Monday, 29 August 2011

Recently Painted No 29 Dutch Waldeck/Saxe-Heilburg Horse

Back to the Recently painted posts and back to my Nine Years war army. This is my second Dutch cavalry regiment and was extremely difficult to find any info about.
Dutch Horse Regiment No9, Waldeck. The regiment was raised in 1635 as the Vaan Cuirassiers, fast forward to the 23rd February 1667 and the new Colonel was George Frederick, Graaf van Waldeck-Pyrmont, Waldeck was made Field Marshal of William of Orange's army in 1688, he commanded the allied army at The Battle of Walcourt in 1689, which ended in an allied victory, but lost The Battle of Fleures the following year and The Battle of Leuze in 1691. Waldeck died in November1692. On 14th January 1693 Ernst Frederick, Herzog von Saxe-Heilburg-Hildburghausen became the new Colonel until I believe 1709.

Up until 1692 the regt wore a Grey/White coat lined red, but so it seems did most of the Dutch cavalry for the period. I've chosen to paint the unit up in the colours of the Saxe-Heilburg uniform, a Grey coat lined in pink, the main reason for this is the flags are known, I downloaded these flags from the Warflag website, and slightly changed the pink colour to a brighter shade of pink. I cannot find any information as to whether the regiment fought in any major battles during the Grand Alliance period, but you don't get to paint many pink units, so there you go...... Dutch Horse regt Waldeck.
If anyone can add any further info about this regt it would be greatfully received!!!!
The figures are from Essex and the bases are by Warbases, they are based up to BLB rules.


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Woof! or is it Bark at the Moon???

Aaarrrggghhh!!!!!! Apologies the first part of this post is a little bit of a Rant!

Its been over a week since my last post, what's going on??? I here you ask. Well the simple answer is School Holidays!!!!!! The wife has got herself a new job, which means school holidays are a problem from now on, so I was Told,  I need to take some holiday to look after the 2 youngest brats. Fair enough I suppose, now this is where things went tits up, I made a plan, I should know by now at 43 years of age never make a plan, for me, it never works. So first day of my holiday what happens?? My old war wound comes back to haunt me, actually I pulled my back out, when my back goes it goes big time, all I did was bend over to pick up the TV remote, that I'd asked the kids to pick up about 23 times, it felt like that mad axe killer in all the crap horror films came up behind me and chopped the back in half! So all my decorating, figure painting, rule writing Call of Duty playing and kid entertaining went out of the window, instead of that I sat for the week watching crap kids TV,  and was slowly driven crazy by Holly and Nieve arguing all the bloody time.... deep breath!!!!! I don't really remember the first day too much, my wife who was luckily off that day gave me one of her painkillers, (naughty I know), I drifted off, wide awake to a happy place with no pain and elves and fairies, (I watch far too much kids TV)
Anyway today my wife has taken brats 3 & 4 to a farm, brat No2 is starting a new Saturday job and Brat No1 is up her boyfriend's, probably?? So its me and the dog in the house for 4 long hours....ah bliss!!!!!

So I've very carefully taken the opportunity to take some photos....... So after that big moan above here we go!!

As some of you will already know, my previous post was about the three bears, today's is about their fellow woodland creature... The Wolf!!
After I bought the bears on ebay I started to try and think of other animals that I could possibly use to make trouble for the troops in the FIW. I searched the net for a company who sold 15mm wolves, sadly it seems nobody does, apart from fantasy looking wolves, which were either far too big or just looked silly. I even had Postie searching all his old wargame catalogues, he came up with an idea though, I'd previously bought some 15mm dogs from Irregular Miniatures, this were to use in my Indian village and perhaps as the faithful hound of a British Colonel during the FIW.
So a quick call to Irregular Minis, I ordered 6 x FAN11 Alsation dogs, and hey presto we have a wolf pack, ok they don't really look like wolves, but they do fine for me!!
Thanks have got to go to Barry S, for giving me lots of ideas, click his name for his blog or this one for his Photobucket site, There's some beautiful work here, there's lots there that I've got to make!!


Friday, 19 August 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears oh my!!

Why? why? why? I hear you say. The simple answer is "How the hell do I know?".
Ok, ok, I've been painting up a few wild animals for my 15mm FIW skirmish game, instead of painting up the units I need to play the game, (lots more French line needed). I thought I'd take a break from the normal hum drum of red coats and Napoleonics and get something else painted for a change. The 3 bears where an Ebay impulse buy a couple of months ago, I believe the figures are from Magister Militum, I think I paid 99p for them!!
Whilst painting one evening, with all thoughts wargame running through my simple head, I came up with the idea of adding some animals to my FIW project, just to add a random factor to the rules,
Somewhere in the deepest darkest forest.......
   "A Ranger company is trying to sneak up on an Indian encampment, they move past a strategically placed rock and out jump the three bears, minus goldielocks of course, the bears then create havock, kill a few Rangers and alert the sleeping redskins that their foe is a'coming".

