Friday, 19 May 2023

The Baden and Hessian contingents of Masséna´s IV Corps at Wagram 1809 for AEO and in 20mm


This post concludes the German contingents present at Wagram (a Bavarian division and the Saxon corps are already shown). This is being a very enjoyable trip back to Napoleonics and also a joy to see that some of the old boxes in the stash can still be useful. In fact all these figures are conversions as there are no plastic Bade or Hesse figures. 

The Bade contingent, brigade size, was made of the usual infantry, cavalry and artillery. For the infantry I used the Italeri and Esci Austrians as the base, the cavalry was made from the Revell British Dragoons and the artillery, well, that is more complicated :)

I chose the 2nd Regiment in order to represent the three regiments of Baden of the Brigade due to its colorful yellow facings and red flag. The flag color is a bit confusing but I stood by the red one after being convinced by the excellent Blunders on the Danube blog. You can find this excellent work at

Both Italeri and Esci figures got a taller crest and epaulettes for the flank companies. The ones without backpacks also got them whether from broken figures of made out of GreenStuff. The legs "in the air" were heated up until they could be placed at ground level. 

With Epaulettes and taller crests made, the lot was ready to be glued to bases and primed. 

The artillery is a mix of many different origins and one of the good things about registering it in a blog or whatever is that if not written it would be impossible to remember all the bits and pieces that made it. 

The guns came from the Revell set of the 7YW. In order to look more Napoleonic and French (many of these guns were in fact French) I used the surplus ammunition chests of the Esci artillery. The figures are again Esci French Imperial artillerymen with Italeri and Esci new heads. One of the many good things about the old Esci, Italeri and Revell figures is the very soft detail that can be easily disguised with paint and varnish creating new uniforms like that. 

The limbers and horses are based on the old Airfix box (just found a box filled with them a few days ago somewhere in my basement) with Irregular Miniatures metal wheels, Esci chest and British Dragoons Italeri bodies with Esci French heads and stollen swords from somewhere. A big mess but a reasonable result at the end! Of course if you want to avoid avoid all this trouble you can buy the excellent Franznap offer. 

Detail of the back of the limber before priming. 

I thought about using the Hat Wurttemberg cavalry for the four stands of Bade Dragoons and Hesse Chevaux-léger but as Hat is getting a rare issue in continental Europe I decided to convert them from the British Revell Heavy Dragoons of Waterloo fame (I make Waterloo in 28mm, so no need for them). New horses were used, Esci Polish Lancer's due to the saddle´s cloth, and the helmet crest was changed with some heat and GreenStuff.  The Esci horses are beautiful sculpts but somehow the designers never placed reigns on them. That was solved with a piece of wire. 

The slightly larger Hessian Brigade had the usual composition of Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery, even if the Bade and Hesse cavalry were on Lasalle´s division. 

Once again, old Esci Prussians mostly, and just a newer Hat Landwehr officer and drummer. The four Hessian infantry companies in a battalion were distinguished from each other by red, blue, white and black bicorne plumes. 

Many of these didn´t have backpacks so once again the crippled figures were of great help. 

The Hessian artillery already had shakoes from 1808 but the train drivers still had a funny Corsican hat with folded back. 

More of the same, Esci and Italeri bodies for the drivers and a new Corsican Hat made from EverGreen and plastic sprue. The whip is made from a piece of broom stick. 

The Hessian Chevaux- Léger are again Revell Dragoons with a crest modeled to stay half-way and not to fall to the front. 

Next: Wurttembergers or Russians 1812 or houses for Austria 1809.

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

The Saxons of Bernadotte´s IX Corps at Wagram 1809, for AOE rules in 20mm

The Saxon army of the Napoleonic wars, specially up to 1809-10, is a true pleasure to build as it looks you are painting the figures of the Baron of Munchausen story. In fact the Saxons used at Wagram a bit outdated uniforms from the late XVIII century, still using bicornes and long coats. 

At Wagram the Saxons had two divisions ( left, Générallieutenant Zerschwitz division and right, Générallieutenant Polenz division) with the third division of Bernadotte´s IX Corps being the French Division of Général Dupas. 

Bernadotte is itself a hell of a character, treacherous to Napoleon sometimes (with Berthier in their middle...) and sometimes also efficient he ended up as King of Sweden and fighting Napoleon at Leipzig. Read more on the subject as its a fascinating issue. 

This Corps started with one Hat big box of 96 figures of Saxon Infantry. This number was not enough for all four brigades of infantry necessary and, as well as in cavalry, many figures had to be recruited in the ranks of Airfix, Esci, Revell and Italeri. 

Lets start with Zerschwitz division. The Grenadier brigade is represented by the Prince Xavier uniform. The figures are almost all Hat but there are some Airfix AWI Grenadiers mixed in as the box doesn´t carry the necessary 36 grenadiers (only 32) for this AOE brigade of six stands.

In the middle rank you can see two Airfix figures. A Prussian style backpack and a bicorne were added and made of GreenStuff. 

The Koenig regiment (IR1) represents the Zeschau brigade and is an almost all Esci Prussian with carefully painted front jackets. One of the good things about Esci is a very thin detail which can be simply painted over. This is not the case of StreletsR or Hat which have very deep detail making a simple and different paint job almost impossible which requires the service of the X-acto.

