Saturday, 9 March 2013

"Once more unto the...painting blocks"

Moving on to Italeri's French Infantry 6066 as opposed to their 6002 (which were the old Esci ones I think). I must say I like these for a change from Airfix. I have only enough for four battalions of 36 each which should produce six battalions of 24.
I'm using the same old technique for a fast paint job, around 20 mins per figure (sprue to based)
 If you go for close ups of these you'll see gaffs and blanks but it's the overall impression I'm after.
"Where's my watch?"
 We need around 6,500 of the various little blighter's for Waterloo (good job we aren't do Leipzig). Shouldn't have said that; someone will suggest it now.
 The only thing on the French figure to get highlighted is the jacket, otherwise it's all very straight forward.
 Tough undercoat. Then spray black. Then dry brush very light grey.
 Just paint what the dry brushing shows up...nothing more.
 Two coats varnish, gloss followed by matt. This way you can't forget how many coats of varnish have been done.
And, as always, never do one when you can do eight, never do eight when you can do a battalion, etc, etc.

Next....an extension of scenery.





Friday, 8 March 2013

Shako 2: Victory at Dusk

 With the loss of the1st French Infantry Division and the loss of the two left flank Dragoon regiments the writing is on the wall...
 The artillery call forward the limbers...
 ...and get out of Dodge.
 The Grey's look hungrily towards the guns (or is it the horses?)

 As dusk is falling, and the photography is getting worse, 2nd French Infantry Division is overstretched and still unable to break the British line despite nearly pushing it to the reverse of the hill.

 British Light Cavalry are behind (slightly) but away to the flank of the right hand French batteries. They threaten to close the gap behind the 2nd French Division now that their supporting cavalry is also 'Tesco'd'.
 The Divisional Commander gives the order to withdraw. He calculates that the disorganised and rattled line won't be able to follow up quickly enough to stop an orderly extrication.
 The Division stops...
The guns give covering fire. Darkness descends and the battle is over. It is a defensive victory for the British.

Now we need a quick extension of the battlefield and we can check out a new scenario.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Shako 2: "A Hard Pounding, Gentlemen."

 What looked like a display of French fire power and élan has become a scene of carnage. Apologies for the quality of some of these pics but they show the action.
Gunners work furiously...
 A British cavalry attack threatens the first infantry division.
 Firing is sustained and heavy from the British line.
 "They come on in the same old style...."
 Immediately, staggers and casualties stack up forcing a juddering halt in front of the line...
 ...units fall back hurt...
 The threatened flank considers the cavalry and forms square...note the first destroyed battalion marker.
 A counter charge destroys the engaged battalion
Meanwhile on the French right the cavalry division is destroyed and their mounts litter the field.
Back to the left flank and the first infantry division is forced into square by the British cavalry threat...and the casualties begin to stack up...
Even the ADC's get a hard time with Shako rules. Here another one bits the dust.
The second infantry division has more success. The centre gun battery is overrun and a battalion gets to enfilade the line.
The 71st HLI respond by about turning...
"Kill the officers, lads...our or theirs it doesn't matter."
...and wheeling to fire on the penetration from behind.
Now things get quite complicated but the rules are up to it. The French Dragoons counter-charge the British Dragoons...
...and the Union Brigade counter-counter-charges the Dragoons...(hold that thought)
The British lights, though very weak from their success against the French lights, attack the French guns.
The French gunners are not having it, so...
There is a bit of a to do (you know...sabre's, ramrods and bad language)
That thought you were holding, well, the counter counter charge is itself counter-charged. But you break it into separate punch-ups to get it resolved. Quite a neat feature which irons out any anomalies.
Second infantry division continues to push and gain ground but the British line doesn't break.
"One pint for an ADC, two for a General and a barrel for a Frenchie."
The 71st continues to fire while it is protected by a county battalion to its rear.
Too much for the blown and weakened lights they are destroyed by the determined French gunners.
Still they push but still they're held.
The first infantry division's morale is very high (well, the commander and his 2I/C) but everyone is dead.

Next time..."and the winner is...(once we get the blood off the gold envelope)..."