Monday, 9 October 2017

Austrian Artillery

I have moved on to artillery for my next Hinton Hunt unit.  So on my painting table are 6 Austrian artillerymen and a couple of old Hinchcliffe French guns.

I started with an old model which may well have been painted as an Austrian gun by the previous owner.

After a quick bleach dip and a bit of cleaning the model is ready for a black  undercoat. (I use Halfords Matt black primer)

Its a rather nice model and the barrel even elevates.

The other artillery piece started disassembled in bits.

And after the dip.

I need to cut a pin to make the axle.

I have 6 original Austrian gun crew and these are now undercoated and the leather brown applied.  I will need a further 2 figures to make up the gun crew to full strength.

To do like this chap pointing with a map.

I am planning on having a small game of Muskets and Marshals soon. As my collection is embryonic I will use 16 figures for Infantry units but let each 4 figure base represent 6 so they will fight as 24 figures. For cavalry each figure will represent 2 so a 6 figure unit will fight as 12. 

It will be a hodge pooch sort if game with British, French, Poles, Nassauers, Prussian, Portuguese and Austrian on the table.  Reminds me of my games as youngster.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Gloss Varnished Lutzowers.

I got up early this morning to get a some varnish on my Lutzowers.

I really like the gloss finish as this reflects the light making the colours pop even on these black uniformed Lutzowers.

The photos below show the glossed figure and the unvarnished matt finish. I know which one I prefer.

In other news I visited my local model railway shop, Frizzinghall Models and Railways, which has recently moved to Baildon.

I came away with a Dapol Cottage as every gamer should have one. My old Airfix version had disappeared many years ago.

The shop also sells a wide range of bits and pieces including some thin plasti card. I bought some to see if I could make some replacement bayonets.

I have tried making a replacement bayonet as a trial run. I hope that the mixture of super glue and pva will provide a strong enough bond. If not I may have to try the old classic glue - Araldite.

The bayonet looks OK the test figure on the left and compares well with the original on the figure on the right. I will do a stress test later today.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lutzow Lancers

Having seen Wellington Mans Prussians in black I decided to have a go at Lutzows Lancers part of the 6th Uhlans.

I used original Hinton Hunt Prussian Landwehr PN39. These have taken a couple of weeks to do and just need a final tidy up before two coats of gloss varnish before basing.

The gloss varnish will bring these figures to life. In my next post I will do a photo comparison between a figure in Matt and the final Gloss finish.

In other news.  This week I received some British Fusiliers from Matt in New Zealand as part of an exchange for some of my  Prussian Dragoons. These reinforcements will allow me to field 2 full 24 figure battalions in my Fusilier brigade and create a 6 figure unit for the combined light companies.

These look to have been painted as Bavarians. I had originally thought of stripping the figures however I think I will use the repaint option to match them to the the ones I got from Oxfam.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Mystery Figure

As part of my recent Hinton Hunt Prussian Cavalry reinforcement Iain also included a gift of a box of 20mm Prussian Landwehr figures.

The figures look to be home cast as the bases are not complete. They are not Hinton Hunt but what are they.

The style is similiar to early Alberken/minifgs however I am unsure if either of these companies produced Prussian Landwehr.

Looking at the equipment I wondered if they could possibly be  Crimean Russians.

Perhaps I should paint one to see how they come up.

Friday, 15 September 2017


I had not planned on doing any British in my classic napoleonic collection.

However having got some Fusiliers and a General Hill from Oxfam and various Garrison and Higgins figures it was only natural  that I needed a Wellington.

Well he arrived today courtesy of ebay.

I now have Napoleon and Wellington originals and a JC Blucher in my lead file.

My 6 Prussian Lutzow Lancers are underway and I hope to get more done this weekend.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Renovated British Fusiliers

Before my summer holiday I picked up 32 original Hinton Hunt British Fusiliers at Oxfam. See previous post for details

The figures were reasonably painted so I decided to do a paint renovation. This weekend I finished the renovation and basing. I now have a full 24 figure unit plus 8 figures towards a second unit. Fortunately JC has British Fusiliers in his recast range although I am going to have to do a head swap to create standard bearers.

So on to my next unit.  I have recently been able to add 10 Prussian Landwehr Lancers (PN39) and 17 Prussian Dragoons (PN81) courtesy of Iain aka Essex Boy. These are original figures and very nice too.

I paint cavalry in batches of 6 and the first lancers are being cleaned up ready for painting. These figures are crisp and need a little work with a file. 

I am going to paint these as the Lutzow frei korps element of the 6th Uhlans. They have black uniforms and red piping and should look good with a gloss finish.  One thing I am not sure of is if they used black horses but even if they did they might just be a bit too much black.

