1:32 Airfix British 8th Army on crumpled paper terrain.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I got lucky at my hobby shop's bargain bin. Released by Aifix model kits from England in 1975 I think, this is a 1:32 scale plastic set of the German Afrika Korps as they appeared in the North African theater of WW2. They are 'multipose' meaning that they come with extra parts to custom pose the figures.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
1:32 Napoleonic British Infantry from ESCI.
The British Army during the Napoleonic Wars experienced a time of rapid change. At the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793, the army was a small, awkwardly administered force of barely 40,000 men. By the end of the period, the numbers had vastly increased. At its peak, in 1813, the regular army contained over 250,000 men. The British infantry was "the only military force not to suffer a major reverse at the hands of Napoleonic France."
Life for a redcoat soldier was often tough and challenging. Plenty of training was needed before a soldier could enter the battlefield; drills and exercises had to be strictly followed as punishments were applied for even the most minor of mistakes.
A well trained soldier could fire up to four rounds per minute, and the use of the platoon formation by the British army meant that a constant volley of fire could be employed. There was much that could go wrong with the musket – from misfires in wet weather, to the gun firing at random due to sparks which set the powder off.n the heat of war a soldier may forget to remove the ramrod from the barrel before firing, and the inaccuracy of the flintlock (even though it was more reliable than the matchlock) meant that the enemy had to be within at least 30 paces for an accurate shot to be fired. -- from Wikipedia
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
1:32 French Napoleonic Guard from ESCI.
"La Garde meurt mais ne se rend pas!" (The Guard dies but does not surrender!)
The Imperial Guard (French: Garde Impériale) was originally a small group of elite soldiers of the French Army under the direct command of Napoleon I, but grew considerably over time. It acted as his bodyguard and tactical reserve, and he was careful of its use in battle. The Guard was divided into the staff, infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments, as well as battalions of sappers and marines. Another division existed in distinguishing the experienced veterans from less experienced members of the Guard the group's division into the Old Guard, Middle Guard and Young Guard.
Napoleon took great care of his Guard, particularly the Old Guard. The Grenadiers of Old Guard were known to complain in the presence of the Emperor, giving them the nickname Les Grognards, the Grumblers. The Guard received better pay, rations, quarters, and equipment, and all guardsmen ranked one grade higher than all non-Imperial Guard soldiers. Other French soldiers even referred to Napoleon's Imperial Guard as "the Immortals."
The Guard played a major part in the climax of the Battle of Waterloo. It was thrown into the battle at the last minute to salvage a victory for Napoleon. Completely out-numbered, it faced terrible fire from the British lines, and began to retreat. For the first (and only) time in its history the Guard retreated without orders. At the sight of this, Napoleon's army lost all hope of victory. The Middle Guard broke completely but the Old Guard (and some of the Young Guard) battalions held their formation and secured the retreat of the remainder of the French Army before being almost annihilated by British and Prussian artillery fire and cavalry charges. -- from Wikipedia
Clones/recasts of the Matchbox WW2 British infantry. When I was a kid, I'd tag along with my mom when she went to the wet/dry market of our town. Down the dry goods area were a few stalls selling general merchandise and plastics such as plates, stools, bins, pails, etc. Plastic toys such as these toy soldiers were kept in large sacks and bins and were sold per scoop of a large "tabo" -- a large, bowl-like water dipper. There are still a few places here that sell toys in that manner, mainly of recast plastic. I'll try to take a picture or at least find one I took some time ago.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
These are a few of the painted mounted Saracens from Italeri in 1:72. These were some o the first italeri figure sets I bought and completed painting/basing for wargaming. Unfortunately, a large portion of these were chewed up by my dog :(