Sunday, 28 September 2008

Bob's Picton Project (Napoleonic GdB) Part II

Hi again,

In a slight change of plan I decided to, rather than just getting the figures for the first 2 brigades, order the figures required for the entire division; justifying this by telling myself that it made sense to have something different to paint, in this case the blue coats of the Portuguese, if I got tired of painting lots of red...
Selecting the British was pretty straight forward, with the only difficult choice being which pose to get! As nice as the firing line poses are, they don't, in my opinion, make for a particularly realistic set up on the table unless they're within musket range of the French, so with this in mind I opted for the, much more utilitarian, marching pose instead. So, on to the Portuguese, which turned out to be a bit less straight forward than I'd anticipated. Looking at the available figure choices at I was confronted with the option of troops in stovepipe shakos or troops in barretinas! At this point the sum of my knowledge of the Portuguese didn't go much beyond the colour of their coats. The lure of an easy paint job had me thinking "hell, just get the figures in stovepipes", but then the (slight) retentive in me thought "knowing my luck some (even more retentive) self-proclaimed expert, at a show will pillory my inclusion of stovepipe hatted Portuguese because they didn't come into use until 1813 , or whenever...." A quick flick through the bumper book of napoleonic goodness (Haythornthwaite) revealed that the stovepipe style shako wasn't introduced until 1811, possibly to regularize the silhouette of friendly troops at a distance (my mind immediately strayed to a drill sergeant holding up a large card with a silhouette of an Old Guard, "No laddie, these are not your friends..."). Anyway, back to the task at hand; it seems that Barretinas are the headgear of choice for my 1810 Division. They have coloured cords so will take more time to paint than the stovepipes but will, along with their blue coats, make them quite distinct from their British comrades. After this "taxing" exercise I was pleased to discover that they were only available in "order arms" pose, so I added 3x 30 man battalions to my order and that was that.

Next time..
I research colour schemes; facing colours, tartans etc..

Ian’s Boxer Rebellion Blog

This year I am running a Victorian era role-playing game for the Huddersfield University Games Society (HUGS), which at some point will involve itself with the early stages of the Boxer Rebellion. I will be using the “Savage Worlds” system for the wargame aspect as well as the role-playing as it allows specific characteristics and special abilities.

Although not strictly KC Group related, it could well be – as a future project using the “A Good Day To Die” rules. Regardless, it has proved to rekindle my painting interest and will also help to break up any monotony of my many other painting projects.

This Blog will mostly deal with the painting aspects of the project.

I bought about 50 odd figures of various nationalities and am painting them up as follows:

  • British Royal Marine Light Infantry (4 + leader)
  • Optional British Royal Welch Fusiliers (3 + leader)
  • German Seabataillon (3 + leader)
  • US Marine Corps (4 + leader)
  • Optional US Marine Corps Machinegun + 2 crew.
  • Manchu ten nai (Tiger Men) (4 + leader)
  • Chinese Boxers (6 + leader)
  • More Chinese Boxers (6 + leader)
  • Chinese Boxer Hero (1)

The sourcebook I used is the Osprey Men-At-Arms Series No.95: THE BOXER REBELLION.

I have already painted and partially based the Royal Marines and the Manchu troops, and started on the Seabataillon. Photos will follow when each batch is completed.

Cheers... Ian.

Here are a couple of photos - not the best presentation, but it gives an idea.

The Manchu Tigermen...

The British Marines...

