Saturday, January 14, 2017

10th "Prince of Wales' Own" Hussars

    Trotting off the painting desk is the first completed unit for 2017, the 10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Light Dragoons (Hussars). This Regiment was first raised as Dragoons in 1715, during the first Jacobite Rebellion. It did not contest that, but did participate in the suppression of the Second Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. It was sent Germany in 1759 during the Seven Years Eat, and fought at Warburg in 1760, before returning to England. 

    In 1793, it was converted to Light Dragoons, and titled as the 10th (Price of Wales's Own. It was one of the most prestigious units in the army due to its connection to the royal House. The Prince himself became colonel of the Regiment in 1796, and took an active role in its affairs. He remained its colonel until his coronation as King George IV in 1820!

The Price of Wales renamed and re-equipped the Regiment as Hussars in 1806. At that time it had yellow facings with white/silver lace. It was sent to the Peninsula in 1808, and covered the retreat of Sir John Moore's army to Corunna in 1809. In the process, it fought at Benavente, capturing French general Lefebvre-Desounettes.  This is the uniform that I have chosen to paint my version of the unit.

This version of the regiment's uniform had numerous idiosyncrasies.  First, it had a lace border or "frame" around the lace on the pelisse, and presumably, also the dolman (not painted). Second, the NCO's had an inverted lace chevron on their sleeves, with the embroidered badge of the Prince of Wales (the hat with three feathers) above it - this idiosyncrasy persisted until its amalgamation with the King's Own Hussars in 1992! (I didn't attempt to paint that in 28mm, either!)

  The troopers had brown fur colpacks with yellow bags, but the officers had grey colpacks with red bags. Similarly, the fur on the pelisse was grey for officers but white for the men.  These are Old Glory 28mm figures with the excellent GMB flags (it is doubtful that the flags were carried in the field earlier in the Napoleonic Wars, and certain that they were not later, but eh!)

Being thrifty I have used the squadron color of the 15th (King's Own) Hussars, which will be up for review next, as the King's color of the 10th. The only differences would be the badge of the Prince of Wales would presumably be the central device, replacing the Union sprig, and the number in the ovals. The King's color was crimson, unless the regiment had the "Royal" designation,  in which case it was Dark Blue. Squadron colors had a field of the facing colors, except for Royal regiments in which they were red. So the 10th's squadron colors would have had a yellow field. Confusing enough? 

No?  Well, in March 1811 it added the "Royal" designation, becoming the 10th (Prince of Wales Own Royal) Light Dragoons (Hussars) - quite a mouthful! This required a change in its facing color to red. Hamilton-Smith shows an NCO of the regiment in "Review order" at this time, with a red shabraque with white lace edging and vandyking. That would have changed the regiments flags to one blue King's color and several red colors, one each for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc squadrons. I have given the trumpeter a grey horse, but the British didn't follow that practice (and also docked the tails of thier horses). 

The 10th returned to the Peninsula in 1813, and continued on with Wellington into the South of France in 1814. It was re-equipped with Scarlet shakos in 1813, and when re-clothed in 1814 it now had blue collar and cuffs! It fought again during the Waterloo campaign in 1815. The motto of the Regiment was that of the Prince of Wales, "Ich Dien" ("I serve"), and its nickname was "The shiny 10th"... perhaps the origin of the distractable wargamer's exclamation, "Oooh, shiny!"?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Goals and Plans for 2017

With 2016 now firmly in the record books, it is time to turn my gaze to the future, and consider my hobby plans for the coming year.

It looks to be the Year of the Ancients here on the "Danube"

I really want to try to hold my hobby expenditures to $1,000 or less for 2017. I think this is doable this year, as I have a rather impressive backlog of lead to paint (for me, at least), and nothing pressing that I need to buy for my 2017 plans.

1) Finish our Lannes Napoleonic "Campaign". This has been a lot of fun, and bar the unexpected, should be no problem.

