Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Perry and Warlord Games Napoleonic French Infantry - WIP

Just a quick post of my new project; picked up a box each of Perry (not the new one) and Warlord Games French infantry. Actually, the Warlord set is their Vistula Legion set and I swapped their heads with the Perry figures. As the Warlord set comes with regular French heads (shakos and bearskins), I am using them as the 4th Swiss.
I used the czapka heads for Voltigeurs - although they may have worn regular shakos in actuality. I didn't want them lost in the rank and file on the Grenadiers. The Warlord set also comes with a few shakos with the Vistula sunburst crest. I must say, I quite like the Warlord set - the ammo pouches have grenades and hunting horns, and "N's" sculpted onto them for Grenadiers, Voltigeurs and Fusiliers, respectively. They size quite well with Perry; and Victrix for that matter.
So much for now. Stay safe and healthy everyone. Until the next post, happy painting and solo-gaming - or games that don't require players to be closer than 6 feet from each other.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Victrix KGL and Bremen Light Infantry Skirmishers

These are skirmishers for the La Haye Sainte project. Probably the last skirmishers for the Anglo-allied side. Along with the earlier completed Warlord KGL Lights, and Perry 95th Rifles, these will be more than enough skirmish troops.
The Bremen guys in blue trouser and black leather equipment have metal Light Infantry heads. The heads seem a bit smaller in proportion to the bodies. If I were to build more Lights with stovepipe shakos, I'll probably use the plastic ones and modify them by scalpeling off the brass plates and painting on the hunting horn emblem.
I have to say, British elite wings are harder to paint than French epaulettes - the latter only needed drybrushing.
British cuffs with their lacing and buttons are about equally hard to paint as French cuffs - particularly the squared ones with piping around the cuff flaps.
Black straps on black backpacks also present a bit of a challenge. I found it easiest to just give the areas a light drybrush of highlighting.

Well, so much for now. I actually painted these today while "teleworking" from home - 10 hour shift. I have to go in to the office tomorrow though. We normally have about 70 folks in building, but it appears besides me, only about five other folks are supposed to be in. This all due to the clear and present danger we're all living through. In fact, our State Governor issued the "Code Red" yesterday; ordering folks to "stay home" except those who have certain jobs requiring them to go to work. I don't think I need to, but our agency Director said the program I work in, payees for disabled veterans, needed to go in every other day. I mean I can do my job from home and we closed the office to the public. Wishing you all good health and happy hobby endeavors.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Perry French Horse Artillery - Based

Just a quick update with the French Horse Artillery based with guns completed.
I'll have to read up on the rules for the howitzer - never used them in Black Powder before.
For the La Haye Sainte scenario, I plan to have them come on board after turn 3. In the actual battle, they didn't fire into the farm house. A battery was brought up after the farm was taken, but the 95th Rifles in the sandpit took out the crew.
Well, these was the last of my most-recent Perry order. I may have to peruse their catalog for more stuff as it looks like I'll be staying close to home a lot until the current pestilence is over.
Thank you all very much for your continued interest in the blog posts, and wishing you all healthy and happy gaming and painting.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Perry French Horse Artillery - WIP

A pair of French Horse artillery crew - one each Guard and Line. Vallejo Prussian Blue was used for the basic uniform color, and highlighted with a mixture of the same color and white.
They were painted with the usual black undercoat process, but without the use of Minwax staining. Only their faces and hands were given a wash of a combination Vallejo ink/stain and Future/Pledge floor wax. EDIT: I see that I haven't painted cannon in a while and forgot that I usually paint the barrels separately from the carriage. I may try to pry the barrels off before painting them.
Thanks for stopping by and healthy gaming and painting to you all!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Perry Nassau Napoleonic Infantry

Just a few additions for the La Haye Sainte scenario. These guys came to the assistance of the KGL troops in the farm house.
If you overlook their minor uniform changes, like the grenadier wings instead of epaulettes, they could be used for Peninsular as French troops.
They're based in pairs as they'll be used as skirmishers.
For the Peninsular, you could say they're using captured British canteens.
Lovely uniform and the grenadiers' colpacks are just too cool. Thank you very much for your interest and stopping by. Good gaming and painting to you all! Stay healthy and virus-free!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Warlord Games Late Hanoverian Infantry - Completed

Here is a 24-man unit representing the Field Battalion Verden who were present at Waterloo.
Very nice figures; both the plastic rank and file and the metal command. They would blend in well with either Perry or Victrix, IMO.
Word of caution on the flags; when I was working them into a wavy shape the coloring started to crack and flake off. I thought I had sprayed the flags with Dullcote prior to, but may not have (or maybe I did and that's what did the flaking?). In any case, I managed to salvage them by painting the flaked off areas.
There are five marching poses of rank and file; so with varied head positioning, you can get some unique poses. Also, there is a head with a bandage over the right eye.

