John Talbot’s Regiment of Foote

This is the third (and last, at least for now) of my new ECW units of Foote. 
Talbot supported the King with his Yellow coat regiment.

Like the others of this group, this regiment wears Montero caps. 

Of course I couldn’t resist a flag with dogs on it; in this case, Talbot hounds!
This unit has their “Twelve Apostles” and some other highlights in dark green, well, just because!

I used Delta Ceramcoat “Straw” for the jackets – I think it is just right without being too garrish!

Flag for the unit., once again modified from some internet images. 

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On the Workbench: 6mm Napoleonic Spanish Line and a delivery from Leven

Three 6mm Spanish battalions completed this week:

For Talavera, I need a 72 figure Mallorca battalion. Rather than having one large battalion sat in my collection I decided to paint 3 x 30 figure battalions with identical, or near identical facings. These are the Mallorca, Cordoba and Guadalajara in 1805 pattern uniforms. Collectively they will form the large unit I need. They will also form the nucleus of a newly raised Spanish division in my Napoleonic campaign. 
All the figures are from Baccus. 
Continued –

Goodies arrived this week from Leven Miniatures, and very quick they were too with delivery. These are for a number of projects: An airfield on Rhodes; buildings, including industrial for the Battle of Grissburg in the Napoleonic campaign; and a couple of ACW buildings for Gettysburg. Some will double up and be used for WW2 north west Europe. 
Provided I can get it onto the table without too much delay, I plan to fight Grissburg next so will suspend other gaming to get these buildings painted up. I will also prepare scenic bases for each and when placed together, should hopefully make a reasonably decent large town/city. 

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Paint it Black-Grey – WIP Brickwork

After a wee too many meetings today, I’ve set the aquaduct aside to add more bricks tonight. Slappeed on a mix of Black Gesso and grey paint that dries waterproof on it for a base. I’ll toutch up any spots I missed tonight, and let it dry for a while to make sure it has fully hardend. Handling the brush for the past 30 minutes killed me a bit, so the rest of the work shall be done with sponges…gives a more natural pattern anyway.

And here is a picture of black grey basecoated ruined walls. 😀

Edit: I’ll also be cutting down the arches a bit to make it more in tune with realism, and trimming the base of the large section to make it a lot narrower….ease of storage and transportation.

Edit: The first walls just got another coat of grey and black, with mixed in Mod Podge for extra strength. Depending on the time available tomoprrow, I might get started on painting that section. Spent another 2 hours or so on the aquaduct/viaduct/whatever, trimed the sides of the large bridge top a size my storage space would agree to more. I have a few hours spare in the morning and set aside for either adding more stonework, or….

The lot I have now spans 1 metre across. I think I will add some more ruined arches to I can pick and mix or span the full 6 feet of a table if I wanted to. Might as well go for broke, right?


Snappy Nappy 1814 Campaign in a Day – Sunday April 28, 2019

 Napoleon and his staff are returning from Soissons after the battle of Laon,
 by Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier  (Image from Wikimedia commons)

La Patrie en Danger!

An 1814 Snappy Nappy Campaign-in-a-Day
by Russ Lockwood

In January of 1814, the 300,000 troops of the Armies of Silesia and Bohemia flowed over the frontiers and into France, chasing the battered remnants of Napoleon’s army. Outnumbered and outgunned, Napoleon yet believed his fortunes could change.
Behind the scenes, diplomats negotiated the fate of the Emperor and his Empire. Spain teetered on accepting a peace that would secure France’s southwestern border and end the British offensive over the Pyrenees. Meanwhile, the Austrians, Prussians, and Russians squabbled even as Schwartzenberg, Blucher, and Alexander pursued their not yet vanquished foe.

