Sunday, 2 September 2018

French 7th bis Hussars two ways

In the abysmal language of TV cooking shows, here are the French 7th bis Hussars done two ways - first with S Range figures, then with Lamming one piece figures (probably SYW ones) with an S Range officer and a Minifigs 20mm one piece casting of Murat.

As I mentioned in my previous post my Egyptian campaign forces on both side were overdependent on camel riders and noticeably short of horsed cavalry.

I found some dragoons for the French and then started on the S Range figures at the top.I have a unit of these on another post (can that really have been nine and a half years ago?). Anyway I believe the figure to be a Napoleonic British Hussar (troopers and officers) in Mirliton, though I haven't been able to find a code on any listing I have seen. It might just be the SYW Hussar (FSWC 2s) which is recommended for use in the French Revolution and Egyptian Campaign, but I think the shabraque etc is Napoleonic. I painted these according to the Knotel plate in Vol 1 of Elting's European Uniforms.

When I picked up a copy of Yves Martin's The French Army of the Orient 1798-1801 I found a completely different plate based on a reconstruction from a written description of a now lost plate by Hoffman.

I therefore thought I might field two units, one of each version. For the second I chose some (not terribly good) recasts of the lovely Lamming SYW one piece hussar, which came in at least two versions, with busby or with (as here) Mirliton. Some of these figures are waiting for sword replacement therapy.

Lamming also did a rather lovely dismounted hussar, kneeling firing. This came in at least two headgear variants - busby and shako - mine are pictured below. The standing figure is an S Range staff officer

Saturday, 1 September 2018

More French and Egypt - FRC 3s Mamelukes

I had never seen this figure before but this morning 45 of them arrived from eBay. They are the proper French Revolution and Egyptian Campaign Range Mamelukes, and are particularly welcome as they will provide  a substantial number of cavalry for my S Range Egyptian army, which (similarly to the French I admit) has been overdependent on camelry - FRC 4s Arabs for the Egyptians and FRC 1s Dromedary Troopers for the French.

When I first saw the listing on eBay I passed it by as I thought they were the Guard Mamelukes from the general French Napoleonic Range. As I already had plenty of these, both in S Range and Hinton Hunt, and Napoleon himself only ever had about 200 at any given time, I didn't think much more about it. However, thankfully, on the closing day for the auction I looked at the photos again and saw they were all carrying small round shields which meant they are the proper Egyptian Campaign Range ones. I had to bid strongly for them but I am very pleased to get them.

The photo is a comparison shot - the two figures on the left (the unpainted ones) are FRC 3s Mamelukes from the French Revolution and Egyptian Campaign Range, while the two painted figures on the right are FNC 6s Guard Mamelukes from the general French Napoleonic range.

Identifying features for the Egyptian Campaign figures are that not only do they have a small round shield carried on their left arm they also have a musket slung on their backs.

I had never seen this figure before so am very pleased to have acquired them - just need to face up to the prospect of painting some or all of them now.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

French and Egypt bits and pieces

I'm trying to finish off my French Revolution and Egypt figures, particularly the French forces. I have been part way through for months two units of Hussars - S Range in Mirliton and Lamming Hussars in Mirlitons and finishing some standard bearers, using the FR 12s Demi Brigade Officer with some of the rather lovely Adolfo Ramos versions of the distinctive French flags.

When these are finally done I'll try to take some photos of both armies. As with the Landsknechts I resorted to modern figures from the Hagen Miniatures shop to provide some Ottoman artillery, with guns from Newline. I'm happy with these but for French guinners I thought I would just paint som S Range Austrian gunners, which would provide a better fit in style. I still have to source some guns for these figures.

There is a long and convoluted story about S Range ginners which I will probably disclose when I have the army finished - I am waiting for some guns from Kennington.

So first up: French (?) gunners:

Secondly, a figure I had never seen, until I acquired these late last year/early this year:

This is FRC 4s Arab camel Rider with Musket, which is a tremendously versatile and useful figure which would serve from 1790 to 1918 at least.

