Friday, March 29, 2013

Greek Gods

As part of fundraising efforts at Spring Mysteries Festival 2013, I have painted a set of the Greek Gods by Foundry.

Hera & Zeus

Hermes, Athena, Poseidon, Hera, Zeus, Persephone, Hades, Hecate, Ares, Aphrodite (front row); Artemis, Rhea, Hephaestus, Demeter, Pan, Apollo, Dionysus, Hestia (back row)

Some close-ups of Poseidon, Zeus & Hades (top); Artemis, Pan, Ares and Athena (bottom)
They were fun to paint, now to see what excitement they can generate in auction for a good cause.

Monday, March 25, 2013

A sneak peek

any guesses?
A project that has been some months in the making is now coming to completion.

Here is but a sneak peek into the work in progress.

I shall have the lot done within 24 hours, and I must, as they are to travel with me to the Spring Mysteries Festival as part of the fundraising efforts.

I depart in two days time, will be back with you all and sharing the full photos after the trip.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms - Army of Infantry on parade

With the completion of the foot, I decided to roll out the whole of the Kaiserlicks that I have so far ...

320 minis in all so far wearing the white coats of Austria

The troops are on fender washers, then stuck to metal bases with magnets.  A strip of grass paper is between the man and the magnet.

I have brigaded the troops by helmet styles for the photo

It is only when you have lots of them on the table that the really cool effects get seen

some detail of the helmet wearing Austrian infantry of early 1800's
A greatly expanded command staff, including the sky blue coated engineer seen with the commander here

Okay enough looking back, onto the cavalry of Austria, Prussia & France.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms Infantry & Artillery complete

Latest additions to the Austrian force
The flocking was done last night, today offered an opportunity to get the troops out onto a table and get some proper photographs.

The force consisted of 5 battalions of line (one Hungarian - in the blue pants) and one battalion of grenadiers plus 8 artillery stands each with three gunners.  To command the lot were four foot officers, an engineer and a mounted officer (modified with epaulettes and a medal - green stuff is so much fun!)

Missing in the photo shoot was the one fieldworks basket that was done.  I now have another to go with it that is on the painting table, so I will do up a shot or two once I have at least a matched pair.

All minis painted from March 2-19, 2013.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms Infantry & Artillery WIP 6

Infantry & Artillery WIP - out in sun awaiting gloss coat
Nearing the finish line with this load of white coats.

Today the metallic layer was done and details and final highlights.

I paused to get a photo of the lot out in the sunshine this afternoon, just before the gloss coating spray was done.

You can see the 'sticks' that I mount the mini to for handling during the painting process, I put them on with a watered down white glue (like the children use in primary school for paper)  so that they will pop off the sticks later.

This body of troops now rounds out the Austrian infantry.

Up next on the Napoleonic troops list are loads of cavalry, for Austria, Prussia and some French Allies.

Along the way I will also have some Imperial Guard foot artillerymen and a few extra horse artillery for the Guard also.

the whole lot of Austrians just before the gloss spray in the sunshine

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms Infantry & Artillery WIP 5

Austrians in shako work in progress
The ink layers are all on now, actually damp still in the shots.

The red cuffs are also done, as is the red stripe on the flag poles.

Now to let all set overnight.

Next up the faces and hands.  Yellow, blue and green collars & cuffs.  Finally the metallic parts.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms Infantry & Artillery WIP 4

Austrian foot & guns WIP
More progress on the whites this time, only the whites as time was pressed.

(something also happened with my camera - the foreground was really out of focus on the bottom shot)

Now the flagpoles are all ready to take on the red, yellow & black stripes.

Inks for the artillery go on tonight and have time to dry.

Big section of color work to do next with all the units getting their cuffs & collars.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms - Infantry & Artillery WIP 3

Austrian Infantry & Artillery WIP
The Austrian Infantry, in shako, and artillery batteries continues to make progress.

this stage has the 'middle' layer color in place.

As you can see the pants of the artillerymen start to take on more shape and stand out from the doe brown shell jackets they are wearing.

