Saturday, February 10, 2018

Austrian Grenadier battalion

Well hopefully on Tuesday DHL will deliver my Collectors edition of Kingdom Come: Deliverance a PC game I kickstarted over 4 years ago. This means I'll probably spend my painting time on that game and if I paint, it will most likely be my HYW figures as the game is set in 1403.

But I did manage to finish this grenadier battalion, it's taken some time, I started on it right after Young-Wolfenbüttel was finsihed, but I did those 6 Hussars between some of the bases and I also did a base of Prussian musketeers between the second to last and last base of this unit.




 The companies are from the regiments Kaiser, Carl Lothringen, Deutschmeister, and Neipperg. 

So there might be some time before the next blog post, if the game is any good, I might do a small review of it. Most likely the next unit on the blog is either the finished Prussian musketeer battalion or a HYW unit of mixed pavisers/crossbowmen that I've done 6 figures for some time ago.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Continuing my Austrian project with Baranyay Hussars, two squadrons worth, This is the only Austrian cavalry I had left to paint, but waiting on some Cuirassiers, I do have a crapload of Prussian as well as some French Cavalry.


Baranyay, of course, took part in the epic Raid on Berlin by Hadik. My SYW cavalry usually are based 4 to a base, but since the Austrians hussars weren't quite true battle cavalry yet(unlike the Prussian hussars) I've decided to base them 3 to a base to give them some more spacing.


The Hussars are always a colorful bunch of scoundrels, just how many died from battle vs dueling, alcohol poisoning and STDs? Who knows!

I do plan on doing 6 more, they are planned for the next order. Together with more infantry and cavalry.




 Proper Hussars here, colorful, with sky blue tights, apple green dolman, and pelisse, red braid that really pops on the green. The trumpeter is real dandy with so much cold lace I'm surprised the horse is still able to carry him.
This last pic captures the colors the best, the two others are to washed out even after some editing.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My Nemesis!

Well, say hello to the battalion from hell! My Nemesis.

This unit is singlehandedly the fault why I stopped doing my SYW project for 6 months.

I had trucked away at my SYW project, having done several units of cavalry and decided my infantry need to be painted. I had done 12 of these and based them, I was almost done with the next six when I realized I had fucked up. I had painted them as Jung-Wolfenbüttel but I realized I had painted the turnbacks red, and I thought, no problem I'll just do them as Keiser instead they have the same uniform.

BUT NOOO, Keiser has white cross straps, Jung-Wolfenbüttel have natural leather. The life was drained from me. I did not want to take those 12 of the base, and so I gave up. put those 6 in a box and did other stuff. Now I started on them again and decided to just ignore the wrongness and just finish them so I can get on it my project. I finished the 6 and started on the last 6.

Then I decided I wasn't satisfied with the basing scheme, I originally planned on just doing Might and Reason, so two bases of 12, but I'm drawn more to Honours of war and games like that, So I did rip those 12 of the base, and once I had done that I thought I might as well repaint the turnbacks.

Just to make the experience complete, as I did the last 6 yesterday the power went out.(3rd time in a week) and it was out for 7 hours.



So in the end of 6 months, a battalion of Jung-Wolfenbüttel is complete and in the correct uniform...... Figures are Minden and flags are Maverick Models.



Pictures turned out crap!
 I really like the SYW Austrians, I'm sure if they dressed like this during the Napoleonic wars they would have won the entire thing.
 I have recently ordered a second battalion of Austrian musketeers, I'm unsure if I'm going to do the 2nd battalion of this regiment or some other regiment.
 Even with all the swearing, cursing and thoughts of blowtorch revenge.  I like how the unit turned out. Sadly the light was not my friend today, but there are rumours of rain coming in an hour or so, so I had to take it now or it might be many days before the next time I'd have the chance.
We all know The battle of Leuthen was fought in 200 meter deep snow.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Old style Frenchies

Last time I worked on these were almost to the day one year ago today. 

