Preparation for Saalfeld 1806

Today is August the 1st. In two months WR is scheduled to GM, with his son Daniel, the 28mm Battle of Saalfeld 1806 napoleonic scenario at the regional HMGS-PSW Fall convention, held in Fullerton CA (CSFU) on Sept 30th-Oct 1st, and in conjunction with the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) convention at the same location. Full convention details found on scanned flyer at end of this updating article. HMGS-PSW

WR intends to use this uupdating blog post to show the many steps WR completes to bring a convention level napoleonic scenario to life. Each week WR hopes to update this blog article with news of forward progress towards the Saalfeld 1806 napoleonic scenario, the unit miniatures needed or painted from bare lead, reference material collected, scenario written up, and the long list of small but incremental steps towards a “hoped for” successful scenario game. At the same time, another concurrent running progressive blog article will cover the other planned Flames of War (20mm) post war May 1945 scenario planned for Sept 30th at the same convention.

[8/1/17] Why Saalfeld 1806? Well, about a decade ago WR acquired small Prussian 1806 28mm collection. At the same time, found on the Ebay world, someone was selling a collection of 1809 era unpainted (raw lead) 25mm Old Glory Saxons, which for a very cheap price, found a new home in the WR miniature ranks. About four years ago, just before moving to the new gaming warren, WR spent several winter and spring months painting up the 25mm Saxon collection for future 1809 campaign battles and also covering the 1806 era organizationally. WR is aware that the Old Glory miniature backpacks are French inspired and not Prussian look for the 1806 Saxons… but for this scenario, their gleaning white ranks will suffice unless Dan M and his “1806 correct uniform” Saxon miniatures make the tabletop. Either way, the Saxon army portion on the tabletop Saalfeld battlefield is miniature covered.

Required Saxon units for Saalfeld 1806 are: Saxon Hussars, KurPrinz Regt, Pz. Clemens Regt, the Xavier Regt, and a Saxon foot battery. All are found in the Saxony box below.

Saxons ready to go. The line cavalry is stored in another box but only the hussar regiment was at Saalfeld.

For the Prussians a lot more work is required by WR. Thankfully at Saalfeld 1806 the Prussian contingent is small and includes the following units: Schimmelpfenning Hussars, von Ruhle, von Pelet, and von Rabenau Fusilier btns, several Jager company sized detachments, the von Muffling Regt, and two Prussian artillery batteries. From the various Prussian miniatures groups pictured below, the Prussian contingent will take form during August.

Lots of basing and unit touch-up work required in the three early 1806 Prussian boxes.

Mixture of 1813-15 Prussian Landwehr and early 1806 Prussians (hussars, uhlans, and grenadier btns.). At least the majority are based into units.

Four Prussian musketeer regiments, three jager battalions, and three small fusilier battalions. The Prussian artillery is found in the common Prussian artillery box not pictured.

For the French 5th Corps (Lannes), WR has a large collection of bicorne republican and early imperial era French infantry and artillery to select from, including the actual numbered French ligne regiments. The painted French cavalry collection is more 1809-1812 era regiments but for the early Imperial campaign battles is little changed from an elevated eye viewing distance. WR will have to paint up the two French hussars regiments (9th and 10th) as they have distinct uniforms.

Massed early Imperial French regiments are needing their standards and some rapidographic black line work.

8/9/17 Update: Finished another six French early Imperial era line battalions and three legere battalions, for the Saalfeld 1806 scenario, with their rapidograph black lining. WR, instead of his poor attempts for shading miniatures, many year ago started a process of black outlining his napoleonic miniature collection. Almost 100% of the collection 25/28mm painted miniatures have these fine black lines picking out the uniform detail… buttons. crossbelts, folds in the clothing, buttons etc. WR also, being poor in ability to paint faces, gives his miniatures black lined eyes and mustaches to give character to the masses. Equipment and flags/standards receive the same treatment. One major advantage of this process is the ability to correct painting errors… the black ink line cleans up the crossbelt white, or any other painting edgework. Mess up with the black ink lining process, you can just wash off the miniature with warm water and light brushwork and start again when dry. For the ink, WR uses non-waterproof India ink in his 2.0 rapidograph pen. Waterproof inf WR finds tends to cause more ink blockages. All miniatures are sealed with clear coat to prevent the ink coming off with sweat. Takes some time… maybe six infantry or four cavalrymen for an evening work while watching TV, or a sporting event. Secret is every evening do your minimum effort or better which for this project is five French infantry per evening. By the end of August, the French army will have eleven more battalion of early Imperial era infantry if work schedule held to.

Front legere battalion miniatures have the rapidograph black line work while the rear battalion awaits their turn. Old Glory 25mm (tall) early French legere with side plumes.

 

Next Saalfeld 1806 background research material and some scenario notes. Stay tuned.

2017 Mini-Wars Flyer and initial PEL

Cheers from the busy warren. Soon a starting article post on the planned post war May 1945 Americans vs. Soviets “Race for German Technology” Flames of War (20mm) scenario scheduled for Sept 30th convention date.

WR

 

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4 thoughts on “Preparation for Saalfeld 1806

    • Time tested the cardboard boxes. Some are almost 35 years old now. I started to keep the units separated and ease of returning the units (miniatures) back to their storage place as each is named. Some in group how use magnets and steel basing… but I still prefer my old ways.
      M

  1. Interesting post concept!
    I ran a version of Saalfeld close to its 200th Anniversary here at my home, in honor of the first visit to the US by a good e-freind from Dresden. He loved his Saxon units but despised the Prussians, LOL!

    • Time will see Peter if the project is successful and playable. Just finished up six battalions of French line (6×10). That completes the majority of the French infantry present. Now I need to have the two hussar regiments, the legere regiment, and then start the Prussians. Still have a problem…. some OOB have an “elite battalion” of converged elite companies with the 17th Legere. Another source says the converged battalion had “two wings” or sub units and comprised the elite companies of the entire division. Other sources don’t mention these elite companies. More research needed. It’s my only outstanding “puzzle” point.

      M
      P.S I loved your series of games and reports from Hcon this year. You have my hand Salute for all your efforts!

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