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.

 

 

 

G3

 

Hi there,

as you can see from the (rather minimalist) title my new camera as arrived. I’ve finally decided for the Panasonic G3 and it is really fantastic. the only thing I’m not happy with is the color of its body – when I choose “chocolate” I did not have in mind a color like an aubergine.

Well, I guess some designers really have to learn the difference between brown and red. Apart from this rather annoying casestudy of color-blindness the camera really is amazing. I still have to learn to master the finer secrets of its many calibrations, but as I’m not a very patient man I happily clicked away and took all the photos I wanted without much consideration to white balance, ISO-setting and shutter speed. That may explain why the photos are not what they had the potential to be, but I like them anyway.

So here are the photos I have promised you for some time now. First of all the 32nd regiment of foot. I did not have much work with this one, as I have acquired it from Ebay and only have painted the odd figure. The painting style varies a little from my other regiments, so maybe I will replace it in the future with a version of my own painting. But for now speed is at the essence, I really want to get gaming!

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

As you can already see I have also finished the high-command, general Picton. No Ebay here, I really enjoyed painting and composing this little vignette.

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Finally the Royal foot artillery is also finished. I like the dynamic of the result.

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

 

On my painting table right now are the last 4 skirmisher bases – after whicht the British core army is finally finished (*sigh*)! In addition there is some scenery, as I really need a little break before I finish both the Brunswickers and the French.

Have a nice Sunday – and thanks for your visit,

Tobi

The show must go on

 

A blog without pictures is a rather silly thing. Yet I have sold my camera in order to buy a better one, but I do not have decided which system I want (at the moment I’m somewhere inbetween Nikon D90 and Panasonic Lumix G3). So this blog has been rendered blind, at least for the moment. Still, the show must go on.

The status of the army is that the last regiment is finished, but it is not the Kings German Legion as was originally planed, but the 32th foot regiment instead (white cuffings). Since the Brunswickers were under Pictons command and I’m surely going to paint some of his highlanders in the future, I have decided to do as much of his British regiments as I can. The KGL, that I had already begun, will be finished sometime later with Peninsular Shakos and will form the foundation of a peninsuler army.

So here is the army in theory:

Pictures of the real thing will follow as soon as I have a new camera. At the moment I’m painting the man himself (Picton) and also a few more skirmishers as well as the foot artillery (Ihave forgotten to mention it in the last blog entry). With these the core of the army is finished.The Brunswickers will follow soon, so I can concentrate on the French.

Have a nice weekend,
Tobi

 

The 73rd and the 5th Brigade

 

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.

 

Finally – the 28th

Hello everyone,

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.

Forward 95th!

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!

 

33rd First Yorkshire West Riding Regiment of Foot

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?

10th Brigade finished

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…

The 40th (2nd Somerset) Regiment of Foot

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.