2) Playtest game of "For King and Parliament (TtS!  based ECW rules)

3) Host a game here for Jared and others; rules/Genre TBD; could even be the ECW test game (due to the alloy pikes, these troops are hazardous to transport much)

4) Host a game at HAVOC in March if my schedule permits

5) Hopefully participate in another Snappy Nappy Campaign in a Day event this Spring

6) Historicon Games (pending derangement of my plans by an inspiring Theme for 2017, still yet to be announced!):  Raab 1809 (Thios was the plan for 2016, but got bumped by the Cavalry theme for 2016). At least 2 games with To the Strongest, and one additional game - maybe a "small" Napoleonic game, or a Great Italian Wars game. Play in Eric and/or Jared's game(s)

7) Run or assist with another game day with Jared's middle school game club

As intimated above, I anticipate not buying much in the way of new figures this year. At one point, my plans for 2017 included starting my Spanish Napoleonic army, but I think that is now on track for 20018 instead. I do have a modest amount of lead already on hand for that project anyway, should I feel like starting it. Other than that, it's hard to think of much that I will need to buy this year, aside from a few minor additions to my British Napoleonic forces, and the elite companies of the 4 bicorne wearing French Ligne regiments that I painted this fall, and there is nothing pressing about either one. If my purchases stay low, I might flesh out the rest of the lead for my Eureka Tyrolian Rebel project. Of course, If Murawski releases Baden Light Dragoons and or Artillery, they will soar to the top of the "Must Have" (and must paint) list. I do want to buy most of the existing Rawkins uniform E-books, but there is nothing pressing about that either.

1) Finish the existing British Napoleonic  troops on hand - maybe by the end of January!

2) Refurbish and base the Canaanites that Ken gave me last year. Paint some of the bare metal lead included with them as time and motivation allow!

3) Make a substantial dent in the huge pile of Macedonians acquired from Edgar in late 2015

4) Assyrian Heavy cavalry (BTD)  and 4 horse Chariots (Hinchliffe)

5) Ancient Commanders/Heroes (Old Glory)

6) Great Italian Wars - The Essex Gendarmes, and maybe a new Pike block (Lead for all on hand).

7) Consider starting the Tyroleans in the Fall of 2017.

Keep about the same pace of posting as I have the past 2 years.

Work on the Renaissance Galley rules. It looks like that might be a post Historicon project. With Historicon moving much closer for 2018, that would be a good year to run a Sunday AM Renaissance Naval game!
Maybe work on a Snappy Nappy Campaign in a Day booklet(s)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics - 2016

With the coming of 2017, it is time for the annual blog retrospective on the year, including stats on painting, expenditures, games played and run, and
No actual pies were harmed in the creation of this post!


October 2016
Wizard Kraft Kickstarter  $400 
This was way more than I really wanted in terms of product, but it is one that I really believe in, and wanted to see successfully funded, so I supported it heavily with both publicity and funds. I now have a boatload of great terrain pieces on order; I plan to give a substantial portion of that to Jared in support of his Middle School game club. 

November 2016
Michael's  (craft paints, micron pens, wooden Castle, Wooden Towers x 2
Staples - Really Useful Boxes x 6

December 2016 -  Nil

4th Quarter Total:    508.78

3rd Quarter Total: $631.23

2nd Quarter Total:   $93.12   

1st Quarter Totals:  $446

GRAND TOTAL 2016:  $1,679

This exceeded my target of $100/month, but that was almost exclusively due to my support of the Wizard Kraft Kickstarter, as detailed above. For comparison, my total for 2015 was $2,235.28


January 2016
4 Blue Moon Wagons (100 pts)
Touch up and basing on 6 old Limber teams. (N/A)
Egyptians (Essex)  27 (135 pts)

February 2016
BTD Egyptians  20  (100 pts)
Hussite Characters 6  (30 pts)
Murawski Baden Infantry  36  (180 pts)

March 2016
None completed
April 2016
Murawski Polish Uhlans, General  18 (180 points)
BTD Egyptian Spearmen  24  (120 points)

May 2016
18 Hussite Infantry  (90 points)

June 2016
4 BTD Egyptian Chariots (140 points)
19 Hussite Infantry  (95 points)
[Plus 2 large Towers for Assyrian Army]

July 2016
39 Hussite Infantry   195 points
12 Perry HYW Foot   60 points
7 Perry HYW Mounted 70 points
12 OG HYW Knights   120 points

August 2016
24 British Dragoons (Old Glory)  240 points

None completed 

October 2016
24 Macedonian Phalangites   120 points
20 British Artillery Crew with 10 guns  200 points
8 Numidian Light Cavalry  120 points

November 2016
47 French Line in Bicorne   235 points
[plus Sokolnitz Castle]

