I wanted to represent this prominent Royalist in my British-Emigre army of the 1790s. Here he is in a somewhat dated style of coat, and the popular wide-brimmed hat adopted by the Allied army while in the Low Countries. His regiment, the Loyal Emigrant, was well regarded and had a superb fighting record. Still clearing away items in my spares box, I thought something suitably Roman Catholic would not look out of place next to this officer (Well that is one less Christmas decoration lol.)
RAISING MINIATURE ARMIES FOR THE LATE 18TH CENTURY
I am very keen to keep my wargame rules as simple as possible yet capture the character of the 1790s. Accordingly, most of the French troops are 'levee' battalions, which I have chosen to base in column as their ability to change formation on a battlefield must have been limited, nor do I believe their volley fire had any great value. Of better quality, able to change formation, will be white-coated regular and blue-coated volunteer battalions aided by a fair number of skirmishers. The British, Austrian, Dutch and German armies are often outnumbered, but they maintain the discipline and order of typical 18th century armed forces. Interestingly, French revolutionary cavalry have little in common with their later Napoleonic counterparts, the former are few in number, often poorly mounted, and no match for those in the service of the Allies.
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
As a follow on to the previous post, I thought some garden ornaments could be produced out of odd Christmas decorations. Decided to cut up several wooden snowmen for tubs and pots. While some small conifer trees, costing 10 pence each, could be trimmed into other shrubs. As I have often admitted, I get a real pleasure in utilising the unwanted. Also picked up a second-hand lorry in a local toy shop for two quid, but it was the eleven medium sized barrels that caught my eye, and they have painted up quite nicely.
Monday, 4 June 2018
I've been busy restoring my late mother's cast iron garden bench so wargaming projects have been somewhat on the hold. However, as I like my wargaming to develop on a strict budget, and find particular pleasure in new uses for the discarded, or even household rubbish, it occurred to me that even a pile of sawdust from the newly cut bench slats might be painted, dried, and then applied to my homemade shrubbery. Having seen the price of commercial alternatives, mainly sold to the miniature railway enthusiasts, I'm quite pleased with the results. (And here is a photo of the restored bench, now that must be a first on a wargaming blog!)
Sunday, 13 May 2018
A visit to a local charity shop furnished a fun item. It is a ceramic rowboat, made by a company called Manor Ware, which unfortunately ceased trading in the late 1980s, typically making holiday souvenirs for coastal towns. Can't say what it originally cost but I paid £2, and a quick repaint job has furnished a nice little ornament for my war-games table.
Monday, 7 May 2018
Two more units have joined my AWI collection using mainly Hezzlewood 28mm castings. The first is another line battalion, the 5th Regiment of Foot. The second is a Royal Provincial unit of cavalry, the Staten Island Light Dragoons. The latter is recorded serving on several expeditions in New Jersey before being incorporated into the King's American Dragoons.
Friday, 20 April 2018
British petitions to the Dutch to prepare for a war with the French Revolutionary Government have begun to hit home. A second light cavalry regiment has completed its establishment. The Black Hussars can field 200 mounted (8 figs.) and 150 dismounted (6 figs.). The Beon Legion continues to recruit French royalist emigres, some one hundred (4 figs.) having been mustered into a hussar section. They are now on route to join the legion's chasseurs which have already been deployed on the border. MGB
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
As mentioned on my other wargaming blog, have just completed the basing to seventy-four castings, mainly horses, in all periods. For the French Revolutionary wars the York Hussars have gained a dismounted troop and two more figures mounted. The Salm Hussars and the 9th Light Dragoons have also increased their establishment, and a French dragoon casting wearing a cloak has been converted into the start of a second light dragoon unit. Most importantly, twenty-four horses are painted and based for two Dutch cavalry regiments and the Dutch Black Hussars. The latter has also gained a dismounted section. This has been a useful two days.