Thursday, 8 June 2023

French Napoleonic Artillery, more Sicily and the KV a is king πŸ™‚

A mixed bag this week first up I have finished some Napoleonic French artillery. I bought these of my mate Steve who was having a clear out, a mixed bag of French Napoleonics, some cavalry and also these Eagle Miniatures line artillery. I hadn’t planned to paint them straight away. They needed stripping which I think I have sorted a pretty good technique now so they were cleaned up within a day or two. I quite like the reconditioning of figures so they jumped to the front of the queue.

French Line artillery
They are slightly older Eagle miniatures but a good size and have come out nicely. They have massive 12pdrs. My only criticism is the gun crews come with too many men carrying ramrods ? This aside they make a lovely battery. With this purchase I actually have too many French cannons, I’ll just have to collect more infantry I suppose ?

Next up a few more shots from Our recent Sicily holiday.
The benefit of hiring a car means we were able to maximise our time, travelling inland to the Castello de Lombardia. Perched on the top a very steep hill in a small town.
It is described in the guide book as one of the largest castles in Italy , Norman in origin but then developed extensively by future kings.
We then travelled to a small town called Piazza Armenia where there is the superbly preserved Villa Romana de Casale. This is a recognised UNESCO site and in my humble opinion lived upto the hype. The villa has been partially reconstructed to give you and idea of the scale but it is the mosaics which are famous. Every room including hallways are decorated with the most fabulous mosaics, each one unique. Here are just a couple of examples
The room above is 4 or 5 metres across.
One of the hallways
Another anti room . Apparently they think all the mosaics were down by North African artisans and craftsmen. 
Finally in a packed day we visited the ancient town of Morgantina, built around 450BC taken by the Romans but then abandoned. This is a wonderful site with so much to see.
Wonderfully preserved as it hasn’t been built over as it is in the middle of nowhere , apparently still loads to unearth gave a real sense of stepping back in time.

…and finally just back form the latest installment of our Smolensk campaign which we are playing using George’s wonderful collection.
The Russians as previously documented have taken a beating the last couple of games so this battle was critical. Here they are defending the railway station at all cost.
Time to roll out the BIG guns the KV trundled onto the table to defend the railway station.
Enough said……..
The Russians are back on the front foot, think the German tanks might have scratched the paint slightly on the KV but we can touch that up. I’m too embarrassed to give a full report so George will have to cover that. A very fun battle now I just have to work out how to get the KV into every battle ?

Thanks all for checking in, hopefully another game at the weekend and I’m close to finishing another British Napoleonic unit 

Matt πŸ‘

35 comments:

  1. Great looking Sicilian photos and nice looking game, the French artillery look great, the trouble of saying there's too many guns let's get more infantry is massive expansion like me!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain I really wasn’t planning on getting these four so have some Victrix also to make up ! They will have to be Guard artillery…..but that means I’ll need to collect some guard …oh no

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  2. Oh, a lot of happiness!
    Great looking game, artillery and beautiful and interesting photos!

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  3. Those turned out nicely Matt. Somehow Eagle Miniatures always look squat to my eye, but those have turned out well. I enjoyed the holiday snaps and will keep an eye out now for George's spin on the game!

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    1. Very happy with the figures as they match my other Perry and warlord stuff quite well scale wise, they also have the earlier red v’s on thier shako’s

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  4. The French artillery looks superb. The Sicilian mosaics are very impressive. Was there any indication how much of the mosaics are original against how much has been reconstructed? I always enjoy looking at mosaics the most as they give a real insight into Roman life.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence, my understanding is they are pretty much as they were with limited if any reconstruction. I may have been spoilt now looking at other mosaics as these really were the best I have seen, and I agree they give a real insight into Roman life at the time, the colour and vibrancy of their lives. One example op didn’t show has a room with 52 different species of animal.

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  5. Good game Matt, despite the result, need a spin doctor.

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    1. A very enjoyable game, I was helped as we know by the double phases and some excellent shooting from the KV crew.

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  6. You continue to operate successfully on many fronts. Your French battery looks grand and I await George's version of the continued WWII campaign. Lovely photos from Sicily. Retirement is treating you well!

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    1. Keeping busy Jon …more trips to come πŸ‘

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  7. love the artillery and Sicily is the gift that keeps giving

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    1. Thanks Martin only a few more Sicily days to share πŸ‘

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  8. Splendid artillery and yet more fab pics of Sicily! George puts on a fine table, glad you had a good time.
    Cheers
    Matt

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    1. Thanks Matt…..really enjoyed handling the KV πŸ‘

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  9. Grand additions to the Napoleon's boys, a collection growing like topsy it appears. Look forward to the WWII report on how the Bear bit back. Your bravery in taking to the Italian roads certainly paid dividends with the places you were able to visit.

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    1. Thanks Phil…..Sicilian roads and driving was indeed an experience, but was worth it πŸ‘

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  10. Great post all around Matt but I have to admit my favourite was seeing all that burning German armour.....that will teach them to invade the Motherland!

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    1. I mustn’t crow too much as I was lucky for a change with several dice rolls, the KV needs to come out to play again though

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  11. Matt, it all looks good, love the KV shot - what method do you use to strip back a figure?

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    1. Thanks Norm…..you’ve encouraged me to do a separate post on stripping so I will take some photos etc and share

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    2. Look forward to that.

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  12. That's a post full of content! I love the 12 pounders. If you didn't mention the ramrods I wouldn't have even thought it out of place. Not a problem!

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    1. Thanks Allan……I’m happy with how they turned out it is just strange that they really only sculpted 3 figures as the crew rather than 4 ?

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  13. Nice guns , great holiday pics and nice KV action

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  14. Very nice Napoleonics and WW2 gaming, Matt! Interesting to see your good use of armor in CoC. I've only played the rules a couple of times, and don't have the whole thing down yet. Incidentally, my buddy's CoC Stalingrad game won Best of Show at our convention, Enfilade, last month.

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    1. Thanks Dean, the Smolensk battle is part of a campaign and to date we have only played with the infantry sections but both sides changed it up to try out armour, clearly this was a benefit to the Russians on this occasion. CoC takes a little while and we are still referring to the rules on several occasions, although the basics are pretty easy

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  15. Lovely work on the guns and a fine game too. Sicily really does look wonderful and maybe one day we will get to visit...

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  16. Great mix of everything in this post. You’re making the rounds. Those are just a few burning tanks πŸ˜€

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  17. Top looking artillery. I prefer a battery to have lots of gun models.
    Regards, James

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  18. What’s not to like …
    Big guns, Big tanks and some magnificent mosaics…
    I am surprised that none of the makers of Roman buildings have produced sheets of mosaics…

    All the best. Aly

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