Saturday, September 15, 2018

Mon General likes milk with his coffee

"Well I finally started to pull some of the more eclectic pieces in my unpainted collection out of  storage, and decided to do a French baggage wagon.

I looked at it and I felt it was missing something. So a Eureka cow and Calf running to catch up would be a great little vignette. Still need to finish the basing but you can get the idea.

I made the reins from a champagne bottle foil and the ropes from some sailing ship dream that never came to fruition. Pretty pleased on how it turned out.   Enjoy.....

 Close up of the champagne reins
 Really close up of the reins
 Before the basing
 Left side
 Wait for me!!!!!!!!!
 Right side
And so we begin the basing..............

 Finished full view
 The front end
 The rear end
 A different perspective

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ths Gods are finished.............. and it only took..........

I remember painting the officer in April 2006 and thinking what beautiful figures they were and yet for some reason between all other units that were needed for a convention demo game or other excuse they remained unfinished until July 2017.

For your viewing pleasure (I still need some camera lessons with the Tarty).
The completed unit of 40 Front Rank Grenadiers a Cheval of the Imperial Guard Heavy Cavalry Division....or as Napoleon called them his Gods.

 Officer Trumpeter and Standard Bearer
 A closer view
 Officer and Trumpette
 The whole lot of them
 Elevated slightly

 In Column

 Trying something different

Let me know if there are any units that have taken you longer.
Cheers for now.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

April Showers

Hello to everyone.....

As we had an extended break between Easter and Anzac Day I spent some time behind the brush and finishing off a few other units that I had sitting awaiting their turn patiently. The good news is I only have 8 more of the Grenadiers a Cheval to complete that unit, having knocked over another 4 during the break. 

Re-basing General Lord Rowland Hill and his staff. Front Rank and Warlord figures.

Lieutenant General Charles Count Alten K.G.B Commanding 3rd Infantry Division I Army Corp and his staff.

 Major General Sir Colin Halkett 5th British Brigade minus staff.
Major General Sir James Kempt 8th British Brigade awaiting his staff as well. Paint faster we are not amused he cries!!!
General de Division Baron Lhértier
11th Cavalry Division III Reserve Cavalry Corp with a sulking ADC and nervous trumpeter.

 General de Brigade Baron Guiton 2nd Brigade 11th Cavalry Division III Reserve Cavalry Division
 General de Division Baron Roussel d'Hurbal 12th Cavalry Division III Reserve Cavalry Corps
4th Light Lancers from 2nd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division attached to Erlons I Corp

Happy painting and hopefully the finished bases in a week or two.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Wow 2017

Some people would think that an annual update of a blog is probably the laziest blog on the planet and they would be correct. 2016 was a blur with a new job and a whole range of factors curtailing my enthusiasm for the project but in fact I actually managed to get quite a bit done and my darling wife gave me a few leave passes to spend a weekend in the Man Cave.

The workbench is still busy with inspiration now sitting above it.

The center piece is a restored 1820's Map below of the Battle.

At this time of year CanCon (Canberra Convention) graces the area and it always manages to re-motivate me. I get to see some amazing people from this hobby and always manage to find like minded people from around the country and in some cases internationally.

I have been progressing with painting and have in fact had a bit of a burst of progress in the last month having a week at home before returning to work. In between fighting Scottish thistle on the farm and intruding wombats that keep entering the house paddock and digging up what little lawn there is left after a few weeks of 35+ degree weather, I have managed to complete a number of pieces.

Finished basing four more French Regiments in 3rd and 4th Divisions in D'Erlons 1st Corp below.

I also managed to base the WIP Grenadiers a' Cheval below. This unit started in 2006 and is still waiting for all 40 to be completed I have 26 complete now and only 14 to go...........has to be a personal record..... 10 years in progress.....I hope there is someone out there that can match or better that feat!!!

Finished basing my Kings German Legion Brigade. The 1st to 4th Regiments and very happy with the outcome.

Found a place for Milhauds Cavalry Division beneath my Eagle.

I hit a milestone in the Project this month having completed

  • 50% of the French Forces;
  • 49% of the Allies; and
  • A miserable 17% of the Prussians
II Corp below has now been completed with all Command Stands done

The Cavalry Commander I particularly like. Pajol from memory??

Life goes on and am enjoying my renewed enthusiasm despite time constraints.

I hope 2017 despite all the craziness happening in the world can be a peaceful and productive one for everyone reading this blog and hope that the pictures can inspire you as well.

All the best 


Monday, July 13, 2015

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo I spent the morning boxing up troops and marshaling them into the car to head to my favorite gaming community in the city of Goulburn. Willow and I tried to recreate the 1st attack of that fateful day in 1:20 ratio of figures to actual men at the battle. So DÉrlons 1st Corp assembled across the field from the thinly stretched allied line with only a few regiments standing to oppose the massed french infantry supported by the grand battery and some cavalry. The Players for the allied side looked on in dismay. We used General de Brigade and they played out beautifully. Was great to see 250+ figures per column. Quite a sight mon ami....
Columns of attack form on the French Side
Ready to move off skirmishers forward

The Allied Line and Union Brigade lying in wait behind the crest

The Grand Battery or Napoleons Daughters

Columns approach after being bombarded by artillery all the way across the valley

The columns move into contact with the allied line and are halted
The fire from artillery with canister and musketry from the infantry halts the columns

The Scots Greys to wreak havoc on the columns of French troops.....

They couldn't stop the wave of Scottish enthusiasm and the column routs

The Scots Greys just before their charge.
 The dice gods then really abandoned the French and the remaining columns seeing their friends turn and run decided that survival was probably preferable to being charged by cavalry fled back across the table resulting in a complete rout. So history in this case definitely repeated. Greg and Boyd patiently awaited the French Arrival rolled some great dice and rolled up the french with just the Scots Greys as the rest of the Union Brigade wasn't so keen to charge which was almost the perfect outcome. The Duke of Wellington would have said "well played that man".
A glorious victory to my Allied troops and a stern talking to of my French lads.