French Command

This took some time, I know. But real life has been particullary busy these last weeks. It seems everyone has gone on summer holiday and I had to do all their work. It will be better now – so I hope. But back to the important bits. I have further worked on the finishing touches for my French Army. First I needed a high-command, and here it is:

Perry Napoleonic Command (Kellermann)

As you can see I have used the Kellermann-figure, yet I’ll use him as Pierre Fromage, a generic French Marshall who will command my French Forces.

Perry Napoleonic Command (Kellermann)

I also based two more batallions I’ve bought from ebay (with some enhancements and additional figures painted by myself), bringing the grand total up to 11 batallions. Three of them I’ll reform into Elite/Young Guard batallions in oder to form an elite-choice for lasalle, but this will be the topic of a later post.

With the French nearly finished, I’ve been developing further plans. First I’ll enhance my British with a heavy cavalry option. Then I’ll start a new project which will probably need some time to be finished – Napoleonic Russians!

Here as a parting shot another picture of the (probably) last French batallion I’ll add to my army…

..and then until next time – which will be sooner then last time (I hope). Thanks for your visit and take care,

Tobi

Squadron of the 7th Dragoons

After the fantastic Lasalle-game we’ve played recently I’ve decided it would be very interestening to have the oppertunity to field the French in the Peninsular-variant as well. For this I need Dragoons, and thus I more then willingly sat down and painted this squadron.

Perry Napoleonic French Dragoons

In my oppinion the Dragoon uniforms are among the best looking of the whole period. So it was really a treat to paint the figures and I’ve enjoyed it so much, that I’ll possibly add some more Dragoons to my army in the near future. But now without to much words a few more pictures.

Perry Napoleonic French Dragoons Command

Thanks for your visit, take care,
Tobi

The French Core Army for Lasalle is finally finished

 

After having finished my British Lasalle Army I fell into some kind of “painters block” and instead of painting I did some cleaning and sorting and made ready some bits and pieces for an online garage sale. If you are interested you can see the first batch of figures here. Some painted figures will be added soon.  Drop me a note if you care for any of the figures (SirTobi[at]ulmer-strategen.de).

But now to the main toppic. After having overcome my blockade I have finished my French Lasalle Core Army. It now consists of 8 batllions, a battery of guns, 3 commanders including the C-in-C…

Perry Miniatures French army

The complete French core army for Lasalle

…and not to forget 1 sapper:

Perry Miniatures French Commander and Sapper

I really like the appearance of this army…

Perry Miniatures French Soldiers

…it has a good mass-effect but still has details and character.

Perry Miniatures French

Now the only thing that’s missing is the heavy cavalry support – and this is rappidly nearing its completion. Well, prepare to fire then, it won’t be long until the armies will collide…

Perry Miniatures French artillery

Have a nice week and thanks for your visit, best regards,

Tobi

 

The Black Brunswickers

 

Well well well, this took longer than I had expected. BUT now the Brunswickers as first addiditional brigade for my Lasalle British army are finally completed.

They consist of two line battlalions (which were missing until today), an elite batallion or Leib-Batallion, artillery, cavalry (originally Hussars, but I liked the Uhlans better), artillery, two extra skirmisher bases and of course the command.

 

The Brunswickers (Perry Miniatures)

The Brunswickers (Perry Miniatures)

 

The two new batallions are the first line batallion under Major von Metzler…

Brunswick first line batallion (Perry Miniatures)

 

…and the second line batallion under Major von Strombeck.

Brunswick second line batallion (Perry Miniatures)

 

The figures are a wellcome change from the omnipresent march-attack – pose. All other figures are known to you from my other posts (just select “Brunswick” as category selection), so I’m only showing the command and artillery …

Brunswick artillery and command (Perry Miniatures)

 

… and the the Uhlan-command (beautiful figures – I may say so, because I did not paint the Uhlans myself).

 Brunswick Uhlan command (Perry Miniatures)

 

There will be two additional selections for the British army – as well light cavalry as heavy cavalry. I really have to have Scottish Greys… But I doubt I will field them right away. First I will finish the French, and then I will fight a few battles. How I’m looking forward to this…

Have a nice day and thanks for your visit,

Tobi

 

 

The Black Duke

 

I’m rather glad that writing more blog-entries wasn’t one of my resolutions for the new year, because then I would have already broken it. With the other resolutions I’m on a good way, and I’m happy to report I didn’t buy a single figure (painted or unpainted) until now. But I have made good use of the limited hobby time I have nowadays, and here I proudly present “the Black Duke” of Brunswick as well as his Leib-battalion.

 

Brunswick Leib-batallion (Perry Figures)

Brunswick Leib-batallion (Perry Figures)

 

The Soldiers were an ebay auction from last year. Some of them were painted to a great standard, others looked as if they had been transported through Europe in a tabacco box and had to be repainted.The command unit was painted by Jim Bowen.

 

 

The Leib batallion didn’t sport a flag while they fought for the British, so I have added no colours. The batallion will be the elite unit of my Lasalle Brunswick Division with the Duke as its general.