I've wanted to continue on these for some time, and I came over some new style bases, and wanted to use those, I had finished 16 last January that were based, so I ripped them from the base and finished the unit. 

They are quite a lot of work, with all the different colours and small detail.

These are Claymore Pavisers, with regular shields also from Claymore, with spears from Curteys and various hand weapons from Front Rank, changing them from pavisers to "infantry" 
I added two claymore MAA as "command" 

I love the end results, they are very animated and colourful.


Because of a meter of snow in 24 hours, we were without power and internet for some time, I planned on putting them up on Tirsday but that wasn't possible. 
 

 Here they are 24 infantry, 
A good mix of weapons, some pole-arms, spears, maces, flail, two diffrent swords, war-hammer.  
The flag and pendant didn't turn out as I wanted

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Russian Horse Grendiers

I think only Leauge of Augsburg's own blog has shown these so far. They came out right before Christmas.


I'm posting these partly to get a new blog post up, as I have 5 half done units and will be some time before I can get up a blog post(one unit is done but awaiting bases )

The other is I need peoples opinion, but more on that later.


I decided to do horse grenadiers because I already got a crapload of tricorne cavalry for my Saxons and Danes(and Swedes) so I wanted to do something different, also Horse Grenadiers are awesome.
The new Russian cavalry comes with new wonderful horses, and yes the horse reins are separate! and not one "mono-rein" like most other are on miniatures. This started for warfare with their dragoon horses. and I hope they continue. Warfare now has a huge amount of horses. They have their oldest "cavalry horses" both standing, trotting, and galloping I believe. Then you have the dragoon horses and now these that I believe both Russians and Swedish will use, and some new generals horses too.

I think these are some of the best faces from warfare so far, which has always been the one thing on the warfare range I've never been that happy with.((mostly because of my own limited skills)) but these are wonderful.

ON TO THE PICTURES!


 Bad lighting today, and so the first pic is the only pictures I'm truly happy with when it comes to showing the colors correctly.




I'm looking forward to finishing them. which leads to the need for your opinion. 

The Russian Horse Grenadiers were 1 company out of 10 from Russian Dragoon regiments, they were combined in ad hoc formations, until 1708 when they became permanent, in numbered regiments 38, 39 and 40. In 1709 they were all given the classic green coat with red facings. I thought this was boring, so I decided to do it before 1709 even though most of my Russians are modeled for Poltava. This has led me to a conundrum, A BLB squadron equals 2 real squadrons so anywhere 200-300 troopers and horses. 
But a Russian Horse Grenadier company was 100 on paper, this leaves me with two options.

1. Each company equals 3 models(half a BLB squadron) This is what you see here, 1 company from Vladimirski and 1 Sibirski, I have 6 more to do, and if I continue this way those 12 figures would be in 4 different uniforms, That would be colorful, but I'm also afraid it will look untidy and messy, with problems seeing "units"

 2. I can expand each of these companies into a BLB squadron each, so 6 green and 6 blue, this would make each company 100%-200% bigger than they would have been(200/300 men instead of 100) It is only visual of course, and it would make units more distinct and easier to recognize.

So what do you think?

Friday, December 29, 2017

End of year raport

Well, it's just a couple of days left in 2017 and I did manage to squeeze one more unit out of the year.
I did try and finish it as I noticed I had 1 post more this year than last year, but this year I did the end of year raport for 2016 in January 2017, so it was really even. But with this post and a new unit, I did beat last year.

I'm actually supprised I only beat 2016 with 1 post, I did 9! Napoleonic blog posts in a few months. I felt really productive, yet I beat 2016 with just 1 post...

Let's just get going with the new unit.

This is a sort of generic second/3rd line unit, it could be Nyland 5 mennige regiment, that is what I planned it should be, but apparently, that unit never numbered more than 100.
Or it could be the Åbo/Nyland/Björnborg 3-mennige regiment, they did use grey coats in 1700, but they also used karpus, while this one has a mix of tricorne karpus.

