Saturday, November 30, 2019

Hessians and French in the Franco-German War


As promised in my last post, here are the initial units and commanders for my burgeoning German and French forces for the 1870-1871 Franco-German (AKA Prussian) War.  In raising my forces, I've been concentrating on the Republican phase of the war from after the fall of Sedan and the abdication of Napoleon III (the Little) in late 1870 through the final French surrender in early 1871.  My German forces are organized around the Prussian IX Korps with its 18th Prussian and 25th Grand Ducal Hessian Divisions, reinforced by the 6th Prussian Cavalry Division.  My French forces are an amalgam called the 15th Corps, 1st Army of the Loire with the 1st and 2nd Infantry Divisions and the 15th Cavalry Divisions.

First the Hessians:
Command Group, 49th Brigade, 25th Grand Ducal Hessian Division
The commander of the 49th Brigade, 25th Grand Ducal Hessian Division was Oberst (Colonel) von Winckler.  Here he is represented by a figure titled "Baron von Gruber, EXT-15."  But I can't recall from which manufacturer I procured him.  (Anyone have any idea?)  He's a nice stout German officer adjusting his monocle for a better view of the battlefield.  His aide, a vintage Scruby 1" Prussian officer, is holding his bay mare (made by Castaway Arts in Australia).  His brigade will consist of the 1st "Life Guard" Infantry Regiment, the 2nd "Grand Duke's" Infantry Regiment, and the 1st Guards Jager Battalion.

Hessian 1st Guards Jager Battalion
This battalion is composed of 24 Helion figures of Prussian jagers from their 1866 line, now sold by Northstar Miniatures.  These are very well sculpted figures and with the proper paint job pass easily for Hessian jagers.

And now some French:
Command Group, 1st Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
In my version of the French 15th Corps, 1st Army of the Loire, the 1st Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is commanded by General de Brigade Daries.  The general and his horse are Falcon Miniatures castings while the aide is from Castaway Arts.  His brigade will consist of the 30th Regiment de Ligne de Marche and the Volontaires de l'Ouest (the former Papal Zouave Regiment).  In the French Republican forces, "march" units were created using the various depot battalions, late mobilizers, and new recruits.  Some of them were good, solid units and some weren't.  I haven't decided how good (or poor) the 30th will be.  The Volontaires were a very good unit who fought with great courage, many of the men being long-term professionals from their service in Italy in defense of the Pontifical States and Rome itself.

As an aside, the colored dots on the rear of the base designate which regiments are in this brigade -- white and red for the 30th and medium blue for the Volontaires.  All of my units have their own distinct "dot" and their brigade and division commander groups have dots from all their subordinate units.  This allows a player to keep track of who belongs to whom in the heat of the battle.

Next is part of the 5th Chasseur (light infantry) Battalion of the 1st Brigade, 1st Loire Division.

5th Chasseur Battalion with a mix of Foundry and Castaway Arts infantry and some unidentified manufacturer's officers.
I still have another six figures to paint to complete the battalion but only have four on-hand.  But that's OK as we only need 4 stands per unit for our game in January being run by our visiting Tim C. from North Carolina (an original member of the Jackson Gamers from our days at Mississippi State University in the early 1970s).  He brings his computer and the Carnage and Glory rules every Martin Luther King holiday for a game.  This year being the 150th anniversary of the war, we decided to start off with a bang.

Unidentified manufactuer's French officers.
Can you help identify the manufacturer of these two French officers?  They are not Foundry (as far as I can tell from their current listings) or Castaway Arts.  Any assistance would be appreciated.

3rd Battalion, 25th Gardes Mobiles de Gironde
And the final unit is a battalion of Gardes Mobiles from the Department of the Gironde.  I chose this unit because its troops were in the French Loire forces and there is a nice illustration of a soldier in the Osprey Republican France volume.  This battalion also has one of those unidentified manufacturer's officers.  I believe that I got these figures from the late Mark "Doc Ord" Stevens, one of our Jackson Gamers stalwarts.  According to the Osprey, they were armed with the .43 Egyptian (11 mm) Remington rolling block rifle.  We'll see how well (or poorly) they do in the January game.

