Friday, June 10, 2016

Regiment Picardie

This is the regiment Picardie on parade:

The drummer has my interpretation of the royal livery, seeing as how the colonel of this regiment was Louis Quatorze.
Unfortunately my printer has suddenly decided not to accept print cartridges anymore, so the flags will have to wait.

Next up will be the regiment Blaisois, they had a simple uniform so will be good practice. The one I do after this regiment will be something more colourful.

En avant!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A marching we will go...

So after Edzard's progress, I too now have finished a single base.

I had a lot of fun painting these little guys from Dixon Miniatures and have since prepped the next 6 guys for base numbero dos.

Anyways, without further ado:

As you can see, I've chosen to keep my basing a little minimalist, because I don't want the basing to overshadow the models. I'm sure it'll look vegetated enough with 3 bases in a regiment.

Anyways, let me know what you guys think. Onwards and upwards!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

First stand of French finished

Last night during a Paint & Chat session over at the Miniature Modelling Mayhem Facebook group I managed to finish the first stand of French. They are from the Regiment Picardie, one of the oldest in the French army at the time.

The figures are joy to paint, and I hope en-masse they will look pretty cool. The uniforms are not as flashy as the British with all the grey, but good practice in painting grey. I took a simple aproach of painting a dark grey basecoat (VMC London Grey) and highlighting it quite heavily with a light grey (VMC Light Grey). 

En avant!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A cock up in the Grand Alliance

Mistakes were made...

So, after some prep work, I finished off painting the first test model for the Earl of Angus Regiment.

I was rather happy with the results:

And I was all too happy to add the first guy to the regimental bases:

But then... disaster struck. Whilst looking for the flag designs for this regiment, I realised I made I rather massive cock up. I painted the right colours, on the right regiment.... if was 1669. They looked a little different in 1704.

So what to do, what to do?

The Solution!

After some research, I decided to repaint the yellow jacket into a blue jacket, turning the flawed Earl of Angus, into the rightly coloured Royal Irish Regiment.

So, after a quick repaint of said jacket:

So, after a tiny setback, we're back on track with a different regiment, that is still part of the Brigade I had chosen. I guess the Earl of Angus will just have to be the second regiment from said brigade.

Onwards and upwards!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The French horde assembles!

After receiving a small package from the mailman containing an Ebay purchase of almost 100 Khurasan War of Spanish Succession (WSS) British and French I immediately started prepping the first French regiment for painting.

This will be the Picardie regiment, one of the oldest French regiments at the time of the WSS.

Colonel's colours, very basic.

Regiment flag, also very basic. The privilege of being one of the first is you can choose a simple flag.. A very practical people those French.

The Khurasan figures are made of a quite bendy and sometimes weak white metal, but have great detail and I'm sure even if they lose some of their bayonets during games they will otherwise do fine service.

This picture shows the regiment all sorted out and cleaned up, together with the bases they will spend their wargaming lives on. 

I mount my figures on golf tees prior to painting, this gives something to hold on to while applying the paint and I can stick them in a piece of packaging foam so they do not take up too much space.

Next up are the first colour testers, and they were a joy to paint. Took me more than four hours to do these two, but the investment was worth it as I have figured out the colours to use for everything. I usually end up with a few colour testing figures that I can't use in my units, but on these I got it right the first time and they will be included in the regiment.

Back and side picture, shows the highlights and colour differences quite well. Even on the black, a colour that I always struggle with highlighting. It might look like these are quite harsh highlights, but remember these are 15mm figures! (I have to remember myself of that all the time, and keep myself from not making highlights too subtle.. like on the hair of the guy on the right)

The colours I have decided on are the following:

1. Prime black
2. Basecoat black
3. London Grey: overcoats
4. Chocolate Brown: skin, base, wood & leather
5. German Grey: dark grey cuffs
6. Medium Fleshtone: face & hands
7. Gunmetal Grey: musket barrel
8. Old Gold: sword hilt, scabbard tip & cartridge bag strip
9. Silver: bayonet
10. Wash Umber Shade: faces & hands
11. Highlight Beige Brown: musket wood
12. Buff: waist belt
13. Mahogany Brown: stockings, shoulder belt & bags
14. Light Grey: overcoat & tricorne rim
15. Highlight Black Grey: tricorne, shoes, scabbards
16. Highlight Basalt Grey: cuffs
17. Gory Red: stockings
18. Highlight Dwarf Flesh: face & hands
19. Ivory: tricorne rim, shirt sleeves & collar
20. Highlight Scarlett Red: stockings
21. Wash Nuln Oil: musket barrel
22. Highlight Gunmetal Grey: musket barrel
21. Gloss Varnish
22. Matt Varnish

Next up will be the rest of the regiment, and figuring out how to paint the drummer and do the flags. Either print them to the right scale, order some online or handpaint them on pieces of tin foil.

