Friday 23 February 2024

Artillery Review Part 2

Here are the French guns as promised together with the remainder of the Allied artillery.

The Guard are in the front row (of course) with the Line Foot batteries behind them.
The Emperor's daughters.

There are 8 guns, 2 limbers and 32 gunners.

The Austro-Russo-Prussian gun-line.

Who doesn't like gunners in bicornes?

There are 8 guns, 3 limbers and 32 gunners.

I have to confess that I'm quite surprised at just how many gun batteries there are in total so I think I can say with some confidence that the artillery for this project is complete.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

British Artillery Review

I'd been thinking I should probably hold an artillery review and then David twisted my arm by commenting that he'd like to see the whole artillery park. First up then is the Anglo-Allied gun line.

Ramsay & Mercer put the RHA through their paces.
These two batteries have been painted 15 years apart which is nearly the same length of time that the Napoleonic Wars lasted!

The full gun-line, British to the front and Allies behind. The Dutch have a French gun whilst the Brunswickers have been equipped with British guns on this occasion.

A pretty impressive force to hold those French columns at bay. It strikes me though that I am missing a limber for the Brunswick Horse Artillery and possibly (just possibly) I could do with another Foot Battery to bring the count up to an even eight guns.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Artillery Reinforcements Complete

The guns and limbers are finished and all ready for action. This brings the total of French guns up to eight which is surely enough even for Napoleon. The Duke increases his artillery park to a respectable four pieces.

A bit of an unusual sight but today the British and French artillery are parading together.

Ramsay's Battery. It's hard for me to believe but I painted Mercer's Battery back in 2009!

The figures used are:

1 x BN.24 Gunner (ramming home)
1 x BN.23 Gunner (positioned for manning gun)
1 x BN.24a Gunner (holding hand spike)
1 x BN.25 Officer (holding spy-glass and pointing)
1 x A.2 Field Gun - with modified wheels

This is the fourth French Foot Battery for the collection. The officer had lost his shako plume so I have reconstructed it.

The figures used are:

1 x FN/32 Gunner (holding cannon ball)
1 x FN/34 Gunner (positioned for manning gun)
1 x FN/30 Officer (pointing)
1 x FN/33 Gunner (ramming home)
1 x A/3 Field Gun - with modified wheels

This addition means that both sides can field the right number of limbers for their Horse Batteries.

The figures used are:

1 x BN.28 R.H.A. Driver (positioned for riding on gun horse H/1)
1 x H/1 Nearside draught horse
1 x H/2 Offside draught horse
1 x AL.2 Gun Limber (British)
1 x A.2 British Field Gun
1 x FN/36 Driver, Line Artillery Drivers Corps (positioned for riding H/3)
1 x H/3 French Gun Horse (near side horse)
1 x H/4 French Gun Horse (off side horse)
1 x French Limber by Newline Designs
1 x A/3 French Field Gun

All the figures used are vintage Hinton Hunt castings (with the exception of the Newline Designs French limber).

Next up, you guessed it - more French line infantry.

Friday 9 February 2024

Guard Cavalry Review - 2

It's just under a year ago (click here) that I confidently announced that the French Guard Cavalry was now 'complete'. However, to be fair, I did add that this was subject to me ever finding enough Guard Chasseur-a-Cheval figures to make up a unit. Anyway, here they are again!

The full Guard Cavalry Division, Light Brigade to the front, Heavy Brigade in rear - 60 figures in total.

The Lancers - combined Red Lancers and Poles.


The yummy Eclaireurs!

The Empress' Dragoons.

The Horse Grenadiers.

This time they really are complete...

Thursday 1 February 2024

Artillery Reinforcements

When I set up the Waterloo game last summer I realised that I was a bit short on artillery for both sides so with the painting desk clear I decided it was time to do something about it.

Currently in progress is another RHA gun crew together with a French Line Foot Artillery crew. The RHA crew will of course be for Ramsay's battery to keep Mercer company. There is also a RHA limber and a French limber and two each of British and French field guns.

The guns are all Hinton Hunt ones that have been fitted with Hinchcliffe wheels by the previous owners, a common practice back in the day. The British limber is Hinton Hunt but the French one is a modern model by Newline Designs.

My limbers if you remember have 2-horse teams and I only field them for horse artillery batteries. A lot of this stuff I've had hanging around for years and part of it was from a joint purchase with Goya a while back so it will be good to get them into action.

Friday 26 January 2024

Chicken Hunters

Here they are at last, served just for you, the table-ready French Imperial Guard Chasseur-a-Cheval. Nigel (unkindly) called them Chicken Chasseurs, but I prefer Chicken Hunters as they will inevitably seek out and destroy any Austrian cavalry who approach within charge range!

The figures used are:

1 x FN/48 Guard Chasseur-a-Cheval (mounted) charging - converted to trumpeter
4 x DK 47/1 Guard Chasseur-a-Cheval
7 x FN/305 Chasseur-a-Cheval Old Guard (on horse FNH/3)

This unit has been a long time coming and could never have been assembled without kind donations of figures from Don W, Tony, and Nigel. Your emperor thanks you gentlemen.

Saturday 20 January 2024

Seeing Marengo (Off Topic #38)

We’ve just come back from a few days in London, and I found the time yesterday to visit the National Army Museum. I hadn’t been to the museum for quite a few years and had forgotten just how good it is, being a much nicer and less busy environment than the Imperial War Museum in my opinion.

I had also forgotten how many amazing Napoleonic Wars artefacts the place holds from Siborne’s Waterloo Diorama to the skeleton of the great man’s horse – yes really.

The eagle of the French 105th regiment captured at Waterloo by Captain A Clark of the 1st (Royal) Dragoons. I still haven't been to see the eagle of the 45th in Edinburgh castle museum which is very bad of me.
"Dawn of Waterloo" by Lady Butler. This painting was bought by the museum in 2021 for £325k and has been expertly renovated. The restorers removed many layers of yellowing varnish to reveal some really stunning brushwork. Perhaps Mrs S could acquire something like this for the Hinton Hut?
I had forgotten that Siborne's model resides at the museum and it took me a few minutes to realise what I was looking at. It really is impressive in scope and detail although I think it will soon be surpassed by the model being assembled by General Picton.
I did a double take at this - Napoleon's horse Marengo! Just crazy to think that he sat on this animal who went on to survive him by 10 years. The skeleton is complete except for the hooves, one of which became a snuff box and another an inkwell.

Not Napoleonic, this is the charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava. I just really liked this painting of the lesser known charge at that battle.
Not at the museum, this is Wellington by Wellington Arch just outside Apsley House. Wellington had originally sat on top of the arch but was replaced in 1912 by the sculpture "Peace desending on the Quadriga of war" - given what happened two years later perhaps they should have just left Wellington where he was.

If you haven’t been to the museum it's definitely worth a trip.