December 2016
30 Austrian Jagers   150 points
Austrian Cavalry Battery  8 crew, 2 guns   60 points
42 Russian Line  210 points
3 Russian Guard Horse Artillery crew (Minifigs, not shown) 25 points

4th QUARTER TOTAL  = 1,120 points

3rd QUARTER = 685  points
2nd QUARTER = 645 points
1st QUARTER =   545  points

 GRAND TOTAL 2016: 2,995 points

2016 Painting Summary















Painting Point

For comparison, my total for 2015 was 3,160 (not counting terrain, markers, etc). Notably, that was 100% 28mm Napoleonics, chiefly driven by the huge Ligny game at Historicon that year. Almost half of the figures painted that year being Napoleonic Prussians; that category is conspicuous by its absence in 2016! Napoleonics still accounted for over 50% of all the figures painted in 2016, but the Hussite Wars project came in second. That is an essentially complete project now... or so I claim!

2015 Painting Summary
Painting Points

The Scoring
28mm foot figure = 5 points
28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 points
28mm vehicle = 15 points

Great Lead Pile Census (GLPC):
No additional surveys taken... I plead personal weakness there. 
We'll see if we can't survey at least one more sub-location of unpainted lead in 2017!
Some moved out of Part 1 Census stocks this year (Perry and Old Glory HYW figures). 
The Russian figures all came from the depths of another sub-location of long term unpainted, lead, however. 
The majority of lead purchased in 2016 was painted in 2016 as well. 

Games Played 2016

March: Battle of Ainsworth Gorge*, 1799 with Field of Battle, 2nd edition
May: The Winter 1807 Campaign with Snappy Nappy.
July: The Affair at Kisii (Tims WW1 East Arika game at Historicon) with FoB2
September: Montgomery 1644 with For King and Parliament! (ECW rules based upon To the Strongest!, playtest version, solo)
October:  Lavergne and Shurleigh Fields* with FoB2
November: Oritango Downs* with FoB2

* Battles from the LANNES campaign with Barry

Convention Games Run 2016

July: Assyrians vs. Egyptians with To the Strongest!
July: Hussites vs Catholics with TtS!
July: The Great Cavalry Battle of Liebertwolkwitz, 1813, with FoB2
July: The Engagement at Klagenfuirt 1809, with Piquet, Les Grognards 2nd edition. 
December:  Austerlitz for Jared's game club, with FoB2

7 games played, 5 games run, averages out to one a month, which is my goal. 

Blogging 2016

88 posts, a bit less than 2015 and 2014.
204,552 Page views for the year (but hard to asses due to large numbers from amount by Russian/Ukrainian bots, it seems - probably about 80,000! And The Donald doesn't believe our own intelligence agencies that the Russian Government is involved in hacking on a grand scale? Ha!). 
The Blog exceeded 600,000 page views all time as of late December, 2015. Amazing, but see the above! I need to update the links in the Napoleonic Painting guides section again with the posts from the past 4 months.

Publications 2016
None. We might take up a Snappy Nappy campaign booklet(s)... or not!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Altes Jahr, neue österreichische Jäger

One last unit to march off the painting table for 2016, although there are a few others nearing completion. Here is the second of the two units of Austrian Jäger, This one just finished a few days ago. As the most senior, 1st battalion, they are perhaps the Meister Jägers!

When the Light Infantry battalions were disbanded in 1801, they were replaced by a regiment of Tyrolean Jägers. It was numbered #64, and designated as the Tiroler Jäger Regiment.The regiment's Inhaber was Marquis Chasteler, who was the military commander of the Tyrol region. When the Tyrol was lost after the debacle of 1805, it was re-designated the Jäger-Regiment Chasteler

The regiment initially was uniformed similarly to the earlier Light Infantry, wearing grey jackets and pants with green facings (collar cuffs, turnbacks, piping on shoulder straps), a helmet with  a green sausage roll crest, and black leather-work. They were armed at least partially with the 1798 pattern rifle.

In preparation with the anticipated renewal of hostilities with France, in 1808 the Jägers were reorganized into 9 divisions of 2 companies each, with each division to be expanded into a 6 company battalion when war approached. 

As far as I can tell, it was around 1806 that the familiar  Korsehut ( a round hat with a turned up brim) was adopted. This had a brass plate on the front bearing the battalion number, but evidently not all the hats were so equipped. Like the earlier unit, these are Old Glory figures; there are subtle differences between the previous unit and this one to make it easier to tell them apart -0 the basing, the color of the greatcoat rolls, etc. 

