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No plan survives first contact with the enemy…

… or does it?

Well earlier this year I had serious doubts, if I could paint all the minis for my Möckern game at Leipzig. I did not make as good progress as I would have wanted last year and when the new year came there was the daunting prospect of painting all the big Prussian units for the game as well as three small French ones. So I did a mental calculation, where I would need to be at what time to have a chance for things to work out. So I decided that by the end of May I would have to be done with all the Prussian infantry, so the only units left to do would be three Prussian batteries, one French battery, said three French infantry units (which should paint up faster than usual since they will be wearing greatcoats) and a unit of Prussian Hussars. If the same goal would be achieved by the end of June, I assumed that there would still be a snowballs chance in hell for me to pull it through.

So where am I now. Well as of last night slightly more than half the minis for the last Prussian infantry unit (the Leibgrenadiere) are done. The other Prussian infantry units are done. I finished one of the Prussian batteries ahead of schedule. In addition I finished 35 minis for my 40K Tau army and the new river boards (which will also see use at Crisis) are about 70% done as well.

To me this is looking quiet well, especially when I look at the fact that I hardly did anything in April.

Leibgrenadiere WIP

Leibgrenadiere WIP

For those wondering why their shakos are still in their light grey primer state: I always make sure that there are no duplicate minis on a base. But I also make sure that no two minis on the same base do have the same hair colour. Obviously I can only make the decision, which minis go on the same base, once every mini in the unit is done, so they are still awaiting their hair. And it is a bit easier to paint the shakos after the hair, so therefore they are not done yet. Those looking more closely will see that the skin is only in its base color so far. This is just a matter of taste. I want to make sure that the mini inside the unit have the same skin tone. I found that painting skin can be a bit temperamental in this regard, so I want to do all minis in one go here. The freiwilliger Jäger is completely done, since I painted him when I was doing the Jäger for the Brandenburger. Not much danger of a bad mix on a two mini base (especially when you already know which mini is going to be based together with him).

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Preussische Berittene Artilleriebatterie Nr. 2

So now I am finished catching up with my entries to the Analogue Hobbies Panting Challenge (or at least I will be after this post). Before anyone asks… I ended up nowhere near the top places at 18th out of 47. Never expected any better since the points are based on numbers painted and lets face it… painting Napoleonics takes ages. But my main aim (in addition to having fun) had been to get things done and use it as a motivator to do just that. And frankly I think I did a good job at that in my humble opinion. My first aim had been 500 points which would have translated into 100 28mm minis.Back then I thought “if I can achieve that number, I will be straight on course for my Völkerschlacht project”. But I still felt that it would be a though thing to do. Where did I end up? 818 points. Now if I deduce to extra points I received for a fine-looking command stand and the entry fee Samurai, this still translates into 152 minis and four guns. So I can be happy.

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2 (front view)

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2 (front view)
[Calpe]

Now the last entry was this and I only managed to finish it in the nick of time. These models are to represent the Prussian Berittene Batterie Nr. 2 (Horse Artillery Battery No. 2) for my Völkerschlacht project. Not much to tell about these, since they were quiet a straight forward job. It is amazing how little I manage to get done these days. The guns were painted one weekend and the crews the following one. This was my best shot at getting the final two points to meet my target together (and to actually surpass it) with a decent entry.

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2 (front view)

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2 (front view)
[Calpe]

The worst thing was getting them based. Now I glue the minis to their base using two-part epoxy for extra strength. So that first step takes about a day to dry. The next step is applying filler to the bases to reduce the pitcher mound look from the integral bases. And there goes another 12 hours drying time. The rest of the basing is quiet straightforward with sand, tuffs and static grass, but it meant that I was constantly afraid of not being able to finish them in time.

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, Howitzer

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, Howitzer

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, 3rd 6pdr

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, 3rd 6pdr
[Calpe Miniatures]

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, 2nd 6pdr

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, 2nd 6pdr
[Calpe Miniatures]

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, 1st 6pdr

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2, 1st 6pdr
[Calpe Miniatures]

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2

Berittene Batterie Nr. 2
[Calpe Miniatures]

Oh and there is one more thing to give you. Faithful readers of this blog will remember the Prussian Artillery officers I presented earlier this week. Now after some feedback from a member of a German forum it turned out I forgot to paint the collars of their Überröcke and that I should not have been at liberty to paint the bands on their caps in state colours at all. The most annoying thing is… I knew this two years ago as can be seen on the very first post on this blog (looking at which I actually need to repaint his sash… good thing he is still awaiting a base that would suit him after two years). So I have no idea why I forgot the lessons learned just now. Anyway… I sat down and repainted the collars and hats and would like to show you the results as well:

Prussian artillery officers (front view)

Prussian artillery officers (front view)

Prussian artillery officers (side view)

Prussian artillery officers (side view)

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Calpe, Nap.: Prussian, Napoleonic

 

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