Sunday, November 20, 2016

War of the Spanish Succession - Work in Progress

Three line infantry, one cuirassier and one dragoon
regiment, and the four generals, all in various stages of
recruitment and training...  All figures are
Wargames Factory.

Hoffman- von Diesbach Grenadiers in line.
The battalions are differenced by the colour of their
weskits: red (Hoffman) and blue (von Diebach).

A bit of a 'filler' posting this, but it has been a while since I've said anything about this particular project.  So here a few pictures of my Wargames Factory figures assembled and in the process of being painted as an Imperial Army of 1702-1715. 

The Army comprises:

General Officer Commanding
Two General Officers of Foot
One General Officer of Horse


Hoffman-von Diesbach Grenadier (19/39)
Alt-Heister Infantry (4)
Brandenburg-Bayreuth Infantry (9)
De Wendt Infantry (11)
Holstein Ploen Infantry (21)
Kreichbaum Infantry (27)
Osnabruck Infantry (32)
252 Foot.


Darmstadt Cuirassiers
Lobkowitz Cuirassiers
Lyrnburg-Styrum Dragoons.
72 Horse.


Two batteries each of 2 cannon and 8 gunners.
16 Gunners.

Total: 344 Figures.

Why Imperial?  I pretty much figured most would go for British or Anglo-Dutch, or French.  But I also liked the idea of helmeted cuirassiers wielding pistols, so two of my 24-figure Horse regiments are heavies, the remaining one are dragoons.
Hoffmann-von Diesbach grenadiers again.  The flags
don't really belong, but I wasn't going to let it go to waste!

Of the seven infantry regiments, six are line infantry, the other being a 'provisional' grenadier regiment. All 36-figure units may be split into 18-figure battalions, each with Foot officer, flag, drummer, and 15 fusiliers.

One grenadier, and three of the line infantry regiments;
one cuirassier and the 4 guns.

As you can see from this, I haven't been doing one unit at a time but poking around whichever one takes my fancy at the time.  I paint the bases - usually green, but sometimes black or brown - before flocking them.  They will be done last.
De Wendt Infantry. looking rather dark.  Some highlighting
indicated here, methinks.


  1. They're great Ion, I'm looking forward to seeing them finished and on the table. I was wondering how you were with the last weeks earthquake.


    1. Thanks, Paul -
      I quite like these figures, and I think they'll look like something when finished. I'm trying different methods and techniques painting them up, particularly in highlighting, outlining and shading.

  2. Bit of a shakeup, but the cold I was then developing hit me a deal harder. Considering the violence of the quake and its duration, nothing actually fell down. But the whole thing was a fair distance from Christchurch - roughly 60 miles, so not so bad the much closer smaller quakes back in 2010-11.

    We were concerned about tsunami, though. Although we live maybe four miles (6.5km) from the shore, we aren't so very high above sea level where we live (20-25ft - 7 metres, roughly). Just as a precaution to preserve our preciously lives, we headed off for the Port Hills (south of Christchurch) - a ten minute drive, and waited for several hours - the quake happened just after midnight you understand. Finally jacked it in and got home about 5a.m. What a time to have a cold coming on.

    Turned out there WAS a tsunami, but not a very big one - or at least, it didn't develop into anything major.

    The area of these quakes is fairly sparsely populated rugged country, but there are settlements here and there. Kaikoura is world famous locally for its whale and sea bird watching, and the baby seal nursery (a natural pond where young seals used to disport themselves). Unfortunately that 'nursery' has been wrecked. Sad, that.

  3. Looking good Ion!

    Also you and I are well out of the Tsunami zone by my understanding. I believe this map is based on a big 5m one, which is about as bad as it is expected to get in a big EQ. Brighton, Bexley and up the estuary to Ferrymead are as far as it gets.

    1. Cheers, Mark. Probably a tsunami from the Kaikoura quakes would come roughly parallel to the coast, and I wasn't all that worried. But I recall seeing footage of the Japan tsunami, and that travelled several miles inland. A major even in the tail end of the Kermadec trench near Kaikoura could produce something interesting, and it wouldn't take long to get here. Better to err on the side of caution.

  4. Impressive WSS project! Very good news to read that you made it through the quake and tsunami unscathed!

    1. Less scathed than those times 5-6 years ago anyhow! The WSS project is really just because I like the figures! I'm not sure what sort of actions they will get into, but I have a friend also building a WSS army...