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Friday, 23 June 2017

Old Guard foot & mighty Guard Grand Battery.


Two Old Guard regiments and Guard Grand Battery.

These two forty strong regiments will head up my new Imperial Guard. The Regiments don't need an introduction I hope but the miniatures may. These are the Elite Miniatures Collectors Range in a suitably heroic and statuesque 30mm. I have four Middle Guard also by Elite which will be upgraded in time to the Collectors Range too. Painting is by Tony Laughton, nearly finished basing them, flags by GMB.

Sister regiments on the march.
So why this range? Firstly I really like the figures, yes they are somewhat old fashioned, a little gorky or goofy but that appeals in a weird way to me! They seem a little more "Imperial" than the Warlord or Perry ones who are in greatcoats - no good to me - I want full dress please. Front Rank do some lovely models but I found their OG a bit wooden. Foundry do a lovely range but they're mere children beside modern 28's. Even the ordinary Elite range didn't inspire but these did and that's all that counts. In future I might add Italian and Dutch Guards too. 

Below are some shots of the above supporting my Old Guard Grand Battery comprising four batteries, 2 foot & 2 horse; 14 pieces in total! 

Crews painted by Barry Hill, guns by Blue Turkey except the right hand battery which is by Pete Morbey of Elite Minis. 

I still need to dry brush the bases & touch up some travel damage. 

FIRE ALL WEAPONS!

"Witness the power of this fully operational battle station!"
A different Emperor in a galaxy far, far away.

Another post from me, is that three this month? Maybe I'm getting back into this? We have started a new game, a big game. It's a fictitious encounter set in 1812 on the road to Borodino, the pre game maneuvering has been done, deployment set, fiendish plans arrived at and we have played the first turn or two. I'll try do an initial post within the next week. Hope you enjoy these new additions and get to see them on the table top soon.

Best wishes for the coming weekend,

Jeremy  

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Heavy Metal Ecstasy - an update from the terrace. (And caption crude contest!)

You were promised more posts and here is the first plus a clue as to what comes next in my very crude caption contest right at the bottom. If you don't like contemporary Napoleonic pornography don't scroll to last image as it may offend some readers.
 
New French artillery minus one horse battery which I forgot about! 

Last Christmas I bought a pile of 28mm French batteries from Elite Miniatures in their excellent Juletide deal. The guns went to Alan Tuckey the crews to Barry Hill along with lots of other bits. They are all back & nearly finished. The bases need a dry brush and the crews a touch up here & there after the long journey by post. They are near enough done to share now. In addition there are two horse batteries painted by Pete Morbey of Elite Miniatures, one of line, one of Guard. The line battery isn't shown as "numptey boy" here forgot them...  "dum-di-dum, toodles". Anyway that's 25 new shiny guns for the French army. We needed some Old Guard artillery and I am selling two older batteries, one Front Rank one Perry and replacing them with these Elite Minis which I vastly prefer.
        
Line foot battery in full dress.

Same again.

Line foot battery in campaign dress.

Guard horse battery with 6lb guns.

Same again but painted by Pete Morbey this time.

Busy gunners. Love the officer directing fire - very dynamic.
Barry Hill did the crews, Alan Tuckey the guns.

Pete Morbey's battery again.

Two 12lb Old Guard foot batteries.
"My beautiful daughters."
N. Bonaparte.  

Crews busy loading.
Overhead shots.

Two Guard Horse artillery batteries. The top one is by Pete Morbey of Elite Miniatures.
I might muddy the wheels on the other batteries and highlight the metal work too - dunno yet. 

Two Old Guard 12lb foot batteries. One battery is loading the other firing.
These should dish out some pain!

Two line foot batteries, one in campaign dress another in full dress, I suspect one has 6lb guns the other 8lb pieces.

The whole lot minus that elusive horse battery.
Impressive, even if I say so myself.
A hint at my next post and a caption competition.

Crude & vulgar image follows.

Look away now if you feel the need too... 


"La Garde recule?"

So that wraps up this update. Please feel free to comment, the painters & Marauders always appreciate it. Once dry brushed these new toys will make their presence felt on the table top.

