Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Louisberg Grenadiers: Unit Design

Having already posed on my thoughts concerning a flag for this battalion (they’re going to get one) I now turn to the appearance of the unit. This will be battalion arrayed in a firing line two deep, all musketeers firing from the standing position, the front rank being off- set to the rear rank to deliver their volleys.

Once again, I have turned to Redoubt Miniatures to supply my host with a few extras such as a different looking officer, sergeant and a fifer from Front Rank to complete the unit. One compelling reason for completing the unit with Front Rank is the wastage I would have otherwise experienced from Redoubt's six figure packaging - sometimes I just don't need four spare figures left over.
The assembly of the Louisberg Grenadiers from three parent regiments lends itself to a three division deployment to my way of thinking. Being the senior company (numerically) the 22nd will be my centre division with musicians and ensign. The Grenadiers were placed under the command of Lt Colonel Alex Murray (abovementioned 'different' officer figure) who will also be depicted with the centre company – on foot, naturally.
Whilst I am not fielding separate musicians for the other companies, I may make either the drummer or fifer with the centre division from one of the other two companies of the 45th or 40th grenadiers to assist representing the nature of this amalgamated unit. Whilst common in later times, this is the only such converged grenadier battalion for the Quebec campaign.

My battalion will look something like the following diagram:  light blue for musketeers, green for sergeant; red for officers, yellow for musicians, grey for the ensign and white for the Lt Colonel. Just as soon as I get my figures in the post, I'll do a review - which are thin on the ground from what I have been able to find on the internet.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quebec: 78th Highlanders unit design

Quebec - 78th Highland Unit Design

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quebec: A Flag for the Louisberg Grenadiers

A Flag for the Grenadiers

Friday, December 2, 2011

HMS Drake

This is my HMS Drake, I believe the first of nineteen ships of the Royal Navy to be so named. Commissioned in 1653 and another survivor of the Ango-Dutch Wars, the 12 gun 6th rate was sold on in 1691. This latest 1:1200 scale Langton Miniatures model I have marked up as another member of the Red Squadron at Lowestoft  (3 June 1665) under the command of the Duke of York - the Drake being captained at that battle by Richard Poole of Sussex, descendant of a line of sea captains which continued into the subsequent century.

Unfinished Business: Quad Convoy Pt 2

Bit of a misnomer really, as this isn't just about a Quad convoy but a section of 25 pdr artillery. It's been a while since progressing this build as I had to order further models and then finish existing projects which I commenced in the intervening period. I won't discuss getting in the 'mood'.

For me to deploy a gun section I needed four kits to represent the battery in tow as well as deployed. This is particularly the case for these models as I wanted to show the deployed guns on the traverse plate which travels hitched underneath the carriage which is dropped when deployed with and the gun dragged back onto it for stabilization when firing and quicker traverse. As it happens, I have rarely seen the 25 pdr in this deployed configuration within wargaming armies.

The Airfix kit comes with crew figures of which I only intend using the single seated figure for each model. He would look ludicrous riding along on the gun at full speed when towed which is just another reason to have separate models for deployment. I wanted to have my guns look as actively manned as possible - hence the need to include the seated gunner.

I also observe that the Airfix kits essentially provides the Mk I or II variant of the 25 pdr (without muzzle brake). As my section is for winter 1940 this is ideal for me as the Mk III didn't appear until later in the war (1943).

The gun and ammunition trailer have been based separately to allow for variable positioning amongst table-top terrain. This is another reason why I'm no fan of Flames of War style basing conventions as for me, the fewer models or figures per base in this period of wargaming allows for more realistic posing on the table. On that subject, I am building sangers for each gun but on seperate base extensions for optional cover/concealement.

As this artillery troop is to support my emerging 'Jock' Collumn it represents elements drawn from either C or F (Sphinx) batteries of the 4th Royal Horse Artillery Regiment which supported the 7th Armoured Division in the winter of 1940. The 4th was raised from independent companies based in India in 1939. The third battery (G) had been pulled out of Egypt before the Italian push estwards and the remaining batteries were to go on firing in support of Operation Compass in December that year.

In marking my troop up, I have dispensed with the bridging numbers and have provided the 74 unit number as the premier artillery regiment for the division at that time. I have to say that in building this unit, it really was fun and it really has developed into something more than just a couple of supporting models. With the additonal models to depit 'hitched' and unlimbered variants and given the ten figure crew, this really has become for me a unit in itself. Next I will be 'kit bashing' the two spare Quads for a travelling and deployed observation section.