Again the artillery still not looking so great, but then the inking stage is still a few nights away.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms - Infantry & Artillery WIP 2

Work in progress
The work continues on the Austrian brigades and batteries.

Now the block colors are all in I shall be moving to a smaller brush to lay on the 'mid-tones' of lighter blue and brown.

The artillery I shall be doing a new approach that I have read about involving inks.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Uniforms Infantry & Artillery WIP #1

Base coated on their panting sticks for handling
I always mount the minis onto fender washers now, so that they will be ferrous-magnetic and stick to the magnets in my basing system.  The advantage to this is that the minis are also more stable for single use, as has been called for time to time by my boys (who like the Grant style games better on the dining room table).

The Prince August guns take some time to cast right, yet once turned out they are great
The assembly line take a day or two to set up, yet once done everything paints faster, no more dropped minis due to cramped hands holding the bases.

field works basket in progress
I finished the green stuff basket and mounted it for painting in this lot ... if it works well then I may make up another 11 or so of them to make an even dozen.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Austrian Napoleonic Infantry and Artillery

print after R. von Ottenfeld
I have begun the work on another 100+ Austrian foot troops and 8 Artillery batteries.

Completion of these battalions will round out the foot troops I need for the Kaiserlicks.

Just the bare metal
The officers in this group being painted will include an engineering officer, just for the difference as most of the Austrian uniforms are white.

I have also taken to building a fieldwork basket from the spare green stuff as I modified the minis and stabilized the bases, there was always a bit left over, so I cut up some wire and set up the basket works.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Some Pike and Shotte

Diversions, lots of them appear from time to time.

I have been going over the 'pile o lead' and re-encountered some things that had been under planning and/or consideration.

This post is to focus on some English Civil War (ECW) pike & shot, horse, and Scots that I have re-encountered.  They were packed in Essesx, Dixon and Hinchliffe boxes, but I am reasonably sure they are not from those manufacturers.  I share some quick photos (a little out of focus on one) to help in the identification process.

The selection of pike and shot with an officer and drummer

The horse, with an armored torso and non, 4 heads and arms including a trumpeter

The Scots, including more pike and some different riders (no arms/heads swapping needed)
The peasants, clearly they are from a different manufacturer as they are smaller, come with shields and empty hands for holding spears or pikes (or could be used as artillerymen?)

Maybe those of you out in the internet land that recognize these blokes could leave a comment about them?

Monday, March 04, 2013

Russian victory in 1812

Russian losses over the same period were also far from light; it is estimated that at least 150,000 perished from all causes, and at least twice as manymore must have been crippled by wounds or frostbite.  An incalculable number of Russian civilians must also have suffered during the seven months of bitter fighting.  However, by the end of the year, the Tsar's forces enjoyed the great advantage of a strategical victory over Napoleon with which to boos heir morale - the soil of Holy Russia was clear of the invader.

The French forces and people had no such compensation, If it were possible, France's allies had even less reason for comfort or complacency.

~ D. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, p. 853

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Failure of a giant

In the last analysis, Napoleon's defeat can be explained in terms of two circumstances.  First, a general decline in the quality of his generalship, shown first in the lack of energy which led to poor supervision of subordinates and repeated failure to intervene personally at the decisive point (as had ever been his practice in the years of his prime); this is also reflected in growing indulgence in wishful thinking concerning the military capabilities of his troops (which he persistently overestimated) and the character of the Tsar (which he consistently underestimated).  The second circumstance was the sheer size of the enterprise he attempted to undertake; it is doubtful whether any soldier in history would have achieved a larger measure of success, both in preparatory and executive phases under the military conditions of 1812.  But in the words of philosopher Montaigne, quoted by the American historian, Dodge:  "Great and distant enterprises perish from the very magnitude of the preparations made to ensure their success."  The Problems of space, time and distance proved too great for even one of the greatest military minds that has ever existed, but it was the failure of a giant surrounded by pygmies.

~ D. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, p. 861.