 

The Duke of Brunswick (Perry Figures)

The Duke of Brunswick (Perry Figures)

 

The officer riding along with the Duke commands a light batallion and was part of the good ebay figures. Judging from the painting style I would say he might have been painted by Dave Jarvis, but I can’t say for sure since the seller I’ve bought the figures from couldn’t remember who painted them.

 

 

The Duke himself was painted by me, he’s the second figure I have painted this year. Two mounted figures (4 points) is far away from the painting-ratio I once had, but I’ll be lucky if I paint 10 points per month this year. Apart from that I have based a lot of figures which improves the ratio a lot.

 

I really like the Brunswickers and I’m thinking about building the British light cavalry option with Brunswick cavalry, too. Well, I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your visit and have a nice week!

A Happy New Year!

 

I wish you all a happy New Year – may it bring health, happy events and many good things to you all. For us it was a rather quiet New Years Eve, and since it was raining heavily even some of the firework got soaked before it had a chance to go off – thus adding to to a very quiet evening indeed.

Today I had the chance to paint a little bit, finishing a French command vignette with a general of heavy cavalry for my Lasalle heavy cavalry option – consisting of one unit each of Curassiers, Carabiners and horse artillery.As you can see, I’ve used some of the extras added to the plastic cavalry box sets and a Victrix-Canon Wheel to create a little scene with battlefield-debris. After all this basing activities of the last weeks it was hugely delightful to be able to paint again. So it seems I made the right choice after all with my New Years resulution.

Also finished but not yet based is the Duke of Brunswick, whom I will show you soon.

Best regards and have a nice evening!

 

Perry Napoleonic French Cavalry General

Perry Napoleonic French Cavalry General

 

 

Year-end with great cannonade

 

This is very probably the last blog entry this year, so it is only adequate that the French have prepared to give New Year’s Eve a fitting finale with a whiff of whatever. Yes, the French artillery is finally finished (with more than a little help from my friend Jim Bowen).

 

Perry French Napoleonic Foot Artillery

Perry French Napoleonic Foot Artillery

 

I hope you all had happy holidays and the Christmas tree was packed with hobby-related presents. for me it was a very nice Christmas, and the presents were generous – quite a lot of Perry Samurai and some fantastic books (more of which in another post). Now I’m trying to wrench a few hours of quiet painting from these tightly packed days. I’m working on some Napoleonic command vignettes, and I’m hoping to be able to show the result to you soon. By the way, just a little technical comment while on the subject of “showing”: I have been asked to post bigger pictures. If you click on any picture it will be shown to you without the text around it. Just click on the picture again and it will be shown as big as your screen allows.

 

Perry French Napoleonic Foot Artillery

 

Now on to next years plans. As I’ve already written in my last blog, I won’t be able to paint whole armies next year. So in accordance to this years resolution of “quantitative consolidation” (i.e. reducing the amount of lead-stock on hand), next years goal will be “qualitative consolidation” – that is finishing as many projects as possible with as little money spent as possible. The last addition is important because I’ve spent a lot this year – as well for the Napoleonic collections as on some “hired brushes”. It was OK and given the amount of money I’ve earned with selling tons of lead I could afford it, but enough is enough and next year It will be me again who does all the painting.

 

Perry Napoleonic French command

Perry Napoleonic French Command

 

So, that’s it for new years resolutions. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. I hope the new year will find you all in good health, thanks again for making this blog a little success. I’ll see you next year. And now it’s time to watch the clock…

 

The British Lasalle Core Army

 

In German there is the proverb “was lange währt wird endlich gut” – meaning “what took long is now finally accomplished”. Indeed I have worked on this project since May, and quite continously so (at least for my standards). Now the Bristish core army for Lasalle with 6 Batallions (each consisting of 23 soldiers including command and 2 seperate skirmishers), two additional Bonus-Batallions (should the army take the role of the attacker), a battery of Royal Artillery and 3 commanders including the C-in-C  is finally finished.

 

Perry British Napoleonic Army

Perry British Napoleonic Army for Lasalle

 

While a good part of the army was complete quite a while ago, there were still 4 elements of skirmishers missing, and I just couldn’t bring myself to paint them. Now that this is finally done the Army is finished and stands in waiting for the first French columns to arrive.

 

The army consists exclusively of Perry Miniatures, with one notable exception of a Victrix kneeling skirmisher. My plan is to give it two support-selections: One a Brunswick division and one a cavalry choice (possible light cavalry, now that the Perry British Hussars are due to arrive). These support choices will take some time yet – but hopefully not too long since a great part of the Brunswickers is already finished.

 

Have a nice weekend and thanks for your visit.

 

 

 

Two French regiments

 

It’s quite probable that I won’t have too much time for my hobby in the next few days, so it’s fine I have finished the core of my French Lasalle army at last (except for the additional attacker-bonus and the artillery). Here it is in all its glory:

Perry napoleonic French regiments

Perry napoleonic French regiments

It consists of two regiments, the left of which you already know. The right one is something special for me, because the first batallion consists of the first napoleonic figures painted by me (back in May), marking a start in this new hobby-era.

Perry napoleonic French
The mounted commander was painted by Jim Bowen, how also painted the Artillery (to follow soon).

That’s just a quick update, just to show that the project is going along nicely. Have a nice evening and thanks for your visit.

Perry napoleonic French regiments