Sunday, 31 July 2016

Maximum Voltage

Hinton Hunt and Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry Voltigeurs
The Voltigeurs swarm out of the woods...
I've been conducting manoeuvres with the Combined Voltigeurs using Ian S's experimental basing system.

Hinton Hunt and Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry Voltigeurs
...and  then recombine in close order to defend the hedgerow.
Ian's system allows the battalion to be deployed either in open order, representing the skirmish element of a brigade, or in close order as an ordinary line infantry unit.

As a line unit they're certainly a bit unconventional, but not disastrously so. It's also rather nice to have a battalion that's doing something other than charging.

The figures are:

Hinton Hunt FN 3 x 3
Hinton Hunt FN 1 x 1
DK 12 x 19
DK 13 x 1
Hinton Hunt and Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry Voltigeurs
A formidable firing line
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The DKs and Hinton Hunts have blended together so well that it's difficult to tell them apart.

Next up: a second squadron of Polish lancers!

WM

Leading a classic  brigade attack (with apologies to Charles Grant),


16 comments :

  1. Lovely photographs, and your voltigeur basing scheme is very interesting. It has always struck me as odd to have Napoleonic light infantry/rifle units based permanently in open order formations when they often could and did operate in close order if necessary.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Thank you, Stokes. I added a few Britains plastic hedges that I bought for my 54mm Britains Detail troops in about 1978. They work surprisingly well with 20mm!

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  2. Another fine unit Matt. The strong yellow collars and shako cords etc really makes them 'pop' :) Like how you based them too.

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    1. I suffer from yellow pom-pom envy every time I see Ian S's Swedes, 'Lee, so it was time to do something about it!

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  3. They look splendid Matt - those are the best Pom-poms ever! Nice to see the growing French infantry force all together on manoeuvres as we'll.

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    1. You can't beat a yellow pom-pom, I always say. Wellington Girl, on the other hand, wanted to know why the officers had bananas on their hats.

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  4. Smashing looking unit very 'Old School' ! , Tony

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    1. Thank you, Tony. They were a devil to paint

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  5. Excellent figures, look forward to seeing the lancers

    Paul

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    1. Cheers Paul. There's still three French cavalry squadrons, an infantry battalion, an artillery battery and four generals to do before I've caught up with the Prussians. I'm aiming to get them done by Christmas!

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  6. The very devil eh? Damn fine job though!

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    1. Thanks LG. The demonic element was the yellow paint, which possibly qualifies as a new physical state, somewhere between a liquid and a solid, hitherto unknown to science. It simply wouldn't go where it was told to go!

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    2. Thanks again Matthew for confirming my own prejudices. In this case using HH elite company figures en masse. As I have demonstrated, painting them as lights is pretty drab in comparison with your guys. As to Wellington Girl, I hope you told her of the morale effect of heroically brandished bananas.........

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    3. Thank you, Archduke. I was a little nervous about how this unit would be received, but since finding out that they actually existed I'm greatly re-assured!

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  7. Top stuff Matt. Really like the brigade on ‘manoeuvres’.

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    1. Cheers, James. It's a somewhat miniscule brigade, but I'll get there eventually.....

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