Saturday, January 14, 2012

From Curt: 28mm Napoleonic French Battalion, 2/67e Regiment de Ligne (20 points)

Work's a little crazy and with keeping on top of the blog I find it's been challenging to keep my own projects moving along.  Useless whinging aside, I have a few things coming to fruition and this group is the first out of the gate.

Though this looks like a large entry its actually pretty small. I bought the majority of the figures for this unit on Ebay over a year ago and they've been sitting on the 'to-do' part of my workbench ever since. I remember it being a cracking good deal, but once I received them I found that the painting was a little...meh. It was a bit of a slog reworking them, as I hate fixing other's people's stuff, but slowly I got through them all. 

The majority of these models are from Wargames Foundry.

The original figures were block-painted so I tweaked them with some highlights, cleaned up transitions, hit a few with washes and rebased the lot. I also added a few of my own figures to help the unit better blend-in with my other stuff. My 'new guys' are a mounted commander and two junior officers on foot. The battalion colour is from 'Flag Dude'.

Anyway, these fellows depict the 2nd Battalion of the 67e Regiment de Ligne. They had the unique distinction of serving as marines at the Battle of Trafalgar, many of which were aboard the L'Aigle (where ironically they lost their eagle, but saved their colours). 

Later, in 1809, they were part of Massena's IV Corps and were heavily committed to the hard fighting both at  Aspern-Essling and Wagram.

The mounted commanding officer and his junior below are both Perry models.

The other dismounted officer pointing forward is a Sash and Saber casting which I always seem to enjoy as I find them quite characterful.

These three will give me... 20 points(!). Yes, my head practically snaps back from the lunge ahead... God's Holy Trousers, I've got to get some other stuff done...

Next up: French Dragoons.

From ChrisP: 15mm WWII American Assault Company, US 1st Division - 'The Big Red One' (243 points)

Chris sends in this American force for use in 'Flames of War'.

It depicts one of the first assault companies, from the famous Big Red One, that waded ashore on Omaha. It is composed of a Company HQ, 2 Boat Platoons and an Ammunition and Pioneer Platoon.

These are 15mm Battlefront miniatures.

I quite like how Chris has incorporated varios beach obstacles into his bases. The simple beach groundwork is very effective as well.

This stand featuring a medic while other men storm the beach around him is very dynamic. 

This group of 81 will give Chris 243 points. Chris with this lot also bumps Ray out of third place. Well done! Back to you Ray...

From KentG: 15mm WWII Soviet T-34s

Kent sends in a fine group of Soviet T-34 tanks.

These are 15mm Battlefront castings. These ten tanks will give Kent 80 points. Very nice and tidy work, Kent.

From DallasE: 28mm Normans & Vikings

Dallas sends in two great groups of Dark Ages figures, one Viking and the other Norman.

The Vikings are from the 28mm Wargames Foundry range. 

Dallas, is the wolfhound Foundry as well? I quite like him.

The next group is a contingent of dismounted Normans. These are 28mm Gripping Beast figures.

I teased Dallas, asking what he was going to do with those two empty handed Normans. I thought he could model-in pints of beer. It could portray the nefarious Norman terror tactics  used against their reluctant English subjects - this one being the denial of beer. Yes, a crime against humanity if there ever was one...

Two of the Normans are prior to the Challenge so these boys (and shaggy hound) will give Dallas 65 points to his tally. Very nice stuff, Dallas! This brings him right in the rear-view- mirror of fellow Conscript Greg...

From JuanM: French and Indian Wars Militiaman (5 points)

Hey, wait, this is not Napoleonic - Juan, you're supposed to be doing Napoleonics.  Juan has has obviously had a test of faith and has switched back to French and Indian Wars.

This militiaman in a Scot's bonnet is a 28mm Galloping Major figure from their French and Indian Wars range.

Napoleonics or not this guy will still give Juan another 5 points (and slips past me on the scoreboard, damn). Great figure, Juan!