Friday, August 29, 2014

ECW Painting Progress

While "real life" has been slowing me down, I have still made it to the painting table more than a few times.  Pictured below is the current state of a dozen Pike & Shot units:

All figures were placed on painting sticks and black primed, then "damp brushed" with white and coloured "identifiers" painted on the sticks.

Since then all figures have had at least 5 colours applied (many have more) -- at a minimum every figure has flesh, hair, headgear, coat and breeches painted.

Since I wanted an "irregular Regular" appearance, I have used three somewhat similar coat colours in each unit (painting one stick each of pike & shot with each colour).  I then used four varied colours for breeches (painting one figure on each stick with each colour).  Also I've varied the hat colours as well.

The result is that no two figures are painted the same way . . . but that each unit will look like a unit (albeit perhaps a bit ragged or with differently aged uniforms).

So, what is left to do?  Most of the leatherwork (belts, boots and pouches), most muskets and most metal bits plus a few odds and ends.

Oh yes, I also have four units of Commanded Shot at about the same point in the painting process . . . but all of the mounted still await my brush . . . *sigh*.

-- Jeff

Monday, July 07, 2014

A Campaign Map

Back in 2002 I created a "campaign map" using a program called GameMapr (not sure of spelling).  It uses quasi-Germanic names.  It is free for anyone to use for an Imagi-Nations campaign if they so wish.

I might well use this for an upcoming Solo Campaign War between Saxe-Bearstein and those ever-vile Stagonians . . .  but using on-line rulers to run the larger aspects of the campaign.

What you see above is a stretch of the the Azkyk mountain range which separates a pair of traditional enemies . . . and unfortunately there are numerous passes through the hills that armies might use.

What I was thinking about was allowing each side the following:
  • Four "Field Generals" -- One of whom must protect the capitol.
  • Sixteen "Brigadiers" -- minimum of three with each General
  • 30 Battalions of Foot -- 6-10 with each General
  • 20 Regiments of Mounted -- 4-8 with each General
  • 30 Battalions of Militia Foot -- max of 4 per city
  • 10 Guns for Field Generals -- 6 light, 4 medium

The Militia troops are not mobile -- they are also of "poor" morale and only usable to defend their own city.  (I will have four such units that could be used for either side so that is why a maximum of four per city.)

Indeed, if it was not already obvious, the above numbers are suitable for the troops I have available . . . basically three times my ten units of foot and two times my ten units of mounted.

I still have some painting to do (three of the Milita units) and my rules to polish before I can contemplate running this . . . and, of course, the recruiting of my opposing Ruler/Generals.

-- Jeff

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lots of Artillery

I just finished assembling some 18 artillery pieces and tomorrow I'll prime them (weather permitting).  They are mostly RSMs -- 8 light guns (3#ers), 8 medium guns (6#ers) and a pair of heavy guns (12#ers -- note that I've already got 4 of these painted up).

Half will be given blue carriages and half red.  They will serve for my Stagonian Wars forces as well as for other periods (with different artillerymen, of course).

Of course this means that besides painting the guns, I will have to paint up a bunch of oxen and horses as well . . . and, of course, artillerymen for a variety of periods.

"Why am I doing so many?". . . well, because I had them I suppose . . . and having them, I might as well paint them, right?

-- Jeff

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hussars Finished

Despite having another flare-up of my gout, I have managed to finish the last two planned units for my Saxe-Bearstein and vile Stagonian forces . . . a pair of irregular Hussar units (one for each army).

At left is a view of the irregular forces for both Saxe-Bearstein (left of photo) and those vile Stagonians (right of photo, in blues).

Each army has two irregular foot and two irregular light horse units.  Below find closer photos of the two new Hussar units:

Saxe-Bearstein Hussars
Stagonian Hussars . . . so very vile

Each army also has three 12-man foot skirmisher units, which are mounted individually.  The Saxe-Bearstein unit facing colors are Yellow (pictured), Green and Black; while those of the vile Stagonians are Blue (pictured), Lavender and cream facings:

Other Saxe-Bearstein Foot Skirmishers have Green & Black facings
Lavender & Cream are the facing colors for the other vile Skirmishers

The Skirmishers have been finished for ages but I'd never posted photos before today.  The Hussars are the only new units . . . and I had to 'play hooky' from painting my ECW units in order to paint them . . . but I needed a break from all of the pike & shot units.

