Friday, August 18, 2017

Giant Commission -- British Line Infantry

The last of Glenn's armies is the biggest: the Anglo-Allied army at Waterloo.  I started with these 226 British line infantry.

69th Foot

1st Foot

32nd Foot

28th Foot

73rd Foot

33rd Foot

30th Foot

Hanoverian Line

GMB Flags

I do love the GMB flags.  When they first released their 15mm line years ago, I wondered if it was worth the bother and expense.  Now I use nothing else for my 15mm figures!

Foot Guards Command

Next up will be the foot guards!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Game Night!

My daughter Katie painted up a box of 54mm Romans last year, and tonight we finally got them on the table!  I painted up two boxes of Gauls to face her troops.

Katie and Annie commanded the Romans, while Jack and I took charge of the Gauls.  I made up the rules in my head, but they were heavily based on Warhammer Ancient Battles.

When the Gauls charged through the woods, Katie brought her troops right into the fray!

Jack moved his warbands to engage Annie's cohort.

The terrain had no effect on anything.  It was just a nice surface on which to game!  The mat was from Cigar Box Battles.

I kept the rules VERY simple, really just giving the kids an excuse to roll dice.  Everything was heavily weighted to favor the Romans.

Annie's cohort lost half its strength and its leader, but Katie's annihilated two warbands without losing a man!

All in all, it was a successful night.  All the kids are raring to go again!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Giant Commission -- Complete Prussian Army

The Prussian army is finally done!  Here it is in all its glory.

Line Infantry, Jager

These are regiments 1-12, with two musketeer, one grenadier, and one fusilier battalion per regiment.

Landwehr Infantry, Foot Artillery
This is the landwehr of six regions, with four two-battalion regiments in each region.

Cavalry, Horse Artillery
Here we have six regiments each of dragoons, landwehr cavalry, hussars, and uhlans along with four regiments of cuirassiers.

This army contains 674 foot, 91 mounted, and 21 guns.  I started in early March, so it took me just under four months.  All the figures are AB Miniatures.  The flags are from GMB Designs, and the bases are from Litko.

Links to previous armies in the giant commission:


The last army will be the Anglo-Allies at Waterloo.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Giant Commission -- Last of the Prussians

Glenn reviewed his orders of battle and discovered he needed more Prussian cavalry and some generals to command them!  He sent an order into Eureka, and I held the army until I could finish these last 31 mounted figures.

5th and 6th Uhlans, 3rd and 6th Dragoons

8th and 9th Hussars, 1st Elbe and 2nd W. Prussian Landwehr

Blucher and His Generals

On Monday I will have pictures of the whole Prussian army.

Monday, June 12, 2017

28mm 16th Lancers

My last little painting interlude before finishing Glenn's armies is this unit, painted for my gaming buddy Kevin.

The figures are all Foundry with lances from North Star.  I made my own pennons from printer paper.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

28mm Confederate Cavalry

While I wait on some figures for Glenn's Prussian army, I attempted a few figures for myself.  I got a great deal on some Foundry Civil War figures, and a part of that deal was this set of 48 Confederate cavalry.

I was a little disappointed that Foundry only has two horse poses, but I think that by varying the horse colors I was able to keep the unit from looking too regular.

You'll notice that none of my Confederate cavalry wears a forage cap or kepi, and none has the yellow cavalry piping on their uniforms.  Look at original (not reproduction) items of Confederate cavalry dress, and you will not find much yellow.  I have only seen a couple of pieces, and only on officers' cuffs.  Since all my officers are wearing riding gloves, I omitted all yellow piping.

I went with a variety of greys and butternuts for these units.  I wanted to portray a veteran cavalry unit with the remains of various uniform issues mixed with some civilian dress.

As always, the flags are from the incomparable GMB Designs.

These 48 horsemen took me eight days to paint and base.  Now if Glenn's figures would just arrive, I would finish those Prussians!  Painting for myself seems unnatural somehow.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

15mm Old Glory Prussian Landwehr Cavalry

My gaming buddy Austin is cleaning out all his miniatures.  He sent me a 73 pound box of unpainted lead!  These are the first of his figures I have painted, 12 men of the 2nd Silesian Landwehr cavalry.

Austin had ambitiously replaced the cast lances on four figures with brass wire.  I grabbed my pin vice and prepped the rest.

I know a lot of people do not like Old Glory, but I think these are great little figures!

Without any clue as to how landwehr lance pennants would have looked, I went with a suitably Silesian color scheme on these.

I am waiting on a few figures from Eureka, and then it's back to the giant commission!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Giant Commission -- Prussian Heavy Cavalry

Ah, heavy cavalry!  I always like to mount my heavy cavalry on darker horses to make them look more menacing.  Glenn has decided to add some more bases to these, so the Prussian army is not quite done, but it's very close.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Cuirassiers

Mr. Barton has sculpted these figures in their dark blue Litewka, which they would have worn in the field.  Only the officer is depicted in white coat.

1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Dragoons

The Dragoons wore a light blue Litewka, and sources depict that shade everything from a sky blue to a deep cornflower.  I settled for the middle ground, painting Delta's "Liberty Blue" over their "Blueberry."

I'm just waiting on a Eureka order, and I will paint up the rest of the cavalry.