Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign

It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.

To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Finnigan, Begin Again

Huzzah 2019 is over, preparations for 2020 have begun!



I'm a little stuck at the moment since I need some modelling putty for conversions and for some new master figures but these Prince August SYW Hussars will do fine as les Hussards de la Mort.

Image from Wiki article.

Sure, in some realities they only lasted as an independent unit until 1793 but on my wargames table, well, the possibilities are unlimited!

Don't worry though, the usual variety of posts and periods will now resume.

9 comments:

  1. Ross

    I've just finished a unit of 'Rossbach' hussars to go with my SYW army (I will post photo on my blog later).

    I made a couple of modifictions:
    - I cut down the carbine from the cuirassiers and glued that on.
    - I cut off the right arm of the figure with the sword raised and added the trumpet from the cuirassiers (after filing off the swallows nests (the are is too big but you only notice if you know).
    Stve

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    1. I thought about doing that but too damn lazy and they are primaily for away games at conventions so the sturdier the better.

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  2. I always like people using terms like 'some realities' in the context of wargaming - considering very little we do is all that realistic anyway! It would be very illuminating if everyone had armies armed and clothed in really authentic outfits!

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    1. Apart from the anatomy issues, most of my troops for this project will be cast from Nuernberger Meisterzinn molds, and I'm not doing major metal tailoring on whole units' worth of coats, so most things will be as close as I can get with paint and some minor file work, and that will have to suffice.

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  3. dear Ross,
    The Death's Head Hussars are one of my favorite all-time units. They just look devastating. Would it be possible to file down the death's head logo where it exists and paint other units of hussars? BTW, Steve's suggestions for doing some creative cutting and slashing will definitely work. An alternative to doing the entire arm would be to remove the sword hand and replace it just with the hand holding the trumpet. You can bend the arm up ever so gently to simulate the trumpeter bringing the instrument to his lips. Will you be using a standard - you can do pretty much the same thing. The look of this new unit will be tremendous!
    Jerry

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    1. If it comes to that, the molds I'm using have all sorts of spare parts, so trumpets, carbines and such would be easy enough to obtain.

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  4. As i looked at the hussars I wondered if you might be thinking about doing an action where cavalry is the dominant arm, perhaps supported by some horse artillery. The cavalry might be the advance guard of two armies closing on each other or a rear guard tasked with holding off the approaching main army until the last of a retreating column can clear an obstacle like a bridge, ford or gap in a heavily wooded area. Perhaps one of your hussar units might be armed with lances.

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    1. Good ideas and all useful for our combined forces in the Low Countries in 1793/4. However while Rob's forces are relatively cavalry heavy thanks largely to the moulds working well, mine will be less so as my main focus will be on British amphibious operations with the continental bit as secondary.

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