Saturday, 28 November 2009

Off to Scarborough

Zastrow Cuirraisiers: Connoisseur Figures from the WHC collection
 A busy week at work, and a pathetic showing in the painting stakes, I'm afraid. However, my bit of a spurt at the beginning of November means a handsome total for the month so I'm not complaining at all.
I'm off tomorrow up north for a week of hardcore Napoleonics. I'm really looking forwards to it. It bodes for being a cracking week, its a birthday celebration for my old friend Herbert who has invited about 10 of us up to Scarborough for the week. it's also Gerry's birthday this week so he will be playing too.
The plan is to fight 3, two day games, spanning the heart of the period. The first game is Austerlitz, then Wagram, and finally Dresden.
I've played all of these scenarios before at the centre, however, Gerry says he has re-jiggered all three of these games so they will actually all be completely fresh and most of the players won't have played any of them previously, so there may be a few surprises.

Saxon Garde Du Corps: Lots of conversions
In the absence of any new painted units I've put up these pictures of Saxon Heavy Cavalry, which I took recently at the WHC. Lovely units, as ever lots of conversions with all the swords replaced including some quite mad figures tumbling from their horses. I think originally they were only half regiments painted by Doug Mason but Gerry wanted them expanded to full 32 man units. So Neil Sheardown did a pretty amazing job of matching his painting to Doug's original work and re-touching them.
With a little luck I'll be able to get my greasy hands on these during the course of the week.
A lot of time has also been taken up sorting out planning for the forth-coming game in Falmouth in January, been a lot of e-mailing and plotting going on but the ideas are forming. My initial rather doom-laden appraisal has been replaced with a somewhat more optimistic view (it has helped that I have since read the briefing correctly). The Umps are putting some interesting options available for the poor old creaky French Army.



More massed Saxons
So, I have a pleasant 4 hours or so in the company of Noel, who is doing the driving, I can also deliver to him his Wurtemburg cavalry.
Going to be a fine week.



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just have to love Saxon heavies (cavalry, that is!) and the brush work of Mason.

Thanks for showing these.
Cheers
Chris

Der Alte Fritz said...

Ah yes, I remember those Saxons well. They are probably one of my favorite WHC units.

It sounds like you are going to have a wonderfully fun week ahead of you. I would be interested in hearing about how Gerry has tweaked Austerlitz as I played it twice at the WHC.

I also played Dresden, but never had the chance to play Wagram.

Anonymous said...

Austerlitz was my only experience at the WHC. Great game, although I was defending Bosnitz just to the right of the Pratzen and had the entire Imperial Guard launched at me. My Russians died hard, but died.

When you come back please report again on the progress of Gerry's WWII rules.

Chris

DC said...

Wonderful stuff - there is no better site on the wargames table than massed, well painted Gilder cavalry.

Docsmith said...

Those yellow-coated Zastrow's are the bees knees - love the big units. Dresden would be a terrific stoush too;'Vorwarts Meine Kinder!'(no apologies to Blucher!) - be interesting to see if you can actually stuff things up as well as Schwartzenberg (with some Imperial help) managed too!

BTW - your Victrix Italians have inspired me to try the same - rather like the look of them.

Cheers,
Doc
http://docsartofwar.blogspot.com/

Secundus said...

I love the big units also and theres some great painting going on here too. Excellent stuff.

pp said...

wonderfully painted figures, the heavies look great. have a great look when massed on the table like that

regards
PP