Sunday, 24 October 2021

French Limber and Austrian Protestations

I decided to complete a French limber to give me the complete set – one limber for each nation. Once again, all the castings used are vintage Hinton Hunt ones including the limber itself.


1 x FN/36 Driver, Line Artillery Drivers Corps
1 x H3 French Gun Horse (near side horse)
1 x H4 French Gun Horse (off-side horse)
1 x AL/3 Limber

I didn’t have the HH painting instructions for the artillery driver, so this is a bit of a cobbled together uniform, but he looks pretty enough.


For some reason the Austrians seem to be annoyed that Napoleon captured Mack’s entire army at Ulm. The French were actually just trying to send engineers to help with the flood defences on the Danube when the bewildered Mack thought himself under attack and rode off at haste on a donkey.

Next stop for the Grande Armée – Vienna, we'd like to see the Opera House!

This is just the starting point of our campaign, turn one is now in progress.

23 comments:

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Sometimes looking pretty is enough.

Stryker said...

To be honest Ross I wouldn’t know!

Rob said...

Very nice, really pleased to see he's forgotten to bring the gun... ;o)

Stryker said...

Hmm yes, that is a point!

Wellington Man said...

Looking lithe and limber. Very nicely done, Ian.
All the best
WM

David said...

Really rude of the Austrians for not thanking the Emperor Napoleon for his efforts on their behalf! Hope he teaches them a lesson!

Aly Morrison said...

Very nice Ian…
I think you have helped me make my mind up about how to do limbers…
Small is definitely beautiful…😁

All the best. Aly

Stryker said...

Thanks WM, with a two-horse team these are quite relaxing to paint!

Stryker said...

David, let's hope!

Stryker said...

Cheers Aly, I'm pretty pleased with the result!

Matt said...

Very smart indeed!

As for the Austrian misunderstanding it happens. We've all seen it, your neighbour turns up with a few hundred thousand mates for a well intentioned get together, before you know someone's "not standing on their side" and it get's blown out of all proportion.

Honestly, that how wars start.

Stryker said...

Matt, you seem far more understanding than those Austrian chaps!

Jeffers said...

I thought the Grande Armee was captured on Boscombe Pier?

Stryker said...

Jeffers, hmm you sound like one of those revisionist historians!

the Archduke said...

zum Teuffel und grosse Harrumphing. Try and get that past spellcheck. Time to avenge the infamy of Ulm. All power to the men in white and, err blue and green.....

KEV. Robertson. said...

Nice work on the Artillery Limber- good to see your progress IAN. Cheers. KEV.

Mark Dudley said...

The Limber looks very smart indeed. I have some Limbers to paint myself but are Newline ones.

Stryker said...

Nigel, I’m sure Rob will do his utmost but just remember who wrote the rules and who’ll be playing the actual games!

Stryker said...

Thanks Kev!

Stryker said...

Mark, this is the only HH French limber I have but I do have a couple of Newline ones myself somewhere.

the Archduke said...

I have complete confidence in the fair play and sense of humour of the man who wrote the rules and plays the games. Justice and honour will triumph, and we shall have cracking good entertainment in the process.

James Fisher said...

Fine looking limber Ian. The colours look spot on to me (without going to a book to check)!
Regards, James

Stryker said...

Thanks James!