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PAINTING MINIATURES

Wagons/ carts

One never has enough wagons.
For looting and convoys,  marking camps and the rear area /line of communication; just for decorative fun in the rear of battles.

Generals and more generals

...and then never enough. My main napoleonic player who has more troops than me, still, does not have all the commanders.
I like the lower levels to be game markers. So colonels and generals "en masse". 

Horses

I like horses though the last long (too long) stay on one was not so much fun. With a proper seat, long hours working on horses in 18mm does not hurt one's back;)

Villages

Houses and more houses

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Carts days  

Off for several "days" (few hours each) of carts, wagons, limbers. factory line.

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Wheels suffering

Unordinary cart from FIre And Sword Polish shop. Nice finish but suffering before that to fight for sticking wheels and bits. Not so well moulded.

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More added

Actually I stuck them all, then  painted most in a darkish wooden base colour , then fisnished in various tones. If any part had to be canvas or similar it gets a white paint base. NO blacks undercoat to make all ugly coal mining stained.

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Home made cards

The quest for civilians and drivers to accompany the carts/ army trains/ rear camps. Best if multi period (17th-napo) and all sides. The red one on the left is an Irregular miniatures Irish rebel, this hat only end of 18th to napo period.

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Tory DP

Alongside doing barrels, sacks and here a Russian 1812 ammunition wagon. These wagons will do camps behind armies, to loot, to show line of communication exits; might be used for convoys attacks...put in villages..

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Unique Styles

17-18th century ammunition wagon:
Mixture of brands: the useful Museum miniatures driver, for the team and cart from Magister (ex Hallmark).

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Some done

Mostly here part non descript, the rest for the Russian rear area trains. Some civilians, russian types, taken from cossack  artillerist from Old glory , and rennaissance chaps. Broken muskets figs  etc. can be converted to wounded, civilians, cart drivers etc. .
As many non descript handlers as possible plus a few period /army specific ones.

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Close up

Collect and mix as many wagon horse as possible to give a more varied look. This and painting a same wagon with different colours gives an impression of variety. Of course everything was reused and looting be very common, even things that should be kept to one army, could be used by another.

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More

Each side, up to a point can have the same ones, best with slightly different paint job.

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Polish and French generals

More Poles arrived from Old Guard painter; so I did their generals and in the same elan, too many or then maybe one day will get the 3rd division as well. Plus some French cavalry generals.

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Usual mess

Stuff and bits getting painted together. Some being sort of chased by more pressing recent "needs" get to stay in  half done stage for months.

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The stage

They get their colours, or just their ground / basing here. it is not a mess if you know where everything is. Do you ever?

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Russians funny genrals

Could only find two 1812 generals with non regulation uniforms, hussar uniforms. My guess is from their bio they raised from hussar regiment colonel while on campaign 1500 km from the tailor and a bit busy. Kulnev and Dorokhov. left one is the Prince of Orange by Campaign games, the right one a Prussian 1806 chap by AB. (Eureka). 

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Russian avant garde commanders

Hurrah done with more generals and at the time a bunch of carts. 
Many of the AB sets can be put as early Russian generals or colonels; some of the simpler outfits ended up as Oppolchenie commander (much to their chagrin no doubt).
One general and an aide is a division commander.
Brigadiers or colonels get used as a markers for disorder, put parallel to the troops like going around shouting at them; better than a counter (which I only use in woods or other confusing surroundings).

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He has the troops, I have the generals !

My pal who has 75% of the Russian troops on the Gzatsk battlefield does not have enough generals especially the brigadiers.  So I quickly needed more, dug out a bag of Blue moon tinies, who can't be based with the others but are very nice solo guys, full of life. Also discovered the young guard has two Prussian batteries, obviously had to be painted. ;)

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French and Austrian generals

One Pajol on the left, who looks like the picture in Bucquoy book. a Nansouty type and some Austrian Korps commander.

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Glory on horse

The three guys with their sabers up are all Murat(s) with different dress taken from the talented Boki, from Estonia. They ended up from left to right as Subervie, one Hungarian cavalry general who can sneakily serve in the seven years wars too plus the Pajol, 

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Horsed bits

You can never have enough Cossacks, here ragger types. A bunch of Eclaireur de la garde from Boki and a revamped 14th Hussar (as I stupidly got painted twice another one!).
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1870 brigade generals.            I need dozens more., plus a bunch of bases of light infantry, for use with AOV rules. Soon to be another petite order to Pendraken, several ACW leaders in cap will turn French. 

