Saturday, 6 February 2016

My Wargaming Week, 6th Feb 2016

Hi there.

A fair week on the painting front has seen the Minningerode grenadier battalion finished, along with a few vignettes.

To celebrate, the recent additions to my hessian collection staged an impromptu parade:

Below are the Fusiliers von Lossberg with the Grenadier Regiment Rall in support:

A closer look at Rall:
And a close up of the as yet unnamed commander:
Flags are from GMB. Tricky to get to look right but I think I'm improving:
Commander again:

..and a vignette of an officer taking a pot-shot with his fusil:
The artillery stand ready:
...while their officer works out where the target is:

The grenadiers lead the way:

Close up of one stand:
And another. This officer figure is from the Copplestone-sculpted Foundry SYW Prussian range. Everything else is Perry.
..and finally the mass of troops moves off back to barracks.

A start has been made on the Fusilier Regt Erbprinz. Another 32 figures to grind through to get the basic colours blocked-in.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday Supplement, 31st Jan 2015

I managed a quick burst of painting today and moved things along.

I've even prepped the next fusilier regiment.

Tomorrow after work looks like bases and priming!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

My Wargaming Week, 30th January 2015

Hi all

The painting this week has gone OK and I have finished off another Hessian grenadier company while making progress on more figures.

I also finished painting the two chaps below as an artillery command stand. They are actually from the Perry AWI Hesse-Cassel garrison troops command set. I'm pleased with the telescope lens as I've not painted "jewels" etc for a while.

So. Still to finish are the grenadiers of the fusilier regiment Erbprinz and some command stands.

After that I have the figures for another fusilier regiment. I could and perhaps should make this the Knyphausen Rgt as this would give me the right troops for Trenton; however I'm tempted to make them Erbprinz as the rose coloured facings are pretty striking and the silver mitres would be a contrast as fusiliers Lossberg and grenadiers Rall have brass ones.

...and no, I don't fancy doing both right now!

Apart from painting I have arranged a table for an AWI game at Partizan in May. This is likely to feature the Hessians and British attacking the rebels, probably as part of the 1776/77 campaign. It will make a change from the south. My current thinking is a hypothetical mash-up of two battles; Bound Brook and Short Hills, probably taking the former situation but with an OOB more like the latter.

My recent reading on the 1776/7 battles suggests I really need an extra battalion each of British light infantry and British grenadiers. So these could be the next projects.

I might not get much more done this weekend as I'm on call, but should get those Hessians finished by this time next week and maybe even finish the basing.

Toodle pip!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Midweek update

The colours have all been blocked-in and the figures washed with strong tone ink. The faces were then repainted and washed with flesh wash, the white small clothes had a coat of very thinned dove grey.

I can now start highlighting.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

My Wargaming Week, 23rd Jan 2016

This week has seen some steady progress and I have managed to get in 30-60 minutes most evenings after work. As I posted before the two Hesse-Kassel artillery crews and guns were finished off:

...and the painting table now contains a variety of small projects. In the foreground are a couple of mounted Hessian officers. Back-left are some finished grenadiers (2 bases) and back right are the undercoated figures for two further bases to finish the battalion. The rest of the figures are being painted up to add to vignettes, command stands and so on. Mostly Perry with a couple of extras from the old Foundry SYW Prussian range sculpted by Mark Copplestone.

Here is a closer view of those finished grenadiers. The basing will be done once the rest of the unit is ready:

These two figures are from the Perry garrison musketeer command pack but I will paint them up as a little command vignette for the artillery. These have been primed with a grey aerosol primer and a first coat of armypainter ultramarine blue has been quickly applied with a big old brush. The other colours will then be blocked-in more carefully before a coat of strong tone ink then the highlighting can begin.

My Perry order also arrived with the figures for Fusilier Rgt Knyphausen who will be the next cab off the rank.

Once all of this lot are finished my Hessians will consist of:
Musketeers von Bose
Fusiliers von Knyphausen
Fusiliers von Lossberg
Grenadier Regt Rall
Grenadier Bttn von Minnigerode
Two guns and crews
Two mounted officer stands
Assorted vignettes.

I think that will be enough Hessians for now. I might do some French afterwards, most likely Lauzun's legion but don't want to get too far ahead of myself. It would also be good to get some games played and a few articles written.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Hesse-Cassel Artillery

Finished these off today so I can get on with the grenadiers during the week.

I have also put in my next Perry order!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

My Wargaming Week, 16th Jan 2016

Hi all. It has been a quiet week but last weekend I completed the basing on the Lossberg fusiliers. Here is a step-by-step:

First the figures are glued to painted MDF bases along with a few pieces of aquarium gravel:

Watered down PVA is then brushed onto the base and between the figure feet and the wet base is dredged in the mix shown below:

This is a mix of various ground scatters, some fine model ballast, chinchilla sand and some dry powder filler.

Once dry the base looks like this:

Next I glued on some dry grass torn from a mat of the stuff and some pieces of clump foliage:
 And finally I used diluted PVA to stick on patches of static grass:

The finished effect:

During the rest of the week I have started a couple of hessian grenadier bases, two guns and crews and a couple of extra command figures. I'm just blocking in the main colours at present on the figures and the guns are coming on well, just needing some washes and highlights on their barrels.

I might try a game in the garage, but this is temperature dependent. I'd like to try something based on Bound Brook.