Now for the divisional cavalry. The Gardes du Corps are all Italeri Prussian Dragoons painted differently. The only add-ons were the pistol holders and blanket rolls on the saddle. 

The Carabineers look a lot like the Garde du Corps but with red saddles and yellow trousers. Again Italeri Prussians.

Price Clemens chevaux-legér regiment. Italeri again. 

The Hussar regiment of the first division is made of SYW Revell figures. The uniform of the Saxon (and Prussian) Hussars remained heavily influenced by the 50´and 60´of the previous century. 

The infantry component of the second division of General Polenz was slightly bigger than the first division thus seven stands per brigade. The majority of the figures, here representing Brigade Lecoq with the regiment Friedrich August (IR7), are Hat but you can see also a number of Revell Austrian SYW conversions with tricornes turned into bicornes. In fact Hat makes a mistake with too large bicornes as the Saxon bicorne was smaller. In the Revell conversions I went with big bicornes for them to go along with the Hat Saxons. 

The Brigade Von Steindel is here with regiment Prinz Anton ((IR3). The sapper is the Austrian Revell 7YW figure with a new bicorne. 

On the middle rank you can see another Revell Austrian, the one biting the cartridge, one of the most beautiful figures in 1/72nd scale ever made, with a new "Saxon" bicorne. 

The cavalry component of this second divison was smaller than the first and this Prinz Johann chevaux-léger regiment is half  Italeri Prussian Dragoons and half Esci British Scots Grey conversions. Fom the left you can see the Esci conversions in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th figure. The horse and cavalier body are Esci and the heads came from the Esci Prussian infantry.  

The officer is one of the conversions of the previous unit. The saddle was also enlarged but as the detail of the Esci figures is very soft you can paint over the horse´s skin and add a bigger saddle.

 In fact I have this theory regarding Esci: I think Esci made enough different boxes to provide almost all possible Napoleonic units, that is, if you mix and match heads and bodies, and that on purpose. Of course, Hat, Orion, Strelets, Zvezda and alike now make everything we need but even today, 40 years later, Esci Napoleonics continue to be nice figures and very "conversion friendly". 

The Corps artillery used a box of Hat Prussian artillery simply painted as Saxon, guns included. 

The limber was a complicated affair. The main structure is Revell SYW artllery with a block of Evergreen on top and some handlers. The horses are the eternal French Airfix. The drivers are Revell British dragoon bodies with Esci Prussian heads. The uniform of these two came from information provided by a number of fellow wargamers after placing that question on FB dedicated pages. Social media can be great when rightly used.  

I´m not completely convinced of the limber's color as the few pages of the book of Stephen Summerfield I found on the net shows it yellow. Even so I painted them along the guns in the Saxon characteristic almost-black color and brass fittings. 

The two divisional commander´s stands were inspired in the fantastic Franznap figures. For the Generals (in red pants) I used the Italeri French commanders of the AWI box with augmented bicornes. The battalion commander on the left is the Revell British officer with an Esci head and the Chevaux-léger escort of the right stand is an Italeri Scots Grey, again with Esci head. 

Next: the new RFR book on Crete is making me itchy....

Wednesday, 19 April 2023

The British army at Brandywine 1777 in 20mm

Once again something started many years ago and finished last year. The figures are based for the great Will McNally´s rules (available on its Fire at Will blog) with an eye on the newer Live Free or Die by Little Wars TV with each base worth 100 men. Brandywine is the biggest battle of the AWI and another British victory but then Saratoga follows and everything started to change.

Tuesday, 11 April 2023

The Anglo Portuguese army in 1810 at the Battle of Buçaco for AOE rules ...

Another project recently finished and started some 20 years ago when only Esci and Airfix existed for you to make Peninsular armies in 1/72nd scale. So you will find plenty of conversions but also many more recent Italeri and Hat figures. A few units are still missing but those are the ones who didn´t fire a shot during the battle of Buçaco. This army has 4 figures in two lines per stand as both British and Portuguese fought, on the contrary of the other armies I´ve showed you which have 6 figures in three lines.

This is the better Youtube version:

Next: probably the Saxon corps at Wagram.

Friday, 7 April 2023

The Bavarian Wrede´s Division at Wagram 1809, for AOE rules in 20mm


I´m now around the two big battles of the east during the Napoleonic Wars, Wagram and Borodino. For Wagram I´ll use the French and Austrian figures I´ve showed you in the recent videos with extra numbers being added steadily. Bavarians have always been a must due to that crazy Raupenhelm and those absolutely beautiful cornflower uniforms and flags. At Wagram the French could count with a full Bavarian division led by General Karl Philipp von Wrede which advanced on the battlefield in the above order, artillery to the front and cavalry to the rear, with Minucci´s and Beckers infantry brigades in the middle.  

For this division was used:

- 1 x box of Hat Bavarian infantry (for the flank companies due to the plume);

- 2 x boxes of StreletsR Bavarian infantry in attack;

- 1 x box of Hat Bavarian artillery;

- 1 x box of  Hat Bavarian Cavalry.

