Sunday, 12 April 2015

Waterloo Project: French Horse Artillery at 1:3

Sincere apologies to my regular followers for the lack of blog activity. We had the second day of our rules testing and it produced so many fantastic photographs that I knew it would be a big job editing them and deciding what to use. That might seem a lame excuse for not getting round to it and I promise they will appear soon. However I have not been idle as the prospect of making the terrain for our 1:100 Waterloo weekends is now looming large so I buckled down and got on with it. My room is now the proud host to 90 square feet of sculpted rolling Waterloo farmland and roads and streams at one inch = 60 yards. I'm currently working on the buildings, and the trees and hedges will follow that. Something else to show here when I'm finished!

Meanwhile, human dynamo Kevin East is still busy on units at 1:3 scale for my La Haye Sainte game in mid July, and he has just finished a French horse artillery battery complete with mounted gunners, and horse holders for dismounted gunners. He has provided plenty of photographs and an account of their creation.
In their honour I have changed the heading photo of the blog to show a set up we did after the test game when the battery was actually less complete than it is now. Here it is within the blog post for posterity.

And in Kevin's own words:
"Herewith the latest photos of models from my paintbrush. During our La Haye Sainte (LHS) refight we will
have a French horse artillery battery taking part (attached to 13th Cavalry Division operating with Dubois' Cuirassiers Brigade) and as such required one to be modeled at 1:3 with all the caissons, wagons, limber, guns, crew, riders and command figures for such an appearance on the battlefield.  

This created quite an amount of collecting of figures from various sources. namely Perry Miniatures, 
Westfalia miniatures and Wargames Foundry. I also added items such as a destroyed gun 
(old Hinchliffe model),

 a forge and cannon crane (Westfalia Miniatures).

 The figures for the latter two are supplemented by Perry  Miniatures to add more atmosphere but the vignettes that Westfalia produce were a delight to model and paint. The cannon crane is the biggest vignette I have achieved to date with 11 figures.

Of course as in the 1:3 RHA battery that is also shown separately in this blog, (RHA at 1:3 well-almost) the models represent the battery in motion and also unlimbered in action. 

So the mounted gunners would never be on the table top at the same time as the dismounted figures – hence the two photos of  the different scenes. Also the forge and cannon crane would never actually see service on the table top unless one of the guns became a casualty in the wargame. Quite a lot of expense and time……..and it may not be used at all! 
Ahh, the vagaries of miniature wargaming!

The baggage cart is also a Westfalia product which I think is a particularly nice piece especially with their 
separately purchased horse team and riders.

 They also do command figures of a mounted team officer and bugler which has come in useful here. 

The handheld horses vignettes (four of them!) are Perry Chasseur a Cheval horses in standing poses plus 
some team riders (Line Chasseurs) on (Cuirassier) horses depicted as limber team members. The mounted
 gunners are all elite company Chasseur a Cheval Perry figures painted as horse gunners. I did have to do a
bit of metal cutting to remove their carbines and elite chevrons on their shakos before allowing 
painting to happen.

Some of these items are from my collection that I already had, namely three guns and a limber. 
Apart from that everything else is newly created and painted for use in our specific 1:3 LHS wargame. 

I am now onto creating further additions to the RHA  to complete it’s presence on the same model 
battlefield that Chris will be creating soon.

Can’t wait for all this to come into use!

Hope you all enjoy. All the best.


[By CG. For the purists I should add that according to the "Waterloo Companion" this battery had a strength of 159 plus unspecified numbers of the 8th Train company. As I've intimated in an earlier post we have to take a pragmatic approach to the 1:3 scale for artillery and assume a lot of the "tail" elements and extra ammunition wagons would be too far to the rear to need representation- hence Kevin's battery of about 30+ figures and the rules also include the horses on the strength for morale/losses purposes.]

I'll finish off with a photo from our test game showing Kevin's uncompleted battery supplemented by other models courtesy of Paul D.


  1. Wow that is just superb! And also really makes you think more about how much was involved with just a few guns.

  2. Agreed. Glorious! And it really provides insight into how much ground space an actual battery of guns, crews, horse teams, and paraphernalia would have taken up in real life.

    Best Regards,


  3. Fantastic! I particularly like all the 'extras': forge, repair crew, horses and holders... That's the sort of detail that a 1:3 allows isn't it?!

  4. These look fantastic and the various accoutrements of war will ensure the table looks sensational!

  5. Magnificent models, very good painting. It is an excellent and original idea represent the gunners horses. Congratulations! Kind regards from the Argentine Republic, Carlos

  6. Superb. Really good to see all the paraphernalia required for guns to get into action rather than just the guns alone.

  7. You simply MUST videotape at least sections of this massive game!

    Better still have two cameras fixed and a few camera phones out with the commanders to collect the incredible story of this battle simulation.

    I continue to look forward to your After Action Report(s) here.

  8. Thank you all for your kind comments, they make it all worthwhile.
    Murdock, appreciate your enthusiasm and we do anticipate trying something more than just photos as Kevin has a background in producing the visuals for corporate events. However, as I've said on this blog and the AMG Forum our various Waterloo weekends will only use effectively a 12 foot x 8 foot playing space and about 3000 figures each time so by today's standards not "massive". What is massive by normal wargaming standards are the units which does give a real feel for close action in the horse and musket era, albeit on a limited frontage. Keep watching!

  9. It's great seeing these photos ,well done all involved.

  10. Thanks Mark. Good to hear from you and I hope your own Waterloo project is coming along to your satisfaction

  11. This is nothing short of ULTIMATE miniature wargaming. Just wonderful.

  12. Hi Greg, I've just stumbled across your blog. Great pictures and an inspirational project. I have sent you an email.

    Paul from Stroud

  13. Impressive and inspiring for the others ! (just now that i am painting limber teams)

    Greetings from Flanders Fields