Thursday, 22 February 2018

1/72 Muscovites

The Army of Ivan IV (The Terrible). Russian Traditional.
The Streltsi uniforms are for the later Moscow Streltsi but any port in a storm.

Cossack light horse;

Streltsi Regiments;
Cossack Skirmishers;


BAGGAGE ‘Blessing the supplies’;

10mm WW2 French DML #4

Work continues on the French 1940 Light Mechanized Division.

Artillery Regiment
Motor Dragoons Regiment:
  • AMR Squadron
  • Rifle Squadron
  • Support Company
  • Motorcycle Squadron Omitted
Air Support (RAF)
Combat tank regiment
Recon Group

Artillery Regiment:
In Progress

Dragoon Rifle Company:
Fighting Company:
 Kegresse MG Carrier:

Air Support:
Courtesy of RAF Advanced Air Striking Force:
Zvezda 'Art of Tactic' Fairey Battle:
Revell 'MicroWings' Hawker Hurricane:

Hurricane underside showing the black port wing for ground recognition:

Combat Tank Regiment:
SOMUA S-35 Squadron:

Hotchkiss H-35 squadron with one H-39:


Friday, 16 February 2018

Neapolitan Spanish #1

As I'm messing about with my ancient armies, thought I may as well mess about with the Renaissance ones as well.

One of four armies for the War of The League of Cambrai 1508 – 1516. The principal protagonists were:
  • Neapolitan Spanish
  • Valois French
  • Swiss Confederation
  • Republic of Venice
The whole thing became a shifting morass of alliances, one year’s allies could change sides the following year and so on.

1/72 plastics from Revell, Caesar and Red Box.  Conquistadors not quite right for early century but had to do as there was no other choice in plastics at the time of starting.  Things have changed on the Renaissance front since Red Box released all their new sets.  Which is what drove this exercise.

Instead of an overall expansion of all four armies, the messing about will consist of corrections and minor additions. The main tasks will be adding a Landsknecht force and a generic Italian force, acting as mercenaries or allies.

I've ordered these as a Colunela or Column, consisting of five banderas or squadrons which had about 200-300 men each, more or less evenly divided between pikes, arquebuses and swordsmen. There may have been more of these in the Colunela. A theoretical Coronelía or Squadron (Escuadrón) of Gonzalo de Córdoba was over twice this size with incorporated cavalry (a bit like a Roman legion).

Banderas 1 and 2 (Caesar and Revell with some mild conversions);
Banderas 3 and 4 (Caesar and Revell again with some mild conversions and Red Box);
Bandera 5 (Red Box);
The Colunella deployed for combat; pike at the front to fend off horse and other pikes. Sword-and-buckler men behind the pikemen to push through if the pikes stall and to break into enemy pike. Arquebusiers to the sides to blow holes in enemy horse or foot, I was unable to ascertain whether the arquebuses deployed in line or column, I've deployed in column/countermarch here;
Interesting from a gaming point of view as rules don't generally allow movement through for these types of troops, additionally if the Spanish pikes are in base contact they would have to be moved back to allow deployment for base contact with the swordsmen.  Special rule needed?

Got figures left over so a supporting unit of pikes and some skirmishing infantry are still to come before I put the whole force back together.