Thursday 28 July 2011

Battle of Muravski-staag

I fought my first ever real wargame last night with my chum Ken.
 Ken commanded a joint Russian / Prussian force trying to evict a joint French / allied force from a small village.
 The game ended about 11pm with the French still holding onto the village
 However, they were about to be creamed (technical term there) as the Russian juggernaut was about to splatter what was left of the French left flank.
 Good fun, great company, and Ken was very patient explaining the rules to me.
 We used Blackpowder and overall it was good.  I total newcomer picked them up (sort of) quite quickly.
 My only real concern was why should an attack column get as many shots as a line?
 Seems a bit odd to me. There were other things that just didnt feel right to me but may be thats my ignorance.
 Napoleon popped along to have his picture taken.
 The Old Guard were all that stood between a Russian / Prussian victory and salvation at the end.
 The Prussian line were wiped out to man and the game ended when the Bavarian artillery were probably about to do the same to the reservists
 A flurry of orders..............two glasses of red, some ham rolls, pork pie but none of those horrible sausage rolls or Pringles...........
 They looked relaxed dont they?
 Through sheer ineptness I managed to lose all the French cavalry and horse artillery without really achieving much.  Or, I held up the Prussian long enough for the reinforcements to arrive!
 Russian jaegar did well.  B*stards.
The beginning of the Russian onslaught.

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Help! Foundry Russian Napoleonics

I wonder if any of you kind ladies or gents can help me out of a pickle?  No!  Not branston (although with cheddar there is nothing finer) but the Foundry have stitched me up!

A while back I bought some of their Napoleonic Russian regiments; I bought some fatigue cap in great coat, and some in fatigue cap. Guess what? They are exactly the bloomin same!  This means I didn't buy any in fatigue caps and uniform coat during the last sale and I urgently need some!

If you have some spare Russian infantry march attack in uniform coats and fatigue cap I would be most interested to hear from you.  I can either swap you for great coated figures, or full dress with shako.

I'd also be interested in getting hold of some Russian Grenadiers (not guard) in post 1812 kiwer, and French grenadiers pre-1812 in campaign uniform and bearskin.

If you can help drop me an email at:


Tuesday 5 July 2011

Latest commission

 Foundry French Empress Dragoons painted by Moi, basing by Arch Duke Charles
 These are now in the collection of the said Arch Duke
 Front Rank Lassalle sold to ADC and based by him
 How to paint lots of different black horses and not have two the same shade
Foundry Grenadier a cheval again in Canada as part of the collection of Arch Duke Charles.