Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Hills are Alive... with Tyrolean Rebels!

A number of years ago, I purchased the introductory deal for Eureka's 28 mm Tyrolean Militia (Landsturm). They were intended to be the core of a force to be used to do a scenario based upon the 2nd Battle of Berg Isel. With the Spanish Napoleonic project completed for Historicon 2018, a return to the year 1809 in central Europe seemed in order for Historicon 2019. That plan was reinforced by a small "grant"  from Jon over at The Palouse Wargaming Journal, in the form of his 6th Anniversary drawing.

I ultimately wound up buying the remainder of my planned forces in  one order from the very helpful Rob at Eureka Miniatures, USA. The planned forces number 15 units of infantry - 6 units of infantry armed with various pole weapons, each of four stands of three figures, and 9 units of infantry armed with hunting rifles, each of four stands of 2 figures. I decided that they would be divided into three groups of 5 units, based upon the color of their jackets, one in shades green, one in shades of brown, and one in shades of grey. Seen above are three units from the "Green group" in progress - a unit of  riflemen in medium green jackets, a unit of polearms in dark green jackets, and another rifle unit is olive drab jackets. Unfortunately, these pictures seem shifted to the blue spectrum, but as they are all WIP, I'm not going to stress about it. 

Polearms in olive drab coats, and rifles in Dark green. Within a unit, the hats and pants are done in at least three different shades of green, brown, or grey, the color being the same for each. For example,  in the picture above, the polearms men all have hats in shades of brown, and pants in shades of grey. 

Here are three units of the "Browncoat" group. The colors and painting, by the way is inspired by the Tirol Panorama at Innsbruck, as well documented in picture's on Jon's blog earlier this year. 

The rest of the Browncoat group - one Lansdsturm in dark brown coats, and some riflemen in medium brown.

A view of the same group from a different angle.

The first of the Grey coat group - riflemen in medium grey, Landsturm in dark grey, and rifles in light grey. Working on these guys as a group of about 150 figures has kept the posts down in recent weeks!

Landsturm in light grey coats and riflemen in dark grey coats. Obviously, there is a lot of painting yet to be done on all of these figures!

Command figures to the left - "The red-bearded Capuchin" priest, Joachim Haspinger, Josef Speckbacher (rear, in cape), Andreas Hofer, and a standard bearer.  A mountain howitzer and crew are to the right.

Here are some paintings, in addition to the Tiroler Panamorma,  showing the Tyrolean Rebels (all in the public realm):

Tyroleans overcome the Bavarians at the Battle of Sterzi.

Andreas Hofer and the Tyroleans immediately before the 2nd battle of Berg Isel.

Homecoming of the Tyrolean Landsturm

Andreas Hofer leading Tyrolean rebels - the red bearded priest is meant to represent Halspinger... whose favorite tactic was using man made avalanches of boulders rumbling down on French, Wurttemburg, and Bavarian troops moving along the mountain roads!

The Speckbacher Denkmal (Memorial), in Hall, Tyrol.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Black Watch - 42nd Highlanders

The oldest of the Highland regiments in the the British army, the 42nd, officially the Royal Highlanders, but better known by its nickname, "The Black Watch", was raised in 1739.

This is surely one of the most famous units in the British army. During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, it served in the Low Countries from 1793 - 1795, the West Indies 1796 - 1797, Gibraltar and Minorca 1798, Egypt 1801, Peninsula 1808 - 1809, Walcheren 1809, Peninsula again 1812 - 1814, and Waterloo 1815. 

I have given the piper reversed colors, (dark blue faced red) although they probably wore red jackets similar to the rest of the men. 

The flag is printed from Napflag, and enhanced with dark blue paint to most of the field and edges of the flag, and a bit of red paint as well. The GMB flag was just too big for the Old Glory flag staff!

I left the black ink lining off the tartan for this unit, and I think it shows a bit in the crispness of the Tartan as opposed to the earlier (and black lined) Gordons

There is a dark blue oval on the back of the packs, but it is all but undetectable!

