SAS Wargames Club

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Off the Workbench - Mike W, 16/05/18

What's Off the Workbench today,Wednesday  16/05/2018?

Again a lean couple of weeks in the painting front - this time down to my son's actual wedding and the ensuing holiday we took to get over the event!

Big news is that I completed the Activo Militia battalion for the coming Texas Revolution game in June, this battalion is now represented by 5 x 8 man companies plus officers and NCOs. All companies have been painted as Fusilier companies, assumption being Cazadore and Grenadier companies have been detached for special duties...

5 Coys of the latest completed Activo Battalion 

What's On the Workbench today?

Only two items on the workbench at present. First we have 5 x 1st Corps 28mm mounted Mexican Officers who will be used as Battalion and Brigade commanders in the forthcoming game. The two figures in cocked hats will be the Brigade Commanders,the remaining three in Shakos will be Battalion Commanders.

Mexican Mounted Officers being painted
The second item is a 28mm Front Rank mounted general for the Anglo-Dutch Wars projects. picked this up cheap from eBay and is already partly painted, I'll complete it and make it comparable with my other figures in the range.

Front Rank mounted General from eBay!
Assuming I get these mounted figures done quickly, I have two mounted Texian Officers to paint and a couple additional companies for the 1st Corps Matramos Battalion, previously showcased. After that back the Anglo-Dutch Wars project and the possibility of expanding that out to include Holy Roman Empire & Poles v Ottomans!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Wandering Around Blenheim Palace

Took the opportunity to take a look around Blenheim Palace recently, the 'reward' that John Churchill received form a grateful nation, as a result of leading the allies to victory in the War of Spanish Succession.

The palace its-self is well worth a look around and there is good information on Marlborough's life and times, concentrating mainly on his WSS exploits and his service for Queen Ann, his later fall form grace and his reinstatement on the arrival of King George. His earlier, more dubious exploits have been left somewhat under wraps...

... save the night he was found in bed with Charles II's mistress!

Small case of WSS artefacts
found at Blenheim Battlefield
More WSS artefacts
found at Blenheim Battlefield
Actually there is not a huge amount of military history interest to see at the palace - except for the following...

The main items of interest are a series  of tapestries commissioned by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough to commemorate his victories at Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenaarde and Malplaquet, designed by Lambert de Hondt and woven by Judocus de Vos in Brussels.

The photos do not do justice to the detail in the pieces, at present one of the ten tapestries was away at the cleaners (in Belgium), see if you can spot its replacement!

Detail of Winston Churchill's toy soldiers
Display Case with Winston Churchill's toy soldiers

Depicting the battle of Blenheim, the tapestry shows Marshall Tallard, escorted by two British officers, in the act of surrender to Marlborough (in the red coat on a white horse). Grenadier Guardsman can be seen furling a captured French standard on the left of the image

Wynendael Tapestry, Battle was on 28th September 1708. In the background, General Webb's forces are ambushing the French and Bavarians through a gap in the woods.

This tapestry depicts the battle of Elixham when Marlborough
breached the French fortified lines between Namun and Antwerp

Depicting the battle of Malplaquet, this tapestry shows Marlborough dispatching a rider with orders.
In the background we see Lord Orkney advancing on horseback to the main attack,
and the village of Halplaquet in the distance
, with period miniature
reproduction captured flags

The left hand tapestry shows Marshall Boufflers surrendering the city of Lille to Marlborough. The right hand tapestry depicts Marlborough's approach to the hilltop fortress at Schellenberg, part of his campaign to save the Habsburg capital of Vienna from a threatened advance by King Louis XIV

The first of the Bouchain tapestries shows the French encampment which is completely
surrounded and Marlborough ready to receive the surrender of Bouchain

Siege of Bouchain, 13 September 1711

Marlborough's crossing of enemy lines in August led to the siege of Bouchain,
Marlborough's last success. In this, the first of three tapestries depicting the event, we see the
Allies under Marlborough advancing on the city of Bouchain

The second of the Bouchain tapestries shows the first stages of the surrounding of Bouchain.
It also depicts the river Scheldt and the village of Sensee (This one is the replica)

Duke of Marlborough at the Battle of Oudenarde

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Off the Workbench - Mike W, 01/05/18

What's Off the Workbench today,Tuesday  01/05/2018?

Well its been a slow couple of weeks on the painting front - a lot of my spare time has been taken up with preparations for my son's wedding, so free time has been at a premium.
Front Rank Austrian Cuirassiers

That said I completed the 6 x 28mm Front Rank Austrian Cuirassiers and they have come up very nicely, they are just waiting a final matt varnish spray and a flag to be added, this will get done after the weekend.

Other work includes the completion of the 3 x Boot Hill 28mm Mexican Lancers, that you may remember I had managed to loose the riders for a few weeks ago. Well after a tidy-up I found them and completed them.

Boot Hill 28mm Mexican Lancers
Two were painted in the Regular Red with Green trimmings uniform and the third was painted in Green with Red trimmings - as used by the Activo Battalions - a company of which I will be painting in the coming weeks! Again these need a coat of matt varnish to complete
Boot Hill Texians

Next on the list were 8 x Boot Hill Texian Officers and Infantry men, painted in a number of uniforms to make up numbers for various companies that I have already completed - including an Alabama Red Rover, a couple of Tennessee Volunteers. All finished nicely and waiting for the rain to stop to give them a matt spray varnish.

Biggest addition to the completed list this last fortnight was the first of a batch of First Corp Mexicans that I acquired last week, 24 figures painted to represent two and a half companies of an Activo Militia Battalion, yet to be decided which one, but depicted in summer uniforms of white with red trim.
Un-named Activo Infantry Battalion

Each company is of 8 men plus there are two officers, an ensign and a musician (fifer). All figures completed in a week, based and ready for matt spray, depicted below in their storage box... 

What's On the Workbench today, well as noted my time is limited at present, I'll not start painting again for 3-4 days and then it looks like it will be the remaining figures I received from First Corps - so likely another two and a half companies of the Activo Militia Battalion or possibly an additional two companies for the Matramos Permiante Battalion.