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Viking Flags No8

I've been asked by several other Viking fans to make up some Viking flags to use on their Longships, so here we are just for Paul in his Mancave and Roger in his Barracks, 11 flags for 11 ships, that should keep you both busy. I've kept them deliberately plain looking with no fancy frills and edging,  not sure which one I like the best, but I'd have to go for either the first, second or tenth. I'll be using one of them, one day on my Longship, that is when ever I get my finger out and put the damn thing together and paint it, I've only had it for about 10 years!!!! It's a lovely model from my favourite Vikings, Gripping Beast.
Hope you like the flags and some of you use them!!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

NYW 15mm French Commander

As some of you may know I'm painting up an Allied army for The Nine Years War/War of the Grand Alliance/League of Augsberg, my pal and fellow Reject, Richard is painting up the French army.
Now Richard has come up with every excuse under the sun as to why he's not painted as many units as I have. I believe its just laziness on his part, he he! Not really Rich!!!!
He sent me this photo of his French Command stand, Rich hasn't chosen who this stand represents yet, but  it looks like the Duc de Luxembourg to me!!! I think he's made a grand job of this mini diorama, the figures are a mix, the artillery and artillerymen are from Essex and so are the horses, the riders are the Donnington figures. He's painted up several units both infantry and cavalry already, hopefully I'll post some morw pics of his work at a later date.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Battle of Pisek 1809 Part 2

The Battle of Pisek, Part 2

Oh Goodie!!!!
A great start for part 2. The French roll and get MORE re-inforcements.   Things are not going our way,
the French receive 4 units of Heavy Cavalry!!! The 1st and 2nd Elite Carabiniers and the 3rd and 9th Cuirassiers, they were so pleased they both rushed to take a photo and gloat, then Postie joined in the fun as well!
So I snapped them back! Look at the smiles on them smug faces!
And here they are in all their splender!!
Just to top things off, look where they turned up!!! On our left flank!!! Just short of a charge move away from Surj's Horse artillery. There were a few quite a few expletives shouted and lots of laughter from the French. "I do believe their flank to be vulnerable" they chuckled.  Ha bloody ha!!!!
On our right, I moved a unit around the rough ground to hopefully charge the next turn and changed
formation from column to line behind the ensuing melee.
Well blow me down, Austrian Reinforcements.  The 1st and 2nd Cuirassiers
Now I feel a little better! more reinforcements, 4 Battalions of Grenadiers. Both reinforcements
the cavalry and Grenadiers had to be diced to see where they arrived. The Cavalry arrived behind the left side of my Division, not the best place, but they'll help. The Grenadiers arrived at the back of the hill on Surj's left flank, which was great news, they can be used to plug the flank against the French reinforcements.
The three melee's on the right flank was pretty inconclusive. In the centre we drew and will fight again next turn, on the
right and left  I pushed the Saxons back, with both sides taking heavy casualties.
On the right Surj, moved his Hungarians forward to attack and harass the retreating Elite Brigade,
who had failed a morale test after last turns melee and all had to move back 12 inches. His newly arrived Grenadiers moved to plug the gap on our flank.
After a very bad turn Mike decided he'd move his troops back and wait for his
Grenadiers to turn up, but there was no escape.
Gotcha!!!, as both sides charges are made simultaneously, I caught a Saxon unit in the flank
before both his units could charge mine, so only one unit got in, as they were already so close I couldn't fire and just had to take the charge. The Saxon unit on the left Van Niesemeuschel, failed to charge after receiving horrendous casualties 7 out of 7 dice hit there mark.  The yellow markers visible are disorder markers, the blue markers mean, the unit has captured an enemy colour, the black marker means the loss of a colour, the white mean the unit still has a first fire (a +1 to the firing dice) and the small dice are casualty markers
The Austrian right flank, Its looking very bad for the Saxons
The Austrian left flank, The French have made it up the hill, Surj' has turned his right flank , his
skirmishers are about to fire and take a casualty from the French artillery upon the opposite hill. We have effectively cut the French/Saxon centre in half.

Where have the Saxons gone???
After devastating fire, the Austrians destroy three Saxon units, 1st Van Neisemouschel,
1st Prinz Anton and the 2nd Prinz Clemons are all destroyed to the man. This forced the Saxons to take two brigade checks, if one failed it would bring on a Divisional check, if both failed the flank would collapse. Mike had to throw two D6 for each Brigade, needing a 6 or 7 to have any chance at all to survive. The first throw was an 8, $h!t!!!. He passed, but only just. Hands together and prey, The pressure is all on Mike now, next he throws a 7, arrghh!!!!!!,  he passed again jammy git, and only by one!!!!

And that was the end of the game. Postie added all the points up, the final score was Austrians 17-19 French/Saxon.
The French captured 5 colours, killed 4 Brigade Generals and destroyed 2 whole units.
The Austrians captured 3 colours, captured 1 artillery piece and destroyed 4 enemy units.
It was a very close game only 2 points in it, but that made a minor victory for the French/Saxon side.
The Winners - Fran & Mike
The losers - Ray & Surj, we was robbed!!