Catch up soon, best wishes,

Jeremy    



Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dresden 1813 - Conclusion


This post concludes the Dresden game which I first posted some months ago. I've lost my "posting mojo" hence the delay. We have played every week since but the desire to share has waned a little plus work/family has been pretty hectic. The Summer might see more.  

I have a heap of new toys to share with you and will do once fully based and worthy of your inspection. In short the massive Christmas order from Elite Miniatures has been painted plus a few more beside plus a few interesting bits from ebay & some painted by Peter Morbey of Elite himself.
  
The Battle concludes.

Crisis on the French right & centre...
 
Here Austrian foot drive back Italians with supporting charges by two regiments of cuirassiers who broke through...  

To the right of the above shot more Austrians relentlessly increase the pressure with further cavalry support and batteries. 

Elements of an Austrian Advance Guard Brigade including jaegers, grenz, & hussars 

Six Russian Guard & one Prussian Guard battalion fall on Bavarians supported by Westphalians. 

An outlying village and lynch pin of the French right falls to Austrians.
Note Westphalian Guards screen left.

Middle Guard quick marching from Dresden to prop up the failing French right.
Retreaters mill about impeding their progress.
That caisson is dashing to resupply a batter which ran low on ammo at a crucial time, as always.  

French "top brass" observe the critical situation from high up on the city walls. In safety.
I love that roof scape. 
The struggle on the French left

French heavy cavalry charge en masse and clear the Russians from this sector buying some time for Ney to reorder his Young Guardsmen and sort out another attack to recapture the Grosse Garten.
Then more Russians arrived...

Fighting rages in & around the gardens...

The Bavarian position looks perilous, Russian Guards to the front & now Prussians on the flank. 

Bavarians lining the breastwork of their redoubt.
Dresden looms in the distance.

Russian Guard Cuirassiers arrive with a horse battery - Perfect.
Great command vignette.

Russian Guardsmen & Austrians plough into the Bavarian & Westphalian lines.

Hanging on grimly.

Russian Guards - not sure which regiment.

Russian 6lb battery deploys to bombard those French heavies we saw earlier. This is one of Tony's epic vignettes.
The cart brings up stale bread but will return with casualties no doubt.  
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Sheer numbers may just prevail for the Allies at the ornamental gardens. 

"There seems to a twig stuck in your spokes old chap!"

They score!
Lead Prussian & Russian Grenadier battalions storm and capture the Grosse Garten.  


The French left is in chaos with troops intermixed in tight confines under constant fire from two 6 gun batteries.


Finish Guard Jaeger - one of the junior Russian Guard Regiments.
These are Warlord plastics with Front Rank command waving very pretty GMB flags.
Painted by Barry Hill for me, based by Chris & I.  

A panoramic sweep across the field of battle showing the depth and width of the battlefield, 14'6 x 14'. 

A similar shot... 

and another.

At this point the French threw in the towel conceding defeat. 
The Austrians were rampant. Well handled & numerous combined attacks with great support. 
The Russian Guard looked powerful but never fully exerted their full power & potential.
The Russians on the French left performed poorly but were numerous enough to outlast Ney.
The Russo Prussian attack on the Grosse Garten was well handled. They took & retook it twice.
The Prussians elsewhere had little or no impact being very slow to deploy.

The French and their allies held on bravely. Most formations stood their ground until the end despite some frightful loses. In some respects this was a problem because fresh formations struggled to insert themselves into the line. Cavalry formations especially blocked the route of march or unformed others as they milled about. This prevented the Guard from even firing a shot, drawing a sabre or deploying a cannon. The French launched only one major counter attack, that of the heavy cavalry. This repulsed the first Russian line but never exploited it.    

The General d'Armee rules in a beta test format held up very well. These have now been published in a final set which are even more streamlined and playable; truly an excellent set.  

This was a wonderful game to play, infact we did so twice with the same result twice! We are presently playing the test game in the rule book, a fragment of Bautzen, it's tight!  

I hope to post a bit more in future, possibly shorter update style material as these "slug fest" write-ups are very time consuming to write.

Best wishes,

Jeremy