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Lauzun Legion (Minden Prussian) Hussars Freshly Rebased!!!

September 24, 2017 - 04:14
Here's the two-squadron regiment of hussars on their new 40mm wide x 50mm deep bases.
The Litko bases arrived in record time with the mail this afternoon.  Late this afternoon, I set about painting them.  After dinner and the Young Master's bedtime (we are working our way through a wonder National Geographic for Kids book on insects, spiders, and other assorted creepy crawlies) I returned to detach the Minden figures carefully from their old unpainted illustration board bases, touch up the edges, and finally cement each rider and horse in place on their new (and F-I-N-A-L) bases.  

I am very pleased with the outcome and will add a couple of additional trumpeters, already i the leadpile, to the flanks of the two squadrons at some point in the not too distant future.  Tomorrow, I tackle basing the ten completed artillery crews.


And now I am off to play a game or two of Yahtzi with the Grand Duchess and enjoy a glass or three of a new wine she picked up today while out running some Saturday errands. 


-- Stokes

Categories: General

Grrrrrrr. . .

September 19, 2017 - 15:20
A rather nice rendering of a Lauzun's Legion hussar, ca. 1781, from Uniformology.
Well, I sat down to stick my regiment of Minden Prussian hussars (painted as Lauzun's Legion hussars more or less) onto new 3mm ply bases the other night and made an unexpected and mildly frustrating discovery.  The galloping horses with legs outstretched actually need bases that are 50mm in depth rather than the 45mm deep bases I have on hand.  The metal figure bases are too long as are the outstretched legs of the horses.  Blast!  

So, a short while later, I placed a small order online, admittedly somewhat unanticipated, with Litko for bases 40mm wide x 50mm deep plus some  60mm wide x 120mm deep for my deployed artillery crews.  Hopefully, I'll have these in two weeks or so, but in the meantime, it's hurry up and wait.  Don't you just hate it when that happens?  I know.  I know.  First World problem as they say.

-- Stokes
Categories: General

Two More Cavalry Regiments (Almost) Rebased. . .

September 17, 2017 - 03:41
Holger Erisksson dragoons painted, more or less, as Von Trumbach Dragoons, and RSM95 Austrian cuirassiers painted as, if memory serves, Austria's Anspach Cuirassiers.
Almost another two cavalry regiments rebased this afternoon and this evening even with planning for two classes on Monday,  The Holger Eriksson dragoons still need some retouching on the edges o the figures' individual bases, and then  can tack 'em down at some point tomorrow.  One figure each will be replaced with standard bearers carrying white colonel's standards hopefully before too much longer, but they don't look too bad in the meantime.  Next up, a regiment of Minden hussars!

-- Stokes

Categories: General

First Cavalry Regiment Is Rebased!!!

September 16, 2017 - 02:18
The 4th (Trakehnen) Dragoons, my first ever cavalry regiment made up of Revell Austrian dragoons painted way back in February and March of 2007, on brand-spanking new multiple 3mm ply, laser-cut bases from Litko.
Well, after a few nights off, I got right back into the rebasing fray and began with the existing cavalry arm.  First off, a unit of 1/72 plastics that I completed during the late winter of 2007.  

The 30-figure unit has been reconfigured as a two-squadron unit with two full ranks and a partial third of one officer and three NCOs.  One of the front ran figures in the far squadron will be replaced with another guidon bearer carrying the white colonel's color before long.  For the same o the photograph, however, the current trooper remains with his fellows albeit uncemented to the new base in question.  

Tomorrow (Saturday), I'll either rebase a unit of RSM95 Austrian cuirassiers, or a regiment of Holger Eriksson dragoons depending on how the spirit seizes me in the morning.  Giddy up!

-- Stokes

Categories: General

Irish Grenzers nd Composite Grenadier Battalion Rebased!!!

September 10, 2017 - 22:53






Whew!  The existing regiments of line infantry are now ALL rebased.  I wrapped things up with a unit of Revell Austraisn and Prussians, which are, according to the stipulations laid out in Charge!  Or How to lay War Games, battalion strength.  I'll call them a composite battalion of grenadiers, AND a light battalion of RSM95 Irish grenzers. . .  Technically NOT line infantry, but I rediscovered them lurking in a plastic tub yesterday, and they really needed refurbished bases, so. . .  Time to take a short break for a few days now, and then start rebasing existing cavalry regiments.