Also seen here, first attempts at patches of flowers and decorative lay down bits for the terrain.

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Yet not enough of those guys. Hidden in the bow this unit with missing bits, plus a couple of commands to use some stands as "regiments" instead of brigades in later 30yw scenarios. More to be done, the post in its great magnanimity might, after 3 months, deliver the new Eureka figs.

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Found some odd spare Krakus figs, plus new Boki ones, all remounted on smaller horses, a bit of converting and they ended up as  Kalmuk. Plus another Cossack to brigade with it. Bits of additional units to be able to play battalion scaled scenarios.

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From the visit in Vienna: Nadasdy in his Hungarian uniform, an Austrian 7yw Hussar general, also in proper dress (from a standart bearer of the Fr old guad chasseur!)  additions to Insurrectio hussars after discovering these units were much bigger than I read years ago.

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Late spt 20 production. Augmenting my white uniformed French 1809 rgts and finally doing the Green (mainly Scottish) brigade 30yw in Swedish service.

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The French are done with a few excellent Xan minis (the ones saluting the balls for ex) some AB and Campaign games

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Scots even shabbier than intended. Some old TTg, Khurasan and newish Eureka.
Extra stand used to make the Swedish brigade stance in the rules, the solo guys to mark  commanded shots with horse.


Good to have a larger table than ever...but then you realize that you need far more villages etc. than before. So 1870 begs for it; at least a first attempt to increase the numbers. excellent (most for 1815!) 6 mm buildings from totalbattleminiatures.com. and some 15mm. Then the second rgt of old guard chasseurs was shouting they wanted their 2nd bn. 1812 wants more horse batteries and 1813 more foot ones. More to do but lazy. I had a shrunken Austrian 1809 V. Korps appearing too  and they too wanted at least one of their cavalry units. So in the making is Herzherzog Ferdinand Hussar who will properly join III. Korps and Vincent will temporarily be with  V. Korps as it used to be that way, when I was combining my troops with another's but we so seldom meet that I'd better have my Wagram  fully  operational  or nearly so.
The houses were undercoated in white so they don't end up dark and desolated as was the Uk on my first visit long before Thatcher woke it up.

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Installation

A moderatly dense terrain that would do for somewhere in Lorraine. A derivation from a previous 15mm napo table which was randomly chosen from the terrains in old 7YW rules.

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Other end

Did not use the unknown terrains effects to quicken things. This river is only fordable on bridges of which we have an extraordinary number for the time on 10km!

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With the rear table...

Keep it together tables, the third can be used in case but mostly it allowed storing the 15mm trees for further use. Starting closer to engagement should make it faster, if not realistic.

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Fog of war initial positions

Hidden units, to me a vital step.

Cardboard rectangles with a number showing also in which direction they face, and the formation, one side facing the shorter side means they are in march mode, long side deployed. Used with all games.

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Frontier miniatures Kleist Frei-Korps. 

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So very old ruins, for gunned down villages; I have to find the missing bits, the full set was much larger.

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Bits and old stuff, collectors! Would be Southern mansion Mame Scarlet way, 2 urban late medieval+ (ex Gladiator).  

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One more barn, wooden roofed (not well done with long planks?) an American church.

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Old Paddocks;)+ 2 TotalBattle barns, one Germanic type to stick on the side of another, a very ancient wooden shack that can go anywhere. My garden minded best half complained that no one would let this vegetation grow on it to destroy the wood....

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HerzHerzog Ferdinand Hussars. 
Blue Moon figs.

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Last of April-May 21
Totalbattle church,  then a collector house, a very early attempt by what will become FOW to make houses and 2 more. Recently painted Austrian Vth Korps (minus lights) for 1809. 

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 As I again painted the officier in Rupelnhelm as a  Stabsdragoner, to avoid this A.B. set looking too much as  the other Korps commander, had to rebase a guy from the army command. I wanted more brigadiers and colonels.

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Village set up for fun.

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