Thursday, March 22, 2012

1st Corps Gets Some Real Teeth (Part 2)

1st Corps Artillery will remain in the sand pit for basing for a little while longer, hopefully to be joined soon by the 1st Silesian Hussars!

Prussian Artillery comes in two fire modes:

French Smasher!


Iron Backbone Injector System is state of the art German Engineering Morale Improvement  Platform for use with the Landwehr

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mapping the Battle of Ligny

The four Brigades of [First] Corps had been very much mixed up together when occupying the Villages during the night, which will account in some measure for the promiscuous manner in which their several Battalions appear to have been distributed during the battle.
--William Siborne p. 201
Breakdown of locations of battalions per Siborne (the only source I've found that really goes into this level of depth). The brigades of 2nd Corps (on or near the road to Sombref) are deployed in "classic" deployment of "three lines of columns of battalions at deploying intervals".

Also note 4th Brigade is short the 13th Regiment which is garrisoning Mainz (corroborated by Mont St-Jean--link at right). 1st, 3rd, and 4th brigades are all accounted for. I/6th Line from 2nd Brigade's disposition is left out of Siborne's account.  For the battalions defending/garrisoning the villages I just placed column markers.

The battalions and dispositions of 1st Corps are very mixed. Jagow's 3rd Brigade is employed in both St. Amand and Ligny and this explains the confusion of various maps listing Jagow's command in either location depending on the time.

For easier viewing the full size map of the battalion deployments is available here:

This second map helps illustrate better at a glance the "promiscuous" dispositions.

Stay tuned next week, same lead-saturated-time, same lead-saturated-channel for Mapping Ligny: Opening Assault!

1st Corps Gets Some Real Teeth

So approximately 2 months later I've finished up my 16 gunners and 4 cannons!  This is enough for four batteries  in our rule set.  Inclement weather has prevented getting them spray sealed and based but for the moment there are no more paint flakes to drive me nuts and they really are just in need of basing now! (I've been telling myself that for 3 weeks). Part of that was work taking up a lot of time and the rest being my ham-fisted painting.

Some teasers until I get them ready for the parade ground.

Horse Battery No. 7 (Silesian)  

Mixture of  two and three coloring techniques.

The other thing this project taught me was another factor to add to the list when evaluating figures.  Calpe's level of detail is amazing, but on the foot artillerymen with canvas bag, giberne, greatcoat roll + ramrod, prickers, etc. the figures were really "crowded"  there was a lot going on and it took 3x as long to paint.  Where as the relatively simple horse artillerymen with just one bag and not a half a dozen overlapping things on their chests were actually quick and fun.... the long and short of this is simpler figures have their virtues as well.

Next up im thinking something simple....warlord games landwehr maybe.