ALY MORRISONS "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Monday, 31 July 2017

The War of Spanish Succession

My wargames butterfly is always stimulated by a good game of toy soldiers.
As far as this flutter with the War of Spanish Succession is concerned it was 2 games of toy soldiers...


In June I attended a weekend get together of members and associates of the A Military Gentleman Forum... This is a group formed of people who bought the book 'A Military Gentleman of the 18th Century' by John Ray...on buying the book you were given the chance to enrol in the forum.


Johns blog is here... http://amilitarygentleman.blogspot.co.uk/


Over the weekend Paul Robinson of the Grimsby Wargames Club put on an excellent battle of Ramillies game which I played on both days...day one as the French and day two as the Allies (or the Maritime Powers).







Day one...







Day two...


See Pauls blog for more coverage... http://grimsbywargaming.blogspot.co.uk/?view=classic
                                                          http://www.grimsbywargamessociety.com/


This was easy temptation for me as I have 'history' with this period, having painted up a number of Prussian units and built the terrain boards for a large Blenheim game put on by my friend Adrian Shepherd some twenty-five years ago.


Instead of just jumping in and buying hordes of toy soldiers, I have just picked up two units of infantry, both eighteen figures strong.
One unit of Allies which I am painting as Prussian Kronpinz regiment and one of French which will be the Royal Italien regiment.


Both units came from Front Rank's excellent range... https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/


While I was waiting for my toys to arrive I got stuck into some reading...




This a great little book a good primmer for Marlborough's campaigns...


Although it did make me smile at the part where he refers to Marshal Tallard being held captive at Nottingham Castle...you might be forgiven for imagining a dank castle dungeon...





Not quite...




Charles Grant's books ...a must have...
http://www.caliverbooks.com/Partizan%20Press/partizan_phm_3.shtml
http://www.caliverbooks.com/Partizan%20Press/partizan_phm_4.shtml






A few more from my library...some old some new...




Now these are really useful,available from Baccus 6mm...
https://www.baccus6mm.com/catalogue/WSSUniformCDs/


There are of course many more books available.
If you are a newcomer to the period I would suggest a look at the Wikipedia page on the subject...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Spanish_Succession#Leadership.2C_strategy_and_contending_forces


One of the surprising things I like about the War of Spanish Succession is the fact that there was wide spread use of mercenary troops...especially on the Allied side...you tend to think of this practice as a Renaissance thing ...for me this means lots of pretty uniforms and flags.




Hurrah! a painted toy soldier...


This is my test figure... I don't normally paint eyes in but these guys seem to suit it...
I didn't paint in the whites, I just put a dark brown dot for the pupils.



Everything is blocked in with flat colours...





Then given a coat of Aly's Brown Liquid...




Its not as bad as it sounds, it is a wash made up of...






40% Agrax Earthshade, 40% Seraphim Sepia and 20% Lahmian Medium...
The final ingredient is a few drops of Drakenhof Nightshade...
The colour you are looking for is not quite Brown any more but not entirely Payne's grey.
I usually put in a drop at a time and check the colour on a piece of white plastic or paper.
When painting figures with white uniforms I dilute the wash further with Medium.


Well so far so good...
 I didn't get any more painting done this weekend as I was off playing toy soldiers with my friends ...


To be continued ....


All the best.   Aly









11 comments:

  1. Great post Aly! Three years ago we had a huge WSS game at our annual weekend away that involved 50 battalions and 30 cavalry regiments. My part was to paint the Bavarians: 9 battalions an six regiments, using all the plastics now sold by Warlord. It was a huge amount of fun.

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    1. Thanks Mark...
      I intend to paint at least one Bavaria unit... it is such a pretty uniform.
      Although I am sure I would suffer from Sky Blue fatigue if I painted as many as you...
      All the best. Aly

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  2. I have been very tempted to go back to the WSS, had a Minifigs British army at one time, so far I have managed to resist :~)
    Thanks for sharing more of Aly's Alchemy, I have used the scatter and static grass one on my WotR bases, looks great.

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    1. Hi Phil...
      I am always happy to share my thoughts and techniques on painting toy soldiers...
      Will you be posting any pictures?
      All the best. Aly

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    2. Pics on the blog in due course, just finishing a base of hand gunners.

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  3. Thank you for posting this. A great article. Enjoyed the photos of the Battle, but really liked how you added reference material you recommend and how you painted the figure. A most excellent how to guide!

    Oh, and if I am ever in exile I would like to stay in that house :)

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    1. Hi Mark...
      Thank you for your kind comments...
      From the very first I have decided to share all the inspiration and 'Tricks' that I use when approaching a new subject or painting miniatures...there is nothing more frustrating than seeing something you like ... but not being able to find it...
      If I have a link to a web site or a product I will post it...
      Hopefully I will get the Prussian's finished this week and give you a blow by blow account...
      Part of Tallard's 'Prison' is now a restaurant...I have eaten in the Tallard Room...
      Very nice indeed...

      All the best. Aly



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  4. The WSS is a great period, and a constant temptation. Excellent post on references (some I had not seen before!).

    Coincidentally, I'll be using Ramillies as a model to stage a Napoleonic encounter, so I've been studying up on that one: excellent choice for a wargame!

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    1. Ed ...
      As I have said...lots of pretty uniforms and flags...
      Ramillies is such an incredible battle to read about...one cannot help but think that (if you will forgive the language) the Duke of Marlborough had balls of steel....

      All the best. Aly

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  5. Fit like,
    New visitor to the blog and enjoyed the marlburian post immensely. Best dip your butterfly toes in gently now....there's a lot of nations and statelets to pay with!
    All the best,
    Stuart

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  6. A very nice post and I particularly like the information for a rookie.

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