Montag, 18. September 2017

Roman army in winter

This is a diorama made by my hobbyfriends Thomas and Patrick and it is on display at the museum in Hannoversch Münden.

A very unusual subject, but I liked this (and the other Roman dioramas) very much.

Mittwoch, 13. September 2017

New German Landsquenets

These new figures were sculpted by my hobbyfriend Yvan. With all the 16th century figures comming out from Mars I thought it is time to go into this period too.

First siege of Vienna, Sacco die Roma, Battle of Pavia 1525 etc. etc.

Sonntag, 10. September 2017

More info on an Ottoman army of the Napoleonic period

While being busy painting more Ottomans and Ingo promising me to finish the cavalry sets now I had the luck to get a collection of Military Illustrated magazines, the issues I missed in my collection.

In one of them was an article about the first Ottoman regulars. Exactly the figures Ingo sculpted for me:-)

I thought this might be interesting for you too,

In the meantime I am a step further which what my friend would call my interest in obscure subjects:-)

I finished reading Allan Mallisons novel "On his majesty's service" from the adventures of Matthew Hervey.
In this novel he serves with the Russian army against the Turks in the Russo-Turkish war of 1826-28.
Another interesting subject so to say:-)

I would recomment this to you. More action than in most other books from this series.

Sonntag, 3. September 2017

New late 15th century Arquebusiers from Frank Ziegler

Frank wanted to expand his range of the Gewalthaufen and so today he sent photos of his latest masters. As several sets of late 15th century hit the market in the last year I am happy to have some Burgundian enemies for them. Also they are useful for the war of the Roses.

Here the text from Frank:

The Gewalthaufen gets its fire support with twelve arquebusiers. They are moving rather freely with their handguns, everyone is busy with loading and aiming.
There's no reglement with Handguns in this age, the 15th cent. We can assume that they were in combat like Tiailleurs or they fought from a stronghold position.

I sculpted their gear as a little bag and a gun powder vessel, hanging with straps over the shoulder.
Analogical to their comrades of the pikeblock I did the jacket over the armour. My suggestion is, that the jacket could be seen as a livreè jacket in an uniform pattern, like the unified standard with the logistics of the handguns, with consistent measurements, they must have had.

For their protection they wear sallets and warhats with breastplates and chainmails. At their side they have a long knife or a kind of swiss epee.

These troopers could be a company of a rather big german, swiss, or burgundian/flemish city state/polity, or the entourage of a big wealthy noble, which was able to provide not only badges, hooded collars, caps, or the colour for helmets, but stylish jackets.

Here a find from Pinterest - I think from an article in the Military Illustrated magazine. And I like the photo of the Reenactor:-)

Donnerstag, 31. August 2017

Guardias Wallonas 1808

For 2018 and the rest of 2017 Pieter wants to focus himself on the Spanish army of 1808/09.

We already have the first sets of artillery and cavalry in the shop. But last year we focused to complete the Portuguese and start with the first British sets.

Last week we got the photos of the latest masters from Massimo. For me as a fan of regular formations they come as a shock. But I must admit, they have their flair of a last stand. And maybe sometimes in 1808 with the Spanish loosing one battle after another the guards had this job...

Montag, 21. August 2017

Suworows campaign in Switzerland 1799 - our anual hobbytour

This year I got an invitation from my friend Pierre who moved to Switzerland several years ago.
Well he told me there are a lot of museums and battlefields and we can visit some interesting historical places.

Well, what need I more to be happy:-) So I asked Alfred and Schmitty and of course both joined us in the tour. So we had four great days ins Switzerland. A lot of museums, the battlefields of Moorgarten, Murten and above all Suworows campaign.

The campaign of 1799 is one of the most interesting in napoleonic warfare with the Russians pushing the French out of Italy, the French advancing along lake Constance, the British and Russians trying a diversion in Holland etc. etc.

We followed Suworows campaign from the Devilsbridge on. The Devilsbridge is a kind of myth as this popular painting shows not really the real thing.

It suggest the Russians charged over the river while in reality it was different. Here are some photos from the location.

At the map here your see the orange lines. Point 3 to Point 4 is the old bridge which is shown in most paintings - but was buildt after the battle. Line number 5 was the real way of attack. There is a tunnel from the 13th century (when I have it right) in the mountain, comming out at point 4.

The going down the picture you have the way on which they fought. Here the French destroyed the bridge. The Russians were checked at the entrance of the tunnel, but they sent troops over the mountains and even some Russians came through the river (impossible when seeing he photos) and charged the French from behind. So with their flanks turn the French had to retreat,

But even not with the heroic charge over a destroyed bridge it was a suicidal attack by the Russians whose dead nearly blocked the tunnel. And they had to put planks, trees etc. over the gap in the way/bridge on the mountainside. And to go over the mountains is a great feat of arms in my eyes.

Over these mountains they turned the flank

This is the way the French retreted from the bridge

The way down and the place from which the Russians came
Some Russians fell into the water, survived and went throug the river....

After this side we followed the way of Suworow and had to take on a pass of 1600 meters. We took the one beside the Russian way as the one the Russians took still has no real road over it. Well, talking about the road I lossed all the adrinalin I had in my body when driving upwards the mountain with no security on the right of your car and looking over thousand meters down. And every minute a car came from the front and needed space too...

Later we found the Suworow museum and had the chance to visit it while the curator still worked on the exhebition. A pity the 1798 campaign of Switzerland exhebition was not finised this time.

See here some of the paintings that were on show.

And as this is a blog about 1/72 figures of course we must come to this subject too:-)
Seeing the last of the three pictures you may recognize the similarity to SYW Prussians. So what did I ? Checking which existing figures I can use for a Russian army of 1799. It wasn't too difficult to get some ideas...

This little diorama here was in the museums. Russians in 1805 uniform with 1808 knapsacks fighting blue painted Prussian Jägers from 1806:-)

But take a look at the uniform. This here is clearly a SYW Zvezda (or even better Revell because of the missing details) Prussian infantryman.

I started painting the Russian Hussars from Esci British Napoleonic Hussars with the horse of the Polish lancers also by Esci.

As for the French simply use HAT or Italeri French 1805 infantry or the metals from the ranges of Schilling or from our own range.

The French also brought the newly created Helvetian legion into combat. Nice painting conversions of Italeri French AWI troops or if you don' care the wrong colar also AWI British.

So a lot of possibilities to create these armies - and for sure not the last post about this subject here:-)