Friday, 24 June 2011

Prussian 6pdr Battery

At last my Prussian Army have some cannons to join the small Prussian army that I have already. Here is a picture of the finished painted battery of the 6-pounder Prussian foot artillery. All four have been painted from the HaT Box set 8007. Although it’s not one of their best kits that they have produced over the years, as there is no hole in the gun carriage for the limber to attach it too, no other plastic companies have had a go at making this one yet.
In time, I will add a 12-pounder and 7-pounder howitzer batteries for the foot artillery.
The four guns come with 24 crew members and I have also finished the first batch of these to serve the guns and I will get the picture up as soon as I can.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

1,000 hits

What a nice surprise today to see that I have now had over 1000 hits on my blog.
If you regularly look at my blog then I would like to thank you very much in taking a look now and then. I know that there is not much to see here at the moment but I am hoping that the weather is going to be kind to me this weekend so that I can take some picture of my little men.
I must admit that time is always against me with work and home life. There never seems to be the time these days to sit down and do some painting as I am always tired after a long day at work and the drive home.
Still as I have said before, I am still managing to do bits here and there. So keep looking and once again Thanks for looking in. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

More figures please

In 2010 I spent a grand total of £45.55 pence on my hobby.
This year started off very slow for me and then I came to a gridding halt with my painting. But I have had some time, here and there to do a little painting.
We are nearly half way through the year and there are still no new figures for me as of yet, and I am still hoping that this year Hat will bring out those Brunswick cavalry and Prussian Hussars that I would love to have in my collection.
So in the first half of the year, the total spent is just £33.53 pence on 10 items which most of that has gone on new paint tins.

  • 5 PAINT TINS £6.80
  • 1 PVA GLUE £1.00
  • 2 FIGURES (Boxes) £13.74 
  • 1 DOORMATS £8.99

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Marshals and Generals


Sir James Kempt

Born: 1765 Scotland

Died: 20 December 1854 London

Rank: General

James Kempt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. At the age of 18 he was gazetted to the 101st Foot in India in 1783, but on its disbandment two years later he was placed on half-pay. He then took a clerkship in Greenwoods, the army agents and then with Cox & Co. Kempt attracted the notice of the Duke of York, through whom he obtained a captaincy and then, soon after a majority, in the newly raised 113th Foot. But it was long before this regiment suffered the same fate of the old 101st, but Kempt was retained on full pay in the recruiting service.

In 1799 he accompanied Sir Ralph Abercromby to Holland and later to Egypt as an aide-de-camp.
After Abercromby’s death, Kempt remained on his successor’s staff until the end of the campaign in Egypt. In April 1803 Kempt joined the staff of Sir David Dundas, but in the following month he returned to regimental duty, and a little later received a lieutenant-colonelcy in the 81st Foot.
With this new regiment Kempt went under Craig, to the Mediterranean theatre of operations, and at the Battle of Maida on 4th July 1806, Kempt led the light infantry brigade which bore the brunt of the battle.

Kempt was employed from 1807 to 1811 on the staff in North America, temporary-colonel. By the end of 1811, he joined Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Wellington’s army in Spain with the local rank of major-general, which was on 1st January 1812, made substantive. As one of Thomas Picton’s brigadiers of the fighting Third Division, kempt took part in the attack on la Picaruna fort at Badajoz and was severely wounded in April of that year.
On recovery he was given command of a light brigade of the 43rd and 2 battalions of the 95th Rifles including the 3rd Portuguese light infantry, just in time to fight the Battle of Vitoria on 21st June 1813. Kempt also led his brigade at the Battle of the Pyrenees at the end of July, and at the Battle of the Bidassoa, where his troops stormed French defences near Mont La Rhune on 7th October. He was again wounded while commanding his brigade at the Battle of Nivelle on 10th November.
In 1814, he led his brigade at the battles of Orthez and Toulouse.

After the first abdication of Napoleon, Kempt was transferred once again to North America, where the Anglo-American War of 1812 was still being fought. He commanded a brigade which was intended to attack the vital American post of Sackets Harbour in New York, but logistic problems prevented the attack being made before winter brought an end to campaigning in Canada. News of peace between Britain and America reached Canada in early 1815, and Kempt returned to Europe.

Kempt was appointed to lead the 8th British Brigade in the army Wellington assembled in Belgium to invade France in 1815. The 8th Brigade consisted of the 1/28th, 1/32nd, 2/79th Highland and 1/95th Rifles in Sir Thomas Picton’s 5th Division/
At the Battle of Quatre Bras, Kempt’s brigade was involved in heavy fighting and suffered 638 killed and wounded. At the Battle of Waterloo 18th June, his brigade was again in the thick of it and lost 681 killed and wounded. On Picton’s death, Kempt succeeded to the command of the division. Being a small man, he was quiet and unassuming but proved and excellent and popular officer.
Early in 1815 he was made K.C.B and in July for his services at Waterloo, G.C.B.

In 1828 to 1830 Kempt was Governor of British North America, and at a critical time displayed firmness and moderation. He was afterwards Master-General of the Ordnance. At the time of his death in 1854 he had been for some years a full General.