As you can see, there were a lot of blue jackets around at the time; in addition to the above, The Americans, Italians and Japanese all wore blue.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Bob's Picton Project (Napoleonic GdB)


As our group's current focus is on Napoleonics, and the General de Brigade rules, I thought I'd chip in with a bit about what I'm proposing to do, Napoleonics-wise.
Until a couple of years ago my knowledge of Napoleonics started, and stopped, with the Waterloo movie, and it wasn't until a couple of the club members mentioned the Napoleonic Principles of War rules that I actually took any real interest in the period. I decided, initially, just to "dip my toe" into Napoleonics, and picked up a couple of "easy" reads; Mark Urban's Rifles, and Adam Zamoyski's 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow. Both are great books, and I found myself becoming interested in putting together a wargames army for both the British and the Russians; unfortunately, the PoW rules weren't, for me, the greatest and failed to fire my imagination. So, for the time being, that was that!
After the initial interest in PoW had waned, we found ourselves playing AWI battles, using the British Grenadier! rules. Here was a ruleset that grabbed my imagination, and I was quite excited to discover that they were derived from a successful set of Napoleonic rules; General De Brigade. I ordered a copy, read through them, then set to convincing the others in our group that they were worth trying out. Our games so far have involved a mix of nationalities; Russians, Prussians, French & Austrians - with 2 or 3 players contribuitng all of the figures.
Anyway, the rules played as well as they read and I decided, after some deliberation and consideration, to start with a British Peninsular force - I reckoned this would give me a nice mix of troops with the opportunity to field some Portuguese Battalions and some Rifle companys as well as British Redcoats, giving me a nice mix of troop types, grades and uniform colours. From a miniatures perspective I was more than happy to go for Peninsular Brits - the small numbers of cavalry meant I wouldn't have to paint lots of horses (a pet hate of mine) and I preferred the aesthetics of the Stovepipe Shako over the Belgic shako - silly perhaps, but a definite consideration if you're facing the prospect of painting hundreds of figures...!
I managed to pick up Haythornthwaite's Napoleonic Source book - known affectionately in our group as the "bumper book of Napoleonic goodness", and borrowed a couple of Osprey titles - the most useful of which is Wellington's Army in the Peninsula 1809-14 from Osprey's Battle Orders series (thanks Robin). After reading this I've decided to assemble Wellington's 3rd division - The Fighting Division - as it was under Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Picton circa February 1810. This was to be the core of my force, and I decided I'd research any cavalry and artillery that might have been attached, at a later date.
The organisation is fairly straight forward, and pretty much follows the pattern, as I understand it, of the rest of the Peninsular army.
Anyway, without further ado, here's my interpretation, in General de Brigade terms, of The Fighting Division.

CinC - Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Picton

Mackinnon's Brigade

1st/45th (Nottinghamshire) - 30 figs
1st/74th (Highlanders) Light Infantry - 40 Figs
1st/88th (Connaught Rangers - "The Devil's own") 30 figs

Lightburn's Brigade

2nd/5th (Northumberland) - 30 figs
2nd/83rd - 30 figs
5th/60th Rifles - 3x Coys - 12 figs? (I'm still having slight difficulties following GdB's Coy sizes)

Champelimaud (Portuguese)

1st/9th (Viana) - 30 figs
2nd/9th (Viana) - 30 figs
1st/21st (Valenca) - 30 figs

I'm still figuring out the gradings for these troops, and the battalion sizes may well change as I do more research. I think though, that this division makes an excellent starting point whilst leaving room to add further units at a later date - For example, I know the Portuguese brigade had some Cacadores, the 12th I think, in 1812.

This division will be assembled using AB figures, and I'm hoping to stay disciplined enough to paint it up a Brigade at a time!! I have 2 battalions worth of figures already, and will be placing an order with Fighting15s for enough to do the first 2 brigades (and officers) over the weekend.

thanks for reading
Bob Mcleish

Friday, 26 September 2008

Robin's page


This is my first attempt at blogging.

I joined the Kirklees Crusaders nigh on two years ago after meeting them at a couple of shows.

I started wargaming when I got some 25 mm Hinchcliffe Napoleonic figures and used the WRG rules Rupes already mentioned. Took a break after Polytechnic and only came back to the past time after my sons got my figures out of the roof.

I have a 15mm Timurid Army 1370 to 1305 when Timur (Tamerlane) conquered most of the peoples around the middle east - Golden Horde, Georgians, Turkomans, Ottomans, Hindus. Marmaluks. etc.

