Saturday, 9 June 2018

1866 Prussian Allies finally start to mobilise - more S range conversions

After a foray into the world of 15mm, I have finally come back to my 1866 Minifigs S range project.

On the one any only outing on the wargame table it became apparent that the Austrians and allies outweighed the Prussians and their allies.  The call went out for more troops but some delay in supplies of new figures and a slump in my converting of figures held thing up.

However in the background I have been working away slowly – very slowly.  Here are the latest recruitments.

Waldeck Infantry

A straight repaint of the Prussian Infantry figures from my spares box. With a green coat and rather fetching white gaiters and armband the Waldeck Infantry cut a smart unit. 

The Lippe (Detmold) Infantry  

Basically the same as painting the Jagers except they have a brown backpack and a yellow and red cockade.  

They are awaiting their flag which is proving to be a bit of a challenge at the moment.  I could just give them a Napoleonic flag but the standard in the background is quite different.

Oldenburg Dragoons
I thought I could just paint up some ACW cavalry as the pictures I had seen looked like the dragoons wore an ACW type kepi. Unfortunately, the S range ACW figure’s kepi is very ‘slouched’ if that’s a word – high at the back and low at the front – and looked wrong.  I therefore filled down the kepi to make it ‘flatter’.  They also have crossed belts and I didn’t realise until I started painting them that I should have removed one of these.  They sort of look okay.

Mecklenburgh-Schewein Dragoons

Having not been happy with the kepi and the fact that the ACW figures were sword armed, I decided that these dragoons should be based on the Prussian Dragoon with a Wurttemberg kepi.  Rummaging through my spares box, I found a couple of 2 Prussian Dragoons, an ACW cavalry officer with a pistol, an ACW sword waving figure who became the standard bearer and 2 French dragoons.  Since everyone was going to get a head swap life was a little simpler.  Some quick work with a scalpel sorted out cross belts and epaulettes to give me 6 figures that looked reasonably similar.  I use a light blue as in the illustration above which looks grey in these photos – although I did notice that in Uniformology they used the same blue as the Oldenburg figure.

So the Prussians now have some more allied cavalry but still need more infantry! 

Next up the Mecklenburg-Schwerin Infantry shown in the picture above.   I am going to use ACW23 as the basic figure without any head swap (same figure as I used for the Hungarian Infantryman).  No packback on this figure so changing it is more simple.  

CORRECTION: This is ACW25 NOT ACW23 - not listed in the S range list on the Vintage Wargamer's blog and Not the ACW25 in the current Minifigs catalogue. But the absence of a backpack makes this a really usefully figure for all sorts of conversions.
He could just be painted as he is minus the back pack, but I will give him the Jacklex 20mm WW1 backpack as that is a rolled blanket similar to the one on the picture which I will just superglue in position after painting.

Friday, 1 June 2018

1866 Austrian 12th Uhlans S range conversion

I keep telling myself that the Austrians are complete but then I find a picture and think I wonder if I could make that!  Such is the case with a picture I came across showing the 1866 Austrian 12th Uhlans.  

The uniform looked like a cross between that of an uhlan and a hussar.  I couldn't resist trying.

So I give you my take on the Austrian 12th Uhlans, involving the head and lance arm from a FPW Prussian Uhlan and the body of a Hussar - minus his head and sword arm of course.  

I may still make a coil of hay(?) - horse feed as in the picture.  I only use units of 6 figures so it didn't take that long to hand convert the unit.   For now they will join the rest of the Austrians and the army will be finished.

The conversion went surprisingly well until I looked again at the picture and realised there was no fur trim to the 'Hussar jacket', so that had to be dealt with.  The sabretache is also wrong - I think - but after an attempt to remove it cleanly didn't work I left well alone.

I was pleased with the final 'bare metal version' but lost my way painting the figure to the point that I just wanted them over and done with.  I am still not sure what went wrong, or if I was just rushing, but I seemed to make a mistake with the painting at every stage.  Anyway they will do and boost the Allied cavalry.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

1866 Austrian Minifigs S range conversions continue

 In an earlier blog, I boasted that my Austrian S range army was complete.  I have to say dear reader that I misled you!

I had fancied some high command with the large feather bonnet, but I struggled with a figure to use.  Whilst going through my Crimean British Command, I came across this figure who has some feather already.  Jack made me a mould can cast me up 6 figures to work on. 

The first thing I did was to simply square off the swallow tails on the horse blanket.  Cut and filed away the tails on the jacket.  On one figure I cut away the ends of the hat to make it slightly shorter (grey coated officer) and the other I left the same.  I added a bit of green stuff to make the ‘feathers wider’. 