So it's both and neither. The reason for the unit is that I've gotten a bunch of free "damaged" Swedish figures that are missing their bayonets.
So I just bought the command pack, I think I even got the flags for free so the unit ended up costing me a whopping £8.5.

I got a second Swedish battalion in the works and it's about time the Swedes got some love, last Swedish I did were back in February.





So what else did I do this year.

12 Numidian cavalry
12 Medieval mounted knights.
24 SYW cavalry
18WSS infantry
6 WSS cavarly

Some half finished unit, that are:
HYW infantry,
SYW infantry,
WSS infantry
WSS cavarly.

But the year has been dominated by the two period Great Northen War and Napoleonics.

 48 GNW cavalry(18 Swedish, 18 Danish and 12 Saxon dragoons.
62 GNW infantry(40 Saxon and 22 Russian)
3 Swedish command.
3 Saxon command.
1 Saxon Gun with 5 Crew.

The Napoleonic score ended at:

120 Infantry(72 French, 24 Prussian,  24 Russian) (plus 12 more Prussian in a half-done unit)
36 Cavalry(24 French, 12 Russians)
3 French Guns.

Both of these periods I have several hundred unpained, Same goes for SYW.
I think/hope these three periods will dominate 2018, But I suspect my HYW period will get some love too.
I'm running out of space, and I want to scale back my other periods. That mostly means getting rid of my Ancients and pike and shot stuff, sadly it's hard to sell stuff when living on the end of the world.



So here are a few pics to show of 2017.

 Saxon force
 French Guns, fun project, involved finding guns from all over the world and my first proper conversion.
 French Force

 3rd battalion Azov regiment
 One of two WSS units this year, French Ponitau
 Second WSS unit, Dutch  Saxe-Heilburg.
 My first unit of Warfare Russian infantry, expect to see A LOT more of that next year.
 My Anti-Swedish coalition army, since then several units have been added to it.
 My SYW project this year mostly saw cavalry, Prussian Cuirassiers 
 2nd Dragoons the Scots Greys.
 Allied Pricipes
 My Swedish army reaching the half way mark.
 The first unit I started on for my  GNW project, started late 2015, finished it in February 2017 the 48 strong Småland cavarly regiment. 
And so far my only Danish cavalry regiment. 
My Danes need more love both in cavarly and infantry.
Warfare will soonish (I think) release Danish infantry, I also hope they will release their dragoons in tricrones so I can do some Danish(and Norwegian) dragoons.


So 2017 is coming to a close, the world is still here(bearly) 

Besides Miniatures, we've added two dogs to our pack. Dalbris she was born in April this year, and Polaris who is just 11 weeks old. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I did an army commander

Come meet Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg.

He is my favourite "looser"! He might not have been one of the great "Captains of his age"
It's kinda hard to be when your contemporaries are Eugene of Savoy, Duke of Marlborough and Duke of Berwick.


But he was a lot better this his failures against the Swedes. While he lost battles like Fraustadt, he did do a good job, he knew his business, and did surprise the Swedes earlier by his aggressive tactics. He also served in the Low countries from 1708 and fought well under Eugene at Malplaquet.


The figure is actually the new Shermetev figure from Warfare's GNW range, but give him a red coat and you have Schulenburg.



On his left, he has a trooper and cornet from the Saxon Chevaliergarde, I thought it appropriate he had some bodyguards from that regiment.
This involved creating a "feather rim" on the tricorne of the trooper, way too big because I can't model if my life depended on it. The Chevaliergarde are also warfare figures.




While we are on the topic of can't model, same goes for that well, apparently making a good looking well is "well" above my pay grade.


At least the cannonballs I made look roundish.


Schulenburg will lead my Saxons, but also lead my not very historic Dano-Russo-Saxon coalition army.