We propose once we've found sufficient material to do a Demo game of the Battle of Delhi 1398.

Rupert's Napoleonic blog

After playing many different Napoleonic wargame rules over the years (WRG 1685-1845, Grandmanner, Principles of War etc) I am pleased to say I've finally settled (I'm sure I say that every time) on some rules - General De Brigade. Having played these a few times with the group it looks like we are all happy with the rules. Over the next few months I shall use this section to post pics and updates on my (attempted) re-creation of the Saxon 'army' August 1813.
But for now here are details of next weeks game. It is a vague point based post mid 1813 'fictionalish' encounter game of Saxon with Austrian (imagine they didn't change sides post Russia) allies vrs Prussia with GB allies (imagine they sent more than a rocket crew).
I shall be fielding: (won't mention the quality just yet as I would like to surprise the Prussians ;-)
Saxon 'Division'. (July 1813)
C in C Edler von Lecoq
1st Inf Brigade.
GdB: von Brausse
Lieb Grendier Garde (32)
Prinz Maximilian 1st battalion (32)
Von Rechten 2nd battalion (32)
1st light battalion (von Lecoq) (30)
Jager Corps (6)
Attached divisional foot battery (line) 4 x 6pdrs

Heavy Cavalry Brigade (hypothetical - reformed to 1812 pre Russia formation)
GdB: Baron von Thielmann (imagine he didn't defect to Russia !)
Leib K├╝rassiere Garde* (2sqds - 16men)
Prinz Albrecht Chevauzlegers (4 sqds - 24 men)
2nd horse battery 2x 6pdrs

* Includes remnants of Zastrow's Kurassiere

And the Austrians (Ian) are fielding:
Hesse Homberg's (partly depleted) Brigade:
Infantry Regiment Nr.2 (2x48 figure Btns)
Hungarian Grenadier Batt.(36 figures)
Foot Arty. 4x6lb guns

Schmelzer's (much depleted) Brigade:
Dragoon Regiment Nr.1 (12 figures)
Chevauleger Regiment Nr.3 (12 figures)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Ian's Blog

Here is where I will be charting the progress of my many wargaming related projects; from 15mm Xyston Spartans to 'pan-scrubber' trees.!
The next entry will include the (current) full list ...

And here it is...

Painting Tasks (percentage completed)
25mm Boxer Rebellion forces for 2008/9 (2%). For a personal project I'm working on using the "A Good Day To Die" skirmish rules.
10mm Kalistra Medieval forces for 2010 (0%). For the Grunwald/Tannenberg/Krzyzacy game.
15mm Feudal Spanish (50%). For DBMM
15mm Spartan (10%). For DBMM
15mm Assyrian (20%). For DBMM
15mm Austrian Napoleonics – Old Stock to sell (65%).
15mm Austrian Napoleonics – New Stock to keep (0%). For the General de Brigade rules.
15mm French Napoleonics for 2012 (1%). For the Borodino game.
Rebase 28mm Dark Age (10%). For use with Bretwalda and Blood-Axe (see later)
25mm Jacobite (0%). For another personal project I have in mind

Other Tasks (percentage completed)
Write RPG Scenario (95%). For my game at HUGS (
Write Blood Axe for 2008/9 (10%). A Dark Age Skirmish game.
Write Krzyzacy for 2010 (10%). This will be a medieval variant of Bretwalda.
Rewrite Bretwalda (20%). Our Dark Age rules set.
Make more sponge trees (0%). I use cheap sponges and pluck out for the tree shapes..
Make more wire trees (0%). I use old pan-scrubbers, wire, masking tape and paint.
Convert PK to a 2d6 system (0%). Not sure there's any need for this in reality, but it was an idea I had to get away from the unrealistic (in my opinion) single die troll.

I will try and deal with these individually on separate threads, but just let me know if you think I'm taking over the KC Blog =)