A few more models were used like a 12pdr gun from Esci (as there were a battery of these together with the 6 pdr batteries); Italeri figures for the command stand and a completely scratch built Manson Wurst limber for the artillery. All these figures are based for the Age of Eagles rule set were a stand is worth 360 men (180 for the cavalry). Here I cheated a bit by placing six figures per stand as I enjoy seeing the infantry in three lines as in reality, while the rule set mentions four figures per infantry stand. The La Roche Jagers mounted on individual bases are just for an eventual usage in another set of rules were skirmishers are needed. The casualties are AOE markers.

The Manson Wurst ammunition wagon stand was heavily influenced by the fantastic Franznap model that you can find in the web. So if you don´t want to bother making your own go to Franznap website and order that true work of art. If not, follow me and hopefully get some inspiration on how to do it from your extras and get something close. 

In terms of models were used two Esci Scots Grey bodies and two StreletsR Bavarian heads for the drivers; the horses came from Revell 7YW Austrian Dragoons, the limber base is also Revell 7YW  and the wheels are Hat,  FtF and Esci.

But the really interesting things are the limber and the ammunition cart which are made of wood and EverGreen polystyrene. 

Some drilling was necessary both in the wood and EverGreen plastic parts in order to insert a number of handlers and pegs. 

In this picture the horses still didn´t receive the GreenStuff harness you can see of the finished model. Don´t forget to glue the 'on the air'  figures and horse´s legs with a glue gun and superglue for extra sturdiness. The two regiments of Chevaux Léger on the first two photos received this usual treatment. 

This is the forced marriage of the Esci French Imperial Guard 12pdr and the Hat Bavarian crew. 

Finally a few word for the construction of the command base. General Wrede is an Italeri Prussian officer with a few cuts to take out the epaulettes and added GreenStuff on the bicorne. The ADC is  French Italeri from the Staff box. 

Next: whether the Saxons for Wagram or Russians for Borodino. 

Friday, 24 March 2023

The 1809 Austrian army for AOE/ V&F rules and in 20mm size.

Hello everybody. This army started to be built some 30 years ago and it suffered the usual time lapses for other projects. Even so in the two/three recent months I´ve added maybe half of what you can see in this video. Most of the miniatures are Esci, Italeri and Hat Industries. Also some Airfix AWI Grenadiers and a few cavalry were recruited for this army (probably mercenaries) but everything is plastic. In the future all different types of cavalry, infantry and artillery will be expanded until they reach the necessary numbers to play Wagram with AOE rules, that is 1 stand worth of 360 men and half of that for cavalry.

And here is the better YouTube version:

Friday, 10 March 2023

An early Napoleonic Spanish Army for AOE/ V&F rules and in 20mm size

This one has decades. It started to be built in the late 80s when there were no plastic Spanish in 20mm. So, plenty of AWI Airfix and Esci Prussians were converted as the basis along all available Esci cavalry sets. Only recently a few Italeri and Hat were added. In fact nowadays this kind of work mostly useless, particularly for the infantry, as both Emhar and Hat released several sets that makes a much better job.

And here is the better YouTube version:

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

The French Armée de Portugal at the battle of Buçaco 1810, AOE rules and 20mm size

Another big plastic army made along many years. The good thing is that you can see Sula right on this video.

And a better YouTube version;

Sunday, 15 January 2023

The British/Empire infantry division 1915-18 and Corps support, Great Wa...

This Division is made of converted WW1 British infantry and WW2 Japanese Airfix and Atlantic figures with pinned Brodie helmets. The Artillery is mostly Irregular Miniatures and the tanks are Airfix and Red Star. The few aircraft are the usual Airfix and Revell. Made years ago and before better models showed I even had to make the Lewis LMGs out of GreenStuff.

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Great War Spearhead II in 20mm. The support weapons of the British Infantry Corps in WW1.

I´ve just finished rebasing a full British infantry division and supporting artillery and waiting for the arrival of a few boxes of Hat Canadians to make the missing division. I´ll show you these in a next video. In the meantime, and as an appetizer, here goes some tanks, command  and mortar stands. 

The Mark I tanks are Airfix with no change but the anti-grenade cover for the one in the middle. 

For a staff car this old timer will do. I already found a few in the local fish market that were converted for French and Belgian WW2 staff cars. The only serious change was the wheels, replaced by 3d printed ones (even if not correct).

The figures are Airfix artillerymen for the seated figures and Emhar for the officers. The one to the right got some Evergreen in its shorts and became a proper Western front Officer.  

For a much better model of a true British staff car you have the Roden Vauxhaull D-type.

The 6" Newton mortar is Hat and crew comes from converted old Aifix and Emhar artillery box. 

The Emhar mortar doesn´t have a bipod and got an Evergreen one... well as all the others, based on the Airfix Stokes, the one with the ugly triangular with full plastic piece as a bipod.

The crew are all sorts of plastics, Emhar, Airfix Infantry (including the medic) and Airfix Horse Artillery. 

Emhar Brigade command stands with the helmeted figures converted from shorts to trousers. 

Next: Maybe the video of the WW1 British Corps.