Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Baden Line Infantry - 28mm Murawski

More allied infantry painted up. This time two regiments of Baden line infantry from Murawski Miniatures. Figures for this minor state have been long sought after - given they showed up in quite a few battles, so great to have them. In later battles they also shifted to shakos, but I decided I liked the earlier 'raupenhelm' (caterpillar helm) look so went with that in this instance.

Nice figures again, seemingly a little finer in proportion than their Poles, though not noticeable when together with them, and part of that is due to the raupenhelm. I've done up 4 centre companies for each regiment, so I can add the two flank companies later.

Similar to what Peter suggests here, I couldn't stand the sight of the flags mismatched to facing colours and instead chose matching flags.  I wasn't as game to try his yellow/red striped helmet comb under the crest as he was, instead viewing the fact that the crest hides this on these sculpts as a positive feature from the perspective of painting time and difficullty :)

Here's Regiment 3, von Harrant, with red facings.  As Peter notes in his excellent article linked to above, historically most sources suggest they had a blue flag. But I tried it and the insanity of mismatched flags annoyed me too much - so a red flag to match the facing colour it is!





Regiment 2, Erbgrossherzog, with yellow facings. Historically they likely should have the above red flag(!), but I've given  them the yellow flag which matches the facing colours. And which was no doubt the intention until some German bureaucratic bungling or something.





My wife who is German informed me the mismatch of flags was actually done to confuse the enemy, which made me pause for a second or two until I realised she was (probably) joking... 

Anyway nice uniforms and figures! And very nice to paint as with previous Murawski miniatures.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Interview with me for 'Wars of Coalition' podcast

I've previously mentioned on this blog the excellent 'Wars of Coalition' podcast by Mark Jessop, which I've enjoyed listening to as I'm painting.  I was privileged enough to be interviewed by him for the most recent episode! Listen as we chat about Napoleonics, painting, wargaming, psychology and so on at the following link:

https://soundcloud.com/history-1792-1815/interview-with-mark-ottley





The Wars of Coalition podcast is "An Historical Chronicle of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, for the years 1792-1815; and of the USA for the years 1775 to 1975."

There are 171 episodes so far, and it looks like my interview will be the last episode for a few months as Mark Jessop is doing some travelling and research, and he also has a book deal to work on! Congratulations Mark!


An episode list of the War on Land series is here:

An episode list of the War at Sea series is here:

The Wars of Coalition podcast also has a dozen previous interviews here:

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Italian Line Infantry - 28mm Victrix

Some allied infantry for the French. I've done them up as 'generic' Italian line infantry in white uniforms with green and red facings/collars etc.  I used the Victrix 1804-1812 set for these as this is the earlier long tailed uniform.







A close up look at the elite companies. I included a cornet player in Voltigeurs, one of the options provided for in these Victrix sets. 

These Victrix figures look the part, though I have to admit assembly is rather burdensome. Every figure needs its backpack, arms, head - and also sabre for elite companies, attached. The plus side is you can get a lot of variety with these (which is particularly nice for the command figures), but more of a modeler's than a wargamer's set I think. The sculpting is also rather fine compared to Victrix's later Napoleonic figures. I added a couple of coats of PVA to the bayonets and top of musket to strengthen them a bit given I've heard other people complaining about breaking them. The later produced Victrix sets like the French Guard and Austrians are more wargamer friendly, with less assembly required.

You get 60 figures per set in these boxes, which includes 8 officers, 4 drummers, 4 standard bearers, 24 standing fusiliers, 12 standing voltigeurs/grenadiers, 4 kneeling voltigeurs/grenadiers, and 4 kneeling fusiliers! So rather lot of extra figures left over here from two kits I got, which I'll find some use for.  They come with plenty of arm and other options, some of which I've used with other plastic kits too, so they are also useful to add variety and conversion potential.

Ok thanks for looking, next up will be a couple of Baden regiments!