Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Pair of Austrian Howitzers

When the battle of Zorndorf took up residence on the gaming table in the autumn of 2018, the Prussian OB called for a pair of Prussian howitzer batteries.  Well, I did not have any howitzers in the collection so a substitution was made of 12 pounder Prussian guns.  I made a note that howitzers may be needed in future SYW games.  Sensing the next Prussian vs Russian battle may require Prussian howitzers, I placed an order with Eureka to right this wrong.
Almost exactly one year later, time to correct this oversight.  Not exactly.  The first two guns dug out of The Lead Pile were Austrian.  Surely I will need Austrian howitzers at some time too, right?  Why not push a pair of Austrian howitzers into the painting queue?  Prussian howitzers can follow a bit later.  Prussian howitzers next.  Yes, that is what I will do.  
Off the painting desk today is a pair of Austrian howitzers.  Guns and crew are from Eureka Miniatures.  Now, where are those Prussian guns?

45 comments:

  1. Superb work. We want to see these on the table soon sir!

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    1. Thank you, Darren! Maybe the SYW will see action on the table later this fall?

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  2. Lovely additions to your Austrians and look forward to seeing them in action.

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    1. Much appreciated, Steve! A Prussian-Russian scrap may be on the SYW docket before a return to a Prussian-Austrian battle. Some day, though.

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  3. I like Austrian artillery (ever since completing some 1/72 plastics) and your guys have some determined faces!

    An unusual top down shot from your good self, which I find interesting as a 2D style examination and which does the artillery a favour of showing it in a 'full bodied' way.

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    1. Were your Austrian artillery Revell? What became of that project?

      As for the top down photo, I sought to mix up the standard photo positions. Top down photos of figures could be used for playing pieces, I think. Similar to what Napoleon's Battles did with line drawings.

      Thanks for your comments, Norm!

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    2. The plastics were HaT. The artillery was good, but the next box I had a go at was cavalry and I cared less for them ...... and then it all stalled :-)

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  4. Fantastic job Jonathan! Let’s see those Prussians now.....l

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    1. Thanks, Mike! Prussians will be coming up but cuirassiers first.

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  5. Lovely work. I always think brown with red facings is a difficult job to pull off (Cacadores, Spanish militia etc.) but you have done it beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence! Your encouragement is very much appreciated.

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  6. I'm sure your artillery park crews are pleased to see the belated arrival of the Howitzers to join in the next clash vs the Russians soon?.....

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    1. The howitzers will be welcomed, for sure. In the next SYW battle, the Austrians may be joining Russia at Kunersdorf.

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  7. One can never have enough artillery! Can I recommend trying Post of Honour for your next game? The artillery seems a little less powerful from the games I've played.

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    1. I enjoy Honours of War but will give Post of Honour a look and review the differences.

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  8. Beautiful and impressive howitzers, great job!

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  9. Nice work Jonathan and another unit rolling off to battle👍

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    1. Thanks, Matt! Yes, another unit rolling off to battle.

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  10. Nice looking howitzers and crew! Very varied recent output!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! "Very varied" will continue. I have a smattering from a lot of different projects working its way through the production line.

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  11. Howitzers would be very rare, as HoW represents batteries not single guns. Nevertheless, these are looking very well and I hope to see more SYW-stuff and would be glad if you would one day use one of my Scenarios to learn how they would fit you. Although maybe that would be too boring for you, as you write very good scenarios yourself.

    Cheers

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    1. Thank you! Yes, more SYW units are in work including Prussian cuirassiers and another Russian musketeer battalion.

      I would be happy to give one of your scenarios a try. Which do you recommend for either Prussian, Austrian, or Russian forces?

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  12. Haha. The painting queue is not set in stone, obviously. I usually feel it's better to paint something that you want to now, than procrastinated and paint later what you 'should' be painting.

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    1. Yes, "Paint what motivates you" is a good mantra. My painting queue is definitely not set in stone. Thanks for the visit, Dave!

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  13. Excellent brushwork! I've always loved the brown coats of Austrian artillery men.

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    1. Thanks, Ray! I like the Austrian artillery uniform too and it helps break up a sea of white.

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  14. Lovely stuff as always Jonathan...
    What’s not to like about a nice pair of howitzers.... ooo! er...

    Sorry....

    All the best. Aly

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  15. Super looking artillery Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  16. There are some nice poses in those sets Jonathan. Very nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, Mark! Eureka’s SYW range is a good one.

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  17. Excuse me, I could not reply under your answer, Mr. Freitag.

    Scenarios without French? What a shocking idea! ;-)

    Please just check out my Scenarios on the HoW-forum. Cheers!

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    1. I have followed many of your fine scenarios on the HoW forum in the past. I will return and look through to find a suitable candidate.

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    2. Where is the HoW forum? Is it through osprey or somewhere else?

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    3. Hi Dave. Honours of War forum can be found at:
      http://honoursofwar.com/

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