Monday, October 19, 2020

Somewhere in Italy

 Slowly building my French and Austrian armies for Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy.  I’m making slower progress than I hoped but decided to set out what was finished along with some terrain recently made and purchased.  The buildings are from Charlie Foxtrot Models.  These are great kits and the website instructions on how to finish them lead to good results.  The grass mat was purchased from Barrage Miniatures.  When I ordered the mat they contacted me immediately to get my instructions on the colors and finish.  Great service from Clara and team.  

The flags are from GMB.  They are actually for the Egyptian campaign but look nicer than anything I can download and print myself so I’m using them anyway.

The civilians are from Front Rank.  All other miniatures are 28mm figures from Eureka.  Here are the French.

..........and the Austrians.

More to come...........

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

New WFR units

Made some progress adding units to my 28mm Wars of the French Revolution armies.  This is my first time working with 28mm figures and while I’m enjoying painting figures with more detail, it is also more time consuming.  Again, I can’t say enough about how nice easy to paint these sculptures are, great stuf from Eureka Miniatures.  

French Dragoons

Austrian Hussars

French Artillery

French and Austrian Brigade Commanders

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wars of the French Revolution

Recently bought Field of Battle, 3rd Edition war game rules by Brent Oman.  I believe Field of Battle and Napoleonic Command, 2nd Edition by Jeff “War Artisan” Knudsen are two of the most interesting and elegant systems in existence today.  Each system abstracts combat in different ways and at different levels.  FoB is a tactical rule set while Napoleonic Command is grand tactical.  But each system forces players to make difficult command decisions, and FoB is especially good at creating uncertainty and friction.  But I digress.  Those familiar with Field of Battles know that the author has a large collection of 28mm figures for many different periods.  One thing I have always admired is his basing system, which give the soldiers the appearance of being on mini dioramas.  Despite having a large collection of 18mm (primarily AB miniatures) and a growing set of 1/72 plastic 18th century figures, I decided to finally take the plunge into 28mm.

Preferring Horse and Musket games and not wanting to duplicate existing armies, I decided on the Wars of the French Revolution.  This period, particularly the early campaigns in Italy, provide a number of large and small scenarios.  I decided on the Eureka Miniature figures for this period.  These are incredible sculpts with a wide variety of poses, great detail, and very little flash.  Also, Rob Walter of Eureka Miniatures USA provides excellent customer service with quick turnaround.

                                         Here are a few picks of my progress so far.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Latest Additions

Painted up a unit of Hat Austrians as The Hanoverian regiment Hardenberg.  The grenadier company is a conversion swapping the bearskin heads with Zvezda Prussian grenadiers.

 The finished unit.
Another grenadiers from the Hanoverian dragoon regiment Breidenbach.  Zvezda GNW Swedish Dragoons with heads from the Prussian Grenadier set.  The holster caps were added, made from poster board.
These will serve as an escort for the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick.  
 Allied infantry. Two Hessian battalions, two Hanoverians and one British.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

New Recruits

French dragoons, Apchon Regiment
Figures are Zvezda Swedish Dragoons.  The drummer and standard bearer are from the Zvezda Dragoons of Peter I.

Hessian infantry, the Erbprinz Regiment with grenadier company.  Always, wanted to have an Erbprinz regiment like Peter Young's in "Charge!" but because all my units are based upon historical units, I decided to go with a Hessian unit. 

A Bavarian howitzer battery.

Hanoverian 6 pounder battery.

French sapper unit.  Mix of Revell Austrian artillery figures and conversions of IMEX American Pioneers, with tricorn hats added.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Rules Update

I have updated my Old School Rules, incorporating some feedback received on TMP.  I have cleaned up the formation diagrams, added a summary table for musket and artillery fire, and added some details to hand-to-hand fighting especially around the procedure for firing at a charging unit.  There is now only one cavalry line formation, a line in two ranks.  After play tests, this seemed the only formation that made sense for a variety of reasons, mainly allowing for reinforcements during melee and space considerations.   I have updated the links.

Old School Rules

They remain a pretty basic framework and don’t address details such as passing fire, and a bunch others, but I think still provide a good basic framework to add details and tinker with.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Finale Action Near Bergen - The French Take Nindorf

Reinforcements arrived on both sides, a Saxon battalion to support the French and a regiment of Prussian cuirassiers for the Allies. The French sent the Saxon infantry to support the center of the main attack.

The Allied cavalry reinforcements arrive on their extreme right behind the village of Nindorf.  They are sent immediately into action against the French flank.  The French send two squadrons of dragoons to counter this threat and a great cavalry melee begins.

At the same time, a squadron of hussars charges through the village to check the advance of the French infantry.

Meanwhile, the Hanoverian infantry on the Allied right exchange musketry with the French regulars and the Chasseurs.  After, suffering heavy casualties, the Hanoverian infantry are charged in the front and flank.  Losing the resulting melee, they are forced to retreat. 

Meanwhile, the dragoons and cuirassiers engage in a melee which is inconclusive so each side reinforces their first line with reserves from the second line and continue the fight.  The cuirassiers suffer more casualties and lose the subsequent morale check and are forced to retreat.

Finally, in the center the French Gardes and the British engage in a firefight.  Neither side gains the advantage but with the defeat of the Hanoverians, the Saxons threatening the center, and the defeat of the cuirassiers, the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick’s position becomes untenable and he prepares to withdraw.  The Hessian Grenadiers and Von Ruesch Hussars will cover the retreat.