Monday, October 31, 2011

Based in Spain

With a bit of hobby activity going on amongst "The Guns of April" crew, I've been asked to post up my recipe for my Napoleonic bases.

The Battle of Salamanca was fought on a fairly dry and dusty plain in Spain in the middle of summer. As such I decided (a long while ago) that the bases needed to be quite light, reflecting the dry feel of the area. As I've just finished off my 5th Ca├žadores unit (above), I figured they were as good a candidate as any to demonstrate the treatment.

Here are my five steps for "Peninsular Basing" success (from left to right):

1. Basecoat everything with Calthan Brown (GW)
2. Drybrush with Bubonic Brown (GW)
3. Drybrush with Dark Sand (Vallejo, similar to GW's Bleached Bone)
4. Drybrush with Pale Sand (Vallejo, similar to a mix of GW's Bleached Bone and Skull White)
5. Paint the edges with Calthan Brown and glue on clumps of Late Summer Buffalo Grass (Silflor, available in the US from Scenic Express)

Hopefully this little post will keep us all on the same track for our basing ; )


Sunday, October 23, 2011

2nd Brigade continues to recruit

The French Order of Battle has been posted and painting continues. Here is another update of my Brigade. There are some subtle details that I am considering such as the regimental numbers on the soft caps, cartridge boxes, and backpacks. For now I want to have the units finished and presentable and I will add the cool details later. I also have casualty miniatures that I would like to use to represent the hits taken by my units throughout the game. More to come on those at a later time. Enjoy the pictures.

Vive l'empereur!

Ask and ye shall receive!

We are just starting out with our armies where as Mr. Taylor has been working steadily for a year on his.  But don't lose faith my friends!  We have assembled an equally talented (yet slower) team that will bring you a beautiful army! I promise!  Since Dave has already covered the basics I will jump in to the winning French OOB. To the right side of each unit you will notice one of our names.  That is the person who will be building and painting that specific unit.

And now on to the good stuff!

French - Foy's Division, supported by Feyer's Division and cavalry from Boyer's command

First Brigade (Brigade Chemineau) - Brien
• 6th Leger - 1st Battalion (24) - Brien
• 6th Leger - 2nd Battalion (24) - Brien
• 69th Ligne - 1st Battalion (24) - Brien
• 69th Ligne - 2nd Battalion (24) - Brien
• Foot Artillery (1 gun) - Joe
• 25th Dragoons (small unit - 8) - Joe

Second Brigade (Brigade Desgraviers-Bertholt) - Joe
• 39th Ligne - 1st Battalion (24) - Joe
• 39th Ligne - 2nd Battalion (24) - Joe
• 76th Ligne - 1st Battalion (24) - Joe
• 76th Ligne - 2nd Battalion (24) - Joe
• Foot Artillery (1 gun) - Joe
• 3rd Hussars (small unit - 8) - Brien

Third Brigade (Brigade Menne, from Feyer's Division) - Dave
• 31st Leger - 1st Battalion (24) - Dave
• 31st Leger - 2nd Battalion (24) - Dave
• 26th Ligne - 1st Battalion (24) - Dave
• 26th Ligne - 2nd Battalion (24) - Dave
• Foot Artillery (1 gun) - Joe

Fourth Brigade - supporting cavalry - Mixed
• 6th Dragoons (small unit - 8) - Joe
• 11th Dragoons (small unit - 8) - Dave
• 13th Chasseurs (small unit - 8) - Brien
• Horse Artillery (1 gun) - Brien
• Horse Artillery (1 gun) - Dave

A selection from Brien Dulaney's workbench.
Nous sommes la terreur de nos ennemis!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Welcome to our little blog!

The 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders) ready for action!

Welcome, one and all, to our very first post on this blog! The first of vary many, we hope.

What's all this about? Well, rather than hash over it again, I'm going to guide you to the "About THE GUNS OF APRIL" box in the right column. That'll give you the basics.

Essentially though, we're a group of veteran wargamers (with closing in on 100 years of wargaming experience between us), but we're all relative newcomers to the world of Napoleonic wargaming. Drawn by the wonderful tales and colorful uniforms, we've decided to stay and put our best foot forward... by presenting a Napoleonic battle at an event we all love, AdeptiCon (held every year in April in the Chicagoland area, IL, USA)

In later posts I'll go into the reasons behind our choice of this battle, but for now I'll leave you with the British Order of Battle (for Black Powder) for this epic project. Units listed in bold are currently completed, units listed in red will be painted by my partner in crime Jamie Wellings, and units in italics will be painted by me.

BRITISH - Campbell's Guards Division, supported by Alten's Light Division 
and cavalry from Le Marchant and Anson's Brigades

First Brigade (Joint Brigade, Femor & Von Lowe)
• 1/Coldstream Guards (Large unit - 36)
• 1/3rd Guards (Large Unit - 36)
• 1st KGL (24)
• 2nd KGL (24
• Company of the 5/60th Rifles (Small unit - 12)

Second Brigade (Wheatley's Brigade)
• 2/24th Foot (24)
• 2/58th Foot (24)
• 1/42nd Foot (24)
• 1/79th Foot (24)
• Company of the 5/60th Rifles (Small unit - 12)
• Foot Artillery (1 gun)

Third Brigade (Van DeLeur's Brigade from Light Division)
• 1/52nd Foot (24)
• 1/95th Rifles (24)
• 1/44th Foot (24)
• 2nd Cacadores (24)
• Horse Artillery (1 gun)

Fourth Brigade - supporting cavalry
• 3rd Dragoons (8)
• 4th Dragoons (8)
• 11th Light Dragoons (8) or 1st Hussars KGL (8)
• Horse Artillery (1 gun)

Hopefully some of the Frenchies will chime in soon with information on how their forces are progressing.

The 2nd Ca├žadores, Portugal's light infantry formation