ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Sunday, 8 September 2019

The War of Spanish Succession... More Cavalry.



Greetings...


I have now based up two more cavalry units for my French army...  one French and one Spanish.


The French Gendarmes De La Garde...


This unit saw action at...
Ramillies...1706
Oudenarde...1708
Malplaquet...1709







The Spanish Cavalry Regiment Toulongeon.


They fought at Ramillies... alas I know none of their other actions.






Both these units were painted by Art Master Studio...
https://www.artmasterstudio.co.uk/

As with the previous two units they only needed a tiny bit of touching up then the leather goods were varnished.
Again I am very pleased with these and they have certainly saved me a lot of time.


The standards were made by me based on the Robert Hall plates from the Pike And Shot Society.


The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The bases are from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


So... There are a couple more infantry units on the painting table...plus some French Command... Hurrah!


All the best   Aly.






Sunday, 1 September 2019

The War of Spanish Succession...Lots of stuff



Greetings...
I was going to show these units over a couple of posts ...then I thought... what the hell all or nothing...




First up some British command...







Here we have Sir William Cadogan and a senior General...Well that's the catalogue description..
For me they will be Brigadier with dog and friend...








Here we have General Armstrong and Lord Cutts looking at something interesting...


Brigadiers with suspect artwork...


Both these command stands were painted the same way as I painted the Duke of Marlborough...


https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-war-of-spanish-succession-duke-of.html




Now we have two of the cavalry units that I had painted for me by Art Master Studio..


https://www.artmasterstudio.co.uk/






The French Dauphin-Etranger Cavalry Regiment...


These chaps saw action at amongst others...


Blenheim
Oudenaarde
And Malplaquet...





The French Cavalry Regiment Cuirassiers Du Roi...


This unit saw action mostly in Italy at...


Luzzara.
Castelnouvo Di Bormida.
Vercelli.
Ivrea.
Verrua.
Cassano.
And Turin...


I am really pleased with these figures and I found the whole process of dealing with Art Master a pleasure...
I must admit that I did touch a few little bits up...we are talking minutes work here... but that's me... can't leave anything alone...
I based them myself and also gloss varnished the leather goods and made the standards...


Would I get them to do more... yes.


Next...








The French Infantry Regiment... Royal La Marine..


These guys got around a bit...seeing action at...


Cassano.
Turin.
Oudenaarde.
And Malplaquet... amongst others.


This is the last of my EBay purchases... they took a lot longer to scrub up than I would have like and are partly responsible for my decision to commission figures painted professionally...
My thoughts being...time equals money... so why not just pay the money and get what you want...


Lastly...






The Royal Irish regiment.(The 18th Regiment of foot)...


They saw action at...


Blenheim.
Ramillies.
Oudenarde.
And Malplaquet..


This is another of the units that I bought from my friend Adrian...
All I did was
Base, Flag and varnish the leather goods...


So not a bad batch of toys... things are moving along nicely...


There are two more cavalry units to base up... And I have now got the French command and artillery for both sides on the painting mountain... so a game is getting closer and closer... Hurrah!



 The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


The standards were all made by me using Robert Hall plates from the Pike And Shot Society and Photoshop...
And lets be honest... For me its all about the flags...


https://www.pikeandshotsociety.org/




All the best   Aly

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The Other Partizan... The Booty...

Of course I forgot to post pictures of my booty... (ooo!Eer!)



I already have this book... as should we all...
But this second edition has some nice artwork from my friend Mark Allen... and I had money in my pocket...
I highly recommend it by the way... a jolly good read.




Well you can never have enough books on the Swiss in French service... honest.




Lets not forget the lead...
Some really important really needed Russians for the Russo-Japanese War from Empress Miniatures... This is a 'next year' thing...


Not a lot really... I clearly need to try harder... that lead mountain doesn't build itself...


All the best   Aly

Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Other Partizan... 2019

Greetings...


Another 'Other' Partizan...


As always Partizan never disappoints...
Nice games and lovely friends...


Here are some games that caught my eye...






The battle of Breville by the Forest Outlaws Wargamers...







The Battle of Ocana... By The Chesterfield Old Boys...






The Trumpton Riots...By The Barnsley Association of Wargamers...




The Battle of Midway... By The Nottingham Wargames Club...




Impetum in Castra XIII... By The Harrogate Wargames Club...






Blood and Plunder... By The Ribble Warriors...




To The Strongest...




Tobruk... By The Spilsbury Clubmen...





Great Northern War... By The League of Augsburg...








Back of Beyond... By The Boondock Sayntes....


This year saw the first presentation of a trophy in memory of my good friend Adrian...


