Monday, 31 August 2015

Some more Grey...


As I promised to keep you posted on the progress of the brigade of Napoleonic Prussian Reserve- or Landwehr Infantry here's the first finished battalion. Basically I have enough figures to depict 5 battalions. The first I had already painted some time ago. I gave the regiment yellow facings and while thinking about which colour to give the next 4 battalions, I stumbled along the excellent Mont Saint Jean site. There I found that these regiments had several battalions in the field, distinguished from each other by their shoulder-straps. So I decided to depict another battalion of the regiment already painted (with the yellow facings) and do the other 3 units in different facing colours.

Here they are.

As you can see the miniatures are HäT except for the drummer and the two other troopers on the command stand which are Revell figures.

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

At them Scots Greys!


Recently I had a bit of a luck on "marktplaats" a Dutch version of Ebay. I obtained two lots of 1:72 plastic toy soldiers. The first lot was a set of Airfix British Guards which I held to be the one trooping the colour. The set had been on sale for some time with no bids to name, since I'd like to have a set of both the Colour Guard and the Band, I put in a bid of €2,- and this was duly accepted...

The same vendor offered several o9ther lots including a set of Napoleonics. In this lot where a set of Italeri French dragoons, Revell Life Guards and Guard Chasseurs, an Airfix Napoleonic Highlanders and a set of Airfix French Napoleonic infantry including one gun. My bid of €10,- for the lot was also accepted...

When we came back from our Holiday in Switzerland, the envelope was awaiting me and I went at it sorting all the sets out. Unfortunately, all the sets are missing parts and the Airfix Guards set is actually a combination of both the sets and pretty incomplete at that. That said I will try to do my best to turn them into something nice.

But I first started with something else. For some time I have reached the conclusion that the Revell Life Guards are pretty much the best set of British heavy cavalry for the Napoleonic Wars. Therefore I have decided to represent several regiments using these figures and with the set out of this lot I had a try in converting them to Scots Greys. The heads used are mostly from the inadequate Italeri set (really bad poses and totally the wrong horse furniture) with the 3 command figures sporting HäT heads. The bandaged head is a Bruno Arnal piece and very nice!

Now before you start commenting about it: I know that I made a mistake by using the Life Guards horses for the Greys but seeing as I have no others here at present, nor know where to get some more, I went with these. And since I was blaspheming anyway I also made the chequered border along the shabraques blue... Yeah I know, but at least it looks spiffing!

Without further ado:

Cheers Sander

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Golden Oldies...


Lately I have seen some other gamers give their old (often Childhood) soldiers a new life in the hobby by re-basing and -painting them. I too have quite a lot of the figures I started out with when I was 15 years old. Two of the most coveted sets of 1:72 figures are my Revell British Life Guards and French Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde.

In the years since, I have gathered far more of these sets, but have the originals still. Some time ago I used most of the Life Guards to portray a unit of Horse Guards, already shown on this blog, now the time is up for the Chasseurs to be renovated. I also have some Italeri French Dragoons left over from earlier days (and quite a heap of new ones at that) and some of these I will use to recreate the Empress Dragoons of the Guard.

Here are some pictures to show the state they are in before the make-over.

Two of the Chasseurs:

Some of the Dragoons:

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Accept no Failure" an Audiobook by Gav Thorpe

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Next stop King's Cross!


In our continuing series on Victorian Vehicles we bring you, dear ladies and gents, a blue bus. This is yet another of the excellent West Wind Productions vehicles for the Victorian era.

I decided to leave part of the advertisement signs blank, in order to put in adds that can correspond with the scenery I am getting together. I do wish West Wind would have added some passengers or offer the service of buying separate passengers/ driver figures on their site.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Cheers Sander

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Transport for the posh...


In today's episode of Victorian Vehicles we present you with transportation for the well-to-do amongst us. This very nice West Wind Coach comes complete with groom and two horsepower motivation.

Again I will let the pictures do the talking since there's not much to say about this model, apart from the fact that I still have one West Wind vehicle in the works which is their hansom cab and I can't decide on the colourscheme.

Cheers Sander

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

School's out for summer!


On this, the second day of my Summer Holiday I have received a package in the mail from Caliver Books with some nice things to read during these warm summer evenings. First is volume VIII of Fortesque's "History of the British Army" which details the year 1812 and thus the Salamanca Campaign. Next up is the Wargamers Annual Summer special 2015, very nice because of the fact it has many articles on subjects I would not get across without it. Last but not least are two little booklets describing the uniforms and orbats of the main players in the Crimean War.

Yesterday evening I spent basing up what is left of my Late Napoleonic Prussian army and this resulted in 4 battalions of Prussian Reserve or Landwehr infantry and one regiment of regular infantry.

Here's a picture of the 4 battalions of Reserves. Now being a smartass, I have based them with grey primer and will dry-brush them in a brighter grey, wash them and pick out the other colours afterwards. I have no idea at this moment whether to depict them as 3 battalions of the same regiment (and 1 of another) or as 4 separate regiments but I still have time to think about this.

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Assorted scenery


Just a minor post today with some 28mm Victorian scenery pieces. First is a Wargames Foundry handcart with exchangeable produce. I have 3 inlays with products to put on it; one with fruit and veggies, one with fishesheshsss and one with I don't know what so I haven't painted the latter one up yet and did not include it in the pictures here.

Next up are some statues carrying coals and candles to illuminate your great hall, underground dungeon, castle-hall or other such locations. What firm made these I do not know I picked them up in a bargain bin on some convention or other.

Cheers Sander