Monday, December 11, 2017

Giant Commission -- Duchy of Nassau Infantry

These 126 figures took a long while.  Only the highlanders have required a steadier hand!  The 2nd Nassau have one of the more colorful uniforms I have ever seen.

Orange Nassau Regiment, 2 Battalions

2nd Nassau Regiment, 2 battalions

Nassau Skirmishers

Now only the Brunswick infantry remains!  I hope to finish them up by the end of the month.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Napoleon Crossing the Alps

Every year our gaming group exchanges Christmas presents.  This year I painted this Foundry figure for our own Francophile, Kevin.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Austerlitz Game

Austrian Infantry Attacks toward Pratzen village 

Today Jon and Kevin joined me for our inaugural game in my new 600 square foot gaming room.  I built my own 9' by 5' table in the center of the room, with the table pedestal nailed into the floor!

Because today is the anniversary of Austerlitz, I dug into my scenario trove and came up with the initial French attack on the Pratzen Heights.  In the scenario, a small French division of veteran and elite troops was tasked with seizing the heights from a mixed Austro-Russian force of decidedly mixed quality.  We used General de Brigade for our rules.  It's a great set of rules for getting into the weeds.

Austrian Brigades 

Jon commanded the allies, and his force looked formidable ...

Austrian Battalions 

Until you looked at troop quality.  Jon would have to try to get these conscripts in position to slug it out with the cream of the French Grand Armee!

Austrian Guns 

Jon would have some Austrian light batteries, but he would have to get them into position.  Not an easy task.

Russian Brigade

His Russian brigade had better quality troops: mostly line and 2nd line, and a formidable 12 gun battery.

French Jump-off Position 

Kevin commanded the French, with three elite battalions, five veteran battalions, and 2 elite batteries.

French Shock Troops 

Could the Russians and Austrians hope to stop these elite units?

Russians Fall Back

Jon chose to have his Russian brigade regroup short of the scenario objective, the Pratzenberg.  His division commander was rated poor, and his orders failed to get through, but his brigade general rolled for his own initiative and passed!  Jon was able to deploy his vulnerable brigade out of immediate danger.

The French Advance 

Kevin ordered his troops to the reverse slope of the Pratzenberg where they would be sheltered from allied artillery.

Forward the Guns! 

Kevin moved the two elite French batteries into position and began hammering the Russian infantry.

Russian Counter-battery 

The Russian guns brought all their fire to bear on the French artillery.  Over the course of the game, the guns alone would chase both French batteries from the Pratzenberg.

Austrian Advance 

While the artillery duel carried on on the allied left, Jon was able to get his Austrian rabble moving forward.  He failed some command rolls, but within an hour of the scenario start, the Austrians were in position to do some damage.

Battle Lines Drawn 

On the Allied left, the Russian guns continued pounding away.  Both commanders were wary of exposing their infantry, and the objective remained unoccupied by anyone but French guns.

Mid Game 

The jockeying for position was over.  Now the day would be decided by bullets.

French Reverses 

The lead French unit, an elite battalion of legere, failed its morale roll and routed!

More French Reverses 

Jon was unhappy with his rolls, but his guns were still effective.  One elite battery routs!


The conscript Austrians moved up as the French steadily retreated.  Both sides racked up hits on the opposing infantry.

The Russians Pounce 

With half the French artillery chased off the hill and the other half nearing 50% casualties, Jon committed his Russian brigade.  Here he moves them toward the objective.

The French Lie in Wait 

Kevin's reverse slope defensive line prepared to attack as soon as Jon cleared the crest.

Russian Losses Mount 

As Jon's force topped the crest, French volleys toppled a few hundred Russians.  The stolid Russians held their position and returned fire: double sixes!  Kevin's brigade commander was captured, and the command paralysis that ensued kept Kevin's troops from closing on the objective.

Austrians Rout 

Just as the battle was reaching its climax on the Pratzenberg, one entire Austrian brigade failed its morale roll and routed to the rear.  It failed its rally roll, and the entire brigade lifted.  The pressure was off the French left, but those Austrian conscripts had kept the French too distracted to take their objective.

End Game

The French managed to inflict 3:1 casualties on the allies, but the Russians remained in possesion of the Pratzenberg.  This game ended in an allied victory!

As always, we had a great time.  The scenario was a very interesting example of undisciplined mass against very high quality troops. I was amazed that Jon, with poor troops and poorly rated leaders, was able to get his army to slug it out with the French at all, let alone snatch a hard-fought victory!  The fellows enjoyed the rules.  Everything went pretty smoothly, even though I was rusty with the rules.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giant Commission -- Dutch-Belgian Infantry

Here are the 150 infantrymen of the Netherlands.  I was able to finish these figures in just two weeks.  Painting resources are surprisingly hard to find on these troops.  The broad strokes are plain enough, but many of the smaller details (turnbacks, wings, shoulder straps, sword knots) are tough to nail down.

Dutch Line Infantry

Glenn will have two small battalions of Dutch line infantry.  The flags for all the Netherlands line units are, appropriately, white.

One of the Dutch line bases is a grenadier company.  Some sources showed Dutch grenadiers with a solid red plume, and some showed them with a white plume tipped with red.  All showed them with the shoulder roll.

Some sources showed the Netherlands troops with their own pattern of canteen, colored a mid-grey, but most showed them with British supplied canteens.  That's what I settled on.

Dutch Militia

I've always thought the Dutch militia looked spiffy in their orange facings.  The half sunburst on the shako front also looks impressive. 

This four base unit includes a base of "flanquers," and I was sorely tempted to paint their plumes a solid orange, as one source suggested.  I settled on the more probably solid red.

Dutch Chasseurs

The chasseurs fought pretty well in the 100 Days, probably better than any other Dutch force.  This is easily the most visually striking Netherlands unit.

Painting 79 shoulder rolls was a pain, but they look very imposing.

The skirmishers are in only three poses.  Hopefully I was able to create a good look for them by mixing up pose placement on the stands.

Belgian Line Infantry

The Belgian infantry also look sharp in the Belgic shakos. 

Some sources (Osprey, for example) have white turnbacks on these coats, but red seemed likeliest.

Belgian Militia 

Blue and orange.  Blue and orange.  Reminds me of the hated Boise State.  I need a silver and gold regiment to cleanse my palette.  Maybe I will paint some Brunswickers next.

After Thanksgiving, I will start up the Nassau contingent.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Giant Commission -- Field Jager and 95th Rifles

I apologize for taking so long to post these figures.  They have been sitting around, painting complete, for weeks, but I had not finished the basing.

Here are nine skirmishing figures from the Hanoverian field jager corps.  Glenn provided Prussian landwehr figures, which are a close match.

The 95th Rifles, thanks to Bernard Cornwell, are probably the most famous regiment of the Napoleonic Wars.  Glenn will have three close order bases and six skirmishing bases in his army.

With these two units, the infantry portion of the British and Hanoverian army is complete!

I managed to paint up the entire Dutch-Belgian infantry contingent over the past two weeks.  Once I finish basing them, I will post pictures.