Monday, 30 May 2016

Yet more 1/32 napoleonics...

Back in January, Will (he of this splendid blog) mentioned he'd found some random 1/32 figures. These found their way to me with the help of an intermediary (thanks Mark) and I've now managed to  carry out the required repairs and rebasing on the chaps I'm keeping, after passing a few on.
These three figures are the - from left - a French line infantryman made from the old Airfix kit, the Emperor himself who is an Historex kit, and Prince Poniatowski, a Polish gentleman who became a Marshal of France. No doubt this had the other Marshals grumbling about immigrants from Eastern Europe taking their jobs..
All three figures have had a few loose bits reattached, been based on my customary bits of mdf and topped off with a good coat of gloss varnish. They'll be nice additions to my French forces in the game planned for September. There's also a British Rifleman - again an Airfix kit.
Thanks again Will!





Friday, 27 May 2016

Troy, Troy and Troy again. Again

We return to Troy now just in time for a clash of the big stupid chariots.  The Greek one soon expired.
The Trojan right surges forward...
...as does the Greek left - led by Odysseus.
This sees off the Trojan cavalry so clearly this new-fangled business of riding about on horses has no future in warfare.
As the Trojan right comes under pressure their general  - having had two units shot out from under him moves on to command a third.  I bet they were pleased to see him!

Things were soon looking sticky for the Trojans.
The climax of the battle came when Achilles faced Paris in heroic combat.  No problems with the heel this time and the Greeks went off to write more epic poems and cancel the order for a big wooden horse...

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Troy, Troy and Troy again

For last week's game I found an interesting - though perhaps not 100% historical - Troy 1184BC scenario on the Command & Colours website.  The photo above shows Troy at the top (another appearance for my Hittite city walls) with the Acheans (Greeks) nearest the camera.
Figures were assembled from my collection of veteran 25mm toys.  Above is the Trojan right.
The Greeks were easier to assemble...
...and the chariots pulled by 'fairground ride' horses are always popular!
The cast.  On the left, Tim C as Hector, son of King Priam, John as Paris of Troy (not to be confused with Troy from Paris).
On the right, Martin as Agamemnon, King of Mycenae and Jerry limping along as Achilles.
Furthest from the camera is Graham as Helen of Troy, the face which ate a thousand chips.  Sorry Graham - couldn't resist!
Most photos are taken from the Greek left/Trojan right.  Here the Greek left advances menacingly.

A certain amount of bow twanging and stick hurling caused casualties on both sides.
Hector leads his elite spearmen out of the city.
Agamemnon (in the red cloak next to the big stupid chariot) has a go at Paris.  The special rule of this scenario is that leaders actually fight one another in 'heroic' combat.

Stay tuned for the concluding episode!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Same gun, different gunners


You've seen this Armies in Plastic gun already in this earlier post, but here it is again with a different crew.  These chaps are Barzso figures and very nice they are too.