Well, the English core army is rapidly approaching its completion. Today I have finished the 73rd and with it the 5th brigade. As the acquired collection is incorporated into the new army, with each regiment more work has to be done. In addition to the painting of heads with the Belgic shako here I had to paint the soldiers of the flank companies and, most important, the command base. For this I have used the Perry metals.
Well, inspite they are as usually great figures, I have to say I like the plastic command better. Not only is the detail there more crisp, but there is also much less cleaning required. The typical thin metal tubes you get from the air ducts of the casting mold are really an issue here. I don’t know why no other manufacturer has these, but with the Perries you find them in excess. As much as I love painting their figures, I really hate cleaning them, and often enough I find another metal strip in some difficult to reach area of a figure, just when I have applied the paint. I wish there would be miniature cleaning- and priming services available – I’d be glad to use them.
Well, back to the main topic. Here is Pictons 5th British Brigade in all its glory…
… and to the right of it the 73rd Pertshire regiment of foot:
Now only one regiment, the high command and some skirmishers are left. And, of course, the Brunswickers. On the one hand that seems a lot to do, on the other I’m quite pleased with the progress of this project. If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to finish the army in early October.
I definitely needed some pause from red uniforms, so I’ve stalled the British core army for a moment in order to start with the Brunswickers. Since it is not only the same project but really the same army I think this is a diversion I can allow myself.
Again my project seems to stand under a lucky star – the moment I had decided to do the Brunswick army a very nice bunch of figures came up for auction on ebay – and I really don’t know why, but nobody wanted to place a bid. So I got them for a more than fair price. Of course as always some minor amendments and repairs (and of course the inevitable rebasing) were due, but the quality of the painting is exceptional.
With this head-start I’m in the lucky position to have a unit of cavalry already finished. Well, here it is:
The Brunswick allied coningent in Lasalle consists of one light cavalry unit (now finished), two infantry units, one elite infantry unit and two skirmisher bases – one of them is now finished, too:
Lastly there is an artillery unit. Here I also was able to akquire two pieces of artillery:
As your skilled eye will certainly have detected right away, the right piece is horse artillery. Yet I’m willing to allow this latitude, as the Perries have only one variant each of foot and horse artillery, and it would look very dull to have three identical looking artillery crews. I’m now going to order a third piece and start on the infantry.
Have a nice weekend!
now this took longer than I had intended. I had to go on a business trip for several days, and that did capsize my shedule. Anyway, now the sixth regiment of my army is ready. As you can see from the last but one blog, the 28th is something of a joker unit. Since it was the only unit that fought in the Waterloo campaign maintaining their peninsular uniform, it can (and will) be equally well used in both theatres of war.
As with the other units, again many of the figures were from the akquired collection, I “only” had to rebase them, add some figures and do some head-swaps (this time the other way round – removing the Belgish Shakos). They are not a work of art, but I quite like their appearance. As for the colors, this time I used one of the colors that come with the perry plastic miniatures. Alas I had to overpaint it a bit and especially had to adjust the regimental shield with the right numeral.
Now only two units of infantry, a unit of artillery and the high command are missing – as well as some more skirmisher bases. After that I’m going to have to decide what additional selection I’ll use. With Lasalle, an army consists of the core army (for the British that is 6 infantry batallions – 8 if the player is the attacker – and a battery) and additional selections. These can be organic (meaning they are deployed simultaniously with the core army), reserve (they will enter the battlefield with some delay) or alied. With the British, the alied choice seems to be an elegant one – because it can be used in both theaters of war. So I think I’m deciding on the black Brunswickers. They are an interesting army and shoul be easy to paint as well.
I’ll be off to buy some more black then. Wish you all a beautiful weekend and thanks again for dropping by.
It seems I was too optimistic regarding the planned painting output of the weekend, but at least I’ve managed to paint another command base and an additional skirmisher base. I like the dynamic of the little scene.
Next in line will be the 28th, but today a little parcel has arrived with my perry-order, so nothing stands in the way of finishing the other batallions also. Well, nothing but real life. It seems I have an awful lot to do and there’ll be familiy commitments at the comming weekend, so don’t expect any new post before next week. I wish you all a good time until then – and thanks for visiting my little blog!
What a long name for a regiment! Well, anyway now the fifth regiment of the core army is finished. This week is quite busy and “real life” tends to interfere a lot, so it is just as well that I didn’t have to amend much with this regiment (since it was part of the akquired collection of course). A few head-swaps, a little drybrushing and the usual rebasing – that’s about all there was to do. So here it is in all its glory:
So where does this leave us? With five regiments finished there are three more missing. Let’s take a look at my plan for the army:
As you can see I have decided not to do the 30th Regiment and restrict the 5th Brigade to 3 Regiments. This way I have two Brigades with each three Regiments should the army defend. Should it attack, I have decided for a Regiment of the Kings German Legion and the 28th – the last one because it used the Peninsular Shakos at Waterloo and can therefore double for a (later) Peninsular project.
