Friday, 27 January 2023

Chosen Men

How about that? A unit painted and completed in less than a month and in temperatures never exceeding 7C in the Hut. Gentlemen, I give you the 60th Rifles.

Here's forty shillings on the drum
For those who volunteer to come
To 'list and fight the foe today

Over the hills and far away

The figures used were mostly vintage castings with two or three Clayton’s for good measure. They are:

1 x BN15 Rifles Officer
1 x BN16 Rifleman (kneeling)
4 x BN17 Rifleman (running)
17 x BN19 Rifleman (firing)
1 x BN20 Rifles Bugler.

Thanks to Tony for furnishing me with some superb castings to make up the numbers on this unit.

The whole Rifle Brigade parading under the watchful eye of Sir Thomas Moore.

In other news, Goya and I managed to play out the CCN basic Waterloo scenario this week. I played the French and was completely trounced 8 to 1 by that cunning fox Wellington, what a drubbing!

The initial dispositions. In this scenario the game ends at 3.00pm just before the Prussians arrive.
My men attack Hougoumont (that might be Foy on that horse!).

That didn't work out too well. Having been used to playing Tony's Ramekin rule version it was quite brutal to play the original rules!

Cavalry Charge - when you have that card you just can't resist can you?

The French army is melting away. The Guard Grenadiers are attempting to attack La Haye Saint (in the mid distance) while just beyond them the Scots Greys are ploughing into my line.

Final positions - it's back to Paris for a re-think.

Where was Grouchy?

Saturday, 21 January 2023

Rifles Update

The Rifles are finished and fully glossed up with three coats of varnish which should make them virtually bullet proof. I just need to cut out their plasticard bases and get them glued on and ready for action.

Mrs S did ask me if I’d blogged about my wargame related Christmas presents which I haven’t so I thought I’d better. Now, normally (as I’m sure you will agree) it’s best to buy your own such gifts to make sure you get what you want. This year though I did actually get several complete surprises so hats off to Mrs S with an A+ for effort.

I didn't see this one coming - this stylised print of Waterloo now adorns the cabin wall. She said she bought it because it shows Hougoumont where we stayed in 2017.
I'd never seen this book before and am really enjoying it. There's loads of interesting stuff about Nelson's battles. Apparently Mrs S thought she was buying a book about Napoleon's battles(!).

This was a stocking filler - bases! Bought because she is always laughing at my habit of rebasing things but the last laugh is on her as these are really useful for my WW2 stuff.

All I can say is roll on my Birthday!

Friday, 13 January 2023

When will the madness end?

I must confess that I seem to have developed a bit of an FN5 Fusilier habit. I bought some last year but couldn’t believe when I checked after Christmas, that so many of the ex-Neville Dickinson figures were still on sale via Ian Hinds. I decided it was my duty to rescue them (as clearly none of you lot were going to) and as you see I now have quite a few.

My justification is that they really are superb first-generation castings with an excellent provenance and actually, the cost was only about the same per figure as a modern 28mm casting so obviously it was a never to be repeated bargain (that’s what I told Mrs S!).

There are over 80 figures here - enough is ENOUGH!

Goya and I had another stab at C&C Medieval this week and played through the battle of Solachon scenario. More great fun with his 15mm Sassanids and Byzantines and this time it was a much closer run thing although I still lost. I won’t attempt a narrative but here are some pictures.

The initial set-up, I was commanding the Sassanids (nearest the camera). We both had lots of cavalry.
My lads move forward!

His lads stand firm!

Finally a use for my pot of mini dice.

Back in the box - Goya's painting detail on these is a joy to behold.

I was so inspired by the look of the 15mm Ancients on the CCM board that I broke out my own copy of CCN and tried out a set-up of the basic Waterloo scenario using my 15mm Napoleonics.

The view from the French side of the board. The figures and trees give much more of a table-top battle look to the game.
The British side. Most of the British figures are first issue Minifigs painted by none other than 'Dry Stonewall' back in the 80s.

This idea definitely has legs and with the greater visual appeal using miniatures I am much more likely to play a game.

