Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Bevy of New Units

It has been awhile since my last post, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. I have added more artillery, some limbers and four new battalions of infantry to join the French in the peninsula. The pictures aren't the best, but they will give you an idea of how they turned out.

1st battalion, 7th Confederation of the Rhine

2nd battalion, 7th Confederation of the Rhine

British limbers; horses and riders are Perry metal and the limbers are Victrix plastic

Perry French limber

Italian battery, three Victrix guns plus a Warlord Games metal gun and crew.

Portuguese battery from Warlord Games.

Reuss companies.

Closer look at Scharzburg battalion.

Waldeck companies
Next up, two more battalions of Italians, one of line and one of light.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Perry French Horse Artillery

The cost of metal figures is quite steep, but sometimes I need to bite the bullet and purchase some to round out my collection. In this instance it was to get some French horse artillery from Perry Miniatures. I had a British horse battery, and with all of the French cavalry I have on hand, a horse battery was required. The figures are great and a pleasure to paint. Here is how they turned out.

The battery is comprised of two 6lb guns and one howitzer

I went all out at purchased a limber as well. It included another 6lb gun.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Victrix KGL Battalions

I was able to finish off the last three battalions of my most recent project: the 66th Foot and 1st and 2nd King's German Legion.  I printed the flags from in gray scale and then hand painted them so I could add shading. I have learned to not try to do too much on the flags, especially when it comes to the letters and numerals. I pretty much just let them be.

1st KGL

1st KGL with casualty

Detail on 2nd KGL flag

2nd KGL

2nd KGL with casualty
66th Foot

66th Foot close up

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Second Battalion of British Guards

I was able to finish the second battalion of British guards. This one was also made up of ten stands with four figures each. However, this battalion is advancing as opposed to firing.

Next up, I have enough figures to add three more line battalions. They will be smaller, two of 24 and one of 30, but that will be fine, giving me some variety in sizes.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

British Guards and French Middle Guard

Some new Napoleonics have been added to the collection. First up is a battalion of British guards. I had originally done one battalion using all elite figures. I just couldn't allow that to remain the case, so I picked up two boxes of British center companies. This will allow me to field two guard battalions of 40 figures and then perhaps one or two smaller line battalions.

I also picked up a box of French middle guard. I was able to make up two battalions from this; one of grenadiers and the other of chasseurs, each of 30 figures.

Middle Guard chasseurs

Middle Guard chasseurs

Middle Guard chasseurs

Middle Guard grenadiers

Middle Guard grenadiers

Middle Guard grenadiers

British guards

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Quatre Bras After Action Report

I was joined by four fellow gamers today for a General de Brigade recreation of the opening of Quatre Bras back in 1815. Three of our number are seniors in high school and lovers of military history. It was a joy to interact with them. They courteous and well spoken young men.

The game started out with the French going on the attack across the board. The very first shot fired was a French battery rolling a double six against a Dutch battery. Not a good beginning for the allies!

Turns 1-5

Turn 1- The French left advances towards the farm and the wood.

Turn 2- The allies advance their cavalry to slow the French advance.

Turn 2- A Dutch battery that was driven off by counter battery fire.

Turn 4- The French general advance continues. French chasseurs a cheval fail to close to contact. This would have major consequences for the rest of the game on this flank.

Turn 4- From behind the allied right.

Turn 5- Pressure mounts on the farm. Dutch hussars defeat the stalled chasseurs and drive them back with loss.

Turn 5- Intense action in the farm. No, it's just bad photography.

Turn 5- The Dutch battery is back in the action.
On the French right, the Materne pond was a tactical problem that altered the battle considerably. Also, the Dutch Jaegers did a good job of making things difficult for the French battalions.

Turns 6-8

Turn 6- The French infantry finally drive back the Dutch jaegers, and the French lancers get past the stream and in position to do some major damage.

Turn 7- A French lancer regiment catches a Hanoverian battery in the open and destroys it. This exposes the right flank of Picton's infantry.

Turn 7- From behind Picton's line.

Turn 7- The allies win some critical melees on their right.

Turn 8- The allied center is in distress as the jaegers and a battalion of Hanoverian line have been routed from the field.

Turn 8- A French regiment moves up in support.
The game was winding down. It appeared the allies had the edge, but things were still very much up in the air. The last couple of turns would be of critical importance.

Turns 9-12

Turn 9- The French drive off a Nassau battalion in the wood, but another is in position behind it.

Turn 10- A lone Hanoverian battalion remarkably is able to halt an attack by French lancers. The allied center is saved, at least for the moment.

Turn 11- Two small French battalions desperately try to turn the allied left flank. But the elite 95th Rifles are able to hold the vital hill.

Turn 12- Picton counter-attacks to check the French

Turn 12-  A lull in the middle.

Turn 12- The Dutch/Belgian cavalry is stopped. The French have gained very little ground on their left flank.

Turn 12- A very strong allied line stands between the French and the village of Quatre Bras.
It was a great day of wargaming.

Here is a link to my YouTube video, taken after the battle was over:

YouTube video