For backpacks, there are three variations - one with a small tin can on top, one with a mess pan strapped to the pack itself, and a plain pack.
Plan to work on some Perry metal Nassauers next. Thanks for dropping by and best wishes to you all in your hobby endeavors!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Warlord Games Late Hanoverian Infantry - WIP

Just a quick update for the blog. Managed to block paint and Minwax stain this 24-figure set of Warlord Games Late Hanoverian Infantry.
They're painted up as Field-Battalion Verden with green facings. They also have the coolest flag in the set.
Prior to the stain with just a block paint job.
As with the French Legere stet, besides the one-piece metal command figures, the plastic rank and file only need backpacks and heads glued on.

Thanks for stopping by and best to your gaming and painting endeavors!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Warlord Games French Legere - Completed

Here's a large, 36-man, battalion of French Legere.
Very nice figures, both the plastics and metal command. They fit in well with both Victrix and Perry.
Command with carabiniers and voltigeur elites.
Chasseur line companies.
In line.
The plastic figures only had head/shako and backpacks as separate parts.
A plastic sprue of 5 British line infantry also came with the set, but I plan to start on a box of Warlord Late Hanoverian Infantry instead.
So much for now; thanks for dropping by and best wishes on your hobby endeavors!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Warlord Games French Legere - WIP +1

After the block painting they've been given a stain of Minwax Tudor Satin. The stain tends to pool at the bottom edge of some of the greatcoats and was removed by lightly dabbing the area with thinner.
How they looked block painted prior to the stain. The command group are metals; the rest are plastics which only need the head/shako and backpack glued on.
They'll be given highlights after drying and sprayed with Testors Dullcote. So much for now - thanks again for dropping by, and wishing you all happy painting and good gaming!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Warlord Games French Legere - WIP

Here are the last figures from the La Haye Sainte set - 36 French Legere consisting of 30 plastic and 6 metal command figures. Started the block-painting - flesh; brown for hair, musket stocks, backpacks and bayonet scabbards; and white for straps, etc.
These are really nice figures and the plastics have minimal parts - heads/shakos and backbacks only needed to be glued onto the main marching body pose. The metals are all on piece castings.
And how they looked prior to the black base-coating.
Just a quick update. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all happy painting and good gaming!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Warlord Games French Engineers

Finished the French engineers led by Lieutenant Vieux that came with the La Haye Sainte set.
They only need 3's to hit the main gate, instead of 5's for regular infantry. The gate's saving throw when hit by engineers is reduced from 2+ to 4+. This according to the rules that came with the Warlord set.
They're based 2-figs per Litko 40mm squares.
The KGL Light Infantry previous completed are also based the same way. I may end up re-basing Major Baring - the plastic round was the only thing available at the time. He's the overall commander at the farm house.
And...I went ahead and re-based the skirmishers which will be used in the scenario the same way. For some, like the Voltigeurs and British Rifles, it was their fourth re-basing. I only managed to slightly puncture a thumb during the re-basing process.
The British Light Infantry will represent the KGL Light Company from the 5th KGL Line; the 95th Rifles will occupy the sandpit; and the 5/60th Rifles will help flesh out the farm area - possibly representing the Luneburgers.

The last items from the La Haye Sainte set are 36 French Light Infantry - all in greatcoats and marching poses. I may work on the Perry Nassau troops first though. Or, possibly a box of Warlord Games Hanoverians which I picked up from ebay. In any case, thanks for stopping by and wishing you all happy painting and good gaming!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Warlord Games KGL Light Infantry - Painted, But Not Based

I thought I had a bunch of 40mm squares which I was intending to base these figures 2-per. However, what I thought were 40mm squares were actually 50mm squares. Oh well, gonna have to place another Litko order. Anyway, figured I'd take some pictures of them along with the completed pond and also the carts and furniture that came with the set.
I may have to base the prone figures separately - and somehow allow them to be placed on the rooftops.
These figures paint up quite nicely - particularly with the fairly simple, yet elegant uniform. The are armed with a mixture of Baker Rifles and standard muskets.
Next up are the French Engineers/Pioneers that also came with the set. Thanks again for stopping by and wishing you all happy painting and good gaming!