-- Jeff

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A look at the Regulars

It has been a while since I've posted.  This is due to a number of health problems that my wife has been going through.  They have been eating up a lot of our time but they seem to be steadying off a bit.

Saxe-Bearstein Foot, Horse & Dragoons
To the left you can see some of the "good guys".

The eight regular infantry regiments (there are also two irregular regiments) are shown above.

By the way, the unit in yellow coats are the von Pilsen Pioneers.  These veterans are not only a solid combat unit but are available for engineering duties when required.

Below them are four units of Horse (in darkened cuirass) and four units of Dragoons (in red coats).

Regular Stagonian Infantry, Horse & Dragoons
And to the left you can now see the regular line troops of the "bad guys" . . . yes they are those much despised vile Stagonians in another combined photo.

The regiment with light grey caps are the "St. Cyr Sappers" (similar to the von Pilsen Pioneers in that they are also an engineering unit).

Beneath them are the four Horse (blue coats on the left) and Dragoon regiments (on the right in variously colored coats) of Stagonia.

Not shown are the jagers of both armies.  Each has four units of 12 figures each (all individually based on pennies).  The irregular foot (two 24-man units each) and light horse (two 12-horse units each).

Also not shown are the Generals, Brigadiers, Aides de Camp and Artillery . . . but they are all painted and ready as well.

-- Jeff

Monday, April 14, 2014

ECW Royalist Army Composition

I thought that I'd share with you the intended composition of my ECW Royalist army . . . at least as intended at this point (the figures have been purchase but are not yet painted).  Read more about my ECW adventure on my "Project ECW" blog.

Photo of Murdock's Parliamentary Troops -- not mine

First my Foote:
  • Pike & Shot -- 12 units (5 Green, 4 Veteran, 3 Elite)
  • Commanded Shot -- 4 units (1 Green, 2 Veteran, 1 Elite)
  • Dismounted Dragoons -- 2 units (1 Green, 1 Veteran)
Then my Mounted -- 12 total units -- 10 Horse, 2 Dragoons:
  • 7 units of Gallopers -- ( 2 Green, 3 Veteran, 2 Elite)
  • 3 units of Trotters -- (1 Green, 1 Veteran, 1 Elite)
  • 2 units of mounted Dragoons -- (1 Green, 1 Veteran)
Finally the Artillery -- a variety of different sized guns with enough artillerymen to man as many as we are likely to field.

I should note that the above lists are substantially the same as Murdock's Parliamentary Army except that he will have the exact reverse number of Trotters and Gallopers.

-- Jeff

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vile Stagonian Situation

I'm undergoing another gout attack so I'm zonked on pain killers right now . . . so maybe I'm overlooking something obvious but I seem to be unable to access my Kingdom of Stagonia blog.  It was created using a different email account and Google (which absorbed Blogger) won't let me use that email address.

Therefor I will give you a thumbnail view of the current state of their army prior to "The Stagonian Wars".  Here is a glimpse into my figure cabinet at the main body of the Stagonian forces:

The sharp-eyed among you will notice that there are two fewer foot units than in the forces of the Principality of Saxe-Bearstein.

This is because those two are still in the process of being painted.  Their facing colors will be black and orange by the way.

In addition the army has two units of irregular foot and three of skirmishers . . . all of which are fully painted and based.

To the left is a glimpse of the Stagonian Horse and Dragoon regiments.

As with their opponents they will have a pair of Hussars as well (one of which is painted and one which is not).

And, of course, there are officers and artillery . . . all ready for the table top.

Again all of the figures in the Stagonian army are Blood Axe Miniatures . . . sculpted by Lance Runolfsson and available from Historifigs.

But the Stagonian figures are drawn from the Great Northern war line of figures as opposed to the Saxe-Bearstein figures which are mostly from the War of Spanish Succession line.  The primary difference being that the Stagonian figures have turnbacks whereas the "good guys" do not.

You might well notice that the grenadier hats are also quite different.

You can compare them with the WSS (non-bearskin) versions from my last post.

Actually I should clarify that the irregular units for both armies are mostly drawn from the Blood Axe GNW forces of Russia and Poland.

Again the irregular companies (i.e., stands) are based in a loose diamond shape instead of the more traditional two by two companies of the regular line troops.

Above you can see some in both line and column formations . . . and again they are based on the same size bases  as the mounted troops (around 50mm square) instead of the 40mm square basing of the regulars.

-- Jeff