Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hanau 1813 Battle map

Starting positions for both sides will roughly reflect the actual battle with a few modifications: The game will be fought out on a 17 foot x 9 foot table. The bottom table including Hanau can be detached from the remaining set up, to allow easy access.

French forces will be concentrated in the woods and will comprise two brigades of Old Guard infantry with plenty of Guard Chasseur skirmishers out front. One Young Guard brigade, one French line brigade and one French conscript brigade will push through the woods with some cavalry support on both flanks. The majority of French cavalry will appear later on the French right flank. This will include the Guard cavalry. The majority of the artillery will also be coming down the north/south track/road through the forest.

From a previous game. French cavalry advance. 
The Allies will have one Bavarian Division of two brigades on the left flank. Each brigade will have two jaeger battalions plus skirmishers so should be able to delay the French advance, once they realise what has hit them. One Austrian Division will be on the right flank but will not be permitted to move left across the Kinzig stream until either French infantry have appeared from the southern most part of the Lamboy wood or have received an ADC from Hanau (C-in-C) to do so.

In reserve the Austrians will have a further division comprising two brigades of infantry, together with two heavy cavalry brigades, both with horse artillery.

Foot artillery will be spaced evenly across the battlefield. The reserve division in Hanau will have two 12lbs heavy batteries complete with limbers and caissons.

Unknown to the French there will be a Cossack brigade of cavalry roaming around somewhere.

That's the idea….could easily change!

Hungarians and Austrians in a previous game.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Hanau 1813

Pleased to announce that the forth coming 20mm Napoleonic game to be held in the barn on June 4th  will be Hanau, fought in October 1813.

I'm a little unsure wether the actual town of Hanau will be present, but it is likely that buildings representing the outskirts, will be there. Will need plenty of trees for this game as it would be good to kick off the game with the clearing of the woods by the Old Guard skirmishers/chasseurs. May need to even up the odds in favour of the Allies slightly.

French forces will roughly resemble those at the battle and will include Old Guard, Young Guard, conscripts, light infantry, Old Guard cavalry plus foot and horse artillery. I just hope to have the caissons completed on time. French forces will number approx 1,700-1,800.

Allied forces will include Bavarian infantry (only 300) so will have to use more Austrians. I hope to finish the Hagen Bavarian cheveuxleger in time to go with the Bavarian lancers (converted plastic figures, but don't look out of place).

The Austrians will be the Art Miniaturen figures. (600) plus 200 Grenzer figures from an unknown manufacturer, where the poses are all the same. Austrian cavalry will feature Hussars and Uhlans (Franznap) as well as Cuirassiers, Dragoons, and Cheveuxleger all from Art Miniaturen. Austrian guns will be from Art M and will be complete with limbers and caissons.
A brigade of Cossacks (3 regts of 16 Art M figures in each regt) plus a horse battery will also feature. So the Allies will have approx 1,300-1,400

caissons still to come.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Basing 1/72 scale Napoleonics

The advantage of 24 man battalions is that by say 1813, most nations had below average sized battalions, except perhaps the Austrians. There seems to be huge debate as to what is historically right and what is wrong but what looks "good" often gets ignored.

Admittedly the 36 man French battalions do look great but those of us who have already committed to the 4 man base with a total of 24 figures should not worry.

Right or wrong the "effect" is what we are trying to create.
A game from 2106

Austrian Art miniaturen figures with 32 men battalions.

The Austrian and Hungarian Art Miniaturen infantry are based on laser cut mdf bases. 30mm x 30mm. The problem with many plastic figures is that the size of an individual base prevents squashing 4 men to a single base. 

French dragoons and Cuirassiers

The cavalry meanwhile are based in pairs and on 35mm x 40mm bases. 16 figures in a regiment.

Prussian horse artillery with two model guns

Prussian foot artillery with 3 model guns.

There seems to be a pre-occupation to have a designated number of guns represented by a specific number of models…i.e. a battery of 8 guns represented by 4 model guns. This seems to be an unnecessary detail. What is important is that the space occupied by a battery should be representative (especially the depth), and that is why introducing limbers (and caissons in some instances) is worthwhile. Also it helps the average war gamer distinguish between both horse and foot easily as well as certain calibres. Introducing caissons to represent 12lbs and Guard I think will be interesting.

Clearly there are other distinguishing marks for artillery. In this case, there are 4 figures for the horse battery and 5 for the foot while the bases are 40mm square for the horse and 50mm square for the foot.

15mm game in London on 12/13th March where we will be fighting Vitoria 1813 at Rob's place. Should be fun.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

20mm French line infantry and 20mm Bavarian Cheveuxleger

Asking a professional painter to paint 1,000 French line infantry was perhaps doomed to fail. The photo shows some of the better little chaps as opposed to some that were returned spray painted black and that was it. Needless to say I think the whole task was beyond him sadly so I have 1,000 French line infantry to work on and have been for the last 6 months…on and off. It is a tough task. These Art Miniaturen figures will look great at the end. Sending finished samples of what I hoped would be the finished product was still not sufficient. I knew trouble was brewing when he started chatting about the pom poms and basing and had only taken possession of the figures for a couple of weeks. Many figures, in greatcoats, were returned with collars and cuffs painted so some work had to be undone. Some professional painters will do a decent job and some will not. I think I was just unlucky. 

I think I should have been more specific…my fault entirely.
 Not many 20mm manufacturers do Bavarian light cavalry justice. Art Miniaturen do not do them. HaT's attempts are below standard. These chaps were sourced from a collective website in Germany…Hagen Miniatures. Great poses. Size very comparable to Art M but all had arms and scabbards that required gluing on which was a pain and time consuming. Again, these will look great once finished. (in green)
The Hagen Miniatures from Germany.
Bavarian 20mm cheveuxleger.