Friday, 15 February 2019

First Prussian Musketeer

I’ve completed a test figure for the first of my Prussian line units PN.3 Private (charging). This unit will have the yellow collar and cuffs of a Silesian Regiment as per the Hinton Hunt painting instruction sheet.

I know this figure well as I prepared and painted around 60 of them in the early 70s. Back then it took me almost as long to remove the flash metal (with one blunt file) as it did to paint them with my limited palette of Humbrol enamels and rather basic paint brushes.

My plan is to churn out three units in this charging pose, each with a different colour of facings. Once done this will complete the infantry element of my Prussian Army.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Prussian General Mark 2

I’m very pleased with the way this figure turned out. It’s a conversion of PN64 Prussian General (mounted) looking through spy-glass but as the observant among you will have noted his telescope has been removed and arm re-positioned. During this process I inevitably cut off the peak to his cap and his nose and these had to be reconstructed with Magic Sculp.

I have decided he will represent Colonel Von Hiller who commanded the 16th Brigade at Waterloo. This Brigade included the 1st and 2nd Silesian Landwehr Regiments (which I now have in my OOB) and took part in the fighting at Plancenoit. I found this on 16th Brigade:

Hiller’s 16th Brigade formed line and the six battalions marched directly on Plancenoit, determined to oust the French defenders; with the 14th Brigade moving up in their rear to form a reserve. The Prussian assault was initially successful, pushing the French defenders back, as far as the open space around the church which sat on a small hillock and was surrounded by a defensive wall. Here they met a furious resistance and the advance was halted.

Just shows what you can do with 2 units of Silesian Landwehr.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Where’s my frozen yoghurt?

We were in London over the weekend for some R&R. Finding myself in Camden Passage on Sunday I couldn’t resist nipping along to take another look at the old Hinton Hunt shop.

The last time I was there in 2011 (click here) it was a frozen yoghurt shop but now it’s something rather different.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

My new favourite unit

I finally got around to basing them so I can justifiably claim that the Prussian Guard Grenadiers have been 'finished by the end of the month' as promised. Last year my favourite new unit were the Young Guard however, just one month into this year, they have been usurped by these smart fellows.

Perhaps it’s the ridiculous plumes or maybe their fine moustaches but they look every bit a Guard unit and deserving of ‘A’ grade status under my rules. I really have enjoyed painting them and will be sad to see them march off the painting desk and into the display cabinet.

Just for the record they are:

1 x PN.5 Private (converted to standard bearer)
1 x PN.10 Officer (charging)
1 x PN.13 Guardsman (charging - converted to drummer)
1 x PN.15 Officer (marching)
20 x PN.16 Guardsman (marching)

The figures are a mixture of vintage, Clayton and reproduction Hinton Hunt castings. Next, I will be moving on to the first of the Line Musketeer units, time to redress the balance of forces having completed the Guard and Landwehr.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

SuperSlow Elizabethan Cottages

Some of you may remember that a few years back I attempted to make a SuperQuick church model (click here). The reason for this was that I had several of these cardboard models as a kid for use with my wargame armies and it seemed like a good idea to recreate one.

Having got over that attempt and prompted in part by this old photo (click here), I decided to have another go. This time I’ve gone for No 28 Elizabethan Cottages which was probably the first of the models I made as a young teenager. During this process I realised once again that at 12 years old I must have been a much better modeller than I thought because this was devilishly hard to put together and has taken me the best part of a week.

I’ve made quite a few mistakes and the resulting building is rather crooked (perfect for a crooked man, cat and mouse to reside in). I decided to leave off the chimney assembly because it looked rather tricky and anyway would undoubtedly come tumbling down the first time I reached across the table to move some troops.

I’m not planning on making another one for a while.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Prussian Grenadiers update (2)

Well, I’ve finished them and we’re only half way through the month so yay me! Even the flag is in place, the figures just need one more coat of varnish and then basing. I’m very pleased with the result and think they are a suitable tribute to my original 1970s unit.

I’m particularly pleased with the way the standard bearer came out and think it was worth the head-swop and reconstructive hand surgery. The flag is an old Revo one for added retro authenticity.

I took a trip to Goya’s house earlier this week to take part in a re-fight of the Battle of Aspern (Aspern-Essling Day 1). Goya had been beavering away creating his own hex table top and scenery and wanted to give them a try out. Goya provided his S-Range Austrians (he’d also painted some plastic Austrian Lanwehr but we won’t mention that) and Tony supplied the French.

We used Tony’s Ramekin Rules that he had refined since our last game. I’m really impressed with the work he has done to produce a game that plays somewhere between Commands & Colors and a traditional wargame. These rules have potential to be used in much larger battles should we ever be able to play one.

For a full battle report see Tony’s blog here.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Prussian Grenadiers update

Just to prove that I haven’t been slacking since the start of the year here is a photo of my progress so far on the Prussian Garde Grenadiers. Eighteen figures completed and the final six are about halfway there.

The drummer is another fine conversion by Wellington Man (from a charging figure) whilst the standard bearer next to him is the result of a head-swap I carried out on a casting of PN.5 Private (the figure with separate musket).

With a fair wind I should have the whole unit finished by the end of the month although I think I may have run out of plasticard to base them so better get that ordered.