Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Flames of War....

As it have been accurately pointed at, this blog, written in English can be an issue to other frenchies. So, starting now, I will try to join a french translation after each english paragraph. Let me know what you think of it ... and back to the post :
(fr) Comme on me l'a très justement remarqué, ce blog en Anglais peut poser quelques soucis à certains de mes concitoyens. Donc, a compter de ce jour, j'essaierais de joindre une petite traduction à chaque paragraphe. Dites moi ce que vous en pensez... et retour au post :

Well... is it the crisis that makes me search for some dream ? Is it the fact that I did not play for far too long ? I don't know...
Anyway, I melt (yet another) last durit on today, and got FoW 8th Strelkovy guard corp.
Probably soon, there will be some katyushas to support my grenzers.
Sure they would never have even dream of it...
(fr) Bien... Est-ce la crise qui me fait courir après quelques rèves, ou le fait que je ne joue plus depuis bien trop longtemps ? Aucune idée...
Quoiqu'il en soit j'ai (encore) fondu ma dernière durite, et me suis procuré Le 8ème Corps Russe de la garde "Strelkovsky" pour FoW.
Probable que mes Grenzers seront supportés par quelques katyushas d'ici peu...
Sur qu'ils n'en avaient jamais espéré autant ...


Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's on the workbench ?

(fr) "Quoi de neuf dans l'atelier ?"

OK, so last post for today...
(fr) Bien, dernier post pour ce soir...

What else do I have on the workbench ? well... rebasing of my French nd Russian armies is completed 90%, and I also have painted my first Austrian cavalry units (Hussars & Dragoons). I just have to end up with their stands, but for this I wait to have more stands to do. That"s the reason why I am currently painting Austrian grenadiers. Once those will be done, I will finalize all stands at once and will share their review on this blog.
(fr) Qu'y a-t-il d'autre en cours ? Le resoclage de mes armées Français et Russes est fini à 90%, et mes premiers cavaliers autrchiens sont peints (Hussards et Dragons). Je n'ai plus qu'à finir leur soclage, mais pour ça j'attendrais d'avoir plus de socles à faire. C'est la raison pour laquelle j'ai des Grenadiers autrichiens en peinture. Une fois ceux-ci fait, je ferais tous les soclages d'un coup et partagerais leur revue sur ce blog.

So far, here we are ...
(fr) Actuellement, voila où on en est...

Austrian cavalry :

Austrian grenadiers :

More to come soon (I hope ;-) )
(fr) Plus prochainement (J'espère ;-) )



Austrian - Foot Artillery 1809 - OG15 AFA01

Another topic, so another post.

Here are some picture of my OG15's Austrian foot artillery (OG15 ref. AFA01).

As ever, keep in mind those miniature are fast painted for wargaming purpose. I painted the full pack (including guns) in a bit less than 4 hours.

So, in this pack I had 6 guns and 24 team minis.

I created 6 batteries on 2.5x5(cm) stands. That way I can use them both with V&B and DBN with some ammendments. Having very few informations on napoleonic Austrian artilery troops at the time I painted them, I made mistake with the gun color. All metal should have been black... I will correct that later, as anyway, I never fix the guns on my artillery bases.

Artillery stands :

Gun details :

Conclusion :

Another pack I do not regret to have bought.

Teams are nice, with various positions and I found it easy to spread them on the six stands I realized from this pack. They are crisp, easy to paint, and have nice positions (IMHO).

Review material is a courtesy from my VISA card.

Austrian - German inf. 1809 - OG15 ANG01 + ANG02

After more than one month of inactivity, let's share some of the job I did in the meantime on my napoleonics Austrians.
As a reminder, one of the obectives I have with this blog is to contribute to the wargamming community by providing pictures and reviews of minis. IMHO, there is nothing more frustrating that buying something without having a single clue of how it looks.

Click on the pictures to have a biger view (width is no more than 800px).

Please, don't be too hard about the painting, as all those miniatures are fast-painted for wargaming purpose (about 1:30 hour for 2 regiments).

This first post will present OldGlory 15's german infantry with helmets. I have built up two packs : ANG01 (German infantry with helmets - March attack) for the troops and ANG02 for the command. From those two packs, I could create 6 regiments @ 12 miniatures per stand. I still have two commands remaining, plus 4 troopers. Pack content is "around" 50 minis for troopers (had 52 in my pack) and "around" 5 mounted officers plus 8 foot commands (1 std. bearer + 1 officer + 1 drummer + 1 NCO) for the command pack. At least, it was what I had in my command pack.

So it means that a stand/regiment costed around $4.85, from OG15's price list, not including delivery.

The mounted command :

In the command pack (ANG02) were 5 mounted officers, of three different kind. As well, there was three different kind of horses. Obviously, this composition can vary from pack to pack. Here are some pictures of those I had.

Now, few details :


For the infantry, I use 5x5 (cm) stands with 12 figures in 3 ranks. The reason why is that I like the formation effect of having 12 figures on a stand. Also, it let having empty room in front and at the borders so to avoid that firing or "gesting" figures make storing and moving the bases a nightmare. (i.e. having the bayonets broken by constantly touching other bases back minis)
Those are fine to use with V&B, and with some ammendments, can be used as well with DBN.

The first rank is made from command pack (ANG02 - 4 minis) as the two other ranks are made of trooper pack (ANG01 - 8 minis)

Flags are from the wonderfull napflag site.

Here are the pics of the six stands I realized with those two OG15 references :

Conclusion :

I had hesitation taking those miniatures at OG15, because searching for some infos, I could not find pictures and only found somewhat bad feedback. However, I took the risk and am now very happy I did so. I am very pleased with those miniatures. They are dynamic, there are numerous various positions, they are well cast and paint easily having crisp raised details. No doubt the next german infantry regiments I will build will be made with those references.

I hope those pictures will help you make your mind about those minis. If I could have seen such it would have helped me a lot (jay (cool guy from OG15) probably remember my harrassment for having pictures ;-))

Review material by courtesy of my VISA card.