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…

 

SAGA Anglo-Danish Warband

 

Hi everyone, it has been quiet for some time. At least on the blog, but not at home – my wonderful little doughter not only transforms the night into day, but also keeps me from painting and posting. But there is the strange thing – as soon as she smiles at me, everything seems more than worthwhile. It seems nature knows what she’s doing afterall…

Well, anyhow I have now finished a 6 point Anglo-Danish warband for SAGA. This wasn’t much of a challange, since I already had most figures, but they were based for DBx (or not based at all) and so they had to be rebeased and polished up a little bit. The same goes for a warband of Normans, Vikings and Welsh which probably will be seen here in the not so distant future.

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

First unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of bow-armed levy (slings added for variety - Wargames Foundry figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of hearthguards, armed with Dane-axes (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of hearthguard (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

third unit of hearthguard, and the warlord himself (GB figures)

 

As the year is rapidly approaching its collision with 2012, it is a good time to contemplate the ups and downs of the hobby this year. It seems it was a rather good year – apart from the obvious progress I have made in many projects, I have sold tons of unused lead, using the revenue to finance several professional painting services in order to complete even more projects. I have finished my long planed custom made gaming table and also have made quite a few gaming mats for it. So yes, it was a very good year. Alas I certainly have not gamed as often as I would have liked, with many business-trips coming in the way even of our regular club-evenings in Ulm.

As for the projects, the year 2011 saw me entering the Napoleonic period with a vengance. Lightning struck at Salute 2011, where I saw the Perry Napoleonic Russians and I knew I was hooked and my long pledged vow to stay in the Ancient and Medieval era was forfeit.

 

It is all their fault! Perry Napoleonic Russians (photo property of Perry Miniatures)

 

Since it was some time to the Russians release date (and still is), I wanted to start with a French army as an antagonist – and then one of the big things happened that always seems to happen when I plan to think small. A very, very kind person decided to part with his huge Napoleonic collection and sold his French and British troops. after akquiring some of his figures via Ebay, I plunged in and gave him an offer for his complete collection – which he accepted. And then I was swamped with beautiful painted troops which I have akuired for a very fair price. They were all based for another system and organized into much bigger units, so it took some time to convert them into the Lasalle system. I also needed to paint additional command figures and additional soldiers in order to reorganize everything, but now – as you have seen in my last post – the British core army is completed and the French will be theses days (given a few hours of painting time, which I cannot guarantee these days).

I have to say I surprised myself. Normally I’m a well-established wargames-butterfly, hovering from one project to the next – but this time I stayed firm from May until now. Admittedly, I fitted in some Ancients for my DBA tournament in October and I also rebased some figures for SAGA, but apart from that I have stayed focused. It seems this little blog has helped as well. Come to that it is also one of the good things of this hobby-year. It seems my blog has been well accepted with well over 1000 “real” visitors (in delimitation of automatic web-traffic) and even if the commenting function is not used very often I got quite nice feedback from people all over the world, and I’m grateful for that. The blog works for me, it is a nice form of “show and tell” and also a good instrument to stay in contact, so thanks to you all for your visits, interest and kind remarks.

Finally, what do I plan for 2012? Since it possibly is the last year at all (should the Maya calendar be in better shape than my own one) first it seems quite important to take all the disposable holiday early. I mean it would be quite sad if the world would end and ones last thought was “and I have given my employer x days of precious holidays!”. On a more sincere note for me it would be prudent not to plan to much for next year. For several real-life reasons this will not the year of big hobby projects. But I plan to finish some of the longer going projects, adding some selections to my new Lasalle-armies and possibly doing some painting for Skirmish games like SAGA, which I like a lot. There was a lot of basing and rebasing of acquired figures this year, next year I want to re-shift the focus to painting my own figures again.

OK, that’s it then for today. I wish you all a good time and I will tune in again around Christmas.

 

 

 

 

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

Building Houses

 

The time since the last post has been very busy. Important family events cast their shadows ahead, and so I have decided to limit the number of my ongoing and planed hobby projects – which seemed to be legion. In the process I “downsized” a few armies, that were originially intended for DBMM or FOG projects and shrunk them to DBA (or SAGA) size, selling all of the other figures I don’t need any more (well, you got me there – not all, but many). That way I litterally sold hundreds of figures these last days, and while I still own more figures than I can’t possibly paint before other, more interesting figures are released, I shipped out at least ten kilos of metal. Now I feel relieved and I also feel a renewed sense of focus – which won’t last long. So I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Apart from sorting, bundling, fotographing and packing figures I also build some houses. In the SAGA forum I have discussed the idea of how this great rulesystem can be adapted to the age of crusades (see http://studiotomahawk.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=371), and while I already have a lot of figures for this era (which, as you already have guessed, need to be based) I still need some more scenery. Following to the new sense of focus I decided to use what I have, and so I used some mediteranean houses which I bought at ebay some time ago (first picture, without roof) and built some extensions to them (second and third picture). Here you can see the process:

28mm near east houses

  I did a similar conversion with another house, now I can use the same houses as well for a napoleonic setting in the peninsular war and a crusade scenario. I like the result and did some test-shots to see how it works.

