Friday, 29 June 2018

Landwehr progress

I’ve managed to complete another 6 Landwehr this week taking me to the halfway point of the unit. However, I think it’s unlikely that I’ll have the whole unit finished in time for the game at the end of next month due to distractions caused by a combination of work, the World Cup and the heat wave.

Fortunately Goya has come to the rescue by offering to paint up 6 S-Range figures to make up the numbers if I can get my own tally to 18. Another 6 figures from me should be achievable I hope and the resulting temporary unit should look quite interesting.

Whilst painting the current batch I noticed that there are some figures aligned sideways on their bases rather than diagonally as they should be (see the figure in the centre at the front). All these figures are Clayton castings and all came from the same source a few years ago. Presumably these are just casting variations as the figures themselves are identical.

24 comments:

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Even your landwehr feature stunning brushwork!

Best Regards,

Stokes

James Fisher said...

Great to see more of those marvellous, determined looking traffic wardens Ian. They are gonna look super as an entire (second) unit.

Stryker said...

Thanks a Stokes you're too kind!

Stryker said...

James - I do seem to have a bit of a thing about painting traffic wardens, hopefully they will serve me we'll on the table!

Wellington Man said...

Your Landwehr are lovely, Ian!

Your variants look identical to the DK Landwehr in my collection. My theory is that DC occasionally used slightly modified DKs along with HHs when he made his production moulds. Sometimes the only things changed were the bases, which were widened and thickened a bit. If you look carefully at the bases on quite a few of DC's figures (particularly the non-HH variants) you can see the outline of the original DK base quite clearly!

Rob said...

I know what you mean about the impact of football and the weather on painting but I'm curious to know what have panned for late July and why Landwehr are so crucial?

Vintage Wargaming said...

Perhaps they should have the ability to deny their opponents the use of roads by painting double yellow lines down them

Stryker said...

WM - that makes sense what you say about the DKs. Some of these did have square bases with the outline of the HH rounded corners visible (which I clipped off). All had the bases marked with the HH code in the same way so were clearly manufactured in the same place.

Stryker said...

Rob - it's a C&CN game of Plancenoit.

Stryker said...

Clive - an excellent rule amendment! Perhaps also they get to clamp one enemy unit if they throw a double six?

Captain Nolan said...

Your Landwehr are fine looking fellows. Nice paint job. I was able to recruit some Landwehr yesterday, though they are going to have to wait a bit for their uniforms. I need to paint some French infantry first. I see that the “Nazgul Dragoons” still loom in the background.

Matt said...

They look the business already, traffic wardens or not the poor French don't stand a chance.

'Lee. said...

Hello Ian - same here, football and high temps has bought painting to a halt. Lovely figures though, will be another fine battalion once finished.

Mark Dudley said...

Perhaps you should rename that as the 1st Silisian Verkehrswarte.

I do like the Blue you have used for the uniform and it looks more vibrant than typical Prussian blue.



The Archduke said...

Never mind the blue, how goes their musketry practice? Nice work, Ian and, as we have noted before, these may have become the must have figures of the HH range. Look forward to seeing their Death Star performance....

Stryker said...

Matt - only problem is that I'm not sure the French are great respecters of parking regulations!

Stryker said...

Lee - not often that Scotland compares with Spain in terms of temperature. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Stryker said...

Mark - I use Foundry 'Deep Blue' as I think the Prussian blue makes the figures too dark when viewed at several feet away.

Anonymous said...

Like the Landwehr, how many will you be fielding for Plancenoit game?

Paul

Captain Nolan said...

I have not yet been to Scotland, but from what I know, I would have to agree that the temperature in Scotland is much preferable to Spain’s (hot and sweltering).

Stryker said...

Paul - I'm not sure how many units we will be fielding as Goya is organising this one. I know all my Prussian infantry will be involved but the main force will be from Goya's S-range collection.

Anonymous said...

22 Prussian and 16 French but a lot of elite troops

https://www.commandsandcolors.net/napoleonics/maps/seventh-coalition-1815/360-419-plancenoit-18-june-1815.html

lewisgunner said...

Ah S range, Minifigs strategic move to dominate the market back in the early 70s . A good strategy, because they were cheap and not very detailed, so easy to paint. i think they did kill off the smaller manufacturers and even those such as Phoenix that did not have big enough ranges. Sadly I could never love the big shoulders and heads and all the stances in the same advancing position. Suffce to say only an army of bodybuilders could look like that!
to Did MF ever do marching figures in the S range??
Some intersting command groups and Napoleon's coach, though.

Anonymous said...

Should be a well fought encounter, look forward to seeing the outcome.

Paul