Thursday, October 30, 2014

Artillery & Infantry of Saxe-Bearstein

Artillerists & Artillery (heavy, light and medium) of Saxe-Bearstein

Above you see some of Saxe-Bearstein's splendid Artillery and Artillerists.  Below you will find images of her famous Infantry (please note the grenadiers -- on your left)(Also remember to click on images for a larger view).

Regular Infantry: 

von Beck's Regiment -- rated superior
von Molson's Regiment -- rated superior
von Busch's Regiment -- rated veteran
von Pilsen Pioneers -- rated veteran
von Sleeman's Regiment -- rated veteran
von Egger's Regiment -- rated ordinary
von Koch's Regiment -- rated ordinary
von Schlitz's Regiment -- rated ordinary

Irregular Infantry:

Grolsch Grenzers -- rated veteran
Pabst Poles -- rated ordinary


Skirmishing Foot:

Veltin's Jagers -- rated superior
Richter's Jagers -- rated veteran
Blatz' Jagers -- rated ordinary


 -- Jeff

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saxe-Bearstein Army -- Command & Mounted


Above you can see a sample of a General, his Aides de Camp and some Brigadiers.  Below you may view Saxe-Bearstein's renowned mounted troops.  (Note -- click on any photo for a larger view).

Heavy Horse:

von Ursa Kuirass Regiment -- rated superior 
von Comocks Kuirass Regiment -- rated veteran 
von Goethe Kuirass Regiment -- rated veteran 
von Veltin's Kuirass Regiment -- rated ordinary

Dragoon Regiments:

Edelbrau Dragoon Regiment -- rated superior
Nachtbock Dragoon Regiment -- rated veteran
Wildschwein Dragoon Regiment -- rated veteran
Rottlager Dragoon Regiment -- rated ordinary

Light Horse (irregulars):

Heineken Hussars -- rated veteran

Coors Cossacks -- rated ordinary

To view Artillery & Infantry of Saxe-Bearstein click on this link.

-- Jeff

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Happy Thanksgiving (Canadian Style) to All

Here in Canada Thanksgiving takes place in early to mid October . . . because it gets colder sooner here in the north and it is basically a harvest festival . . . and this year today is the day.

Having just finished a nice turkey dinner that my dear wife prepared for us, I am feeling quite mellow . . . so please allow me to wish all of you a very thankful time; and remember that you do not have to wait for a "special day" to do so.

My very best wishes to all of you!

-- Jeff

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

More ECW Units Finished

I have now finished the last six pike and shot units for my English Civil War Royalist Army.  Pictured below (along with those in my earlier post (clicky)) are what my dozen pike and shot units look like . . . followed by individual photos of the six new regiments (click for larger images).


12 Royalist ECW Pike & Shot Regiments

The new regiments are as follows:

Sir Anthony Thelwell's Regiment

Sir Lewis Dyve's Regiment


Sir Henry Vaughan's Regiment
Sir Gilbert Talbot's Regiment

Sir Gervase Lucas' Regiment

Marquis of Winchester's Regiment


I am also near finishing four units of Commanded Shot . . . but I still have ten units of Cavalry as well as a couple of Dragoon units (both mounted and on foot) as well as all of my Generals and Brigadiers . . . not to mention artillerymen.

So I am far (okay much too far) from being where I want to be with this army . . . but for me the hardest part is now finished because unlike most gamers I find foot far more tedious to paint than mounted troops.  Beside which all I really only need to finish is some of the mounted and a few officers before Murdock and I can try out some ECW rule sets on the table top.

-- Jeff

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Opponent's Evil Army

Murdock has just posted a number of photos of his English Civil War forces (click on previous under-lined passage to see them).

Nasty Parliamentary Gunners

 Now I must make clear that Murdock himself is not an evil chap . . . he is in fact a jolly fine fellow and a very kind and helpful friend.  His ECW army on the other hand is filled with the sort of fellows who would cancel Christmas . . . indeed I believe that Cromwell did just that . . . certainly not the kind of people one would want in one's home.

I, on the other hand am building a Royalist force (see my last post).  Now I will freely admit that Charles is not my ideal as a king . . . but he IS king . . . and you would certainly rather have the Cavaliers at your local pub than those Roundheads.  Admit it . . . who would you rather have a round or two with, stout fellows or Bible-thumping puritans who would banish "cakes and ale"?

Now I must confess that Murdock did agree to take on this Evil Army as a concession to me since I wished to run the Royalists (as I sure you would too).  He really is a jolly good chap (even if he is serving as a Roundhead).

Please take a look at his blog post (clicky).

-- Jeff

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First ECW Figures Finished

Well I have finally finished my first six ECW Royalist units.  Following the photos (click for larger images) I will discuss my reasons for the "unusual" basing and for the "command figure" in front of the units.


Sir Allan Apsley's Regiment

Earl of Northampton's Regiment

Sir Stephan Hawkins' Regiment


Sir Edward Stradling's Regiment


Lord General's Regiment


Sir Thomas Blackwell's Regiment

So why did I place five figures on the pike stands (placed like a five pip on a d6) and three figures on each shot stand . . . all instead of the usual four on each?

I firmly believe that pikes should be in "close order" and that (with burning matches) matchlock men would be in a looser (although not "open") order for safety's sake.  Others may well disagree, but I think that it looks good.

As for the "command figure" in front of each unit, it does not fight.  It is simply a marker for the unit's current status . . . in front for good order, in back for disordered, and well behind the unit if shaken.  This allows for a "marker" that does not disrupt the look of the battlefield.

Flags (and coat colors) are from the fine Wargames Design website . . . although I have increased the flag size to 45mm square (pikes/flagstaffs are 80mm).  My bases are nominally 2" square . . . but are actually 47mm square so that they will fit into my display cabinet.

Figures are a mix of 28mm Perry, Warlord plastics and some unknown figures I got from another gamer.

Now to finish the rest of the Foot so that I can move on to the cavalry.

-- Jeff

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