Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Basing Dilema

I have been mulling over the size of bases to use for my units for some time now (primarily as it relates to cavalry and unlimbered artillery).  Muskets and Marshals has cavalry based on a 30mm x 30mm base, see below:
This size base is barely big enough to fit the troopers on, and their carbines get in the way of each other.   In fact, if they are not positioned carefully and then assembled in line in the same way each time, their bases do not quite fit together.

The alternative is to use 40mm x 30mm bases, which fits the troopers much better, but does leave a couple of extra millimeters of separation between them (for purposes of illustration, I have set them on two 40mm x 15mm bases butted together), see below:

The other advantage of the slightly larger bases, is that the scale distances work out slightly more "realistic." 

Here they are from the front, first 30mm x 30mm:

Then 40mm x 30mm:

As always, your comments are appreciated.

My first unit of Prussian (Silesian) Landwehr Lancers are about half done.  They will be the next squadron to be completed.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Elites are Back, and their Tack is Black

 After thinking it through, I decided to paint the tack on the elite squadron of the 7th Hussars black.  I had used dark grey, which tended to show the unevenness of the lines.  The black, in my opinion, does hide that "problem."  In addition, the black really focuses your attention on the cavalry trooper, rather than divide your attention between the trooper and the horse.  It was a good experiment (though time consuming).  What do you think ? (You can see the dark grey tack in a prior post below to compare).
Elites with Black Tack (instead of Dark Grey)

At a jaunty angle

In column of march, from left to right

In column of march, from right to left
From the rear

All that is left to do now is to gloss them up (and then base them).  I have purchased some Winsor & Newton Artist's Gloss Varnish for the gloss job.

  Are there any tips or tricks to getting a good gloss finish?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Identity Crisis - Who is this ?

Who is this?  He appears to be wearing a hussar uniform and mirliton.

Back of rider, front of horse that was in the Ziploc with the rider (is it his horse?)

I need your help identifying this Hinton Hunt Figure.  Here is a better shot of the rider from the front:

Please let me know this gentleman soldier's identity in the comments below. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Prussian Hussars and Lancers Arrive in Camp

Yesterday over five squadrons of Prussian cavalry arrived in camp.  They came as a donation from a friend and are much appreciated.  Half of the 32 figures appear to me to be Prussian Landwehr Lancers and the other half Prussian Hussars.  To top it off, they arrived trimmed of flash, leveled (on the bottom of their bases) and primed for painting. 

16 Prussian Lancers race to the quartermaster for issuance of Uniforms.  These appear to me to be home-casts of Hinton Hunt "PN/39 Landwehr Lancer Trooper (mounted) charging." 

I am thinking of painting them as Silesian Landwehr, with dark blue coats, yellow collar and cuffs and white buttons.

Prussian Hussars:

16 Prussian Hussars charge after the lancers, also anxious for issuance of Uniforms.  These appear to me to be home-casts of Hinton Hunt "PN/85 Prussian Hussar (mounted) charging."  All of these cavalry figures are cast from a nice metal, which has a little bend to it, but holds its position nicely (lead?).  The weight of the figures is quite pleasant to the hand.

 Prussian Hussars carried a curved sabre (Photo: Prussian light cavalry sabre from Military Heritage, see:  Napoleon, His Army and Enemies).

 I am inclined to paint them as the First Lieb Hussar regiment:

Since I have two (plus) squadrons of each (hussars and lancers), I am also open to painting the four squadrons in different uniforms.  Let me know your opinion on that (whether you think that I should paint  the two squadrons differently, and if so, what other two lancer and hussar regiment's uniforms would you suggest)?

Finally, I may try my hand at converting one of the hussars into an officer.  That would seem to be an easy first step into "conversion."  Suggestions?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Here is the Battle of Waterloo on a period map, in time lapse, which takes a little less than 4 minutes to watch.
In remembrance of the 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, here is a documentary hosted by none other than Sean Bean, better known to Napoleonic Connoisseurs as Richard Sharpe of the 2nd battalion, 95th Rifles.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bavarian Reinforcements Arrive on the 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Quatre Bras

These 23 Bavarian infantry reinforcements arrived yesterday (in attack column) sporting uniforms and weapons.  They were a kind gift to help jumpstart the Hinton Hunt army from Wellington Man of Hinton Spieler fame, and are much appreciated.  Perhaps we will get a bit about their history from Wellington Man himself in a comment below. 

Here the Bavarians are, after being ordered into line.  I have been thinking about what material to use for bases.  There is a substance called "plasticard" in the UK that does not seem to be available in the US.  I have located styrene sheets (though no 2mm thickness) which may be similar material (does anyone know)?  I could cut cardboard matting as well (this would be authentically 70's-ish, and is what I did back then).  I have also been thinking of using Litko laser-cut plywood bases (a 21st century solution to the "basing problem."  What do you recommend (leave me a comment)?

Here the Bavarians are, looking fierce as they move back to attack column and march directly at the reader [please take a morale test to withstand the charge].  It looks like I have a modified soldier next to the officer, who will need to requisition a flag pole and Bavarian flag.  I may need to locate a drummer for the unit as well (or if not, at least another soldier).