Monday, 28 May 2018


There were a small number of Landsknecht figures in the Renaissance Range:

R1s Landsknecht Pikeman Advancing
R2s Landsknecht Halberdier Advancing
R3s Landsknecht Musketeer Firing
R4s Landsknecht Two Handed Swordsman
R5s Armoured Landsknecht Pikeman Advancing
R12s Armoured Landsknecht Officer

which gave you all the infantry types you needed.

I'd had odds and ends for a while then I acquired a larger batch at the beginning of this year so I spent a month or so getting them painted up to a similar standard. There were no artillery so rather than trying to convert some of the figures I had to gunners I took advantage of the rather nice Imperial-Modellbau figures available from the Hagen Miniatures on line shop to provide artillery and a command group.

Landsknechts qualify as "complicated" for painting as far as I am concerned, along with tratan, hussars etc so I go for an impressionistic approach to provide a just about acceptable result from a distance.

I have accidentally ended up then with a useful sized and very flexible force which can serve as part of any number of armies of the period. And then there is that very staisfying feeling of having "finished" a project.

There is an officer figure in the front rank of the second unit of pikemen (four pictures above) which I haven't been able to track down on a list: I do have this old catalogue photo of R12s (armoured officer) but I haven't got or seen this figure in the metal.

Monday, 29 January 2018

S Range Colonials

In the second half of last year one of my projects was my British and Empire S Range Colonial Force.

My main colonial armies are Jacklex but I was able to assemble a reasonable quantity of the S Range figures which I also like.

The standard British Colonial infantry lend themselves to variety through painting of different uniforms - so here we have standard British, Royal Marine Light Infantry, and Rifle Brigade versions.

Then you have to have some Highlanders


and Gurkhas

The five Gurkhas to the right are the S Range figures and the one on the left the Minifigs 20mm figure, which I prefer. I have fuller units of both types but I need to take more photos.

Finally you always need some mountain artillery

I don't currently have any S Range British Cavalry but I do have quite a few of these Minifigs 20mm lancers, as well as Indian counterparts - I'll just have to fund them before I can photgraph them.

Finally a rather stylish Minifigs 20mm Highlander officer.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

S Range Austrian Generals NS 5s and Command stands

These are the rebased Generals and command elements for my new old Austrian Army mentioned in the previous post.

Because I only wanted infantry in helmets I moved on the battalions in shakos, acquired an additional fusilier battalion in helmets, and kept the other helmeted battalions, the grenadiers and jagers. All are German battalions (with white trousers) instead of the Hungarians (in blue). Any further additions will be painted as Hungarians. The army is extremely well provided with cavalry though mainly lights - one regiment of cuirassiers, then chevaulegers, hussars and lancers aplenty. I have also acquired in the last week or so another NS 5s Austrian General which is in the process of being painted up.

What I don't have is any S Range Austrian artillery so if anyone has any for which they have no further use I would be grateful to hear from you.

Over the Christmas holiday I took the whole army off their old card bases and put them onto 2mm mdf, painted Vallejo Intermediate Green, as for these figures. I am waiting for a day or two of decent weather to plastidip spray the bases. I also have some rather nice Adolfo Ramos flags for these (for use with S Range get the 20mm ones rather than the 25mm as they are a bit too big).

When I have got the bases sprayed I will try to take some unit and army photos.

I am also working on standard bearers for my S Range French in Egypt, again using the Adolfo Ramos versions of the striking flags carried by the demi brigades in this conflict.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Field defences FSD 1s and FSD 2s Chevaux de Fruise and Stakes

I unexpectedly acquired these recently along with an S Range Napoleonic Austrian Army.

If you studied your S Range catalogue carefully you could find a section called Miscellaneous, which contained goodies including camp followers, generals of different periods, pack horses and oxen, and Napoleon sat at a table.

The above are FSD 1s and FSD 2s, Horse and Musket Period Field Defences, Chevaux de Frise - 60mm length at the back of the photograph - and Stakes - 55mm at the front.

These are heavy lumps of metal and I had never seen them before.

FSD 3s and 4s were gabions and fascines.

I need to repaint the bases to my standard Vallejo Intermediate Green to go with the rest of the army, which I rebased over the Christmas holiday on MDF pauinted in this colour.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Quantity has a quality all of its own...

No disrespect for the figures or painting at all (in fact maximum respect) - but here is Alan M's representation of Eugene's IV Corps using S Range figures. A magnificent project.