At the end of the game Postie presented Mike with his own trophy, and he is
now an Honorary  member of Posties Rejects. It seemed like Mike enjoyed his day out with Rejects, he was a little quite at first but was soon shouting and screaming like the rest of us!! Maybe he'll be back again one day for another bash. If any other readers ever fancy a game with The Rejects drop me or Fran an email and we'll see what we can do.
The trophy
The Rejects - Surj, Ray (me), Postie, Fran (he's not that tall, he's
standing on a step) and  Dutch Mike.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Napoleonic - The Battle of Pisek 1809 Part 1

Firstly I'd like to apologise, this is not going to be like my usual Battle Reports, thing is the night before the game I went out on the razzle with a few of my norms, (norms being, my other mates who think grown men playing with little toy soldiers is a little strange). We went to the pub to see our footie team, the Mighty Leeds United, gets their butts kicked 3-1 in the first game of the season, so one thing led to another and before I new it the alarm was going off telling me to get out of bed, the alarm being my two youngest Holly and Nieve jumping on my bladder.
So, not a good start to the day!!! Then the hangover really kicked in, I knew I shouldn't have had that kebab!!
Anyway, I expect some have you have already been on Fran's blog and know the score. I read on Mike's blog that he'd be over in the UK on holiday and invited him to join us at Posties Mancave for a game, he didn't mind what game we played, so Napoleonics were chosen.

The Game
The Battle of Pisek 8th July 1809

On the 13th May 1809 the Austrian capital Vienna surrendered to Napoleon's forces. The Austrian army were still active even after suffering numerous defeats.
Thus the scene is set, two days after the Austrian withdrawal from Wagram (5th/6th July), with the Austrian forces escaping from Napoleon's armies, various Austrian units have been gathered to intercept a small French and Saxon corps from flanking what remains of the Austrian army.
The French are still looking for a fight and by god they will have one!!!
The Austrian army has started to arrive at Pisek, a small town about 120 miles north-west of Vienna, the French are also marching to Pisek looking for a fight.
French - Defeat one of the last remaining active Austrian forces and win glory for France.
Austrians - Stop the French and win a vitally needed victory against the hated French Empire.

The set up, with the French (Fran), on the left on the bottom of the picture and the Saxons (Mike),above.
The Austrians are on the right (Surj &Ray)
The Ausrian 2nd Division 6th Brigade - The 4th Vecsey Hussars and the
2nd Schwarzenburgerg Uhlans, both Elite units
The Austrian 2nd Division 4th Brigade. The 1st and 2nd Battalions of both
 the 14th and 24th German Line Regts
The Austrian 1st Division.  Commanded by Surj. On the hill is part of the 1st Briagde which
contained the 4th Jagers, (Elite), 5th Grenz (Conscript), the 1st Landwehr and
the 3rd Erzerhog Ferdinand Hussars. At the back of the hill is the 2nd Brigade consisting
of 2 Battalions each of the 20th and 42nd German Line.
Surj's view of the French advance, out of site at the bottom right of the photo  is the 3rd Brigade,
2 Battalions of the 34th and 1 of the 51st Hungarian Line
My move, at the start I received an order that re-enforcements will turn up at the bridge, so it is vital that it doesn't fall into enemy hands, so I moved my Uhlans and Hussars down off the hill to cover the bridge. This also meant a general advance of my whole Division must take place, which was something I really didn't want to do.
Surj's 1st Division advance to try and set up a defensive position before the French attack. The Hungarian move through the two hills, while the light troops from the 1st Brigade move forward onto the road.
Fran's Elite 1st Division, 1st Brigade advance. These were made up from 3 Battalions of the
15th Legere and one from 24th Legere
The start of Turn 2
Surj grabs the bull by the horns and charges down the hill with his 3rd Hussars straight into
a  column of French.
Both myself and Mike counter charge each others Cavalry. My 4th Hussars on the left crashed into
 and beat the Saxon Von Palenz Chevou-Leger, while my 2nd Uhlans routed the Prinz Albrecht Chevou-legers.

The same scene after the mellee.
The movement after the melle, saw the Saxon infantry close in on the Austrian right flank. Note the  Austrian cavalry retreating after the mellee on the hill. And after chasing down and destroying the other Saxon Chevou-leger Prince Albrecht, the poor 2nd Ulans come face to face with the just arrived Saxon heavy artillery.
The Austrian left, waiting....
What the hell!!!!! More Saxon reserves!!!! Each turn we had to throw a
dice , we guessed they would be reserves, but what and where we did not know. The French
got theirs first. Four, YES four battalions of Saxon Combined Grenadiers!!!!
The Saxons close in and charge 3 units from their 4th Briagde into the Austrian right.

Part 2 tommorrow