Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ermmm....LOL

When you are taking a picture their is always that one person....

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Work in Progress - 15mm Napoleonic Armies

I have been secretly busy the last year acquiring painted 15mm Minifigs to enlarge my Napoleonic armies.

In the works I have French, British, Austrian, Prussian, and my first army of old; Saxons. I also have access to a very large Russian army belonging to my father. The French are also reinforced by Westphalians.

Austrians

In the main the Austrians are all Old school (Series 2) Minifigs with some New style Minifigs thrown in. The Army is in the middle of being re-based. Missing are a couple of Jager battalions and a Grenz battalion.











Prussians

Again the Prussians are mainly Old School Minifigs with some of the battalions being of the New minifigs and a few random makes for the militia battalions. I am also still basing some of the battalions and not all are shown, there are at least another 4 or 5 battalions still awaiting to be based.














Saxony

My Saxon army is my First Napoleonic Army and is probably around 30 years old. It started with mu uncle giving me a starter set from the Guardroom which was at the time was a wargames shop in Dunstable near Luton.

Over the years it has grown into the VII Corps of the 1812 Grande Armee. Mainly Minifigs, Old School and even some 1st series figures which my Uncle gave me . It also has some Essex Hussars which I am not completely taken with and show one of my painting phases I went through.














I shall do more updates over the next few months. Thanks for looking
J

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Caliver books visit...Ooops

Caliver Books

I decided that over the weekend I would make a detour and visit Caliver Books ( http://caliverbooks.com/ ). It was a quick visit and I wish I had set aside more time for the visit. I also wish that I had taken along with me my camera.
If you have not visited them before, I suggest that you do so. Its an Aladdin's cave of Books, Rules and Miniatures.

It was mind boggling experience and I should have taken my reading glasses along with me, as I struggled to read the titles on some of the spines. I came across numerous books in French on the Napoleonic wars and some really nice books on the various armies of World War 1 at £62 each.  The latter I think will be on my 'to buy' list if I ever get round to doing that period.

I had gone for one purpose only, that was to get a General De Brigade set of rules and look at the Minifigs. Unfortunately I was unable rummage through the Minifigs as they are made to order and us mere mortals are not allowed in to the casting room for safety reasons.

At the end of very short visit, I was a lot of money missing, but  had a carrier bag full of rule books.

General de Brigade and two of the Scenario books.
 My first purchases was the 'General de Brigade' rule book and I also ended up buying two of the Scenario books, which after flicking through I may play using Lasalle to see what the differences are.

In The Grand Manner & Westphalian Guard of the Napoleonic wars
 It has taken me nearly 25 years to purchase a copy of 'In the Grand Manner'. My previously copy had been a photocopied version from my poorer days. In my defence I did not have a lot of money back when these rules came out, they were quite expensive at the time. Now its common to ask £20 to £40 a rule book, back then I was buying £3 rule books. I think 'In the Grand Manner' was in the region of £25.
 The other book I found at the last second was 'Westphalian Guard of the Napoleonic War'. This was a Oh yes moment as we had been discussing the Westphalian Minifigs figures minutes before. It was just what I was looking for and a must if you want to paint up Westphalians. The author also promises a book on the line infantry and cavalry as well.

Blitzkreig 1939 1941
I purchased the 'Blitzkrieg' book on a whim. It has some interesting scenarios in and a quick play set of rules. Once I have had a good read of it, I will do a more in-depth report about this book at a later date.

So that's all for now, I have lots to read and another visit in a month or two is now in the planning.
Jon