Sunday, 5 July 2015

"My First" Prussians make it to the Leipzig Tabletop

My Prussians finally make it to the tabletop in a battlefield formation! It has only taken them ten years to turn from silver legion wannabes to fully painted Prussian heroes with a flag (see below, as they march on to meet the French):

Meanwhile the Prussian maidens and womenfolk are left weeping as their menfolk walk off to war (see below, their view - "Will they ever see them again?") :

As part of the "map consolidation phase", the two separate battles being fought simultaneously are joined together on one table. An impressive Herculean task if truth be told as apart from the very "gingerly" physical movement of toys, much mental dexterity was required to rotate and merge the battlefield geography without teleporting troops in random directions (see the following photo sequence for full appreciation of the size of the battle):

My Prussians are part of a massive mixed  Prussian and Russian infantry XXX (see above top left, second formation down, the neatest formation bar the French "Old Guard" on table IMHO). On teh downside, they are headed towards a formidable line of French Artillery backed by infantry and cavalry. In short an "all arms" wall of death, not a nice wargaming christening (see below):

The panoramic view from the French lines on the main battlefield (see below, the Prussians/Russians are top, moving onto the battlefield and the French in the center of the photograph to bottom, ready and waiting, just off to the right would be a large formation of "Old and Middle Guard!" just emerging from the fields around Leipzig):

The view of the French dispositions across the blue river in the above photograph is shown below (see below, the French have a good combined arms force but are outnumbered, however the Guard Artillery 'park' and Cavalry XXX are within easy reach): 

The man himself, Napoleon, is now awake and talking to his beloved Guard, admiring their potent artillery pieces and the glint of steel catching the bayonet and cuirass of their infantry and cavalry (see below, ahem note the understated six figure command base as befits The Emperor):

I have a feeling The Guard may have to be committed early to crush one threat and then turn upon another in true Napoleonic genius for the French to win this one!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Advancing along "The Road To Leipzig" are MY newly finished Prussians

I am more proud of the fact that I actually managed to finish these fine Prussian fellows after about ten years WIP status, than the finished paint job. It is after all my first attempt, albeit a long awaited final product (see below):

Playing around with the camera settings as per the 1/72 Commando post (Note: I am a cautious child as after over a years ownership and I am only now starting to play and experiment) gave me the close up of the command stand (see below): 

Brave fellows to a man, especially since they are on "the road that leads to Leipzig"! I now have to work out if I move over into 'factory production mode'and simplify my painting technique for a faster turn around for my remaining 176 Prussian 15mm Old Glory troopers.

After the unit was finally completed I did get a sense of satisfaction that 'deep down' meant I wanted to do more ;) 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Road To Leipzig Is Blocked by the French

The French infantry managed to deploy and squared off against the Russian/Prussian vanguard. Both sides view an attack across a defended river line rather unwise. The Blucher decided to take up a strong defensive position and use their artillery to good effect until the bulk of the Allied infantry arrived (see below):

Meanwhile the Russian heavy artillery (see below, top left hand corner) showed its teeth to the body of French infantry posing such tempting targets across the river (see below, top right hand corner):  

The French seemed content to "sit it out under the guns" until their own reinforcements came on. These happen to be a certain "Guard Artillery" formation. Time will tell if Blucher will appreciated the weight of this 'incoming cannon' as much as he was enjoying the 'outgoing'. This strange mismatch of "good troops in all the wrong places" came about from this simple enough looking board game (see below):

Note: Main battle to the LHS of the map, mini battle to the RHS of the map. Napoleon's counter is yet to be awakened from his slumber.

Meanwhile I am trying to paint a few more Prussians to make a complete "Age of Eagles" battlefield formation. Currently I am more spectator of other general's formations! The thought of literally moving my own troops is enticing ;)

Friday, 19 June 2015

Leipzig Continued ... the Allies Gather

As the opening phase of the main battle field draws to a close another meeting engagement sparks into life on a smaller table. Two French cavalry divisions (see bottom of the photograph) supported by integral horse artillery face off the powerful Allied vanguard. The river is fordable but the French cavalry are intent on denying the Allied artillery use of the bridge. This is very much a French delaying action (see below):  

The French cavalry are soon to be joined by a mixed force French infantry, cavalry and artillery on a road leading off from the right hand side of the above photograph (see below):

Blucher is rumoured to be close to hand, but no sign of the inspirational German as of yet! Will the Allies have the bottle to force a crossing or will they stall deploying and waiting for sufficent reinforcements?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Gems from the Attic ... "little beauts" ... 1/76 (or 1/72) Airfix Series 2 WW2 British Commandos (or should I say childhood survivors!)

Did I hear you say "Series 2"? (YES, see below):

I have seen the Internet pictures, so I know they did exist. I vaguely remembered them as a kid but later in life I wondered if they were in fact a false memory, implanted with wishful thinking. The big ones in 1/32 scale still exist (exact copies of what previously had been available in 1/76 or 1/72 scale) but sadly (as in tragically spelt with an "arghhh!") the small ones of Series 2 moulds were lost to us through misfortune or accident I believe.

Of course I am referring to the fabled Airfix HO/OO 1/76 scale Series 2 British World War II Commando Set. Other blogs have referred to them in hushed tones of reverence:

Imagine my surprise when my older brother called by with a sweetie jar crammed full of old toy soldiers and I poured out an assortment well travelled PBI. To find a small detachment of surviving British Commandos (see below, remember these are NOT 1/32 scale).

May I introduce my "survivors":

The radioman, remember this is 1/76 or 1/72 depending on your measuring ruler (see below):

Classic crawling commando, you know he mean business (see below):

My favourite pose, the grenade thrower (see below):

Even the guy throwing a rope is cool (see below):

The Bren gunner is another cool pose (see below):

The only dubious figure to my mind is the Bazooka man (surely we would have used a PIAT?) but heck he's still cool (see below):

Er, OK I don't think I can start planning the Cockleshell Heroes raid as I only have a partial canoe, but I guess you cannot have everything (see below):

Last, but not quite least, I think this guy was climbing up a ladder, but he could be hiding or a casualty (see below):

True, I am missing some of the classic figures: The officer with a Webley and Scott pistol, the cool standing Thompson "tommy gunner", the cool sauntering/walking commando, the runner with rifle and I am not a "full canoe", but I thought I would never even get my hands on the above! So I am a happy man ... full of childhood memories!


I am so excited I posted twice today!

"Two Hundred Years Ago" .. there was a little battle called Waterloo

So I decided to divert some of my wargaming time towards reading about it, albeit in the context of historical fiction (see below):

Four chapters in and it seems a good read :)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Killing Rommel, a book by Steven Pressfield

Just finished reading this book, while it is fiction it held my attention (see below):

May well have to make and paint up my Revell (ex-Matchbox) 1/76 LRDG trucks, jeeps and Dixon Miniatures 20mm metal SAS figures.

Naturally the Airfix DAK character throwing a grenade (potato masher) will have to get a look in too