Pipes and Drums, 1st battalion, the Black Watch

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire

We visited freinds of ours in Vermont this past weekend. Saturday we went for hike in the mountains around their home, followed by some delicious  pomegranate-sage Margaritas at The Woodstock Inn, and dinner at another eatery in an old Vermont Inn. Sunday morning we headed across the Connecticut River and then North a short way into Cornish, New Hampshire to visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic site.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in Dublin to a French father and an Irish mother; the family moved to New York City before August was 1 year old. He started his career apprenticed to a cameo artist, and later later studied art and architecture  in Paris and Rome. His first major commission was the Admiral David Farragut monument (above), unveiled in New York City in 1881; the bronze statue was highly realistic, while the bluestone base was allegorical. It was very well received, and before long Saint-Gaudens became the preeminent sculptor in the United States.

Standing Lincoln, 1887; the original is in Lincoln Park in Chicago, with replicas in London, at Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois, Mexico City, and here in Cornish (the later cast just in 2016; it is over 12 feet tall. 

Perhaps the most impressive of Saint-Gauden's works is the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, 1887; he worked on it for 14 years. The original sits on Boston Commons, 

Colonel Shaw lead the 54th Massachussetts, the first US colored regiment. He was killed in action leading the assault on Fort Wagner, July 17, 1863. The story of Shaw and the 54th are told in the movie Glory

11 feet tall by 14 feet wide (and about 3 feet deep), it is most impressive and evocative. 

One can only imagine the skill involved in not only conceiving and sculpting it, but in casting it as well!

The Adams Memorial; commissioned by Henry Adams for his wife's grave site; Saint-Gaudens himself called it The Mystery of the Hereafter and The Peace of God that Passeth Understanding.

Fall Gardens, with Mount Ascutney (Vermont) in the distance. 

Fountain and probably a pond for Koi, alongside the artist's New Studio; the veranda of his estate, Aspet, is in the background. 

Plaster casts from the friezes at the Parthenon adorn the tops of the exterior walls of the studio.

Columns and grape arbor on the porch of the studio. 

Saint-Gaudens was particularly famous for his bas-relief sculptures and casts thereof. 

He also designed several US coins, including the $20 gold double-eagle coin. 

A reduced size statue of Dianna; the original was gilded, 13 feet tall, and was situated atop the tower of Madison Square Garden in new York City until 1925; several versions were created.. 

Deep bas-relief bronze of Louise Howland (1884).

Plaster studies for one of Saint-Gauden's projects. 

More plaster masters.

Plaster model of a copmmisioned mantel design.

Steps involved in the creation of the monument to William Tecumseh Sherman, which is situated in Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan. 

Detail;s of work on the head of Sherman's horse.

Other works of Saint-Gaudens in the plaster room of his studio. 

Model for an obelisk design.

Reduced sized sculpture of Victory, from the Sherman Monument. 

Looking from the veranda of Aspet, the artist's home, with Mount Ascutney again in the distance. 

View from the veranda looking Northeast. Rotating displays of contemporary sculpture are displayed on the lwan here. 

View of the front of Aspet; the locust was planted circa 1900, and has overgrown the stairway!

Saint-Gaudens "New Studio", as seen from the veranda at Aspet

"The Temple; a marble memorial marking the ashes of Saint-Gaudet and members of his family. 

It has been a warm wet Fall, which has dulled the often spectacular fall colors of New England, but I thought the golden leaves of these beeches were striking against the deep blue sky.

Heading South along the Connecticut River towards the covered bridge linking Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont. It is the longest covered bridge in New England. 

Fortunately, we left our horses behind!

Crossing the river towards Vermont. 

View from our friend's home in Brownsville, Vermont, looking  to the Northeast...

and to the Southeast, with Mount Ascutney dominating the skyline. 

Heading down the (steep!) driveway for a hike in the mountains, with three dogs and two donkeys along for the fresh air; Tom (in the distance) leads the donkeys; wearing a green outfit; I told him he looked like he was auditioning to play Shrek!

A final view of Mount Ascutney; the ski area there closed several years ago, but the state park remains.