The other day I completed painting the newly acquired gunners for the 3rd and 4th Light Batteries, part of the IX Armeekorps artillery for my 1870-1871 Prussian forces.
Friday, August 27, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Just learned yesterday evening that long-time Jackson Gamer John Murtagh has died. He apparently suffered a heart attack Tuesday afternoon. According to his brother he had called 911 but after loading him into their ambulance the EMTs could not revive him. John was a real larger-than-life character, always brimming over with enthusiasm for wargaming. He was a feature at the local Bayou Wars and Colonial Barracks conventions and at Historicon.
He had a large collection of self-cast 40mm Prince August figures that he used to run both SYW imagi-nations and AWI battles. He was a resident of Portland, Arkansas.
He will be missed by us all.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
After a brief diversion to paint WW2 German tanks, I returned to the 1870-1871 Franco-German War to finish the artillery assigned to the 25th (Grand Ducal Hessian) Division of the Prussian IX Armeekorps. These are the last three of the six batteries of that division.
The 2nd Heavy Battery, part of the 1st Abteilung (Battalion) consists of three Falcon Krupp guns and six gunners - one Foundry officer (with binoculars), two vintage Scruby 1" figures, and three Castaway Arts gunners.Eagles of Empire gunners (left and right guns), and one Castaway Arts gunner (right gun).
Saturday, August 21, 2021
As I stated in my previous post, this was a massive game with 25 units per side. This particular battle was the one of the largest tank actions in modern history. Some say the largest but others, including historian David Glantz, say it was the Battle of Brody in 1941.
Anyway, it was the largest one we've fought. The German 2nd SS Panzer Korps had (or would have had if we would have counted properly) 48 armored vehicles and 44 infantry stands [92 in 14 armored and 11 infantry units]. The Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army had 47 armored vehicles, 32 infantry stands, and 4 artillery stands [83 in 15 armored, 8 infantry, and 2 artillery units]. As an interesting note, the 5th Guards Tank Army went on to increase its stature and ended up as one of the Soviet armies in the Belorussian Military District where it formed part of the strategic second echelon armies against NATO forces in western Germany during the Cold War.
Now on to the battle. There were six of us which just the right number as the Memoir 44 board is divided into three sections -- left, center, and right. Jay (Lord Sterling), Ed, and Steve started out with the Germans while Mark, Phil, and I had the Soviets. Jay and I were the two overall commanders who got to hand out the action cards. In the 'Overlord' version, each side can play up to three cards per turn and at the end of each turn draws two replacement cards as long as your "hand" doesn't exceed your starting number, which for this scenario was ten each. Victory was measured in units killed with 12 being the magic number.
I only took four pictures at the start of the first game, but they will give you a good appreciation of the games. We played in my church's library on a table that is 10' long and 4' wide, which was just about perfect for the layout. The two battle mats are from Cigar Box Battle [shameless advertisement] and were printed with 4" hexes. I've also used these for a large number of Commands & Colors - Medieval battles.
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Here is a long view of the entire battlefield. The Russians are on the left (Where else would they be!) while the Germans on on the right (Undsoweiter for them as well). As you can see with the Russian tanks in the foreground, there are four 3-tank units with one of them down to only one tank as is the German tank unit directly in front of it. Prokhorovka is in the middle of the battlefield on the left beyond the stream.
Friday, August 20, 2021
My good wargaming buddy Lord Sterling and I, in response to a fellow gamer's request, are running a large Memoir 44 game using 15mm miniatures on Saturday. The scenario is the tank battle at Prokhorovka (Kursk, July 1943) pitting the German SS Panzer Korps against the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army.
Then we realized we didn't have enough German armor for the scenario so we ordered two boxes of Flames of War 15mm German tanks (one of Pz-IV H and one of Pz-VIa) from Noble Knight Games. They had them in the post to us very quickly and they arrived on Tuesday at my house. I immediately started putting the tanks together. This was the first time in decades that I've assembled a plastic kit (except for some buildings) so my first two, even following the instructions on the Flames of War web site, were rather slap-dash. But I quickly got the hang of it, assembling three Pz-IVs and all five Pz-VIs. I left the other two Pz-IVs to Lord Sterling.
|My first (and partially painted) Pz-IV H|
|The first Pz-IV H and three unpainted PZ-VIs|
|Three Pz-IV H tanks.|
One handpainted with a mix of craft paint (desert sand and butter pecan), one sprayed with an almost empty can of flat tan, and one with the Krylon flat tan.
|And the five Pz-VI Tigers, all painted with the Krylon flat tan.|
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Some time ago I obtained these three Prussian gunners (1870-1871) from the estate of a late friend. AT the time I think I knew who manufactured them, but now I cannot recall. I thought they were Helion (now Northstar) figures but upon looking at the current Northstar web site, these poses to not match anything being produced by Nic.
I seek the "Hive's" help. Please click on the picture for a larger image.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The Fabrik Eisenmuhlen has been busy these past weeks turning out artillery for the German forces. Three more batteries of artillery have joined or rejoined the Prussian IX Armeekorps, two Prussian and one Hessian.
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The two Prussian batteries are each composed of three Old Glory Krupp guns and six Foundry gunners. I painted and assembled the guns but the gunners were bought already painted.
|3rd (left) and 4th (right) Prussian Heavy Batteries|
|1st Hessian Heavy Battery|
The original gun is in the center, flanked by the two additions.
IX Armeekorps artillery -- two heavy batteries, two light batteries, and one horse battery
18th Prussian Infantry Division -- two heavy batteries and two light batteries
25th Hessian Infantry Division -- two heavy batteries, three light batteries, and one horse battery
16th Prussian Cavalry Division -- one horse battery
All of the above except four Prussian batteries are complete. The 2nd Hessian Heavy, 3rd Hessian Light, and 1st Hessian Horse batteries are complete but not yet painted. The Prussian 3rd and 4th Light Batteries are painted but lack three gunners each. The 1st Prussian Horse Battery has all of its guns but only one of its gunners, while the 2nd Prussian Horse Battery only has one gunner available. I'm working on acquiring the remaining three guns for the Prussians as well as all the needed gunners.
As I related in an earlier post, the French only lack their horse battery which needs three guns and five gunners, the officer already being available.
Well, now on to getting the three Hessian batteries completed.