In other news yesterday I posted some original Hinton Hunt figures to JC to use as masters for his recast range.  These are a mixture of my original figures purchased in the early 70s from the shop in Camden Passage and others I got from Oxfam. The figures sent are:-

AN33 - Hungarian Grenadier firing
FN23 - Old Guard Grenadier Firing
AN 26 Hungarian Infantry Officer marching
AN24 Hungarian Infantry Musketeer charging
WN16 - Polish Fusilier Marching
FN 8 French Infantry of the Line 1812/15 Officer marching
FN 1 French Infantry of the Line 1812/15 Officer Charging -

John recast list has expanded recently and has around 230 recast Hinton Hunt figures listed. It is now possible to create whole armies from his range. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Garrison and Les Higgins Napoleonic reinforcements

Today I visited Graham to pick up a box of old Napoleonic figures which had been gifted to me by Donald. Donald was one of Grahams school wargaming friends in the early 70s.

Graham had recently met up with Donald after many years and when Donald realised that Graham knew me he passed on a file box of his old figures from school. Graham remebers they use to buy their figures from Blunts of Mill Hill Broadway. A shop a I occasionally visited.

Although there were no Hinton Hunt figures the box did contain over a 100 Garrison and Les Higgins figures. There were also 150 (ish) Hinchcliffe and Minfig 25mm figures and my son has got these out and is says he wants to play with them. He also asked about painting some.

Panorama of the LH and Garrison figures including some artillery.

Les Higgins  French Grenadiers/elites.

Garrison French Infantry

Garrison British Infantry. This has a code BN5 but I cannot find it on any list. There is a photo on Tony's Prometheus in Aspic blog.

Tony mentions that these don't come up very often perhaps because they had a short production run as they are a rather 'distintive' pose.

Garrison British Officer and Infantry.

Les Higgins British elites.

Any finally some Garrison French Chasseur a Cheval.  Back in the 70s I had a unit of Garrison Hussars so its nice to see these figures again.

Quiet a few of the figures have broken bayonets so I need to make some repairs. Of course I could just use them as they are as bayonets would only be fixed for a charge.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

French Artillery

Following my recent post on French Hinchcliffe Artillery I was contacted by Les B who kindly offered me some 20mm French Artillery he had got as part of an ebay purchase.

Les sent the guns and covered the postage. A true gentlemsn and another example of the generosity of the Wargame community.

The artillery arrived this morning and are very nice models indeed. Are these Hincliffe ?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lamming SYW

I must stop going to my local Oxfam. 

I had to go to down town this morning so I thought I would drop into Oxfam (again).

As a result I ended up coming away with a bunch of what I am fairly sure  are Lamming SYW figures.  

There are 20 Prussian Jager types. 

The second unit consisted of 25 Musketers, a few had broken bayonets, 5 drummers and 2 officers.

One of the signs that these figures are Lamming is the the nobly, grass like, effect on the bases.

I did compare these figures with some Les Higgins Marlburian and they are a tad bigger. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Hinchcliffe 20mm French Artillery

The Oxfam Hinton Hunt seam is now all worked out. The last bag of miscellaneous Napoleonic bits and pieces went out this morning.

Of course I nipped  down anyway just to see. It included some items that would prove useful. 

First up there were 5 artillery pieces although one was missing a barrel which I will have to find a replacement for.

I remember having a Hinchcliffe gun and that they had small indents in the barrels and small roundels inside the gun carriage.

Well I am confident that these are indeed Hinchcliffe artillery and I am pleased to add these to my collection.

Also included where 7 more Hinton French Officers and these will be used to officer my new battalions I plan to get from John Cunningham. There were also 2 French elite Hussars. 

Interesting there were a few other items including what I believe are Douglas Miniatures Spanish and a Alberken/Minifig 20mm British Officer.

You can just make out the DM on the figure base.

There were a few Minifig S range figures, which I don't need, however one is rather nicely painted so may make into my French army.

I have feel lucky to have found so many Hinton Hunt figures over the last few weeks and it certainly had helped to get this project progressing along nicely.

HInton Hunt French Infantry

Over the last 2 weeks I have been continuing refurbishing and basing on my classic Napoleonics.

First up is are some French.  I have repainted the white on the trousers and the front of the uniform but left the turnbacks and straps on the back packs alone. I use Vallejo Off White rather than full white.

If you do touch up the paint job on old figures then the key is to keep it simple as its easy to get carried away and end if over painting the whole figure.

The a Grenadiers had been originally painted as Voltigeurs so a splash of red and voila they are now Grenadiers.

I also had enough Voltigeurs to form s skirmish company. The officer is in fact an artilleryman. The French light firing is one of my favourite Hinton Hunt figures.

A close up of the Voltigeur shows the original, slightly yellowed white on the pack, and the fresher off white on the trousers.

I have a few old minifigs S 
Range in my lead pile and I decided to freshen up some French Artillery crew to use until I get my Hinton Hunt Guard Artillery done.

The Minifig figures are s little bigger but I do like the chap with the telescope seen here next to a Hinton officer.

My original Napoleonic collection in the 70s consisted of figures from a range of manufacturers and they all happily coexisted in my games. I do have a few S Range Minifig cavalry which may get a refurb so I can start playing some classic games whilst my forces gather. John Cunningham has added more Cavalry figures to his recast list so I will be recruiting some cavalry soon.

To finish off I have have based a unit of 12 Portuguese I got from Oxfam and the 12 Hungarians I painted earlier this year.

Until I get the rest of the full Hungarian unit done I will just have to combine these into a rather odd wargame unit.