-- Stokes
Categories: General

The Ermland Garde Newly (Re-) Based!!!

September 10, 2017 - 03:27
The newly rebased Ermland Garde (actually Revell SYW plastic Austrians), first painted way back in the summer of 2007.  Individually based (or rather UN-based) to begin with, this is the regiment's second -- and most definitely final -- rebasing.  Other than a bit of touching up with GW 'Goblin Green' around the edges of the figure bases, this was fairly easy and fairly quick to do this evening after dinner while I enjoyed a large mug of strong black coffee and some online jazz in the background.
Full steam ahead!  Just one more unit of line infantry to rebase tomorrow, a small two-company unit of combined grenadiers.  Next up in the rebasing queue, a plastic regiment of Austrian dragoons painted way back during January-February of 2007.  At this rate, I'll have to replenish my supply of Litko 3mm ply bases before long!

-- Stokes

Categories: General

Rebased Zichenauer Provisional Regiment. . .

September 9, 2017 - 04:10
The newly (re-) based provisional regiment, made up o RSM95 Austrian, French, and Prussian figures along with two or three Hanoverian officers and the not-yet-demoted MiniFIg standard bearer, who will eventually be replaced by two RSM95 of Minden flag bearers and carrying new standards.  He has not been cemented to the central command base in anticipation of the approaching demotion.
Just flying through the rebasing here, and only two existing line infantry regiments remain after this one, The Ermland Garde and another composite formation, both consisting this time of Revell SYW plastic Austrians and Prussians.  I might actually be able to get the line infantry all done before Sunday evening  Cross your fingers and toes.

-- Stokes

Categories: General

Flickenhoffer Fusiliers Rebased!

September 8, 2017 - 19:24
Zichenau's Flicknhoffer Fusiliers freshly rebased, and with the former fourth company hived off to a newly raised composite regiment just beyond.  As usual, these two regiments await the issue of two new standards and two new standard bears each, so the current ensigns have not been glued down but are here merely for the sake of the photograph.
There is no denying that organization and a bit of drive help to get things done.  I'm just breezing through the "To Do" list today.  Rather unusual for a Friday, but you've got to strike while the iron is hot.  Someone remind me of this in about six weeks when it will already be Midterm, and I'll be mired in the figurative sludge of the semester.

-- Stokes
Categories: General

Next Up: The Flickenhoffer Fusliers to Be Rebased. . .

September 8, 2017 - 15:01
Currently on the workbench are three companies of the 80-strong white-coated Flickenhoffer Fusiliers, a line infantry regiment in the Army of Zichenau.  In between other work-related tasks (and changing the catbox. . .  I'm living the dream!) here at home this sunny, cool Friday morning, I will paint up another batch of 3mm plywood, laser-cut bases and remount 60+ of the soldiers.  

The fourth company of the unit will be combined with two other companies, also consisting of various already painted RSM95 French and Austrian figures, to form a  new composite regiment in the Zichenauer army.  This particular unit is made up of various drafts of solders from the tinier principalities surrounding Stollen and Zichenau, Tauroggen-Fiebus, Pillau-Reuss, et al.  

All of this is simply a roundabout (ok, long-winded) way of saying that my line infantry unis, from now on, will be just over 60 figures in strength, organized according to the ideas laid out in Charge!  Or How to Play Wargames.  Three companies along with a small regimental staff comprised of a mounted officer.  

Watch for a photo or two later this afternoon or early this evening.

-- Stokes
Categories: General

Hansastadt Infantry Newly (Re-) Based

September 7, 2017 - 03:33
Another 60-figure regiment of RSM95 Prussian infantry, painted this time as Hanseatic troops rom Bremen, Luebeck, and Hamburg back in late 2011, I think, as part of a friendly painting challenge with some like-minded wargaming friends and acquaintances in the far flung corners of the earth.  New Minden standard bearers and flags are coming here too, so the old MiniFig standard bearer lurks at the rear of the command base, but he has not been cemented into place.
Well, things are cooking here at Stollen Central for the moment, and the existing four line infantry regiments in the Army of Stollen are all rebased.  Time to paint up another units worth of bases and get started on rectifying base-related issue for the Army of Zichenau.  At this rate, I might be finished with the infantry much sooner than anticipated and can forge ahead with existing cavalry and artillery crews.

-- Stokes
Categories: General

Wurttemburg Garde zu Fuss Based!