The uniform was again described as Pike Grey, which should probably be lighter and bluer than the shade that I have chosen, with the overcoats being a dark "mixed grey" color. Hornists had green shoulder wings with white edging and central medallions, and black mixed with yellow cords on the horn. Officer wore a cocked hat with a gold loop, which could be trimmed with gold lace as well. Officers were to be clean shaven, but mustaches were obligatory for the men. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

While I tell of Yuletide Treasures...

For at least 25 years now, we have a "pre-Christmas" celebration with our close friends, the Hopkins family. Bob's birthday falls on Christmas day itself, so in some ways the pre-Christmas is more fun. We alternate years hosting the party. Aside from the good food, better company, and the traditional bottle of Moët Impérial, another feature of the event from my standpoint is that the Hopkins "get" (and share) my love of history in away that my own family, with the possible exception of my older daughter, do not. Their gifts to me are almost always books. This year, I received a veritable treasure trove from them:

This last, acquired inexpensively from a used book sale,. is perhaps my favorite. While I had read it maybe 30+ years ago, I don't own a copy. Yes, if I recall properly, it is a heavily romanticized narrative, but as a place to start that's perhaps not such a bad embarkation point.  I look forward to reading it again!

No lead for me this year; with the huge backlog of Macedonians, Canaanites, and the rest of the lead pile facing me, I will attempt to avoid buying any new figures for a least a few months into 2017. Now of course if Murasaki were to release Baden Light Dragoons and Artillery and couple that with a sale, my resolve would be worth very little, LOL! And if they ever get around to announcing a Theme for Historicon 2017, that might impact my buying as well. Yep, like Lancelot in the musical "Camelot", I'm blessed with an Iron Will. Or maybe it should be "I'll be leaving a lot of Lead in my Will", LOL! 

Myself, the Empress, and Grandson (and potential heir to the Lead Fortune), Owen.
He is certainly the greatest of our Yuletide treasures!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Christmas from Russia, 1812

This year, it is my recently augmented Napoleonic Russian Army which gets to shake out for the annual Christmas Review...

It seems the event centers around the dedication of a monument to the darlings of the Russian Army - the Artillery!

Southern view.

Some closeups, working clockwise...

The "monument" is some 54mm figures given to me last year by our good friends, the Hopkins. They "get" my love of history!

The army, as seen above has 43 Infantry units.

16 Musketeers, 7 Jager, 4 Grenadiers, 4 Guard, 3 Guard Jager, and 4 4 Opolchenie

There are 21 cavalry Regiments

5 Hussars, 1 Uhlan, 2 Dragoon, 2 Mounted Jager, 4 Cossack, 3 Cuirassier, 1 Guard Dragoon, 1 Guard Uhlan, 1 Chevalier Guard, \1 Lifeguard Hussar

In suitably Russian fashion, it includes 21 Artillery batteries

Seven Line 6 lber Foot, Three Line 12 lber Foot, Five Line 6 lber Horse Batteries, one Guard 6 lber Foot, one Guard 12 lber Foot, and one Guard 6 lber Hiorse Batteries., along with four Li9mbers and 4 Engineers.

On the Leadership side, there are thirty-four command stands.

Eleven 2 figure "Corps?Army" commanders, and twenty-one Divisional commanders

Totals: Infantry: 43@ 698, Cavalry: 21@168, Artillery: 18@113, 34 Staff @ 45
Grand Total 1,024 figures and 42 guns

To President elect Trump,

Bet my...     army is bigger than yours!

Happy Christmas with love,

Vladimir Putin 

"Russian Christmas Music"- Russian in theme only, but beautiful none the less.
Russian Christmas Music, written by Alfred Reed in 1944. It is one of the most frequently performed pieces of concert band literature. Reed was commissioned to write a piece of "Russian music"  for a concert in Denver, Colorado. The concert's aim was to improve Soviet-American relations; as such, it was to include premieres of new Soviet and American works. Prokofiev's March, Op. 99 was supposed to be the Russian work, but it was discovered that the work had already been performed in the United States, and Reed was assigned to write a new piece a mere sixteen days before the concert. The piece was first performed on December 12, 1944, on nationally-broadcast NBC radio. (From Wikipedia)

Merry Christmas to one and all who celebrate it!

May there be Peace on Earth and Good Will towards all men.