Well, that's all for November's painting.  Next up are the two battalions and regimental commander of the Hessian 2nd "Grand Duke's" Infantry Regiment, a Hessian light artillery battery, and a French heavy artillery battery, plus the regimental commander for the 25th Gardes Mobiles de Gironde.

I hope that all my American readers had a wonderful and filling Thanksgiving!




Tuesday, November 12, 2019

More Russians


As promised, although a little delayed, are some more Napoleonic Russians.  These are all Miniature Figurines figures.  They form part of my Russian contingent "Corps Winzingerode" of the Allied Army of the North.

The 1st Battalion, Musketeer Regiment Tula, Division Detachment Harpe

The 3rd Battalion, Musketeer Regiment Tula, Division Detachment Harpe
During my selected period, 1813, the Russian infantry (musketeer) regiments had three battalions of which only the 1st and 3rd were considered active field units.  The 2nd battalion was a depot battalion.  During the 1812 campaign and following on into 1813 and 1814, the grenadier/schutzen company was withdrawn and combined with the companies of two other depot battalions to form three-company combined grenadier battalions.  Also during the 1812 campaign, some of the grenadier-less depot battalions were pressed into field service as three-company battalions.

Heavy Artillery Battery #21, 21st Infantry Division
Armed with 12-lb guns and 20-pound licornes, the heavy battery provided the big punch to the Russian infantry divisions and corps.

This will be the last Napoleonic figures I paint for a while.  Our gaming group will be having a "Franco-German" (AKA "Franco-Prussian") War theme in 2020 for the 150th anniversary of the war that established the 2nd German Reich.  Our first battle will be on the Monday Martin Luther King holiday as our friend Tim C. joins us from North Carolina for our annual MLK Carnage and Glory game.

Friday, October 18, 2019

And Now for Some Italians


My 44th (Foreign) Infantry Division of the French IX Corps [my 1813 French force] has added a new leger battalion to its rolls.  The 3rd Battalion, 1st Light Regiment has reported for duty.


It uses 16 Miniature Figurines French light infantry figures.  They will join the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Neuchatel Regiment in the division's 1st Brigade.  The 2nd Brigade has two battalions of Nassauers and a battalion of the Irish Legion.  Still organizing is the 3rd Brigade composed of three Polish line battalions as well as two Polish foot artillery companies for division support.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Russians, Saxons, and French, O My!


Just completed some more 25mm units for my Napoleonic forces.

First up we have the 1st Battalion, Pavlov Grenadier Regiment, of the army of the Czar.  Due to its heroism in 1807, it was authorized to retain the miter helmet (and did so until WW1).  In April 1813, the Pavlovs were given guard status and transferred to the Imperial Guard and renamed "Pavlovski".  According to most valid data, in the 1813 period only the grenadier company wore the taller grenadier miter while the three fusilier companies in each battalion wore the shorter fusilier style miter.  But since Hinton Hunt and Der Kriegspieler did not make a fusilier miter back in the 1970s when I acquired the figures, all of them are in the taller miter helmet.  The flag is from the Warflag site and is the 1803 pattern for the regiments of the St. Petersburg district.  I believe that during my time frame (1813) they were still using this flag and not the new issue guard flags.

This battalion will be the senior guard battalion in my small guards brigade, along with the 3rd Battalion (of vintage Scruby figures) and the Finnlanski Jager Battalion (of vintage Der Kriegspieler figures).  The 2nd Battalion will be completed at a later date once I get enough Hinton Hunt/Der Kriegspieler figures.

Second is the Saxon foot battery #3 which will support my small 6-battalion Saxon division.  This battery has Miniature Figurine gunners and Scruby/Historifigs guns.  The battery had four 6-lb guns and two field howitzers.

