Tuesday, 30 September 2008

A river runs through it

Here is the finished base of landwehr & regular infantry. It doesn't show up well, but the skirmishers stand either side of a small stream.


Sunday, 28 September 2008

Austrian Landwehr

For a long while I have been flummoxed about representing the Landwehr and volunteer component of the 1809 Austrian army. The following shots show my attempt at producing the 1st Vienna Volunteers.Here is a close-up. Yes I have painted stripes on the flag pole!
The figures used are British infantry in Southern dress from the Baccus AWI range. While not an exact match for hat and cut of uniform I'm pretty pleased with how they have turned out. I'm just finishing off some regular troops to be brigaded with them on a base to represent part of Nordmann's advanced guard as Aspern-Essling.
I've also got round to basing up those 5 bases of French infantry for II Corps.
It is currently full speed ahead with Austrians to get the OOB up to the level of Aspern-Essling before pushing on to Wagram.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Latest stuff

Two bases freshly done, both of French legere to join II Corps. I have figures painted more-or-less for 5 more bases of infantry, they just need a few extra figures finishing off. After that, 3 more bases from scratch and II Corps is finished and I can get back to the Austrians! The next step is to get the forces assembled for Aspern-Essling, before pushing on to the full Wagram setup.

Monday, 8 September 2008


I hear Partizan was a good show, I didn't get to see much of it! There was loads of interest in the game I put on. Here are few pictures:

An Austrian KorpsA French Division
The Northern flanks at the end of the game, with the Austrian IV Korps falling back and the IR Korps putting in a final countercharge:

..and the Southern flank with the Austrian III Korps holding what is pretty close to its start position.
Overall, the Austrian III and IV Korps attempted a pincer movement on the rapidly arriving and deploying French. IV Korps moved decisively against the French left but lost theri nerve, halted and then started a slow fall-bak that they never really recovered from. The arrival of reserves boosted the Austrian fortunes, but it took the reserve infantry 7 hours to march 2 miles, losing the initiative somewhat. In the centre, the Grenadier and Heavy Cavalry reserve made a late showing, inflicting substantial casualties on St Hilaire's veterans, but it was too little, too late. In the end the battle was a tactical score draw, but strategically there was no way to stop Davout from linking up with the rest of the French and Allied army.

Meanwhile, next to me was another 6mm napoleonic game, staged by Neil Shuck of "Meeples & Miniatures" and his gaming buddy Dave Luff. Their game was an introduction to 6mm naps gaming, using "Polemos:MDE" and utilising tropps and scenery readily available from traders at the show. A neat idea and well done:

Next stop, Aspern-Essling?