Sunday, 17 June 2018
Saturday, 16 June 2018
With the painting of the last of the French and British in Egypt figures in the lead pile, focus has shifted back to the French 1812-13 project.
The first items here are the artillery. In my games one gun set represents a battery so here are two 12lb one 8 lb batteries. These are destined for the artillery reserve for the collection.
Once again they are from the Victrix plastic set.
The set comes with 15 gunners and since my basing requires only four gunners the three spares will crew one of the remaining two 4lb gun sets that are attached to the infantry brigades. Those 4lb gun models will come early next month.
Next up, two regiments French 1812 Dragoons (mounted and dismounted versions).
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Monday, 4 June 2018
For use in the same upcoming War of 1812 game as the recently made blockhouse and stockade, I need a woodlands Indian village that will consist of four bark covered lodges and probably a bit of camp clutter.
While there are several nice models on the market from Acheson Designs, I chose to make my own.
To start with I took a piece of 30mm polystyrene foam that came with some piece of flat pack furniture out of which I cut squares of about 50-60mm and then trimmed them into a rough dome.
Then using my favourite epoxy putty the bark was fixed to the exterior of the dome in overlapping panels.
When all the panels were in place (each layer was one evening’s work and then the material was left until the next day to cure) I added branches from trees to the exterior.
Finally I added a base to finish the model.
And here is the painted model.
Saturday, 2 June 2018
This week has seen the completion of the final émigré unit that I am doing for the British in Egypt. This is Stuart’s Regiment, sometimes called the Minorca Regiment because it was formed at that place from prisoners of war of Swiss in Spanish service. The regiment transferred to Gibraltar in 1800 and joined Abercromby’s expedition to Egypt.
In one of the regiment’s most famous exploits, at the Battle of Alexandria Private Lutz secured the colour of the 21st Demi Brigade Legère. The colour taken in the first place by a sergeant in the 42nd Foot, but the standard was recovered by a French officer when the sergeant fell. At this point Lutz shot officer and seized the colour just as a French dragoons charged. Lutz shot the horse from under one of the dragoons, sparing his life and then returned to the British lines with both the colour and the captured dragoon.
The regiment left Egypt in autumn 1801 and was renamed first The Queen's Own German Regiment in 1802 and then 97th (Queen's Own Germans) Regiment of Foot in 1805. The regiment went on to fight in Portugal and Spain but returned to England in late 1811. With the conclusion of the war in Europe in 1814 the regiment went to Canada, fighting in the Niagara Campaign and returned to England too late to participate in the action at Waterloo.
Renumbered and renamed as the 96th (Queen's Own Germans) Regiment of Foot in 1816 it was was disbanded in 1818, but reformed in 1824 and was posted to Canada, Bermuda and Australia. It also had a New Zealand connection. When when tensions between Maori and settlers increased in the early 1840s a detachment was sent to the Bay of Islands. In March 1845, in what was the opening action of the First New Zealand War, ten members of the regiment were killed at Kororareka (modern day Russell) and are buried today in the churchyard there.
The regiment then went to India, then Gibraltar, then Canada again, then England, then the Cape Colony, then India and finally to England in 1875. Amalgamated with the 63rd Foot in 1881 to form the Manchester Regiment, that has a whole other series of adventures in the Boer War, WWI and WWII.
Next up are the final two line regiments, the 8th and the 18th, that should be completed over the weekend.