September 28, 2013

The Duke of Schomberg's Horse

Just finished a squadron of the the Duke of Schomberg's Horse...

This is yet another unit for which we have no real information on the uniform or the flag.If you remember my discussion on officer sashes from my Featured Regiments post on De La Melonière's regiment of foot there were a number of choices I could have made for the sashes of the officers. This time I went with white. Schomberg's horse was composed mainly of 'French gentlemen from good families' according to Matthew Glozier's book The Huguenot Soldiers of William of Orange and the Glorious Revolution of 1688. To me it seems more likely that these sort of soldiers would be more educated and likely to remember their past and thus more likely to adopt the white sashes of tradition. The flag is simply based on the Duke of Schomberg's coat of arms (and is available from the LoA shop). I trimmed away the gold fringe on a whim. The grey coats and red facings of the troopers could be used for dozens of other regiments with a flag swap.

For Beneath the Lily Banners, you must designate your cavalry as either Bullet or Blade to represent the two prevailing tactical doctrines of the time. Bullet cavalry advanced slowly and fired pistols before engaging in close combat while Blade cavalry drew their swords and charged! The main of William III's army employed Bullet tactics, but the Huguenot horsemen were all veterans of the French army which favored Blade tactics. I've chosen to call the Huguenot regiment Blade (and signified this by modeling them with swords instead of pistols) for the Irish theater, with the idea that the newly formed regiment was probably more naturally inclined to their old training.

I have a second squadron on the painting table now...

September 24, 2013

More Shades of Grey

Almost forgot my promise to add more pics from my 'black and white' project circa 1920...

MannieProfessor Randall
GraceDr Holland

Again all of the models are from Artizan or Copplestone.

September 14, 2013

Guns for King Billy

This week I finished the artillery for the Williamite army...

These have been painted in the uniform of King William III's artillery trayne for the campaign in Ireland - blue coats with orange facings (orange in the same manner that my Dutch Guard were painted - no reason to think the artillery uniforms held up any better than the guard unit). Only trained artillerists were issued with uniforms, with the 'fetch and carry' labor being provided by civilians so I have mixed in a few models in grey or brown. In the last photo you can see I cunningly included an officer and chap in grey which means this gun will work equally well for either side.

The guns are separate from their bases. I intent to paint up limbers for each and will be able to use the same guns. I still need to paint up stuff for the artillery park to go behind each field gun, but I haven't gotten around to acquiring stuff for those.

Two field guns will be plenty for the size games I will normally run on a 4x8' table. BLB recommends no more than one battalion gun per brigade. I actually have four brigades of Williamite foot, but again I think two is enough for my table. When I paint the Jacobites, one of their guns will be generic as well so I will be able to load up three guns on one side if necessary.

I also have two monster guns of position, but I'm saving them for when I begin to build up siege stuff. I want to get the field armies finished first.

In further news, last week I received a very heavy box from Barry loaded to the gills with Warfare stuff. Besides enough infantry to finish my Williamite army (two more Huguenot battalions and St. John's), there were enough dragoons for two squadrons of dismounted dragoons to start on my Jacobites and some spare cavalry to model more brigadiers! A squadron of the Duke of Schomberg's Horse are also on the table and should be finished soon...

September 12, 2013

LoA Blog Lottery

We're not there yet over at the League of Augsburg Blog, but in honor of reaching 100 followers my lovely wife will throw percentile dice to generate a number from 1-100. I will count through the followers list as it appears here on the site and the lucky winner gets a very rare (I don't think Barry even has one) first edition copy of Beneath the Lily Banners!

This is the first book Barry and I worked on together. Even if you have the second edition this is a great addition. if only for all of the photos. If you haven't signed up on the LoA Blog, head over do it now... there's no prize until we reach 100!

September 5, 2013

Swedish Flags for Poltava

The Swedish flags for the GNW are finally ready and should be available from the LoA shop soon.

This release provides all of the foot units that were present at Poltava. The last sheet is actually variations for Skaraborg, Uppland, and Kalmar based on descriptions given by the Russians at Poltava - there are official government versions for these units scattered through the other sheets for those who want the earlier flags. Again, thanks to Örjan Martinsson (Tacitus of the Fighting Talk forum) for all of his help sorting through these.

September 4, 2013

The Loneliest Pikemen

These models have been on my painting desk for a year and I just managed to find the time to paint them last week. The only unit in my Williamite army to have pikes is Hamner's so far. I'm going to paint up a few more stands to go with some of my other units with an eye toward swapping flags and fielding them as something else from time to time - the grey coated units in particular may be used for dozens of others!

September 1, 2013

Shades of Grey

I know my activity here has been very limited. Running the LoA blog has been quite a bit of fun but it's also been fairly time consuming. I am trying to finish Donnybrook, add to the range of Quindia Studios flags (almost have all of the Swedish foot for Poltava ready to go), and still piddling around with other projects.

One of these projects is a collection of adventurers for pulp era games, destined for an H.P. Lovecraft style setting. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with them - I envision a skirmish game with several groups of adventurers (possibly rivals) and 1920's era policemen facing off against cultists, deep ones, and other Things That Should Not Be. My Donnybrook rules will work perfectly well with a few modern additions like vehicles and SMGs and some rules for madness and giant gribbly monsters.

Anyway, more on that at a later time. I decided pulp horror is best in black and white and so I set out to try my hand at a few noir minis...

Professor Kettlewell

Professor DysonMrs Sunderland
I've got lots of these characters painted and I'll post some more in a few days. They have all been painted with various Foundry triads. The models are all from Artizan and Copplestone.