En avant!

Friday, May 27, 2016

On your mark, get set, GO!

And we're off!

So, after getting my own copy of "Honours of War" I've managed to build my first regiment, the Earl of Angus on foot. I've decided to do a regiment of Musketeers, with 2 banners, an ensign and a drummer. Ive managed to get a good bit of work in.

Set up:


And airbrushed with the basic reds:

I've also made a movement tray for the 3 bases for this regiment:

Pointless maybe, but I like it as an extra touch, and they are my models, so I'll do with em what I want. Get off my lawn as well, whilst you're at it!

So what's next?

The next step for these lads is breaking them up in their respective bases. Ill be painting them up per 6 models. Another layer of red, painted with a brush, to make sure I have covered the whole model, followed by 1 or 2 washes to darken them down a good amount before highlighting them back up toa nice, bright red.

Onwards and upwards ladies an gents. Onwards and upwards!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Edzard's background & plans!

What you have surely all been waiting for, my personal introductory post!

A little wargaming history first.
I started like many in my generation with the Games Workshop stuff, Warhammer 40.000 in my case. I loved playing my Necrons against my friends from high school around 2003, we all started our studies and played a lot less. Around that time I came into contact with a wargaming club and started playing Flames of War. That game was the hype at the moment (around 2007) and I still really like it.

I moved to purseu some education in another city, here I met Mark and we played in a 2 versus 2 team tournament...

My Sisters of Battle and his Space Marines, out on display here on a training match.
We had some more projects together; Battlefleet Gothic, Tomorrow's War in 15mm, a Zombie game and some African modern warfare as well.

We played some Flames of War together as well and had some great times. After the local club switched to playing tournaments of the Warhammer Fantasy Battles variety I went on a bit of an hiatus from wargaming.  I started a blog then that is still going:

Focussing instead on consuming vast amounts of alcohol and generally enjoying the 'studentenleven'. I never stopped painting the odd figure, but didn't do much wargaming and neither did I finish any armies.

Recently with the discovery of a thing called a 'Paint & Chat' hosted on Google hangouts by the Miniature Modelling Mayhem facebook group I manage to finish painting units and armies within months! In my area Hail Caesar in 15mm has really taken off and I have gotten into the swing of painting my Dutch (early war) Flames of War army..

This year I have already finished more than 200 15mm figures and a bunch of terrain and stuff in other scales. 

War of Spanish Succession
To finally get to the point of the matter, my parents went on vacation to the UK not too long ago and visited Blenheim castle. My dad bought a big book about Marlborough and he was telling me some interesting things about the man.
I always had, and still have, an interest in wargaming the Napoleonic era, but it is such a daunting prospect. Complicated.. and what is the correct colour of French limbers?

Early 18th century warfare I knew little about, but Marlborough had gotten my interest started. I figured I had too much projects on my plate already, but then Mark was given some Marlburian figures from another member of the Miniature Modelling Mayhem group. 

And that was all the reason we needed to start a new project together!

My army?
Mark will be doing the Grand Alliance, so I will do the French, Bavarians and the Bourbon Spanish. But with the distance between us I will also be painting British, Dutch and Austrians to have something to play against..

En avant!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Word reached the North...

Hey guys, Mark here.

A little history.

I suppose I'll tell you a bit about myself before I start waffling on about the plans I have for this project.

I was born and raised in the Netherlands ( Den Helder to be exact ) and moved to Enschede in the fall of 2006 to start studying for my Bachelor Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences. I think I met Edzard the year after whilst looking for a partner for an upcoming Warhammer 40K tournament. We did extremely poor, but had a lot of fun.

We continued playing War- and boardgames after that, often with the mandatory pint within reach. But it wasn't long after until Edzard introduced me into the 15mm historical hobby. We ended up playing the odd game of Flames of War, pitting my American 2nd Rangers against the troops of the Fatherland. 

I've been a Wargammer, hobbyist, but mainly a painter ever since. My travels have brought me from Den Helder to Enschede, to Malta, where I resided for 2 years and met many great and awesome Wargamers, to my final destination of Glasgow, Scotland.


Unfortunately, after moving to Glasgow, I was made redundant rather from a job that I partially moved over here for. After a few months of struggling, I hesitantly decided to start selling off my Wargaming items I no longer used as a stopgap. But after a 3rd month, I ended up having to sell my vounted Warhammer Fantasy Empire Army. My absolute pride and joy.

But this ended up a blessing in disguise, as the person who bought this off me at the time wanted to add to the army, and commissioned me to paint up a few more units. I've never really looked back and I'm still a fulltime commission painter to this day. I'm just lucky enough to have a better half that supports this.

( Shameless self plug, but you can find my Commission page and many examples of my work here: )

Anyway, after a few years, I've managed to pick up contact with Edzard again after he added me to the facebook group Miniature Modeling Mayhem. ( Check them out, they are well worth looking up: ) and after receiving some lovely Dixon Miniatures models from one of the group members, my interest was piqued.

