Friday, September 21, 2012

Brunswick 1815 the Artilery and Officers

 The artillery portion of the Brunswick contingent in 1815 consisted of a battery of field artillery and a battery of horse artillery.  In the range for the Brunswickers, there was also a limber team for each type of battery.  That was just too good to pass up.

Both batteries used British pieces, I assume 6 pounders based on what I could glean from the readings.

The field battery  is shown here , I model artillery units in two gun model sections to a battery.  This works well in the Piquet rule sets I tend to play in, the Army level 'Field of Battle' and the more tactical 'Les Grognards.'  Once again, the penchant for black uniforms is shown in both units. 
The limber teams show a difference in that the field battery limber drivers actually had a brownish grey uniform, while the horse battery drivers continue to show the black uniform theme.  Most armies seem to have militarized the limber drivers last of all, and grey or brown uniforms are quite common. 

Hmmm, I think I better do something about the sides of these stands.  I used a 3/8's inch thick pine piece for strength, and forgot how thick that really is in a photo!  I do like the use of limbers in games, and when available, swap out the limbered gun for the deployed battery when the unit is moving.  "Ground scale wise," the real estate on table top needed for one limber model matches up pretty well with the actual length of a battery when the game's ground scale is roughly 1 inch to 25 yards/meters.  Keeps the artillery, at least when moving, at the proper distance and prevents the arm from becoming too powerful on the table due to deployment 'magic.'. I just replace the train with the deployed battery section as they deploy.
The horse limber riders also sport the falling plume as in the gunners' uniform.  Looking at this photo, I really must do something about  the foam streams I use. Honestly, they don't look as bad in real life.  Or maybe I am just used to them after all these years. Look rather like the color of a swimming pool as seen from the window seat of an air liner.  How's that for an anachronism?

Now for the casualty and officer figures. The Duke of Brunswick pack was a long time in coming.  Before the Perry's website had a shopping cart and the Warstore started carrying the line of figures, the US source for the figures was 'Age of Glory.'  The owner of the Age of Glory was  by agreement with the Perry's, only to sell at conventions, not mail order. So over three Historicons and a local convention here in CT I requested and found to be out of stock, this one pack.  When I did finally obtain the pack, the owner dryly said 'I don't think I can sell you this pack.'  He did, and so here they are.  By the way, he no longer carries the Perry line, but does carry the Empress Figures line now.  You may see some of the Spanish Civil War (1930's version) figures he carries from that manufacturer here in the future.

 The casualty pack is one of the many in the Perry Napoleonic lines.  We use them as morale markers in the games, hence the single basing. They could just as well be used in unit bases as some of our local gamers do, such as Czar Barry (see his blog via the links section.)

Coming up last but certainly not least, the cavalry units!


  1. Very nice again, Joe.

    "the colors of the horses are conjectural"

    LOL! What kind of grognard are you, anyway?

    Conjectural?! Humpf! :-)