Pike’s Point

Tim My friends from the UK, Tim Couper and David Knight, will be running 8 games at Historicon with their newly released Test of Resolve: Hundred Years War rules.


One of them involves a number of units of Scottish Spearmen.
Rummaging about, I found these chaps in the Lead Pile from ? 20 years ago.

They are Essex figures IIRC. 

I gave the unit Scottish an Burgundian flags, so with some shuffling, they could represent either. 

The Scottish Royal flag was created from an image on the web. 

The Burgundian flag is a download from Warflag. 

All ready for the trip to Lancaster, if not the House of Lancaster! Packing the car starts tomorrow for Wednesday AM departure…

Carinthian Landwehr, 1809


A unit of Inner Austrian Landwehr is next to march off the painting table. 

The uniform coats of the Inner Austrian Landwehr were dark green with facing colors according to the Province… at least officially. 

Most likely the officers and wealthier men approximated the regulations, while many other probably wore grey uniforms faced in the provincial color… if they were lucky. 
The facing color for Carinthia (Kärnten in German) was red, with the cockade being red-yellow- red-white, for Styria (Steirermark) white facings, cockade white-green, Carniola (Krain) light blue with white-blue-red cockade, and Salzburg yellow facings with cockades white-red. 
The figures are once again from Piano Wargames, and the flag is from the previously referenced Mal’s Small World blog site. The coat of arms of Carinthia are displayed on this side. 

Lower Austrian Landwehr, 1809


I finally got around to painting this unit of Austrian Landwehr, which will appear in my “Rapp n’ Raupenhelms” games at Historicon later this month. 
These fellows are wearing fairly standard Austrian Landwehr gear for 1809, although probably far more uniform and neat than would likely have been reality. Hey, they’re toy soldiers!

These wonderful sculpts are yet again by Lucas Luber of Piano Wargames in Germany. 

The flag is printed out from Mal’s small World flags. There was a total embarrassment of riches for selection there! 

Für König und Kaiser!

Announcement: Next Snappy Nappy Campaign in a Day is set for Saturday, October 5, 2024


and the struggle for Germany, Spring 1813:

Snappy Nappy Campaign-in-a-Day Event

Where: The
Portal, Manchester, CT 
When: Saturday,
2024 10 AM – 5 PM

Rules: Snappy
Nappy, by Russ Lockwood 
Peter Anderson, Mark T. Contact

the devastating retreat from Moscow during the winter of 1812 – 1813,
there was little left of the 500,00 men who invaded Russia less than
a year earlier. However, Napoleon has raised new armies, and along
with his increasingly shaky allies of the Confederation of the Rhine,
seeks to re-establish his dominance over Europe. The battered
Russians and their new Prussian allies aim to thwart his plans. If
they do well, perhaps they can draw Austria into the Coalition, too!

Tenth (10!!) campaign-in-a-day event will use over a thousand 28 mm
miniatures to maneuver across a 100-mile wide campaign map, simulated
using fifteen 4’x6′ tables. Players maneuver their figures from table
to table to engage, out-flank and combat their opponents!

player commands roughly half to a full Corps of troops, with 8 French
Commands plus Napoleon as C-in-C, and 3 Prussian and 5 Russian
Commands, plus Kutuzov as C-in-C (with two Coalition Monarchs for
moral support.)

event is free, but to support our host, The Portal, we encourage you
to make some gaming purchases while you attend.

interested in playing, register for the event and let us know with
preference for side if any, (French or Prussian/Russian Coalition)…
especially any players interested in being the C-in-C (Kutuzov or

information and pre-event planning will be provided via email by the
GMs. All registration should be sent to Peter Anderson at

at Lutzen

Project Waterloo: Hanoverians… and (free) flags from Mal’s Small World.

This project required 3 units of Hanoverian infantry. Perry makes a nice range of these troops, but I didn’t really want to incur the expense of buying them (and the necessary time to paint them!). 
Roughly 25 years ago I bought roughly 100 very neatly painted Minifigs British from Jamie, who had brough them to Historicon in the hopes that I might want to purchase them. 

I had no British Napoleonics at the time, nor had I any plans to start a British Napoleonic army at the time, either. 

If I recall, he offered them at $1 per figure. At that price and with the very fine paint jobs, I couldn’t resist… could I? Of course not. 
The troops were more than enough to make up 3 units of infantry in my scheme, but not enough for 4. The regulation Hanoverian Line infantry uniform was all but indistinguishable form that of standard British troop.  I realized that I could use the spare figures (and a few spare Old Glory command figures) to just add Hanoverian Command stands (just the flags, really). Then the three units could be used as either British or Haoverian just by changing one stand per unit. 

Jamie’s original troops formed one unit of 30 in light yellow facings, and one in medium green facings. While I was at it, I changed the facing colors of the requisite figures  so that there is now a black faced unit, that once again can be used as British or Hanoverian. These wonderful flags are from Mal’s Small World blog: https://mal4955.blogspot.com/p/mals-small-world-guide-to-flags-and.html
Among the gems there are numerous flags for the British Yeomanry units of the Napoleonic Wars, Foreign units in British service, ALL of the British Infantry units of the Napoleonic Wars (one of the pedants on TMP sniffed that devices are too large; he’s correct, but really for our purposes the flags look much better and are more easily recognizable with  the exaggerated devices. In any event, if you don’t like them, I’m sure your money will be cheerfully refunded (my standard answer to those who complain about aspects of thigs they didn’t pay anything for!). 
Anyway, there are  flags for all three battalions of the Hanoverian regiments of 1815; it’s likely the regimental (not the sovereign’s) flags had fields in the facing color (and perhaps white for black faced regiments). Anyway, the flags I used, left to right, were for the Luneburg, Calenberg, and Verden regiments. 
But wait, there’s still more vexillogic goodness on Mal’s blog: Flags for all the Danish Napoleonic infantry regiments, eight sheets for flags for the Swedish Napoleonic infantry and cavalry regiments, flags for the Russian Cossacks and Opolochenie, far more than 100 flags for the Austrian Landwehr of 1809, the Erzherzog Karl Legion, and the infantry and cavalry of the Hungarian Insurrectio. Not satisfied? There a few dozen flags for the Tyrolean uprising, too! 
Still not impressed? How about flags for the Napoleonic Army of Mysore, the Sikhs, Rajput, Mehwari, Muhgals. There are flags as described by Kipling for  Jaipur, Lahore, Bikanir, Udaipur, and others. Still more sheets of flags are on the site for the Mahratta, an illustration of the flags of the French Corps of Hyderbad, flags of the Honorable East India Company,  the Bombay Native Infantry, Bengal infantry and cavalry in British service, and the same for Madras. There arter probably well over 1,00 flags on this site, and all are free!  Check it out; yopu will be blown away!