Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mameluks Cavalry Force within Sharp Practice.

With the first outing of the new look Egyptian project tonight and after completing the French Legere time to switch back to more Ottoman's.

The Mameluks were originally slaves who came to rule Egypt for themselves, they were renowened horsemen each riding an Arabian stallion, their tactics were to charge in at the gallop discharging their carbines and numerous pistols before finally slashing with the Scimitar....


Following up to the rear of the Mamelukes was a number of foot servants at arms, there role was to mop up after the charge and collect the discarded firearms before finishing off any survivors.


The core of the cavalry were painted a few years ago but a quick reorganisation and some newer releases from Brigade Games mean't that they were in need of a slight make over.
I have added in 4 further mounted figures to bring them up to a more rounded cavalry force.


I am a little light on the core cavalry as the unit should be made up of 8 figures for the Mameluks, but will consider back filling still further in the coming months for now it will be 6 figures on the table but will fight as 8.


The core make up for Sharp Practice is as follows together with the supporting stats.

Leader Status III

Leader Status I
Three groups of Impact Cavalry.
Leader Status I
One group of Scouting Cavalry
Leader Status I
One group of Wallahs with Big Choppers.


53 Points
 
Mameluke Cavalry
Type
Impact Cavalry
Points Value
9
Weapon
Carbine and Sabre
Size
8
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
Always
Yes
No
-
2
2
Tally Ho, Sam Colts Equalizers.
Scouting Cavalry - Bedouin
Type
Scouting Cavalry
Points Value
4
Weapon
Lance
Size
8
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
No
Yes
No
-
2
-
Tally Ho, Moveable DP, Prominent Leader
Servant Men at Arms
Type
Wallahs
Points Value
4
Weapon
Big Choppers
Size
12
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
No
No
No
-
1
-
Prominent Leader, Tactical, Moveable DP.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Napoleon takes a day out...


Second post in two days, I really have hit a purple patch.
Next up a set of French Officers from Brigade Games including Bonny himself. I picked up a couple of fish tank specials at the local pet shop which will be perfect for the desert campaigns.

I can't imagine where the inspiration for this photo came from..
Related image


Wonderful castings all of which it could be argued depict Napoleon.
Asuming he has not been cloned all can be used for various officers within my Sharp Practice collection. An exploring officer, Artillery officer or table top NCO?




I received my latest flag order from Grahame at GMB Designs, a very comprehesive list of standards and regimental colours, well printed and produced on a good quality paper. The only problem is it gets you thinking about additional regiments to match his flags..

The colour party.


I look forward to getting these on the table in the coming weeks although I am not sure the man himself will make an appearance, however it's always a little risking, what with the curse of freshly painted figures in their first game. The whole course of the war could change.

Not sure what will be next, but I see Perry Miniatures have released a couple of new packs so perhaps another order will be on the cards.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Armée d'Orient - French Uniforms.



I am simply to easily distracted to paint 000's of figures for Regiment after Regiment of Napoleonic’s which is why Sharp Practice appeals so much, once you have your core force complete your support elements can be made of a vast number of troops types, which means that I get to choose what I paint next.

From my earlier post you will recall I based my core force from a plate from a company producing flats called Glorious Empires.
You can find them here. http://www.gloriousempires.com/.

There catalogue provides a comprehensive uniform guide and some great ideas for the next support elements for the French Egyptian campaign.

Some many choices so little time - Next up the little Corporal himself....


Grenadier with sun shield
Foot Guide
The Coptic Legion
The Greek Legion
Marine Infantry
The Maltese Legion


French Office
French Marine Infantry
General
French Aide de Camp
Dromadairy Corps, trooper, campaign uniform
Camel Corp 1

Dromadairy Corps, Officer campaign dress
Camel Corp 2

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Armée d'Orient for Sharp Practice - Légère Skirmishers.

January always seems to see a spike in my painting activity and this year is no different after finally completing the core French forces the Skirmish elements seem to have taken no time at all.
Or could it be reading the campaign suppliment - Dawn and Departures I am itching to get some lead on the table?

I had a small number of Legere painted up originally but have expanded these to include make up two groups of skirmishers.



I opted for the classic French Blue allowing me to mix between the original French uniforms and the Kleber option.




Each groups comes with a Status I Big Man within Sharp Practice which should give them some flexibility on the battlefield.


The combined force comes to 56 points as a core force, this should give them some scope for additional forces such as a cannon or cavalry, although with several skirmishers left and a couple of tweaks and they would make a great proxy for members of the Coptic Legion?

The stats below will be used with Sharp Practice.

French Skirmishers
Type
Skirmishers
Points Value
7
Weapon
Rifle
Size
6
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
Always
Yes
No
-
2
-
Sharp Practice