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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Yet More Refurbished AWI 25mm Minifigs

Working my way through the pile of old figures the latest batch to be refurbished are a mix of American and British troops:

42nd Highland Regiment:
American Minutemen:
Another British Line Infantry unit:
A few more to go..............

Friday, 15 March 2019

More Minifigs AWI/SYW Refurbishments

Over the past few days I have been touching up and rebasing a load of my AWI 25mm Minifigs units. Here are the results:

Hessian Jaegers:

British Line Infantry:
Canadian Light Infantry:
American Infantry - Georgia Regiment:
More to come..............

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Butler's Rangers - Minifigs Refurbishment

Continuing to work my way through my old figures, for a change, I thought I would refurbish some Seven Year's War and American War of Independence subjects. Starting off with a unit of loyalist light infantry, in the form of Butler's Rangers. These were painted some 20 years ago and all I have done is rebased them:

Friday, 8 March 2019

Refurbished Minifigs French Infantry

I bought a huge pile of secondhand, poorly painted Minifigs 25mm napoleonics some years back and every once in a while I dig some out and repaint them.  Over the last couple of weeks I have been repainting three French line units.

This is what the figures looked like when purchased:
They needed stripping back and cleaning up. 

Here is the first unit, French Fusiliers:
The second, Line Voltigeurs:
And another Fuslier unit:
And the lot brigaded together:
Just too late for the action at Klingenhofen!

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Battle of Klingenhofen Part 2

Austrian Right
The French were making good progress on the Austrian right, having routed the Jaegers and pressed forwards; however, the Austrians formed a strong defensive with a line regiment and newly arrived Grenzers:
The French column surged forwards, but is destroyed having routed the Grenzers. The advance of French dragoons forces the Austrian line regiment into a square:
This was the position on this flank up until the end of the battle, with an Austrian square being harassed by French skirmishers firing from the protection of a wood:
The Centre
The situation in the centre was much better for the French, having destroyed one Austrian unit and forced some Grenadiers to retreat, the French columns surged forward:
 The Austrian Grenadiers rally, giving a slight breathing space for Austrian reserves to plug the gap:
 ...but the Austrian Grenadiers are destroyed and newly arrived Grenzers sent packing; the French columns bush forwards destroying the Austrian artillery on the ridge:
 In the tough fighting, one French column is destroyed, but in the background a Polish regiment ejects the Austrian defenders of the town, while the battle continues on the ridge:
 The French capture the ridge as the Grenzers, now rallied, attempt to stem the tide:

The Austrian Left
Having been brutally punished on the left, the French advances pause allowing time for a strong Austrian defence line to form; however, it is not long before the French columns, supported by artillery and cavalry begin their advance once more:
 A regiment of Austrian grenadiers is chased of by musketry and the threat of cavalry and they retreat behind the farm and form square. A great exchange of fire takes place destroying an Austrian line regiment, but the French take heavy losses too:
 Austrian reserves plug the gaps as the firing continues, but then a French column assaults the depleted Jaegers in the farm:
 The farm falls to the French:
Back in the Centre:
Seeing the success of his columns in the centre and with the Poles now in the town, Napoleon releases his reserves in the form of two Guard regiments that smartly advance along the road:
 The French Guard quickly brush aside the defending Austrian line infantry and assault into the town:
The Austrians collapse, having reached their exhaustion point. The score is 9 - 4 to the French; however this masks the serious losses suffered by French regiments, with several units down to just one SP.

What a game, very well balanced and good fun.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Russian Jaegers - Minifigs S Range (Refurbished)

As part of the process of re-basing and smarten up my old Minifigs collection, here we have three units of Jaegers ready to take to the field:

Not all my work, these were aquired painted, all I did was to add some details and re-base them.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Battle of Klingenhofen - Command and Colors Napoleonic Part 1

1809, in a surprise move Napoleon makes a thrust south deep into Austria. To counter this move, Archduke Charles rushes his army north to a steep sided valley, the Sneetal (all made up of course), in an attempt to block the French advance.  The Austrians position themselves astride the village of Klingenhofen, lying in the rolling floor of the valley.

We join the action on the third move, as the Austrians rush columns of troops forward to form a defence line:

View from the east, Klingenhofen village at the top, Austrians on the left:
View from the west:
Napoleon surveys the field and determines that the village is heavily defended, so he decides to apply pressure to the Austrian flanks to draw off Austrian reserves, then if the flank attacks are unsuccessful, to push into the centre.

The action starts off on the Austrian right as French voltigeurs seize a wooded knoll to cover the advancing French columns.

The Austrians counter with their Jaegers, who skirmish forward downing some of the French:
However, French fire from the knoll and artillery devastate the Jaegers, who break and retreat:
As the skirmishing unfolds on the flank, the Austrians continue to build up the defence line in and around the village:
Napoleon orders his heavy artillery to bombard the village:
On the Austrian right centre German grenadiers come under fire from French columns supported by artillery and, despite accounting for some of the French, the grenadiers give ground after 50% casualties:

The action now switches to the Austrian left, which is dominated by an old stone walled farm, that is defended by light troops and grenadiers:

French artillery fire causes some Austrian casualties as a Polish column surges forward to assault the farm:
The devastating fire from the farm and supporting grenadiers rips into the Polish column, wiping them out:
First blood to the Austrian (1 VP), as Napoleon decides to invest in the action on the other flank, until he can amass sufficient strength to take the farm.

More to come..........................