I just don’t think I got this quite right.  I should have made the feathers more distinctive – this is more like a large plume – and actually made it wider.

Anyway they sort of work for now until and if I can get around to trying again!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Turks V Hungarians A Pike and Shotte Game

Had an interesting game at Bob’s with his Hungarians which I hadn’t seen before.

The scenario involved a Turkish raiding force meets an Hungarian force sent by King Mattias Corvinus.  The Hungarians are led by mounted knights and heavy cavalry, backed by heavy infantry with 2-handed cutting weapons.  There was also a unit of crossbows.  Since the game is set in the late 1450s the Hungarians also had a "brigade" of Hussite mercenaries - 2 units of handgunners and 1 of flailmen - actually flail 'women' as Bob ordered the wrong figures.  Not that it helped the Turks as you will see later.  2 units of Pechenegs served as Cumans for the Hungarians.

The Turks for their part as well as the usual suspects: levy infantry and Janissaries, they also had a unit of Wallachs and another of early Turkish amoured swordsmen.

Bob commanded the Turks who outnumbered the Hungarians.

I took control of the Hungarians who although fewer in number, in their Knights were a ‘tank force’.

The Hungarians took the initiative with all except the Hobilars on the left flank moving forwards to the Turkish lines

The ‘Cumans’ moved forward and started to move and fire along the front of the Turkish levy causing some disorder.  Basically paralysing Bob’s left wing

The Bob moved his right wing towards the village on the right in an attempt to outflank the Hungarians taking advantage of his numerical superiority.

Again the Cumans rode forward to pepper the Ottoman left.  However this time they found themselves facing a large force of archers who hit back disordering one unit of Cumans.  Despite shaking one of the large units of levy infantry it managed to pass its break test.

In the centre, Bob launched his heavy cavalry in a charge against the Hungarian knights. 

In the ensuing melee one unit of Muslim knights was forced to retire whilst the other held its ground surviving a break test but things looked grim for the next round.

Bob’s horse archers swept across the front of my troops firing as they went ending in the village.

After 2 rounds of doing nothing, my Hobilars got going and blocked the exits to the village on the left.  The archers found themselves trapped and were broken in a one sided melee.  Meanwhile, with all this happening around them a fearless (hapless) knight is getting his ‘do’s and don’ts’ campaign orders from his wife.

Things were going well for me with my heavy infantry with their two handed cutting weapons following up on the Hungarian knights.  That was until they got a blunter test.  Fortunately, it only resulted in a move to the left but still left Bob pleased with my inconvenience.

All the while my unit of crossbowmen had been doing excellent work supporting the Knights and hitting the supporting Turkish cavalry units.

Amazingly the Turkish levy infantry continued to pass break test after break test.  Whilst seemingly a good result this infantry which was supposed to absorb some hits and run stood preventing the best Turkish infantry getting into the game.  Eventually it was one test too many and the levy broke and the large body of archers were forced to retire. The Janissaries were finally free to advance.

On Bob’s right the village was proving to be a bottleneck

The Hobilars saw off the first of Bob’s levy units and still the list of ‘do’s and don'ts’ was being given out.

On the right my infantry had been moving taking advantage of Bob's inability to deploy his troops because of the levy infantry blocking them for so many moves.  My hand gunners and Flailmen (women) flanking them.  Finally the failwomen launched a charge taking on some Hungarian mercenaries and roundly beating and breaking them.

The final unit of Turkish heavy cavalry was thrown in in a vain attempt to swing the game.  They failed and bounced off the Hungarian knights, but enough damage was down to force one of the units of knights to retire.

One of my units of heavy infantry with two handed cutting weapons took on one of Bob’s Janissary units whilst it held was the final writing on the wall.

The Sultan final ordered a general retreat

It was a good game, the Hungarian Knights were just too powerful for the opposing Turkish Heavy cavalry and with a stamina of 6 they just kept on going.  There were some lovely looking units on both sides which I hadn’t seen before.  The Wallachs, although they never got into the game, looked superb in their resplendent red uniforms.  More learning of the rules as we went along and a realisation after the event that we got things wrong, but not enough to spoil an enjoyable time.

The bulk of the figures are Lancashire Games 100 year War French, with a few Old Glory knights. The Hussites and Pechenegs are from Kingmaker with a unit of Irregular Miniature handgunners.

The large blocks of Turks are Lancashire Games, the rest are an assortment of makes including Essex, Kingmaker and Irregular miniatures.  The unit of Wallachs are from Warlord Miniatures.