The Grand Alliance.

Now I'll be the first to admit, that I know very little, to virtually nothing of he War of Spanish Succession, but that is one of the reasons I like doing these historical projects. I always learn a lot from doing these kinds of projects and the research, at least to me, is one of the aspects I really like.

So I'll be representing the Grand Alliance in our little foray into this period. The main reasons for choosing this side of the equation, is that I always play the bad guys. Now I know what you're thinking. "There's not really any good or bad guys in this particular war." But I disagree. In my eyes, Louis the XIV was most definitely the bad guy. Coupled with the fact that I am by birth Dutch, and by adoption, Scottish, the Grand Alliance just seemed to fit.

The idea I had, was to pick a brigade commander and tackle some of the regiments under his command. And as such, I will be starting with the brigade of  Brigadier General James Ferguson with the regiment of choice for my first lot of little guys being the Earl of Angus's Regiment of Foot.

So, Ive got my bases prepped, the models bought and as soon as the first of June peeks around the corner, I'll be priming and painting the first of what I hope to be many regiments.

For the Hor.... erm, Grand Alliance!

Introductory post

Hello and welcome to the Order of the Elephant!

In this blog we, my friend Mark and myself, will be documenting our wargaming journey into the War of the Spanish Succession.

We know each other from the time when we were both studying in Enschede, now already a few years ago. How time flies and our lives can change.. Mark currently lives in the United Kingdom (up North) while I still reside in the Netherlands.

A more detailed introduction of ourselves will follow in a separate post detailing our wargaming history, experience and perhaps showcasing some stuff we did previously.

The War of the Spanish Succession
"After the death of the Spanish Habsburg King Charles II on 1 November 1700, his last will designated Louis XIV's second grandson Philip Duc d'Anjou as his successor. In spite of the protests of other powers the transition seemed to go smoothly at first. In September 1701 the grand alliance of the Hague was formed between the United Provinces, England and Emperor Leopold I, who had declared war in spring and thus started the War of the Spanish Succession.

In terms of numbers the Grand Alliance and the Two Crowns were about evenly matched. On the Bourbon side the French Army was Europe's largest and the Spanish Army was rapidly expanding. On the alliance side the Dutch Army was the largest, closely followed by the English Army and theAustrian Habsburg army. Given these forces and the recent achievements of the French army a lot of Europeans probably counted on a French victory.

The war started with a surprising Austrian offensive by Prince Eugen in Italy in 1701 and an Anglo Dutch offensive on the lower Rhine and Meuse under Marlborough in 1702. Bavaria then joined France in September 1702 and Savoy and Portugal joined the Alliance. In 1704 France seemed well on its way to victory, but the Franco Bavarians were crushed in the Battle of Blenheim and the alliance took Gibraltar. In 1706 Marlborough was victorious again, this time in the Battle of Ramillies. This led to the allied conquest of the Spanish Netherlands and positively influenced Eugen's victory at the siege of Turin. In 1708 the Grand Alliance was victorious at Oudenaarde and in the siege of Lille. In the next year French could claim a strategic victory at Malplaquet and the war started to bog down in the French lines of defense. The war ended with England deserting its allies and making a peace that was very profitable for itself. Reading about the details of any of these battles could make one belief that the genius of Eugen, Marlborough and Villars decided the war." (from

The Project

While we're not focussing on Blenheim per se, the amount of information that is readily available about that battle makes it an easy starting point for the project.

For this project we have decided on Mark initially doing the "Grand Alliance" consisting of English, Scottish, Dutch and Danish and maybe a few others.

That leaves me doing the French and Bavarian troops (and their mercenaries, cronies and friends). However I will probably also do some Grand Alliance troops so I have 2 playable armies.

Scale? Basing? Rules?
I have been painting 15mm historical miniatures off and on for nearly 10 years and I really like the scale. I'm able to finish a decent amount of figures for the time spent on them and they give a pretty nice mass effect while still retaining enough detail to be interesting. An obvious choice for me to go for 15mm scale.

Mark recently received some free 15mm Dixon miniatures from PaulAlba via a Facebook community we all belong to (Miniature Modelling Mayhem, more on them in another post!) so he is set to start painting.

The basing we have decided on will have units consisting of 3 bases measuring 40x30mm each with 6-8 infantry on a base and 3 horses on a base. For rules we have both ordered the Osprey rules 'Honours of War'

These rules are for the Seven Years War but there are some tweaks available to make it suitable for the War of Spanish Succession.
Also Impetus Baroque is something we have looked at, because there is a War of Spanish Succession supplement planned for those rules.

The next 2 posts will be Mark describing his plans and anything else he fancies and me doing the same. We're planning on starting the painting work in earnest at the start of June.