In amongst the Bolt Action WWII AFVs and Italians I've had my Napoleonic Bavarian Brigade project puttering along. It was unfinished, a mishmash of figures and needed sorting out for years, all the more so when I succumbed to temptation yet again with the new Perry's line of Bavarians. I bought enough for three battalions worth - two line & one light - plus artillery limber and caisson. The Bavarian Brigade consisted of six x 12 figure battalions, one of them painted as LI, two of them Front Rank and the rest old Foundry. Added to this is one three gun battery (scratch built to match captured Austrian pieces) with Foundry crews and two Chevau Leger regiments one Front Rank and the other Foundry. Like I said, a bit of a mishmash.
|Doc's Bav Badboys - (from L to R) old Foundry, Front Rank and new Perrys figures on all Doc's patented magnetic movement trays!|
|The Perrys prancing horse Bav CO - I've made him a cavalryman by giving him a fancy feather in 'is 'at!|
|Bav Cav and their prancing Perrys CO|
|Regimental command stand with mounted Oberst. The standard bearer with the CO carries the Liebfahne or regimental colour rather than the Ordinarfahne carried by the other battalion(s).|
|Bavarian tete d'colon - I have no idea what colour the battalion marker flag carried by the pioneer was so I gave him a nice red one (warning flag: fierce beardy man with axe and attitude!)|
|Some of my favourite figures that I've now added to each battalion - a stand of them suffering from a 'whiff of grapeshot'.|
|My old Foundry Bavarians with their mounted Colonel. Love the expression on the face of the officer - really barking out orders 'Vorwarts meine Kinder!'|
|Contrast the scale: (L) Foundry and (R) Perrys Bavarians|
|Perrys Bavarian Light Infantry Schutzen - rifle-armed Bav Badboys!|
|My Bavarian Brigade Commander - probably should have a big cocked hat rather than the casket helmet but I couldn't bring myself to butcher such a nice figure!|
|Most of the Perrys figures I've added to my Bavarian Bde|
|Achtung! Doc's Bavarians on parade!|
The matt on which all these figures are standing is one of my new wargaming tablecloths that I've made from rubber-backed canvas paint drop sheets, a liter of paint via my large spray gun and copious amounts of flocking. A messy process that had to be done outdoors but now I've got a mat that will cover a 12' x 4.5' table. Now that winter's over and I'm less likely to perish from exposure working outdoors I'm planning to do one for desert/Mediterranean theater games as well.
|Achtung! I must to be going to der Little Wars convention @ Lanyon for zum wunderbar gaming action!|
Well that's about it - Auf Weidersehen from Doc and Herr Oberst. Almost forget to mention a plug for the forthcoming 'Little Wars' convention to be held in Canberra on 8 November at Lanyon Vikings club showcasing the hobby (click on the link to find out more). There will be traders there and games covering a wide range histroical and fantasy. We're putting on our famous French and Indian Wars game 'Tomahawks Along The Ohio' which I have posted on previously on this blog. Its a gold coin donation entry to go towards our returned servicemen and women - a most worthy cause so hope to see a few of my blog-followers and fellow gamers there.