 

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

Now I’m going to test the rule modifications I have proposed in the forum. I like SAGA were much – in fact I have played it at our local club at the weekend, and I’m still fascinated how so simple a ruleset can turn out to be so interesting. With the adaption to the crusades as one of my favorite wargame areas I’m sure I’ll like it even better.

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

Also on my table is the finished heavy cavalry option for the napoleonic French Lasalle army ready to be based. Well, so much for focus. Flip flap, says the butterfly. Have a nice week.

Some more French Napoleonic’s

 

Well, real life has been busy again, but I want to post a little update on my French project anyway. As you can see I made some progress with a complete new French regiment as well as a squadron of Carabiners.

 

a French napoleonic regiment (Perry Miniatures)

a French napoleonic regiment (Perry Miniatures)

 

In contrast to my British regiments here I did not want to replicate an historical unit. Indeed I composed it as a rather ragtag unit, giving it no battle honours whatsoever on its colors – so I can use it either as a recruit regiment for the peninsular theatre or as a battle-weary unit on any other battlefield.

 Napoleonic French (Perry Miniatures)

The second and third batallions carry an unofficial fanion, the second variant from GBM.

Napoleonic French (Perry Miniatures)

Last but not least here are the Carabiners. As you can see, I have decided on heavy cavalry as French selection for the Lasalle rules. The second heavy unit, a squadron of curassiers, are on my painting table right now.

French napoleonic Carabiners (Perry Miniatures)

French napoleonic Carabiners (Perry Miniatures)

 

 

 

SAGA

 

So much for continuity. Well, I haven’t abandoned my Lasalle project, and indeed I was even able to squeeze in another great game of 15mm Lasalle with Marios last week at our club. Also the basing of my 28mm army continues. BUT – I just could’nt resist testing the new SAGA rules. And I have to say they are very, very promising.

A SAGA battle ready to commence

A SAGA battle ready to commence

After reading the rules (which are written in an entertaining style quite pleasant to read) I’ve played a little test-game in order to see the game mechanics in action. It worked quite well, gave credible results and overall appeared to be a system that is at the same time easy to learn and still hard to master. And since I like skirmish games so much that I’ve even started to write my own ruleset (which will now disappear in the cupboard – at least for some time) I’m glad that SAGA seems to fit the bill quite well.

Part of my Anglo-Danish Warband (figures by Gripping Beast)

Part of my Anglo-Danish Warband (figures by Gripping Beast)

I have 4 point warbands ready as well for the Vikings as for the Anglo-Danish factions, and I also have enough figures for a Norman warband the same size that only need to be rebased. I’ll do that and try to persuade the members of my club – and maybe I’ll even visit some international tournament events. I always wanted to visit the GB-headquarter, but WAB was never really my system. With SAGA – who knows, maybe I’ll go there for one of the announced gaming weekends.

 

A SAGA battle in progress

A SAGA battle in progress


You’ll probably read some more about this project on this blog. I hope you’ll keep tuned – have a nice week.

 

The French are coming

 

Well, it’s about time. I’ve so often anounced that they are nearly ready, that I’ve started to believe myself. I only have to base them, I hear myself say. Well, right. With basing, touching a little color here and there, correcting some mistakes, adjusting the pompons and giving them a new coat of varnish it took me some time, but here they are: The first two French battalions.

Perry Napoleonic French battalions

One of the first decisions I had to made was how to depict a French batallion for Lasalle. If a batallion is depicted with 36 figures, that is an easy question – you use one base each for the grenadiers, voltigeurs and the other four companies, one containing the command. But with four bases one has to decide. What I finally decided on is the scheme you see above: I’ve used four figures each for the grenadiers, and the four companies with green, blue, orange and purple pompons (the little dots on the shakos). I left out the voltigeurs and used them as seperate skirmish bases, and I depicted the command as an Officer, fanion-bearer and a NCO. The drummer got an orange pompon to make up the numbers.

Perry Napoleonic French battalions

As in 1812 the fannions for the batallions were officially abolished, I gave them the non-regulations fannions from GMB Designs. So these two are the second and third batallion. I hope I’ll finish the first with its mighty eagle this week.

Perry Napoleonic French battalions

Also this week I’m going to assemble some figures for the new SAGA rules that have finally arrived. The wargame butterfly is flapping its wings… and may cause a storm somewhere…

Perry Napoleonic French batallions

One final word: Mark from “over open sights” was so kind to paint some French Artillery for me (for the Cavalry). He also did some conversions in order to put some variation into the Perry napoleonic French horse artillery. I can’t wait to have them here – but the other units have to be ready by then. A very good reason not to become distracted by SAGA right now.