Friday, 6 January 2023

Baker’s Dozen

I’m just over halfway through my next unit which you must admit is a pretty impressive start to the New Year by my standards. These are more British Riflemen, but this time painted to represent the 60th regiment.

Two units of Rifles may seem a bit excessive however I had a few castings left over from the 95th and then Tony generously offered me some spare figures he had. What’s good about this setup is that it gives me the option to field a unit of rifles in close order and still have some for skirmishing or to double as KGL Light Infantry for defending La Haye Sainte etc.

When I started painting these, I had decided to make them a second battalion for the 95th but part way in changed my mind and repainted them as the 60th. The red collars and cuffs adds a bit of variation and means they will be easily distinguishable from their more famous brothers helping to prevent them from suffering the indignity of ending up in the wrong storage box after a game.

Thursday, 29 December 2022

Silesian Fusiliers – restoration done

The Prussian Fusiliers are complete and battle-ready. They’ve brushed up quite nicely and will be a useful addition to Marshal Vorwarts command and hopefully a thorn in the side of old Boney.

There are 20 x PN.4 Private (firing) 1 x PN.1 Officer (charging) 1 x PN.7 Officer (marching) 1 x PN.6 Drummer (charging) 1 x PN.5 Private (converted to standard bearer.
The figures are all David Clayton castings with the exception of the drummer which is a vintage figure.

I've based half the figures as skirmishers to give me a bit more flexibility in the Prussian OOB.

Note that the marching officer is oriented on the diagonal of his base. This is not uncommon with Clayton castings, vintage figures are square on.

I think this is the last of my Revo Prussian flags so I'll have to find some more if I ever do any further Prussian units.

With this unit just sneaking in to my 2022 output I have brought my Hinton Hunt tally for the year up to 97 figures painted which is much better than I thought it was going to be. The only problem is that I seem to be acquiring figures more quickly than I’m painting them so need to up the ante for 2023.

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Dabbling with Medieval’s (off topic #35)

Goya invited me over yesterday to have a stab at playing a scenario from the Command & Colors Medieval game. Although billed as Medieval the scenario was from 528AD involving Sassanids and Byzantines at the battle of Melebasa. My previous experience of playing ancient type games is limited to playing with Airfix Romans and Britons as a kid so I was intrigued to see how C&C tackled this period.

We used the board and terrain supplied with the game but instead of blocks the armies were drawn from Goya’s extensive collection of 15mm figures that he built originally for use with DBA. Using miniatures with C&C transforms it (in my mind) from a boxed game to a proper tabletop wargame - the ultimate example of this being of course Tony’s amazing set-up for C&C Napoleonics!

Initial deployment - I was playing the Byzantines (this side) and Goya played the Sassanids (far side).
Most of these figures are either Essex or Donnington.
I can't remember what make these ones are but they are very pretty!

This is my super-heavy cavalry attacking Goya's flank - these guys are the Tiger Tanks of the early Medieval world.
Some of the heavy Sassanids with a leader.
The high water mark of my attack, it was all down hill from here!
Final positions - the victory banner count tells the story with 7 to the Sassanids and 3 to me.

It turned out to be another gripping game as C&C games always seem to be. The subtleties of the combat mechanism (which at first glance appears quite simple) required the application of some serious generalship which is probably why I lost. This is definitely a game that I would like to play again!

Saturday, 10 December 2022

Prussian refurb – update

I’ve been braving the arctic conditions in the Hinton Hut (currently 6°C inside and 1°C outside) to work through the Prussian firing figures and have finally finished them. Now they just need a couple more coats of varnish and then basing.

In the end I did decide to designate these as Fusiliers hence the black straps. The figures in the front row still have wet varnish on them which is why they look a bit misty.

They actually turned out to be quite a lot of work as half of them needed bayonets replacing which I did by splicing in musket ends from some spare poor quality donor castings. The paint touch-up also turned out to be pretty much fully repainting them. I couldn’t salvage Clive’s standard bearer who had been converted from a charging figure, so this has been replaced with a PN5 (the figure without a musket) in keeping with my other Prussian units.

Overall, they are not the best unit in my army, but I think they will pass muster.