Well I started off with a rush but it slowed down toward the end but what the hell, my first Nassau Battalion is done ... well, painted anyway. My band-saw broke and I'm waiting on another blade. I had cut the 5mm MDF bases but forgot that I wanted them based on 8 figure company size bases instead of my more typical six figure bases. So, I've blue-tacked them to the now temporary bases for the sake of the photos and this posting. This will be my last for a bit as I deploy to Tonga in a few weeks and am packing my modelling gear to go with me.
This unit represents my version of the 3/2nd Nassau light infantry under the command of Major G Hegmann who was mortally wounded at Waterloo. The figures are primarily Elite Miniatures with a handful of Front Rank thrown in for good measure.
I don't know if it can be made out in the photos but I chose to mix a few different hues of darker greens for the trousers and jackets - no figure has completely matched uniform items.
My painting references for the Nassau's were Wellington's Dutch Allies 1815 (Osprey) and Haythornthwaite's Uniforms of Waterloo. The 2nd Nassau regiment (three battalions) are illustrated with cloth shako covers which appears to be what Elite Miniatures sculpts are representing - fortunately for me. There are divergent suggestions across the references to what pompoms distinguish the companies. I have elected to go with the old company distinctions of blue, green, yellow and white with green and yellow tipped light company plume and red for the grenadiers.
The use of a scattering of Front Rank figures allowed me to represent some uncovered shakos.
The ensign's flag is made from cloth soaked in diluted PVA glue and the finial is hand made from green stuff. Stuffed-up green stuff that is as it hasn't set in weeks and I doubt it ever will. I was attempting to make the 'W' cypher but the failure of the filial to set prevented proper sculpting. I roughed up the edges and pin-pricked the field of the flag which I reasoned would have been a new colour just prior to Quatre Bras, having suffered a little damage by Waterloo.
I gave my Front Rank drummer (the other is Elite) a French coloured pack with white straps instead of the ubiquitous buff for the rest of the Nassau's.
This 48 figure unit has stretched the capacity of my light-box to it's limits and I was unable to take a shot of the extended line formation from the front. I also used a combination of white and yellow lights this time and I'm happier with the effect than previous attempts.
I am enabling this unit to perform as true light infantry with the Black Powder rule set. My convention for basing is to double the skirmish bases for light infantry battalions which was easy for this 48 figure unit so it has eight skirmishers. They are based two to a six figure base. My adaption of the rules differentiate light battalions from line in that when deployed into skirmish formation, the 'Mixed Order' rule allows my battalion to fire with the whole battalion effect (three dice) rather than the rule's more usual one dice. I feel that the Black Powder Mixed Order rule does not adequately differentiate between light infantry and line battalions.
I continue to base my figures consistent with the Grand Manner rules convention. Anyway, this will be my last posting for a while whilst I relocate and set up in the Pacific. My next Waterloo effort will most probably be the 2/2nd Nassau battalion which will have well and truly broken the back of the Allied army for my Papelotte project. I can't guarantee that will be the next thing I work on; however, as I will have to see where the mood takes me.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
|Shot taken from Church side - what became the German entry point.|
|Thunderbolt strafes deploying infantry company, taking some casualties.|
The town was ostensibly held by US Paratroopers (up to battalion strength) who had dropped in overnight and the Germans were scrambling together a response force to eject them before sufficient Allied elements crossed the battlefield and pushed further on to the next strong-point. Each turn both sides rolled 4-6 (d6) to get an element on table - if failing, the odds increased in subsequent rounds until successful, then the odds commenced over for the subsequent elements and so on. Only one element could arrive per turn. Each element (company usually) had a arrival number which was also diced for - if one of us diced for a unit already arrived - too bad, we lucked out. We also randomised entry points across the table edges divided into eighths - once secured for the first time that player owned that entry point and the opposition must roll for another. So, we didn't know if or when we would be reinforced, by what (exactly) and from where they would arrive.
