Wednesday, February 1, 2012

From RayR: 15mm French & Indian Wars Work Party (42 points)

Ray is starting to feel Fran breathing down his neck so in an attempt to open his lead he sends in these fourteen figures depicting an English work party for the F&IW period.

These are 15mm Hallmark figures which can be sourced through Magister Militum in the UK or Noble Miniatures in North America.

These can be used to indicate the building of fortifications, establishing hasty works, digging trenches, etc.

There is some really great animation on these fellows.

This group will give Ray 42 points. The spread between him and Fran is still under 100 points so its still a very tight race!

From Curt: 28mm Napoleonic French Cuirassier Unit / Casualty Stand & French Aide-de-Camp (20 points)

A few months ago I began to play around with developing unit / casualty stands for my Napoleonic collection. I wanted something that could pack as much information into one spot and would still look okay on the tabletop. 

I came up with a concept based around a 50mm circular base that would incorporate a 'fin' to mount a unit name card, a couple 'sockets' for 7mm dice to track a unit's status and enough room leftover to make a small vignette with a couple figures.

These have worked out pretty well with the only interm change being that I've added an third dice 'socket'.  (In our 'Food for Powder' rules the dice help track the status of 'Fatigue', 'Friction' and 'Esprit de Corps' - basically hit points). I'm in the midst of making enough for all twelve of my current French infantry battalions and so thought I should do-up a few for my cavalry as well.

Ever since I first saw the 28mm Perry cuirassier casualty set a few years ago I have been keen to work on them. Its funny as I don't even have a cuirassier unit yet, but I couldn't resist using one of the figures as the basis of a unit stand. I've painted him as a trooper of the 3rd Cuirassiers, who served with the 12th and the Carabiniers in Nansouty's Division at Aspern-Essling and Wagram where they saw some pretty hard action.

The second figure is a Perry Miniatures French Aide-de-Camp madly galloping to issue orders to an awaiting brigade.  In our rules these ADC figures carry 'impetus' dice from higher level commanders down to their subordinates to facilitate more complex brigade orders. They also can carry 'Friction' dice if the ADC is serving a particularly incompetent commander - thereby chaos can ensue from botched/misinterpreted orders.

These two lads will give me another 20 points. I can see a depressing theme here... 

Next will be more of these unit stands and the last of my Normans for SAGA.