Wednesday 21 May 2014

Painting my castle

Recently I bought a ''Noch'' castle . (scale 1/72 ) . 

The paintjob did not look natural. Because I want my front to look as realistic as possible, 
I decided to adapt the castle.

First I painted the castle all black as a base layer. Then I painted the stones with gray and ochre with an almost dry brush.

The castle would come on this plate. My front consists several plates of about 70 x 70 centimeters. These plates can change places so that I have several options for scenarios.

The last operations of the castle; I painted the stones red-brown and I washed it with diluted black paint . 

After placing the castle on the plate I could start with the environment. Placing trees, extra stones and debris from the collapsed walls .


The plate and castle are ready for my front.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

1809 Campaign map : Storm Over Bavaria : a semi fictitious campaign game

The campaign Map: Northern Bavaria: Regensburg is the only fortified town. The green dotted line of the border with Bomhemia. The Austrians will start East of this line.

Mobilise, mobilise!

 Await the storm overnight!  

With the clock ticking away the weeks, days, hours and seconds the moment of inevitable disaster comes nearer in every breath take.
For weeks we are alarmed by massive troop concentrations along our beloved borders. Preparations for a vast council of negotiation have been taken care of. In a case of escalation this will immediately come into registration as an active council of war. Let the potentials be aware of this. 

An upcoming Napoleonic ABOUT BONAPARTE campaign is stirring up the personalities involved.
Where, who will strike first remains to be seen. Players are supplied with their first preliminary intelligence, strictly concerning their own dispositions, so far. Possibly fresh troops are prepared for battle, old ones getting a minor paint touch-up or a restored basing. I've just brought down some useful stuff and rounded up some friends for the ammo feeding. We're set to go!


Alle betrokkenen veel succes! Bon chance a tout! All players, good luck! Viel Gl├╝ck Freunden!

"Noem mij Dubbeltronie. Scheld mij uit. Spuug op me. Acht me als rotte vis. Zeg me in mijn gezicht dat ik een pest ben voor de mensheid. Vertel me dat ik van alle Goden het meest gehaat word. Dat mijn naam stinkt naar bloed en ontbinding. Ik lach erom."

Ares: de lijkenmaker

(Dros, Imme, ILIOS, het verhaal van de Trojaanse Oorlog, 1999, Amsterdam/Antwerpen, Querido's Uitgeverij b.v.)

Saturday 3 May 2014

Prelude to an 1809 campaign: 54mm Napoleonic battle Austrians vs French and Bavarians. (27/04/2014)

After years of inactivity, the Austrians came out of the boxes again.

Robby, Siegfried,Adrien Patrick VDB, Jochen, Sean, Erwin, Jeroen, Steven and Alex.

Before Italeri came with Austrians,  some 15 years ago, I made my first wargame army. Thanks to Patrick VBD, I could make heads that could be  used for Austrians. Most of these figures are converted  Airfix French Guard grenadiers.
The Italeri grenadiers side by side with converted French Guard grenadiers

Converted French hussars from Siegfried

These figures are also from Siegfried

Also some converted Guard grenadiers with a Austrian shako.

The Bavarians had intial success in pushing back the huassars and grniadiers

The Austrans in the centre had little resistance when advancing and splitting the allied army.

On the far left, the Austrian heavy artillery dominated the battlefield.
The French did harm the Austrian infantry lines, but the telling Austrian battery fire pushed them to go into the offensive.
After several assaults being repelled in the centre left, the French were driven back.

 The Bavarians fortune turend, being pused in retreat too.
The assault on the French left flank stalled while causalties were mounting at a to heavy pace.
Retreat was unavoidable.
Now Bussy preparing an campaign: movement on the map with e-mail masseges. battles on tabletop.