Grant diced for the Allied cause and he achieved first blood swiftly with a successful strafing run over my first arriving motorised infantry company.
|Glider born jeeps with infantry following up race to the bank (left).|
|That bloody dive-domber again!|
|Innocent looking Hotel and an invitingly open flank.|
|Nasty surprises is what recce unit are for - I suppose.|
|A shaky flank prepared for infantry assault - not tanks!|
|A mighty and timely brew-up|
|Field of death|
Before I knew it, the surviving tanks were back but by than time my extreme right was secured by my support company and a PAK75 ATG now nestled in good cover. Splitting their advance, the CS Cromwell went to breach a standard hedge row lining the central road when contrary to my wildest expectations, I repeated the same IDF trick, laying down a cripplingly effective barrage and knocked it to a burnish stand-still. I didn't know my dice even had it in them.
Although now suffering two vehicles lost, Grant's remaining Cromwell did not break but at least he withdrew it to regroup in the rear ... thank heaven for small mercies. So, I was taking the ground but paying a price for it. Little did I know the game was about to be decided on the other flank.
|The final and decisive play.|
We played a second game the next day (Anzac Day) which I also lost very badly indeed. I lost so badly in fact that I capitulated by about turn 10. It came down to a very poor choice on my part for an order of reinforcements - tragically poor in fact, but it made for a couple of nice photos of which the following is one.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Well not before time, here is my first posting for 2017 - my latesr command vignette for the Papelotte/Waterloo project ... one of too many. I present William Prince of Orange.
|William II, by Nicaise de Keyser, 1846.|
Keyser's painting above from 1846 depicts the Prince on a grey but it seems more likely he was mounted on the day atop Waxy, who was later killed in action and is immortalized through the craft of taxidermy and resides forevermore at the Rijksmuseum (pictured left). Thus my depiction using Perry's figure is on a bay
The Prince of Orange staff included the following: principle ADCs Lieutenant Colonel (brevetted from Major) Ernest Otto Baron Tripp (60th Rifles); Captain Lord John Somerset (half pay - unattached); Capt. Hon. Francis Russell (half pay - unattached); Extra ADCs Captain The Earl of March (52nd Foot), Captain Viscount Bury (1st Foot Guards); and, Lieutenant Henry Webster (9th Light. Dragoons).
I have elected to depict the Prince with Jean Victor de Constant Rebecque, accompanied by three ADCs: Lieutenant Webster, Ernst Otto Baron Tripp and an unnamed Netherlands Staff Officer. The two ADC 'personalities' are depicted in their originating regimental uniforms, thus we have one mounted 60th Rifles Lieutenant Colonel and a Lieutenant of the 9th Light Dragoons. The Staff Officer has a mixture of the old 1813 uniform (gold lace and epaulettes) with grey overalls. My basing convention allows for five figures for my Corps Commander base. I chose this group as they make the most colourful bunch.
Otto Ernest Gelder Trip Baron Tripp was a Major of the 60th Rifles from 10 November 1813 and veteran of the Peninsular campaign. He was brevetted Lieutentnt Colonel and as he was on the Staff would have been uniformed at his brevettend rank. At the time of the 100 Days campaign, the 60th Rifles were eight battalions strong but none were present for Waterloo. He was 41 years of age and did not survive long after Waterloo: he died of unrecorded causes in 1816.
|Sir Henry Vassall Webster 1814 by Martin Shee|
Based on 5 millimeter MDF, this command stand has my Rebecque on foot at a boundary fence directing movements to the Staff Officer whilst the Prince scans for the French. The two ADCs are conversing with each other in the meantime - in English of course as neither has any Dutch and can't follow Rebecque's or the Prince's strategy. The ground is sodden and the previously breached fence-line divides a grazed pasture from a fallow field - the breach being caused by troopers the night before prizing apart a section for their feeble fire in the overnight downpour.
A regimental chronicle and list of officers of the 60th, or the King's Royal Rifle Corps, formerly the 62nd, or the Royal American Regiment of Foot by Wallace, Nesbit Willoughby, 1839-1931 Published 1879.