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Altefritzenburg Marching to War! Again…

Having been laid up at home following a foot operation I’ve been trying to paint up stuff for the forthcoming ShedCon 20mm WSS game. I’d hoped to get a little more painted but I can only sit for so long and then have to go put my foot up! Either way, I’ve finished the main force I wanted done and am quite pleased. So here we have the total force that Altefritzenburg will be contributing to the game:

First a little background. We first played 20mm WSS at a LAW/WD3 gathering in Framlingham in 2014 where we used Essex Boy’s and Gary Phillip’s collections. I took the opportunity to create my Savage Swans in yet another scale/period and you can see them at the back on the above picture and here:

But for the upcoming game I wanted to add some dragoons and a gun to re-create my C18th Von Donovan’s Legion.

And dismounts for the dragoons complete this earlier version of the Legion:

The Swans are heavily modded (by Essex Boy) Les Higgins and it would have been nice to do a full brigade of them but that would require a lot of work for EB so I went for recreating the Altefritzenburg units using a different Les Higgins model. A three regiment brigade:

This gives me the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Altefritzenburgers. The 3rd Regiment was a bit of a tester for the third unit I will do for my 28mm. I went for white facings but did the leggings black as I felt all white would be…well…too white! 

They are lovely figures to paint. So neat and simple. EB has been great by converting the odd figures (sometimes Irregular Miniatures) to make up command figures, and by adding proper poles for all the standard bearers.  It makes all the difference. Flags are all hand painted over a printed template.

I’m really looking forward to the game. Next plan is to complete a ‘Swan’ type brigade with two more units in the same pose. This ‘may’ lead to a slight re-write on the history of the Swans. We shall see. But it awaits EB finding the time to create the figures. I also want to do a cavalry brigade so will either do two cuirassier units to join the dragoons or do three and keep the dragoons part of the Legion. I also have some hussars to do. And then that’s it! Honest!

Next up on the painting table is odds and ends for Ayton…

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Something a little bigger – 20mm Les Higgins

I’ve been Tweeting about my progress with these and have finally finished a unit! Towards the end of March is ShedCon 2018 – an event/game to christen the new Shed/Man Cave/Games Room of Essex Boy. To that end six of us will be gathering to play a large 20mm WSS(ish) game using mostly EB’s collection but with some supplemental stuff from Gary Phillips large collection. The last time we played was way back in…2014 at the first Framlingham gathering. An excellent weekend! Just for the game I painted up my ubiquitous Savage Swans in yet another scale and period!

These are altered Les Higgins figures done by EB and christened the ‘Yomper’! And I’m hoping to do another unit with this figure at some point…

Anyway, both EB and Gary have all the figures we need for the game but it seemed highly sensible with Ayton approaching in May that I should actually try and paint up a full brigade! I have one unit of Altefritzenburgers nearly done (using a different figure) and another one or maybe two to do. And unit of Irregular Miniatures dragoons. And a gun and crew. The dragoons needed dismounted versions so used a Les Higgins figure with the horse holder converted by EB. As a gentle start to get myself in the swing following painting all the tiny stuff I started with these…

These form part of what in the mid-C18th are Von Donovan’s Legion but will likely be brigaded with other units in the game as a ‘legion’ as such doesn’t really work in the game (using modified Rank and File rules). So they are started…

The gun crew are done and await the gun and limber…

And next up is to finish off the first Altefritzenburgers!

I’m rather enjoying doing these and it’s getting hard to not buy some more!!

Cheers for looking

A

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