Napoleonic


Nassau production line painting

More work on the Nassau, this time I did a production line test, painting 8 figures, everything worked out okay despite having to mix it up a bit during the process.  Today I cleaned up and primed the remaining 62 infantry ready to start painting in ernest tomorrow.  Until I get the remaining 62 Painted here is a few pictures of the 10 I've completed up to now.The first 10 which includes the 2 figures I painted first, It's almost a complete rear rank! Grenadiers and Flanquers  Grenadiers and Flanquers, this time from the side2 centre companies  1 centre company and Flanquers.As you can see I need to base the figures so a trip to The Battleground Wargames Show in November is on the cards to pick up some MDF bases and movement trays.Cheers

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Granja de la Abundancia, 1810.

Last Thursday we had great come back to the club. Bill Gilchrist after long absence finally visited us with a game. He returned with his favourite set of rules: Black Powder. It was good, because he knows some news about upcoming version 2 of the rules, so it was great share some gossips with him. For our game he chose the scenario  Granja de la Abundancia from the Triumph of the Albion, the BP supplement.W ostatni czwartek zanotowaliśmy wielki powrót do naszego klubu. Bill Gilchrist po długiej absencji postanowił nas odwiedzić i zagrać z nami. Powrócił z jego ulubionymi zasadami, czyli Black Powder. Było to o tyle dobre, że podzielił się z nami kilkoma nowościami z nadchodzącej wersji 2 zasad i świetnie było tego posłuchać. Dla naszej gry wybrał scenariusz Granja de la Abundancia z Triumph of the Albion, dodatku do BP.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Granja de la Abundancia scenario from the Triumph of the Albion suplementUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill GilchristSCENERY/S

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The Pearl of the Antilles - Haitian Revolution AAR #5 Plantation Oiseaux Moelleux.

Major Chevrolet stumbled into the grounds of the Oiseaux Moelleux Plantation to find Gareth Chasse standing on his manicured lawn staring at the ragged troops now filling his orchard."Duport is lost, you ran away Major and you brought Bosou Delaroo here to my door. Get out of my sight I will deal with him myself!""Maurice fetch me my hounds".......   No sooner had he yelled his orders, African drums and chanting could be heard from the hinterland, the women walked out from their huts and looked towards the tree line. Delaroo was coming to free them.After his victory a few days before Bosou Delaroo knew he held the initiative he had over 70 men under his command including the plantation slaves in the barns and huts spread out across the coffee fields. He had amassed muskets from the fleeing Guard Nationale and from the Spanish and planned on burning Oiseaux Moelleuxto the ground killing any whites he could lay his hands on.Major Chevrolet called his men to stand to. Ordering them to line the low stone w

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Cuban War Dogs in Haiti

A little behind on posts this week, but good news the focus is back on the Haiti project with new units landing on the paint table, thoughts for a campaign and new terrain items.I picked up these Caban War Dogs from Trent Miniatures several months ago and with a game based on an attack on the Plantation House, it felt the right time to get those on the table. These units were pressed into service by both the British, Spanish and French in trying to supress the various slave revolts.The dogs were a cross between a Bloodhound and a Lurcher were and initially used to chase down escaped slaves “These dogs can catch up with a Negro even if they are unleashed two days after he escaped,” wrote Louis de Noailles. In military planning they were also used as "the most efficient way to avoid ambushes and pursue the rebels as they flee,” The punitive expedition to La Tortue marked the dogs’ first use in combat. Hopes were high and their deployment was prepared conscientiously. The Cubans handlers and their dogs

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The Great Game, Napoleonic Nassau

As I mentioned in my last post the Ancients have been shelved temporarily as I have commited to play in  The Great Game a refight of the of The Battle of Waterloo.  The Great Game will be the biggest wargame ever played, bringing together wargamers from the UK and Europe with more than 22,000 painted 28mm miniatures.  The Great Game is a charitable event benefiting veterans and battlefield archaeology two subjects that are close to the heart of a lot of wargamers.  When I applied to play in The Great Game I volunteered to paint some of the "less common troops" so I got team Nassau in the shape of The 1st Nassau Regiment, not one of the most glamorous formations, but essential nonetheless.  A couple of weeks ago I ordered the first batch of figures from Front Rank Figures who make the most comprehensive range of Nassau figures and I started on them a couple of days ago, below are the first two test figures on their temporary bases.I painted the figure on t

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Battle of Starsiedel (Lützen) 1813

Sunday morning and I travelled over to Posties shed-o-war expecting to meet up with several members of the Rejects for our usual large scale battle. However when I arrived I was told only two of us were able to play so we had a rare one on one battle. My opponent was Surjit and Postie had set up a Napoleonic battle set in 1813 during the War of the Sixth Coalition. As usual we picked our sides randomly and I got the French while Surjit had a mixed force of Prussians and Russians. SetupPostie decided to play out part of the Battle of Lützen in which Napoleon attempted to halt the advances of the Sixth Coalition. The French invasion of Russia had resulted in a disastrous campaign and the loss of much of his veteran army. Following this the enemies of imperial France felt emboldened and quickly raised a new Coalition against Napoleon. In response the Emperor assembled an army of just over 200,000 men, the majority of which were untrained and inexperienced. There was also a chronic shortage of horses and the

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Charlie Foxtrot Models - Tidewater House - Part 2.

Nothing spurs you on to complete a micro-project like committing to put the next game on at the club. Having constructed Tidewater House a weeks ago I have finally finished the plantation house for the Haitian campaign of any of the occasional battles in the ACW or AWI that the club runs.I opted for the a slightly off white colour with white facings to give it thta classic colonial feel,I have decided not to base. Originally I thought about putting it on an MDF base surrounded by lawn's and cultivated shrubs but this might reduce it's use in perhaps more urban tables.Now let's see if Gareth Chasse can defend the Plantation Oiseaux Moelleux?Meanwhile news from Trent Miniatures several new items have appeared in the Haiti collection, with leaders of the slave revolt from both the begining and end of the revolution, with a bit of luck these will arrive and be painted in time for next game in early September.Boukman, the first leader of the August 1791 slave revolt in St. Domingue. Boukman had a large and power

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