blog posting might be on this very subject. cheers.

Stryker said...

If you look back to the B&W photos at the start of this blog you can see an example of the 4-horse limbers I had in my original army (Interestingly I just noticed that I had my horse teams the wrong way around then!). Limbers do seem to have either shrunk or disappeared from the modern wargame table and I agree that the sight of gun batteries mysteriously moving around the battlefield is a little odd.