Wednesday, 28 December 2011

My new Napoleonic blog for 2012.

As this old blog still gets lots of hits I thought I would place a link to my new project here for anybody who might care to follow it's development. It's French and Austrians in 28mm and this time it has a slight twist to the theme as it is also a means of therapy for me as I begin my recovery from a serious bout of mental illness that has overshadowed my life (and my hobby) in recent times. But its still mostly about painting soldiers so I hope that those who enjoyed this blog will find it interesting.


Friday, 28 January 2011

More re-basing shots!

Had a bit of a photo session with some of the troops. I think of this as a bit of a watershed as I have now reached the end of my planned 'phase 1'. Plan was to build 2 balanced forces to play with, then build terrain etc and then return to add fresh units. I now also have to work in some time to develop the ACW project in 15mm! So what I have is:

8 battalions each of 16 figures.
2 Cavalry regiments of 8 figures each.
4 Foot artillery guns with 16 crew.
+ Command figures.

8 battalions each of 16 figures.
3 Cavalry regiments of 8 figures each.
3 Foot artillery guns with 12 crew.
+ Command figures.

That's enough for a lively little game I think on a 6 x 4 table. I decided to keep the infantry units in 16's as to do otherwise would have left me with a lot of leftover figures and repainting.

I'm going to take a short rest from figure painting now while I build up some terrain features. I buildings, trees etc. I might fit in a couple of the ACW units though.

Heres the pics, sorry if its overkill but I wanted to show some of each type on the new bases. Infantry bases are 60mm x 20mm.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

French artillery & command stands.

Well, I think I finally managed to get closer to the correct colour for French artillery pieces. A few days ago I posted a question on the TMP forum asking about the Gribeauval artillery system. I wanted to know if the carriages were all standard sizes with interchangeable barrels. In the course of many detailed and useful replies (plus a few sarcastic ones, why do they do that?) I discovered that my shade of green was completely wrong! Actually I learned a fair bit about French artillery of the period generally. Here are the repainted guns plus crews complete with new basing style.

I have just completed re-basing all 350 figures in this new style and I really like it. I think it represents the Waterloo muddy ground far better than the old basing style. Hopefully tomorrow I'll post some pics of the infantry and cavalry. I have closed up the infantry (now 15mm frontage) and based them in fours WRG style. I think they look much better this way.

I also made 2 little command bases using leftover infantry figures, again I think the new bases work well.

3 batteries of artillery, 1 guard foot with 6 pounder (non Gribeauval carriage I'm told!) plus 2 foot line manning 8 pounders.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Gribeauval system question.

I'm painting a couple more French artillery bases, and using Front Rank guns for the first time. The carriage is entirely different from the Perry version, really chunky and shorter. My question is was the carriage standardised or were they built in different sizes depending on weight of the barrel? There is just such a big difference between the manufacturers, but I'll use them whatever is correct as I like the big FR models. I'm planning to replace all my other 5 guns with FR guns anyway so its an academic question.

I have painted the other 8 FR 95th Rifles so that unit are now all FR metal.

Picture of the 2 carriages for comparison, and a shot of what I'm working on, including a lovely General of heavy cavalry in bicorne who will take command of my cavalry brigade.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Forward march!

I have to admit to feeling rather sheepish about writing this post. It's been a funny few weeks and in that time I have 'sold' my collection of figures and then managed to hold on to them, thanks to John, who has showed great understanding of my unpredictable behaviour, of which I am more than a bit embarrassed!

So, I have tried to understand what is the main issue that has caused my enthusiasm for the period to wane to suddenly and what I can do to get going again. As I said to John I think there are two main problems:

1. I have struggled with finding a set of rules that really works for me.

2. My knowledge of the period is basic beyond the uniforms and equipment etc.

I am going to carry on with this project for the coming year. I have selected some books on the Waterloo campaign and Napoleonic warfare in general. I'm starting with 'The Art of Warfare in The Age of Napoleon' by Gunther Rothenberg, an excellent read so far. I know that I want to hold on to the 'nostalgia' element of this project and to be able top play the type of games that I used to enjoy so much and to that extent I want simple fast play rules.

Having painstakingly removed 330 odd figures from their bases for packing (and broken Foys Fourth Law in the process: 'Basing' ), I now face the task of re-basing them and will take the opportunity to close them up somewhat and change/improve the basing style. I have also ordered more French artillery from Front Rank and have decided that I will stick with FR for the future.

A last 'thank you' to John, and hopefully normal service will soon be resumed.