Since the Scruby/Historifigs 6-lb guns are slightly under "scale" I've used their 8-lb models which, to me, look good.

Third is a regiment of the French guard cavalry - the Guard Scout Lancers or Eclaireur-lancier de la Garde Imperiale.  Although this cavalry component of the French Guard wasn't raised until late 1813 and into early 1814, I've had three of the stands since the mid 1970s.  Recently I acquired two more figures and was able to finally complete the regiment.  This is the first guard cavalry unit I have in my French forces, but it may not be the last.
The three stands with pennants on the lances are the original figures, being early Miniature Figurines with horse furniture sculpted on the riders.  The other stand with the officer are late Miniature Figurines with the horse furniture sculpted on the horse.  Since they are bigger than the early ones, I've added a "booster" base onto the older ones to get them up to the same height.

More Napoleonics in future posts, including a leger battalion from the Kingdom of Northern Italy and a Russian musketeer regiment in overcoats.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Genesis of My TMP Moniker

Just asked over on The Miniatures Page is how did you come by your moniker on TMP.  Well as many of you can guess, mine is "Col Campbell" from my very first painted wargame mounted commander - from the venerable Airfix Waterloo Highland box.  Since Campbell is one of my family names, the mounted officer became Colonel Campbell and has led my Napoleonic British forces since the early 1970s.  And yes, even though an Airfix plastic figure, he's still going strong.

And realizing that I've never posted a picture of the figure, here it is:

Please click on photo for a larger image.
He was painted during my 1970-1971 third year at university, not long after meeting my long-time friend and wargaming buddy, Lord Sterling.  We've been gaming together now for 49 years!!!

Monday, September 23, 2019

15mm Pegram's Cavalry Brigade

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have now changed my Confederate cavalry basing from their temporary "Fire and Fury" basing to my permanent "On to Richmond" basing.


Here is the still to be completed brigade of Confederate cavalry commanded by Brigadier General John Pegram.  It consisted of the 1st and 6th Georgia, 6th North Carolina, and 10th Confederate Cavalry Regiments and Rucker's (cavalry) Legion.  The brigade was commanded by Pegram until Bragg formed a second cavalry corps to be commanded by Brigadier General Nathan B. Forrest.  At that time Pegram was elevated to a division command and turned his brigade over to Brigadier Henry B. Davidson.

The brigade is incomplete, missing 7 mounted and 3 dismounted stands.  They will be procured in the near future to complete the brigade.  Another horse-holder stand will be created out of on-hand figures.  The horse-holder stands will be used to show the position of the brigade's horses when the troopers are functioning in their dismounted capacity.

I also plan on raising a second Confederate cavalry brigade in the near future but an unsure of which one it will be.  There were eight cavalry brigades in the Army of Tennessee at the time of the Tullahoma-Chattanooga-Chickamauga campaign which is the timeframe I'm using to raise my Union and Confederate forces.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Polk's Brigade of Cleburne's Division

While I was painting Confederate cavalry for our just completed Chickamauga game, I also finished painting and basing another brigade for Hardee's Corps of the Army of Tennessee.

Polk's brigade of Cleburne's Division
This is the brigade commanded by Brigadier General Lucius Polk (no relation to the Bishop) and consisted of the 1st Arkansas, 3rd/5th (consolidated) Confederate, and 2nd, 35th, and 48th Tennessee Infantry Regiments.  The figures are 15mm Old Glory miniatures and are dressed in my rendition of a "drab" colored uniform which was common in the Confederate west.  They are based for the venerable "On to Richmond" rules.

Now I just have to paint Wood's Brigade and I'll be completed with Cleburne's Division.  That will put my half-way through painting my Confederate infantry forces, leaving just the three brigades of Breckinridge's Division and the two brigades of Bowen's Division (borrowed from Pemberton's command in Mississippi).