The Adrian Shepherd Award for Tabletop Vignettes...


The winners were The Boondock Sayntes...




They also won the best Demo Game...


Well done Gents...


All the best... Aly

Saturday, 17 August 2019

A New Book...



This lovely little book arrived today...


Armies of the War of 1812
By Gabriele Esposito...










https://www.amazon.co.uk/War-1812-Armies-United-Kingdom/dp/1945430036/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0H5JC444BJN1NTT05GT1


Some of you may have seen some or even all of the colour plates before...


http://history-uniforms.over-blog.com/


But its rather nice to have them all together in a book...


I am particularly taken by all the different Militia units... whether most of them actually saw combat is neither here nor there as it wont stop me painting them ...If and when I get around to revisiting this period...


I am off to Partizan tomorrow...
Hopefully I will see some of you there...


All the best   Aly

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Raising my Standards...



Greetings...


Due to a very painful sinus infection I did not feel like doing much hobby this weekend...
The one thing I did do was make some War of Spanish Succession French Cavalry Standards...




I decided a little while back to treat myself... and get some French Cavalry painted... Hurrah!
I received an email telling me that they are now ready... Hurrah! Hurrah!


Once I have flagged and based them I will get them posted...




All the best   Aly

Monday, 5 August 2019

From my side of the table... The Battle of Caldberg.

Greetings...


This weekend to celebrate a visit from the lovely Chris Cound ,Alan Perry hosted a splendid Black Powder Napoleonic Game... Which he has called the battle of Caldburg.


Alan used the same method for hidden movement that he had used in his A.C.W. game...
http://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2019/07/from-my-side-of-table-battle-of.html


The brigades being represented by mounted brigadiers with a number of blanks added to reflect the fog of war...
The brigadiers moved each turn and only revealed their true nature when they were within 30"...


Dave Andrews and I took the part of the glorious Austrian Army... while Michael Perry and Chris were the French/Allied land grabbing tyrants...


Dave and I had a cunning plan... well it was more of a suggestion of an idea of a plan...
We could see that we were probably out numbered so... we decided to run away and pretend that we could not find the enemy... unfortunately hotter heads prevailed...


We decide to put almost our entire force on our left flank and attempt to fight our battle on as narrow a frontage as possible... This took the enemy(and Alan) entirely by surprise... the main part of the French would have to cover a lot more ground to face our brigade of grenadiers that were holding our right flank while our right would overwhelm their German allies on our left... it nearly worked ...


Unfortunately we had forgotten that Alan had halved the moves and ranges and we placed our grand battery to far away to be of any use... doh!


And of course there was my dice throwing...





Our 'Brigadiers' start to arrive...




The first of the enemy are exposed...




My first brigade and Dave's brave Landwehr and Inssurectio... or road bumps as they were referred to...

French heavies... Booo...



My brave cavalry rush in to thump some insolent French Hussars...


Massed artillery... not where it should be...



Some thumping...



The French Allies brace themselves...



Here they are trying to hide behind a house...



Bavarians trying to look brave...



Austrians being brave... for the moment .



Our right flank... looking very pretty...



Our cavalry in the centre... also looking very pretty...



Our brave Grenadiers await the enemy... bravely...



Very pretty... its a shame those guns are in the wrong place...



Even I have to admit that the enemy look pretty...




Another shot of our manly cavalry...



Our Landwehr/Inssurectio show how brave they are... and move forward to collect some lead for the Emperor...



My brave troops eagerly rush forward to get at the enemy...



These guys don't seem as keen...



The Landwehr/Inssurectio decide that the Emperor now has enough lead to keep him going for a while...


Glorious...



My  heroic men get up close and personal...




Dave's cavalry punish the Bavarians for not getting into a square fast enough...



Dave's Lancers prepare to get stuck in...



A birds eye view... That infantry brigade could do with moving a bit faster...


My men blast the Allies with our powerful volleys...



The Grenadiers start to engage the enemy...



The Lancers move through the exhausted dragoons and prepare to give the Bavarian Horse some stick...



After moving fresh battalions into the firing line we continue the fire fight...



'That' Infantry brigade decide that they may have left a Strudel in the oven...( yup! a double 6 followed by a double 1)




My volley's smash the German Allies and force them go and check their own strudel...



On our right flank the Grenadiers eventually break and join the strudel hunt...


With two broken brigades each and it being beer o'clock we decided to call it a draw...


A splendid game which could have gone either way... If only that other brigade hadn't been so... crap!


An alternative version of this truth can be found here...
https://www.facebook.com/perryminiatures/posts/2173514316103996?__tn__=K-R


All the best   Aly