I hope to finish the 28th and another commander over the weekend. The 73rd and KGL have to wait until my parcel from the Perries arrives, because with both regiments the command bases are missing yet. In this parcel, too, will be the artillery. I have to admit I had also experimented with the Victrix artillery – but as much as like Steve (of LBM and Victrix fame), I really can’t make friends with the style of the Victrix figures. So this will be a “all Perry” project then. Did I already mention I like those figures quite al lot?
With the 40th ready and finished, all the 10th Brigade was missing was a commander. Thus I’ve built a little vignette which was great fun to arrange and paint. As always I have to say the Perry twins do really great and outstanding work – just look at the inherent dynamics of the figures.
Now that this Officer is ready to take the field, he can command his three regiments.
I have to say I really like the look of this “thin red line” and I’m quite pleased with it. At the moment I’m working on one more regiment for the 5th brigade, but today I have also sent out an order to the Perries for some British artillery. The Lasalle core army really makes some progress…
Well, this was a productive weekend. I finished the last regiment of the 10th brigade, the 40th. It was one of the regiments that didn’t see action before Waterloo and was therefore not very experienced. It also is one of the “Buff’s”, meaning it has buff colored facings (the same as the 27th).
For this regiment I had to paint a lot of figures. As I said before the regiments I have bought were of 36 foot, and 23 of these form my 27th regiment. So for the 40th I had to paint 10 figures, among these the command group.
This is my second regiment of the 10th brigade. It was not part of the original collection, though many of the figures were (as part of the Kings German Legion, that has the same blue facings as the 4th). So what I had to do in addition to rebase the figures was to paint a rather substantial amount of new heads with the Belgish Shako and also replace the colors, which I have bought from GMB Designs (http://www.salespartners.co.uk/). I have to thoroughly recommend GMB, not only for of their exceptional quality but also for of their congenial customer service. In fact the colors have arrived only four days after I had ordered them.
This time the pictures were taken with a daylight bulb – I like them much better this way, but I won’t replace the pictures from the other units already photographed. At least not before all units are finished and I’m going to do a comprehensive review and muster of my then completed British army.
In order to get my 8 units for the British core army, in addition to the 10th brigade I’m also going to do the 5th Brigade at Waterloo. Part of this brigade is the 69th regiment. It has green facings and while I couldn’t find any information if it fought in the Peninsula it certainly did so at Waterloo.
As you can see there are no Skirmishers this time – I’m going to concentrate on finishing the units first and will add the skirmishers later.
Talking about personality of units, there were several specific regiments in the akquired collection. So the first thing for me to do was to organize my British core army in order to know which regiments I wanted to use and what units I’ll have to recruit in addition. In the Lasalle Army Builder, the British core consists of 6 infantry units + 1 Battery + 2 more infantry units should the player take the role of attacker. That is for the 100 days theatre, to which I was obligated by the available figures.I think I’ll do another army for the peninsula, but that is a project for the future.
A unit has 4 bases of 6 figures each and a base width of 5cm. The depth is not specified in the rules, so I used 3,75cm as an extrapolation from the 15mm measures. That way the formations look the same in both scales. A unit has 24 figures, with the option to present further figures as skirmishers in loose order. While there is no fixed definition in the rules, this way a unit equals round about a batallion. With the British I learned it also equals a regiment, because some regiments only had one batallion while others had more than one but these where not appointed to the same theaters of war.
One of the existing units was the 27th Inniskillings, an irish regiment that fought as well in the peninsula as in Waterloo. It has buff facings. I decided to keep it as 27th and also do the other regiments of the 10th Brigade at Waterloo the 27th was in (see http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/British_Order_of_Battle_WATERLOO.html). While rebasing it I not only painted some figures to complete the required poses but also did some head-swaps: In the original collection there was a mixture of Belgish and Peninsula-Shakos. While I liked the look of it, I was told by many people (didn’t I say it) that there is a greater uniformity to be expected and the Peninsula Shako was only used by the 28th (which I’m going to field, too).
Here now is the finished regiment in line…
in attack column…
and in square.
Also a detail-shot of the command group – you can see here that with the command base I have deviated from the 6 figures to a base – rule. I really like it better that way, it doesn’t look so crowded.