Saturday, 31 October 2009


September was not a good painting month so I decided to make more of an effort in October.

When I started this project in June my aim was a, reasonable, unit a month. At the end of October I am back on target having completed the infantry regiment started in September and also a couple of batteries of artillery.

I purchased a couple of Strelets GNW boxes which were a bit of a disappointment. So after a quick visit to Plastic Soldier Review I went out and bought a box of Zvezda GNW artillery. The artillery men were much, much nicer, although I did have to stick some arms on. Even with my lack of dexterity it didn't prove too difficult and I have managed to prise my fingers apart. The first piccie shows Alpha Battery of Fromagere in the purple personally chosen by Duchess Sophia, with largest gun in the Zvezda box, a six pounder. The gun itself is a nice model though a bit fiddly to put together (yes I am major klutz so it's probably not really) and I am a bit concerned as to it's ability to stand up the rigours of wargaming.

The Strelets artillery men were not very good figures but the guns themselves are a doddle to push together and a nicely robust. Not the most accurate replicas of C18 cannon being a bit chunky but I like their generic "cannony" look and are certainly tough enough to stand up to being knocked about to and from wargame tables. The artillerymen of Fromagere man a battery of Strelets cannon above. There are only two cannon per box however.

The Zvezda box may be twice as expensive (in our local model shop anyway) but you do get a lot of nice artillery men, five cannon as well as a limber and horses. If I was hypercritical the cannon aren't the most useful for wargamers feeling a little fragile and also three of the guns are "gallopers", very light cannon pulled by one horse. The other two are a heavier six pounder and a nice howitzer. While neither The Wargame nor Charge discriminate between heavy and light artillery I think I might introduce this to our games, possibly giving a regiment or two a battalion gun.

Left shows a Weinpfalz artillery officer lining up a light galloper gun. Nicely modelled as all Zvezda seem to be.

On a slightly larger front my Great Northern Army has gained an artillery piece. I think cannon and crew are courtesy of Front Rank and very nice they are too, painted by Jim of course.

We're not quite sure what rules to use for these yet, with Impetus Baroque being mooted.
I'm not convinced with that idea yet.

Whilst I am back up to speed with my one unit a month target I am well underway with "November's" unit already.

Half painted Revell SYW dragoons charge across the painting desk in Castle Vallejo. They will be the first mounted unit of Weinplfalz.

Oh - I also purchased a couple of boxes of Hat Prussian Hussars 1806 which look emminently suitable for the wars of the mid C18. Hopefully I can get these painted up sharpish and get these guys in the field.


  1. An impressive and good-looking Train d'Artillerie indeed.

    Countess Wilhelmina vs Duchess Sophia... the 'Wars of Wine and Cheese' are also the Guerres des Demoiselles!

    The 'generic' treatment of 'position / battery' artillery in Grant and (even more) Young can be taken as fair. Regarding truly *lighter* pieces, under the WRG 1685-1835 set (which I really like for its 'steamlined Old school'"taste"), seemingly well researched, when shooting at troops (not at buildings or boats) they differ only by shorter ranges -roundballs were not filled with explosives, thus the effect of a cannonball bursting through a 'body of human bodies' was not greatly affected by its diameter.
    When it comes to battalion guns, in many sets they represent roughly half as many actual pieces as 'battery' models -typically 1 model = 2 pieces instead of 4-6): this 'half efficiency' can be insterted in the casualties assesment or as a saving throw. This is fairly balanced by the fact that battalion guns can be manhandled at infantry speed, and even can 'move and fire' -though probably only at short range, and with an additional decrease of efficiency since the shooting casualties' caused by an immobile piece tranlate its continuous firing during a whole 'period' / 'move' / 'turn'?

  2. Thanks for the post. I'm beginning to look seriously at Zvezda plastics too, having heard much to recommend them.