Calpe’s newish Napoleonic (as opposed to the thuggish dark age variety) Saxons
Another of those quick photo reviews. This time it’s the newish advancing Saxons in their later 1810 onwards uniforms from Calpe Miniatures. Three packs of musketeers in advancing poses. All of these packs contain four distinct figures.
As at the time of
writing typing writing these figures do not display in the Calpe Miniatures Shop on their website. An email, phone call or whatever – check the Calpe Conact details – should see a suitable selection of the new figures winging their way to new ‘barracks’ of your choosing should that be your desire.
As usual the figures are photographed in the condition in which they arrived except that any runners have been removed and a black wash applied to help show the details of the figures. And it is here that once again von Peter himself must heap curses upon Games Workshop for their most recent paint range upheaval. This has resulted in their Badab Black wash being replaced with a renamed … and worse … glossy black wash. Glossy does not sound that useful for use either as a wash on figures where von Peter himself prefers a matt look or for quickly splashing over
nude unpainted figures figures to prepare them for photographing. Fortunately for von Peter himself he doesn’t use washes a lot when he actually paints but sadly he used to use them when photographing nude unpainted figures. The last of Schloss von Peter’s stocks of Badab Black were eked out to wash these figures but the result was weak sauce and of no use when the figures were photographed. With many silent – and some not so silent – curses the figures were rewashed with watered down black paint to get the results below. The wash effect is not consistent across the figures so von Peter himself offers profuse apologies and fires off yet more curses in Games Workshop’s direction.
The front on pictures do not show the muskets that well but hopefully the reader will be perceptive enough to get a general indication of the muskets attitude. That they are not all at the same angle will add to a sense of movement in the unit. At least that is the considered thought of von Peter himself!
The packs are pictured front and back. Again von Peter himself has spared no expense in the production of the photographs. He has rearranged the figures between taking the front and back photographs so that the same figure is shown in the same position left to right in the two matched photographs. Such over engineered service. 8O)
S1 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With covered shakos
S2 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers
S3 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos
The package conveying these new Saxons from Calpe Miniatures also contained a gaggle / dollop / swarm of French artillery guns. More on these later. <tease mode off>
We played Sharp Practice again
Bavarians with some French infantry were matched yet again against Prussian military might controlled by The son & heir. We used more of the rules this time … at least we did when we remembered!
A few photographs from the end of the game. Meaning that the tabletop has been cleaned out of quite a few of the original inhabitants. In general …
- cotton wool denotes an unloaded unit
- casualty figures and clear counters denote casualties. Once these equalled a base then the base was removed
- green counters denoted shock points. These can be rallied off but if a unit has more shock points than figures remaining then uncontrolled retrograde movement commences.
The Prussians won the church side of the battle. Here after the first turn it looked like the French infantry unit was going to stroll into the church to play the anchor role for the left of the Bavarian flank. Ah, ze plan – it eez coming togezer nicely! But then confusion seemingly set in and they stalled and watched in despair as some Prussian landwehr snuck in to the church under their noses. So stunned were the French that they stayed where they were just outside the church in column for several turns acting as a magnet for much of the Prussian fire until it all got too much and they rushed back to Paris via the back edge of the table. Life then got difficult for the supporting Bavarian infantry.
In the centre the skirmishing Prussian fusiliers took a battering from infantry and artillery fire and one of their three groups even had to fight off a bungled opportunistic cavalry charge. In the end one of their groups was heading to the rear but the others were gamely hanging on. The fusiliers will be getting a citation in despatches.
The centre also saw the demise of the Bavarian cavalry who attempted the ultimately unsuccessful charge on the Prussian fusiliers and then sacrificed themselves over several turns as a distraction to the greater good on the Bavarian right where …
… on the Bavarian right the honours were with the Bavarians who were steadily dismembering some Prussian reservists and the Prussian cavalry for no loss to themselves. This is where one should be posted if one were a Bavarian!
Another satisfactory game. The son & heir is threatening an actual scenario for the next game. He’s even set up the table.
Enough for now. Don’t forget to <click> on the photographs / pictures / images for an enlarged and clearer photograph / picture / image.
Until we meet again …