Sunday, September 9, 2018

Napoleonic French and British Roll Call - Mostly Perry & Victrix Plastics

Here are the current French and British forces for Black Powder. The majority are Victrix and Perry plastics. Most of the command stand figures are metal. The Spanish Guerrillas are Front Rank figures. The old Foundry Napoleon and Staff set are also included.
I should add a Wellington figure, but he wasn't a fancy dresser, so will settle for the dashing Hussar general for the overall commander of the British.
As pictured, the French have 7 infantry units in varying sizes; and 7 cavalry unit - four light (two each, Hussars and Chasseurs), one medium (Dragoons), and two heavies (Cuirassiers and Carabiniers); five cannon - of varying sizes; there are also separately based Voltigeur skirmishers which can be used separately or in Mixed formations.
The British have 2 units of Rifles (with Portuguese Cacadores included); a unit of Spanish Guerrillas; 5 infantry units consisting of two Highland units, two regular Line infantry units and a Coldstream Guards unit; 5 cavalry units: 2 units each of Hussars and Light Dragoons and a unit of Spanish Cuirassiers; and finally 5 artillery batteries - two of which are RHA.
As mentioned in earlier posts, the infantry units can be broken down into 16-man formations which would increase the total number of units for more players. Otherwise, these can be played as is with unit size modifiers.
I may someday add a few more units - namely French Lancers, French Horse Artillery, British Heavy Dragoons and maybe a British 71st Light Infantry unit (with the cool checkered shako). But for now, it's time to get ready for the smallish (5x6' table) Black Powder game next Saturday. I'll be using one of the scenarios in the Peninsular supplement - the author notes that most of them were played on 4x6' tables, so should work out well. Thanks for checking out the blog and hope you enjoyed the pictures. Best wishes to you all!

40 comments:

  1. So how many were painted already when you started, and how many have you painted since you started project?

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Maybe half? since resuming Napoleonics, I think I've painted up a box each of Victrix French Middle Guard, French & British Aritllery, Perry British Line, British Light Dragoons, French Chasseurs a Cheval, as well as separate sprues to even out units. I may have left something out...just off the top of my head right now. Thanks as always! Best regards, Dean

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  2. Dean, an outstanding parade of superbly painted Napoleonics.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you very much, Ross! They are some of my favorites! Kind regards, Dean

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  3. Two super looking forces, and more than enough to start playing with. . You probably need more infantry, but as tyou note, if you split the infantry units, that doubles their numbers (we use 16 to 18 figure infantry units, too, although we don't play BP).

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Yes, I plan to use 16-figures for BP; more maneuver space on most tables I would have access to. They looked nicer in bigger units for the photos :)! Warm regards, Dean

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  4. Superb armies Dean, really impressive!

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    1. Thank you very much, Mike. Best regards, Dean

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  5. I love a parade! Outstanding collection you have built in such little time.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. Luckily I had about half of them before adding the rest recently. Warm regards, Dean

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  6. That is quite the collection! So nice to see them all in review!

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    1. Thank you very much, Tim. I needed to see what I could cobble together for the game this coming Saturday. Just a few units, but wanted to have a good mix of troops for the players. Kind regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal! Best regards, Dean

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  8. Lovely collection and always nice to hit that moment of having enough mass for a game. Look forward to your comments about your game BP game. I have the supplement, so will bring it out and have a browse at the various scenarios.

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    1. Thanks, Norm. I think I have a scenario that should work - it's a bit of the one about "Capture the Flag" - I'll have three VP's - two 5pts and one 10pts. We'll see - in any case, it'll be a nice refresher game for the rules. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Simon! It's nice to have reached this goal. Kindest regards, Dean

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  10. Beautiful... Well done. I especially like your French dragoons, a great looking unit. I am looking forward to the release of the 'new' BP rules.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. Yes, that new cover is quite eye-catching. I'm looking forward to seeing it too. Warm regards, Dean

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  11. Excellent parade of troops Dean and a collection to be proud of!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher. It's great to have this core of troops. Best, Dean

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  12. Lovely looking parade and two fine armies! They look splendid!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you very much, Iain. The Perry and Victrix plastics really are great - both in quality, price and weight! :) Warm regards, Dean

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  13. Well done, Sir! You've motivated me to work on my Napoleonic collection - using your 16/8 figure unit modifications! Wish me luck!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Greg. I think those unit sizes work well with multi-player games on a smaller table say around 6x8'. This particularly so if you're supplying all of the troops! Warm regards, Dean

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  14. Quite impressive collections. I am starting my Napoleonic adventure and hope to have that number of troops as you, soon.

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    1. Thank you very much, Bartek. For what it's worth, if I were to do it over (from the beginning), I'd pick a battle or campaign I'm interesting in and then build up units from the OOB's if available. Then again, it's cool to paint up whichever units you fancy and throw them into the fray! :) Best wishes on your Napoleonic endeavor! Dean

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  15. Awesome looking figures Dean, and a great "pass in review" write-up!

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    1. Thanks, Ted! Appreciate you swinging by and letting me use the casualty figs for this coming Saturday's gameday. Hope you can make it. Kind regards, Dean

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  16. I find reducing all measurements in Black Powder by a third makes a small table far more suitable - e.g. Infantry move 8 Inches and Cavalry 12 per action, muskets shoot 12 inches, etc...

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    1. Oh yes, I am definitely going with 2/3rd movement and ranges. Should match up with well not only for smaller tables, but smaller units. Smaller than usually associated with Black Powder. Kind regards, Dean

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  17. Magnificient looking force! I‘m quite amazed by the speed you powered through this project, especially considering the constant high quality.

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    1. Ah,thank you for your very kind compliments.I enjoyed painting these, but I am enjoying them even more that they're done :) Warm regards, Dean

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  18. Great armies, Dean!We are waiting for news from the battlefields!

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    1. Lol! It'll be a duly reported once the smoke clears and casualties afforded care. :) Kind regards, Dean

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  19. Excellent good to see them (and rewarding for the painter) all out. Need to see them in battle now🙂

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    1. Thank you, Matt. Just a small amount will be used in a game on Saturday. Will post photos once done. Kind regards, Dean

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