Friday, May 27, 2016

Austrian 8th Hussar Regiment

From one of AB Miniatures more recent releases comes the Austrian 8th Hussar Regiment for the 1799 project.
These twelve hussars muster out as four squadrons of the 8th Hussar Regiment.  Figures are from AB's growing 18mm Austrian Revolutionary War range.  Outstanding sculpts with great flow of motion in the charging pose.
The project could use a few more hussar regiments like these.  Fielding more hussars will require a resupply from Eureka.  No worries. My Eureka shopping list is growing quickly as I paint my way through the inventory.  For now, a second regiment of Austrian dragoons/chevauleger in bicorne is awaiting their turn at the brush.  There may be enough figures in The Lead Pile to field two more bicorne wearing dragoons.   
Cavalry in bicorne seemed to phase out after 1798 so chevauleger and dragoons will likely be recruited from the post-1798 cavalry donning the classical helmet.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

State of the Painting Desk

On the painting desk this evening, I near completion of a large tranche (for me, anyway) of figures for the Great Italian Wars project.  The 28mm figures are from The Assault Group's (TAG) Renaissance range.  Outstanding sculpting with a more slender build than either Old Glory or Foundry.  These figures will look fine on the gaming table along with the other manufacturers' works.
Coming in at 39 figures, these Italian pikemen will form 3 x 13 figure, Impetvs-sized stands to form one pike block.  This is a lot of figures to contend with on the painting desk especially considering the unwieldiness of the pikes.  I look forward arraying these lads onto their bases and lining them up into one block.  First a Minwax treatment is due for these guys.  

At some point, complementing this pike block will be a couple of 'S' class stands of arquebus and crossbowmen.  These forthcoming missile troops will also be supplied by TAG.

Before work on the pike block finishes up, a twelve figure regiment of Austrian hussars for the 1799 project will see the inside of the photo booth.  

NB: Phil suggested the pikemen should be wearing gloves to protect hands from the pike.  I agree but saw no gloves modeled on the figures.  I considered repainting as suggested but remembered my painting inspiration for these TAG figures.  That inspiration was Funcken's cover of The Age of Chivalry Part II seen below.  Note the fellows are all barehanded.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

French Heavy Cavalry for 1799 Project

After a succession of four 28mm units for Napoleonics and Great Italian Wars project, back to 18mm projects for now. 
This dozen horsemen are Saxons from Eureka Miniatures' 1806 Saxon range pressed into service as early French heavy cavalry.  The sculpting is first rate and the facial detailing is especially pleasing.  As always with Eureka Miniatures, the horses are little gems.  Bigger than most but top notch modeling.  Eureka definitely make my favorite horses. 
These four squadrons muster out as the 2nd Cavalry.  Enough figures remain in The Lead Pile to field another such four-squadron regiment.

Fielding a 1799 game was a goal for 2016 and that objective is growing near.  The cavalry arm in the project is seeing good progress in 2016.  Getting close to picking a battle to refight and put the finishing touches on an OB and painting schedule.

Next up will be an Austrian regiment of hussars for the project. Any guess as to which hussar regiment goes under the brush first?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Podcast Spotlight - Carlin's Hardcore History

Often my commute from Spokane to Seattle and evenings in the hotel are spent listening to the Teaching Company's Great Courses.  The lectures are an excellent means of making  the 300 mile one-way drive pass much more quickly.  This week's journey heard Machiavelli In Context in the CD player.  This is perhaps the second or third time through this series for me.  Still fascinating with each listening.  With each playing, I become more tempted to pick up a copy of Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy.

After a number of recommendations from friends,  I finally took a listen to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History (see: Hardcore History).  Both Scott and Jake have recommended Carlin's series more than once.  What finally pushed me to giving it a listen was a recent two part series on the Achaemenid Persian rulers.

In two, four hour episodes, Carlin weaves a very interesting and entertaining tale of the Persian empire.  Carlin is a fascinating storyteller and had me riveted to the podcasts throughout.  Putting ancient Persian dynastic history into a contemporary context makes the lessons learned relevant for today's modern listener.  Cyrus the Great as Henry Ford?  Yep, that analogy is included.  
Did I mention that Carlin's delivery and tale weaving was fascinating?  It is! His storytelling is every bit as well executed as many of the Great Courses offerings.
Great stuff and highly recommended.  Perfect accompaniment as background listening during painting sessions.  Almost certainly I am a late comer to this quality series but well worth the time invested.  Are there other historical podcasts that readers recommend?

No painting for me this week, however.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Foundry Handgunners for Great Italian Wars

The last of the three units in this group of Great Italian Wars work rolls off the painting desk.  This time, a second stand of arquebusiers of class 'T' missile troops for Impetvs.  Figures are Wargames Foundry.
Three stands have been added to the project in May and one more group is presently under work.  The group in work is a large one, though.  On deck are 39 TAG pikemen for a three stand Impetvs pike block.  The TAG figures are delightful to paint and I await seeing the finished product.  Thirty-nine is a big bite to chew so it may take a couple of weeks to get it off the painting desk.  In the meantime, smaller painting projects are in work.
  Until next time.

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Quintuplet of Gendarmes

As noted in the prior post, more Great Italian Wars figures are in the painting pipeline.  Off the painting desk today is a five figure stand of heavily armored Gendarmes.  Based for Impetvs, these lads will offer additional mounted might to the project.  Figures are Wargames Foundry.
In this latest painting theme on Italian Wars project, one more stand of handgunners awaits in the wings.  Enough Foundry Gendarmes remain in The Lead Pile to field one more such unit.  The painting queue also holds a 39 figure pike block of TAG Italians waiting their turn at the brush.  Forty figures is a big group to tackle at one go.  I may break this daunting effort down into 3 x 13 figure stands.  Before the pikemen are tackled, painting returns to the 1799 project to field two more cavalry regiments.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Arquebusiers for Great Italian Wars

While trying to maintain a focus on 15/18mm painting outputs, my painting activities keep being drawn back towards the completion of 28mm figures.  In particular, my recent attention has turned towards augmenting the Great Italian Wars project.
The first, in at least three Italian Wars units in the painting queue, is a nine figure stand of arquebusiers for use in Impetvs.  These nine will form a 'T' stand of missile troops of the closer order variety.  Currently, all arquesbusiers in the project are of the skirmisher variety.  It will be interesting to see the impact of close order handgunners on the Renaissance battlefield using Impetvs.
A second stand of arquebusier is under construction to be followed by a unit of mounted gendarmes.

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