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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Warrior Miniatures comparison with Minifigs S range

Several people of asked me about using Warrior figures to fill gaps in old Minifigs S Range collections. An area that does need filling are in the Minifigs cavalry ranges, as only the British and French napoleonics had command groups. So, Russian, Austrian Minifigs and several other states have just a limited selection of figures. The same can be said for artillery figures, which were produced, but today are hard to find.

I will start off with infantry, which I feel do not work that well. The Minifigs offerings are more elegent, while the Warrior figures have an exagerated lunging stance; the Warrior figure is on the right:

I think cavalry figures work much better, again Warrior on the right:

It can be seen that the two cavalry figures are about the same size, but the Warrior horse is taller. However; if you put a Warrior figure on a Minifigs horse, the match is very good:
Swapping the horses around, as the left one is a little smaller:
There you have it. I did do some comparisons of Austrian artillery in an earlier post, but could do some side by side shots as above, if that would be useful.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Peninsular Warriors - Spanish Dragoons

Next off the production line are these rather smart dragoons; 25mm figures from Warrior Miniatures. As with all of these vintage casts they are fun to paint and produce a pleasing result.

The Spanish cavalry certainly add some colour to the field, with these bright yellow dragoons. Next up will be some red coated cuirassiers!

Some pictures:

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Peninsular Warriors - French Horse Artillery

These splendid fellows were a real joy to paint and add some mobile heavy metal to my French Peninsular forces. Strictly speaking, these are Guard Horse Artillery; their line brethren wore shakos, however, they will serve well supporting my French cavalry.

This group completes my French artilley, with one horse and three foot batteries:

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Peninsular Warriors - British Foot Artillery

Next off the production line are these Warrior Miniatures British Foot Artillery. Unfortunately Warrior only produce post 1812 figures with the Belgic shako, so I had to do some head swaps to give them stovepipe shaped shakos.

The conversion worked well and the figures were fun to paint. The result was quite pleasing:

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Peninsular Warriors - Portuguese Cacadores

A friend kindly gave me some British Warrior figures that had been sitting in his stash for years and he felt that he would probably never paint them. They included some British Rifles. I already have one unit of these figures and having two in such a small army seemed excessive. So, after a bit of research and some minor conversion work, I decided to paint them as Portuguese light infantry; rifle armed Cacadores. With their unique brown uniforms and blue facings they looked quite smart. Here is the result:

Next in the production line are French Horse Artillery and British Foot Artillery.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Peninsular Warriors - French Horse Grenadiers

It has been a while since my last post, but my gaming room was taken over by guests during Christmas/New Year, which led to a flooded bathroom, which affected the gaming room, putting it out of action for even longer. Workmen will be in this week to sort things out. As a consequence production of painted figures and games have been very limited.

However; I found some very old and battered cavalry figures that came with an ebay purchase. I had almost discarded them, when I realised that in fact they were by Warrior and were early versions of their French Guard Grenadiers a Cheval. I bought two more to make the numbers up and repaired some broken swords. Here they are after a lick of paint:

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Armoured Action - Units and Scale

Having cobbled together  a set of tables for movement, visibility and firing for tanks based upon hexes, I need to think about unit size and the area they occupy. Starting off with Grant's book 'Battle' and also looking at other rules by early wargamers, including Wise, Featherstone, Lyall & Son, Quarrie and Asquith, there seems to be a consensus that one tank model represents a platoon/troop and a group of three models represents a squadron. If I were to go along with this, it would make sense for one tank to represent a 'unit' and a unit fits into one hex. Thus a Company/Squadron can be made up of 3-5 tanks, occupying the same number of adjacent hexes.  I have decidd to have three tanks per Company and set out would look like this:
Using the same model my Battalion/Regiment, would be nine tanks and would look something like this:
This is likely to be close to the limit of tanks on my table, possibly I could add one more company; but I think it looks about right. Any more tanks per hex would be too crowded. For the time being this is what I will go with.

Whilst looking at this issue, I decided to give some thought to infantry structures.  Looking at the same sources they all have settled for an organisation of 10 - 12 figures representing either a platoon or a company.Most have a leader, 4-5 riflemen, a couple of submachine (SMG) gunners, a light machine gun (LMG) team and an antitank (Atk) team; although Grant does not have any heavier machine guns at this level in his rules. I have settled on a leader with SMG, a two man LMG, a second SMG, four riflemen and two Atk men; giving a unit of 10, which I will call a platoon.  I tried this on my table, but sqeezing so many figures in to one hex did not look right at all.

So, I have decided that an infantry unit can occupy two adjacent hexes, looking like this:
Three of these units/platoons will make up a company, with an additional command team:
Three companies put together will create a battlion. In addtion to the above, a battalion will have a support comapny, with a heavy machine gun platoon, a mortar platoon and heavy anti-tank platoon, as well as a command group. Eachsupport  platoon occupies one hex; although I will probably allow these platoons to split when on the table. In such a case they would have to be adjacent to at least one unit. In this example I have used Russians, as illustrated here:
My initial thoughts.

Next I hope to play test the armour rules; although I am also thinking about how to convert Grant's infantry rules so that they work on a hex table.