Thursday, 2 November 2017

Prussian artillery – done

I finally have one part of this project which I can categorically say is completed – the Prussian artillery. I know it’s definitely done as I have used all bar two of the Prussian artillerymen in the lead pile. These extra figures and guns bring the total to four batteries which is the maximum I will need for my projected Prussian army.

The figures are mostly Clayton ones with a few vintage and
DK's as well. The limber and horses are vintage Hinton
Hunt, guns and howizter are by Newline Designs.


The figures used are mostly Clayton castings with one or two vintage figures and a couple of DKs thrown in for good measure. Interestingly there are virtually no differences between the three manufacturers output although one or two of the Clayton’s had miscast bases which had to be made good before painting.

Image taken from a 1971 issue of Miniature Warfare - the
original wargame magazine from the 60s and 70s. Reproduced
here without permission but hopefully John Tunstill won't mind.

For a touch of nostalgia I have tried to recreate a photo from a 1971 (annoyingly this one is printed without the issue number) edition of Miniature Warfare. The original photo was a huge inspiration to my 14 year old self being one of a series showing the collection of Hinton Hunt Prussian figures belonging to Stephen Connolly.

My own collection in 2017 (how they would have looked in 1971).

Next on the painting desk will be those British Light Dragoons.

22 comments:

Mark Dudley said...

Splendid looking troops. That is a lot of firepower you have mustered.

I still have the same copy of Miniature Warfare and this was one of the pictures I drooled over.

I seem to remember a cover picture of Swiss Napoleonic figures which inspired me to paint some Hinton Hunt as the Swiss 3rd Regiment.

Today they are still in action as the 4th Swiss and I am sure I saw them in a picture of the recent Waterloo refight.

Stryker said...

Mark - that picture of the Swiss had a huge impact on me too. How strange I should end up with your unit having been inspired by the same photo!

Matt said...

Fantastic little collection, what is to happen to the odd two gunners?

Wellington Man said...

They look absolutely magnificent, Ian!

MSFoy said...

They look marvellous - I am a bit intimidated, in fact!

Could the two spare gunners be converted to ride on a limber?

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Marvellous nostalgic photos .

Phil said...

They look very nice, well done!

Will McNally said...

Nice bit of nostalgia - I assume the limber riders in the old photo were conversions?

Stryker said...

Thanks for the comments chaps!

The spare gunners will stay spare in case of damages (Foy and Goya can get over excited during the heat of battle). They wouldn't lend themselves for conversion to limber riders but HH did make some of these however I haven't come across any yet.

the Archduke said...

Ausgezeichnet! and so beautifully blue. Well done, sir, I like both the firepower and its provenance. I have met the Prussian limber riders. They are really cute, which may not be the look you seek..............

Stryker said...

The limber riders in the old photo are Honton Hunt ones not conversions. However the mounted officer does look like a conversion - possibly from Blucher?

Mark Dudley said...

In the original picture Stephen looks to have used a mixture of manufacturers. There are Hincliffes and what I assume are Hintons.

Stryker said...

Mark - the two guns to the left do look like HH to me, certainly the right size.

mojoworking said...

Nice work! Artillery is obviously the flavour of the month. Mark, yourself and me all featuring different nationalities recently.

Stryker said...

Yes, if we brought them all together it would be one serious battle!

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Great job on recreating the look of the picture (apart from appearing to have painted the guns...).

Anyway your figures have 'that' something makes one want to smile with pleasure and itch to touch them and push them across a table and roll some dice,

Stryker said...

Thanks Ross - the figures have the same effect on me!

Anonymous said...

Excellent re-creation of a great picture.

Paul

Stryker said...

Thanks Paul.

caveadsum1471 said...

Great looking Prussian guns and a nice recreation of a period photo, very nice!
Best Iain

'Lee. said...

Very nicely done Ian, I do like the clean bright look of the bases, it really sets off these vintage figures.

Stryker said...

Thanks Lee.