David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

French Horse Artillery ~ limbers and a caisson

Back in the depths of last winter Colin Ashton, of the blog Carryings On Up The Dale, and I compiled a joint order from Eureka Miniatures in Australia to be collected from Salute by Colin. Not only did we avoid the crippling postage but we also enjoyed a generous discount due to the size of the joint order. I duly collected my part of the order from Colin in May at Carronade and only now is it all finally ready for the tabletop with the completion of the caisson and horse team ~

I decided not to paint the six Horse Artillery gunners which come as riders for the caisson as we usually deploy the caisson minus horse team behind the gun battery in action, with the two limbers and caisson horse team further behind still. We’ve found this better represents the ground taken up by an Artillery battery in action on the tabletop.
Still no prospect of a game this month in GHQ, due to a combination of ongoing health issues and redecoration after the summer water leak. At least the new dinning room ceiling looks good! 


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  1. Those look rather splendid, fine additions to the collection.

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    1. Thanks Phil! As you know it’s been a bit up and down lately here.

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  2. Very nice, much better to see a proper battery than plonking a couple of guns down.

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    1. I now have ‘proper batteries’ as you’ve tagged them in the FRW and the Indian Mutiny and am part of the way with the ACW and the ECW. I do more as and when I can for these, and other, periods.

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  3. Very good looking paint job. I still have some odds and ends from that order to finish off but I've been distracted by the game tomorrow. hope you are back in action soon.

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    1. Thanks Colin! I hope that the game goes well tomorrow and that you have time to take many photos, oh, and buy new toys!

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    2. I hope so too. no plans to buy anything but picking some Savoyard 18thC mountain guns off Fran Tara.

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    3. The game set up photos are very impressive. Love the banner proclaiming who you are especially.

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  4. They look great David! Always like the look of limber teams.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, the whole looks better than the parts I found.

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  5. You may have had problems with your piping David...
    But you still manage to paint more than I do....

    All the best. Aly

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    1. I do my best as it brings me pleasure still.

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  6. Nice job makes a huge difference in appearance having proper artillery but a big commitment ........they are on the list for my ACW. 😢

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    1. You are spot on Matt, a big commitment in both cash and time which most would rather spend on fighting troops I think. For the ACW choose Perry plastic artillery which includes limbers and then look for cheap horse teams.

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