Thursday, June 7, 2018

Napoleonic Re-basing Complete & Arrival of Reinforcements

Finished the re-basing of French and British cavalry, as well as a few French Voltigeurs. I also got a box each of Victrix Middle Guard and Perry British Line Infantry. Just to affirm how small a world our hobby is, I unwittingly won the two boxes off of ebay from an old acquaintance, Phil Vernon, whom I had met in England back in 2013. This was when I was fortunate enough to tag along with my buddy Pat L. (aka Socal Warhammer) to attend the WAB GT. Me, Pat and Phil drove around after the tournament and visited Nottingham Castle (which was closed) and also the Wargames Foundry. Phil moves around between England and the US, and the address where I won the boxes were from his Stateside address.
I'm revisiting Black Powder, which I hadn't touched since early 2012. Re-reading the rules, they really seem like a decent convention set of rules, and am looking forward to hosting some games again. Which is why I ended up replenishing my troops, having sold off over half of my Napoleonics. Since I don't intend to play on anything larger than an 8'X6' table, I decided to scale down standard sized units to 16 foot troops - 4 stands of 4 figures, and 6 cavalry. The French infantry can include a stand of 3 skirmishing Voltigeurs out in front of the main formation in a Mixed formation. I plan to build 3 units of 16 figures each from the Middle Guard box. Interestingly, the box comes with Old Guard Grenadier and Chasseur bearskin heads as well as covered shakos for Middle or Young Guard. I noticed the gray plastic for this Victrix set seems sturdier than the earlier yellow plastic sets; particularly the bayonets. So much talk for now - there's a lot of gluing to be had. Thanks for stopping by and best regards to all.

22 comments:

  1. Top work, Dean! You finished this phase very quickly with excellent results. French battalions of 16 figures plus skirmisher is my choice a sell. Hope to see these in battle soon.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. I think breaking them down into 16 will make it less of a chore, not to mention the greatcoats easing the pain. :) Warmest regards, Dean

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  2. Yes, I agree! Fantastic results Dean!

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal. Now I am committed to working on them. Kind regards, Dean

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  3. Great rebasing Dean, the infamtry look superb.

    Happy snioing and gluing.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks, Ross. Model building is therapeutic for me :) Kind regards, Dean

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  4. Effective and beautiful job Dean!

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    1. Thanks, Aaron! Warm regards, Dean

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  6. My word that's an impressive sight Dean.

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    1. Thanks, Michael - hopefully get them onto the gaming table again. Warmest regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words, Christopher! Best, Dean

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  8. Looking forward to seeing the army assembled and painted to your usual awesome standard!

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words, Simon! It's been awhile since I've picked up a brush - much less work on multipart figures. Kind regards, Dean

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  9. Great looking French and British Dean, the new bases look the business too!

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    1. Thank you, Mike. Appreciate the kind words. Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Great looking bases, and he's back! Painting up a storm!
    Best Iain

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  11. Way back when I was young I used to play Nappy with Minifigs 15mm figures. Back then we thought those figures outstanding! By today's standard they look like slag. Played Fire and Steel, as well as Empire if I remember right. Played with a group and we had thousands of figures. Painted to the gaming standards for back then.

    Every time I see someone posting nicely painted 28's and talk about Black Powder makes me wanna jump back in.

    So many projects, and I paint so slow, I'd never get more than a few units done before I turned 90.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    If you sell again, email me dude;)

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