September 5, 2017 - 21:21
Huzzah! figures painted as, more or less, the Wurttmburg Garde zu Fuss in 2010 or '11.  They await the addition of their white Colonel's color, and I actually have a spare figure all base-coated an in progress.
Three existing regiments of line infantry -- for The Grand Duchy of Stollen that is -- all cemented to new laser cut bases now with one more to go.  I'll tackle these this weekend although I might paint the base surfaces my usual bright green before then if time permits.  The, I can turn my attention to he line regiments comprising the Army of Zichenau before turning my attention to (re-) basing the cavalry and deployed artillery crews.

The figures used for the regiment shown above, and sold to me by Der Alte Fritz back in 2009, are from the limited Huzzah! range, which appeared in 2007 or '08 at the height of the "Old School Wargaming" craze.  Sadly, nothing more ever appeared, and the range petered out although they are still sold by Fighting 15s.  If memory serves, there was some serious family illness or emergency that got in the way of anymore being developed for the range.  Too bad since they have a certain something although I prefer the more slender RSM95, Minden, Fife &Drum, and Crann Tara figures at this point.

In any case, here they are, and they don't look half bad.  Next up, a regiment of red-coated, white-faced Hanseatic infantry painted back in late 2012.

-- Stokes

Categories: General

Newly -- Or Is it Finally? -- Rebased Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadiers. . .

September 3, 2017 - 23:19
At long last, they occupy precision cut bases.  Look closely, and you see drummers and sergeants in a third rank.  Two new Minden standard bearers and standards to follow.
Managed to find enough time this sunny and cool Sunday afternoon to rebase a second infantry unit in the Grad Duchy of Stollen collection.  This time, it is the Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadiers, RSM95 Prussians given to me for Christmas 2006 by my wife and painted during the winter and spring of '07.  

They are my take on Brigadier Peter Young's original Leib Grenadiers as seen in the pages of Charge! Or How to Play War Games (1967) and a later version of the same unit fielded by John Preece in the now legendary Sittangbad refight at Partizan in May of 2006. 

Next up, another bunch of bases to paint and another unit of infantry to rebase.  I think my hobby mojo might (just might) be returning somewhat.

-- Stokes

Categories: General

Is It September Already??!!

September 3, 2017 - 03:54
Newly rebased Revell Prussian musketeers awaiting te addition of its two new Minden standard bearers.  The former MiniFig keeps watch for the time being from the rear.  This was the first unit I painted way back in July-September 2006.
Sadly, not much to report here at Stollen Central since my small game almost a month ago.  Although we just finished a three-month long summer vacation, real life kept getting in the way, rather more often than we would have preferred.  As I have written here often in recent years, bed and a book, or a movie/British TV program via Netflix or Acorn with the Grand Duchess, won out most evenings this summer.  I haven't really felt like doing much hobby-wise, truth be told, since my Baltic German town center in May and June and starting that squadron of horse grenadiers in bearskins in early July.  Sigh.  2017 was to have been the year that I beefed up my cavalry arm, but that looks increasingly unlikely the way things have been going.

However, spurred on by Chris Gregg and the recent basing activities of Der Alte Fritz, I have at last been able to get off my lazy you-know-what and begin the process of finishing the bases for several long-painted infantry units in my collection.  The first unit finished this (Saturday) evening is shown above.  Not bad if I do say so myself.  The usual laser cut 3mm ply Litko bases, measuring 60mm x 40mm (In the Grand Manner dimensions) with a small command group in the middle of the line, drummers, and sergeants to the rear in a third line.  The wooden bases add a tiny bit of heft to these plastic figures and also make it easier to pick them up without touching the figures themselves.  They and their paint have held up remarkably well these last 11 years given that they are plastic.  The two clear coats of Future/Klear acrylic floor polish has worked nicely to protect everything and prevent any flaking away of paint as far as I can tell.

Even better, the base preparation muse seized me for a little while post-bedtime for the Young Master, and I painted up enough multiple and single bases for two more 60-figure infantry units.  I plan to transfer one at least to these tomorrow, and possibly a second if time permits.  If I can manage just one unit of infantry or cavalry a weekend for the next couple of months, I figure I can get all of my existing units transferred to painted 3mm ply bases and then move on to all of the waiting cavalry added to the leadpile during the run up to my half-century mark last fall.  Stay tuned!

-- Stokes

Categories: General