A New Grand Armee
Napoleon issued new orders to call up troops — 936,000 conscripts to fill out decimated units, 150,000 National Guardsmen, and recalling old veterans to the colors. He counted on an upswell of French patriotism to help toss the foreign troops out of France. With a battlefield victory or two, Napoleon would once again be in a position of strength when it came to negotiate another peace.
History, however, would find only an estimated 120,000 conscripts who answered the call. Despite flashes of maneuvering brilliance and a half-dozen rapid victories against various parts of the Armies of Silesia and Bohemia, the odds proved too great for Napoleon. Paris ultimately fell, the marshals ended their support, and Napoleon was sent off to Elba.

Napoleon’s maneuvers during the 1814 campaign in France

1814 Snappy Nappy Campaign-in-a-Day
For SnapCon VII, we present the 1814 Campaign-in-a-Day using the Snappy Nappy rules. A dozen tabletops represent the area roughly from Paris to Verdun, with up to 22 players and 3 army C-in-Cs as commanders of the campaign. Unlike most miniatures games, the table edge is not the end of the world — Players move their troops across the terrain, often from table to table, praising (or cursing) the fog of war about what lies on the next table over.

Map of the Theater of War (for illustrative purposes only, almost certainly NOT the map that Russ will be using!)

WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 2019. Briefing starts at 10:30am, campaign starts at 11:00, and wraps up by 5pm.

WHERE: The Portal, 60 Hilliard Rd, Manchester, CT (next to Hartford, CT)– a full-service game store with a back room and 20 tables, more tables in the main area, and a three-story hobby store across the street.

COST: None. No fees. Free parking.

RULES: Snappy Nappy. Beginners welcome. Rules taught. Each player is a Corp commander. Each unit is roughly a brigade.

WHAT TO BRING: Yourself and other gamers. We provide all troops, terrain, charts, and so on.

SIGN UPS: We ask that you sign up in advance so we know how many to expect. Walk-ins are welcome, but first signed up, first served. 🙂

If you wish a particular command (French, Prussian, Austrian, or Russian) or even a particular C-in-C (Napoleon, Blucher, or Schwartzenberg), or no preference, e-mail me direct: 
Russ Lockwood
I recommend Peter’s blog BlundersontheDanube (Google it) for recaps of all previous Snappy Nappy campaigns in a day.
I also recommend heading to Alan’s Snappy Nappy Yahoo Group for 10 years worth of SN discussions, errata, and so on. You’ll find the SN Quick Reference Sheet with all the charts.
And, I recommend heading to Little Wars TV for their review of Snappy Nappy — they used a multi-table campaign game for their evaluation.

WRINKLES: We always put in a wrinkle or two for greater fog of war. For example, game commanders and units are often swapped so you can make your own plans.
Here’s another one: For this SN Campaign, Napoleon’s call to arms was more successful than it historically was… Another? Sorry, that will be revealed at game time…

HISTORICAL COMMANDS adapted for the game:


* Napoleon C-in-C: ?
* Mortier (Imperial Guard): ?
* Ney (Young Guard): ?
* Victor (II Corp): ?
* Marmont (VI Corp): ?
* MacDonald (IX Corp): ?
* Gerard (XI Corp): ?
* Oudinot (VII Corp): ?
* Pully (XVI Corp): ?
* Pacthod (XIV Corp): ?
* Rusca

* Blucher C-in-C: ?
* Olssuliev (9th Russian Corp): ?
* Scherbatov (6th Russian Corp): ?
* Lieven (11th Russian Corp): ?
* Tuchkov (10th Russian Corp): ?
* Yorck (1st Prussian Corp): ?
* Kleist (2nd Prussian Corp): ?

* Schwarztenberg C-in-C: ?
* Wrede (5th Bavarian Corp): ?
* Gyulai (3rd Austrian Corp): ?
* Frederich (4th Wurttemburg Corp): ?
* Colleredo (1st Austrian Corp): ?
* Wittgenstein (6th Mixed Corp): ?
* Rajewsky (Grenadier Corps): ?

(Put ‘1814 SN Campaign’ in the subject line)

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