Sep 16, 2017

Assembly Line


The Russian dragoons and artillery are close to being completed - in the meantime, here's a progress shot of the scratchbuilt gun carriages. They are made from pine wood and sculpey - the axles are bamboo. 
The heavy barrels are from the HäT set - it has twelve barrels but only four undersized carriages.

Sep 9, 2017

Galicia 1809


In the Galician backwater theatre, a Russian and Austrian force blundered into each other. The Austrians are defending a strong position, but the Russians have amassed more troops for the attack.

Sep 5, 2017

Russian Guardsmen and Herdsmen.


It is rather rare that I post something from four different manufacturers, but this is the case right now. In enlarging my Napoleonic Russian army, I have completed the following units, from left to right:

  • 2x12 Jäger, Italeri and Zvezda figures, plus a single HäT figure in the rear rank.
  • 6 Guard Lancers, of Esci make, on Italeri hussar horses.
  • A 16-figure unit of Pavlov Grenadiers by Italeri.
  • 2x16 Opolchenie by HäT, plus a single Pioneer base/marker.


Sep 2, 2017

Grenadiers à Cheval


I've complained before about having too many Guard units in my Napoleonic French army - this fact will not change today. These are HäT figures, and although less elegant than the output of Italeri or Zvezda, they are not bad at all. 
It is also some consolation that these horsemen were very active in many battles, so paint is hopefully not wasted on them.

Aug 29, 2017

A Frenchman, a Swiss and a Pole walk into a bar


And the bartender says, "Get lost..."
My French and allied armies are taking shape nicely - as explained before, visual variety means a lot when all of your footsoldiers basically wear blue. This is why I originally bought the Strelets Poles - and then there's enough German (and Swiss) troopers in the same model of uniform with different colors. I think you could have seen the Swiss in the previous battle report (where they got badly thrashed and then stood idly for the rest of the game).

Aug 25, 2017

Swag is for boys - Raupenhelm is for men


Two units of Bavarian infantry and one of Chevaulegers join the collection. The cavalrymen are Esci Polish Lancers, with sort of the right uniforms, and green stuff helmets - I just had too many actual lancers (the other half of the set will be Russian Guard Lancers, actually).


Aug 21, 2017

Peninsular War - Spaniards vs. French


For either lack of interest or determination, we kept delaying a Napoleonic game for a while. To keep my mind off other pressing matters, I finally sat down, wrote two scenarios, and set up a table - the first scenario was selected, a battle in the Spanish hills between a French and a Spanish division. I did not regret my choice as this became a very entertaining game, full of twists of fortune.

The rules are the amended Victorious Eagle Warfare set.

Aug 18, 2017

Expansion Plans

Following the previous post (and there's more in the making with pretty pictures), I have checked the Pile, and decided that the following things must happen with the Napoleonic collection:

Austrians: more artillery - basically any artillery would do. The HäT sets are and obvious choice; another, less obvious one is the Italeri French Guard Artillery (the Esci remake) - the figures need bicornes, but the Gribeauval guns may pass as Austrian.

French - I have one more unit's worth of Italeri figs, should swell the ranks of the line. No big plans here.

Russians - I will be able to complete two units of Opolchenie, two units of Jäger, a six-figure Guard Lancer group from the Pile, and may use the Italeri French hussars both as Russians and Hungarian Insurrectio with some minor inaccuracies nobody will be able to identify from a distance. Of course the Italeri riders have flat-top shakos, so they will be more suitable for the 1805-7 period. 
My plans still include purchasing the Zvezda foot artillery box, and I'd like to see some dragoons as well.

Spanish - the same as before, grenadiers and cazadores once I have the reserve money and patience - it may require time.


Aug 17, 2017

A Napoleonic Overview

For the lack of a better post, here's the list of all the Napoleonic figures which I have completed to date (or are in the making).

Here's a few remarks before we start:
  • All armies need more artillery for a decent grand-tactical game.
  • The Austrians are the most numerous (if we count the French only by themselves, and do not include their allies), which is good.
  • The British army is really not in my interest, so it is as it is.
  • The French have the most cavalry, but perhaps too many reserve formations (and I've just bought some Grenadiers á Cheval).
  • As you can see, after a while I was quite fed up with all the French infantry in blue, so I added a lot of allied infantry to the mix. I think it was a good decision - different uniforms help differentiate between raw and experienced units, while adding visual variety to the wargames table.
  • I was surprised at how small the Russian army is, even with the militia boost they received. Of course there is little chance the entire thing would be fielded at once. I'm on the hunt for the Zvezda foot artillery.
  • The Spaniards are really a pet project, I should add more light infantry and grenadiers, but that's it.
  • It seems that my original plan to use 6- and 10-figure cavalry units has paid off, as I can field more units and the infantry/cavalry ratio is usually right, not so much on the individual army level, but across the entire collection.