Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Army of Louis XIV vs The Grand Alliance: January 2013

Each year I try and get a very large game in with my Marlburians. At this point there are 52 Battalions of Infantry and 50 squadrons of cavalry....and still growing. I try to get as many on the table as I can depending on the number of players and the scenario. This time, in January  of this year, I decided to base the scenario on the Battle of Dettingen in 1743. Now that was a later war- not my usual fare of Spanish Succession but it is a fascinating tactical situation.  In my game the armies were switched and the names of the historical places changed and it was Marlborough' s army of the Grand Alliance that  was attempting to trap the Army of Louis XIV.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Two pike and shot Regiments for the Army of Louis XIV

I got a very nice suprise recently when an old friend of mine, Chris,  handed me a box and said 'These are for you.' At first I assumed it was an IED and he was wanting to inflict some sort of grievous bodily harm on me. He insisted that it wasn't. When I opened the box I was very pleasantly surprised to find two nicely painted units from the North Star 1672 range. Two French regiments of Foote: the Regiment Bourbon (red cuffs and stockings/breeches) and the Regiment Dauphin (with the multi coloured flag).
I was very impressed! Thanks mate! Much appreciated!!!!
I rebased them for my 'Vive Le Roi' rules and they're ready to go. There was also two artillery pieces which I have yet to base up!
 ( ps I did kill the large poisonous spider that he had hidden in the bottom of the box).

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Louis XIV's Swiss Guard: North Star 1672

As anyone who has merely glanced at this blog can tell you, one of my favourite periods is the Age of Marlborough, or Marlburian, and more specifically the War of the Spanish Succession. I love the colour, the pageantry, the flags and the figures! Actually I'm beginning to think it should be called the Age of Louis XIV! If you are a fan of the League of Augsburg website then you'll now this period has so much to offer the wargamer! Anyway I was looking on ebay the other day and spotted this unit. Now it's a little bit earlier than the vast majority of my figures....but it was too nice to pass up. They were painted by a guy called Ian Clark form Eye Pro-Painted Miniatures and I was so impressed I just had to grab'em! They're a battalion of the Garde Swiss of Louis XIV from the North Star 1672 range. I think I've gotta get more of these! Enjoy the pics. One day when I grow up I want to be able to paint like this!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

A big thank you!

I just realised that my Blog has just clocked up 10,000 views- thank you one and all for your interest and support!  I enjoy writing the blog and even more I enjoy reading other people's! And it's time for a new look too!