Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Sharp practice, part 2

The summer break (i.e. away from painting) is ending. This is a good time for a quick update: in early July I completed a second batch of 10 miniatures - and I have just prepared the remaining 28 for painting. If it all goes well I will be done with these in December, when we should start playing Sharp Practice at the local club.


I do the basing with a generous coat of PVA glue, with a sprinkle of fine sand. The bases are 20mm MDF round, magnetised bases. Next update when the fusiliers are all done? ;-)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sharp practice, part 1

It is time for a temporary change of project, of more modest (i.e. manageable) size. At the local wargames club (which I have joined recently) 28mm Sharp Practice 2 is played, while 28mm 'grand manner' games aren't. therefore it makes sense for me to paint up a French skirmish side, for which I have drawn some plans and started working on already.

There will be:
- four 8-strong fusiliers units
- two 6-strong voltigeurs units
- two foot officers
- one fusilier NCO

47 miniatures in total. We shall see if, in time, I add a cavalry unit, or a gun; a drummer or a flag bearer. I have chosen the pre-1812 Perry Miniatures range. Fusiliers will all be part of the 2nd company of their regiment - the pompoms will be blue - which makes sense if I one day add a flag (since it is carried by the 2nd company of the battalion).

I have painted the first 10 men already this May. Which allows a closer look at the Perry Miniatures FN158 pack (fusiliers, march attack). A nice diversity of poses, I think.

FN158 pack, front view

FN158 pack, back view
And a few group shots of the first fusiliers unit, lead by an NCO and a captain. Wow, these took longer to paint than anticipated. So much lining! I almost miss greatcoats! But they really look good.

NCO and captain
first unit done!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Light infantry battalion, 1813

The following unit has been painted in late January through to mid April. It represents the third battalion in my planned brigade and a switch to light infantry. The main distinction with the line infantry is the silver replacing the gold on uniforms (buttons, epaulettes, shako plaques). I have also painted several trousers in blue to increase the 'light' feeling. Basing is left until the whole division is painted. I also need to order a 1812-1814 flag from GMB designs.

The miniatures are Calpe Miniatures, French in March Attack range.

front view
rear view

4th company (left) and voltigeurs (right)

2nd (left) and 3rd company (right)

grenadiers (left) and 1st company (right)


heavy backpack!
The following shots show the Brigade so far, that is 75% done. The remaining light battalion figures are sitting in the cupboard and will remain so for some months, since I need a change from greatcoats for a little while! Note the empty sabot on the first picture.



I am pleased with the result, and when looking back at my Division plans I feel that I have achieved a lot. My guess is that I will paint the remaining battalion next Winter... but for now I will switch to a skirmish force. More on this in a post to follow!

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Late 2016 update

It is now nearly 6 months into my 2nd infantry Brigade project. Progress has been slow, but steady. Of four 24-strong battalions, I am close to having finished two.

So first is the 1st battalion of the 35th line infantry regiment, dressed in the 1812 (Bardin) regulation. Calpe Miniatures, 28mm. GMB designs flag. War-bases MDF bases.







Next is the 2nd battalion (recognisable to the white flag and the absence of Eagle). Four bases are done out of the six needed.




The last 8 miniatures are well under way. The basic colours have been blocked and a sepia wash applied. The officer only is finished (note that it required very little washing, since I wanted the white of his uniform to be proper clean).





Well, that's is for 2016. I will definitely finish this regiment in the New Year, but let us see what my new year resolutions will be. Stick with the division goal, or take a break with a completely different unit? We shall see! Any suggestion?




Monday, 4 July 2016

Generic Infantry Division 1812-1815: roadmap

I thought I should share my plan for my French infantry Division, based on the Brigade I painted a couple of years back - see link for a reminder.

the 1st Brigade, painted in 2013-2014 - but not based.
My goals are the following:
- paint a 2nd Brigade of identical size (four 24-strong battalions)
- make it one line regiment plus one light regiment (two battalions each)
- keep the same painting style (use of washes)
- add a four guns battery (and a limber)
- add generals
- add some vignettes - namely a regimental band, and a detached pioneers section.

The resulting plan is summed up on the diagram below. Note that the 1st Brigade, highlighter in grey (general excepted), is already painted, but not based.

click on picture to enlarge

Ideally I will use Calpe Miniatures only. I say ideally because gunners, generals and staff are yet to be released. Guns are available, but the limber is not. I will use Perry Miniatures to complement the Calpe range if needs be - I would not loose in quality, but the style is quite different.

This project could well last me over a year. I have two very demanding little girls to care for after all (!!). If I run out of stamina, I could well see the two vignettes go. And even the limber. We shall see how fast (or should I say how slow!) I get on with my four battalions. Wish me good luck!


Monday, 6 June 2016

200th Waterloo anniversary project finished...

... only one year late!

But the division is now all based!


13th Cavalry Division, 1815
13th Cavalry Division, 1815
1st Horse Artillery Regiment (5th Company) and 1st Artillery Train Squadron (8th Company)
1st Brigade (1st and 4th Cuirassiers)
2nd Brigade (7th and 12th Cuirassiers)
1st Cuirassiers (4 squadrons)
12th Cuirassier (2 squadrons)
Maréchal de France Michel NEY, duc d'Elchingen, prince de La Moskowa, Left wing Commander
Lieutenant-Général Pierre WATIER, comte de Saint-Alphonse, 13th Division Commander
Maréchal de Camp Jacques Charles DUBOIS, baron de Thimville, 1st Brigade Commander
Maréchal de Camp Etienne Jacques TRAVERS, baron de Jever, 2nd Brigade Commander
I am really pleased with this Division - not only because I think Cuirassiers look great, but also because I managed this almost two years long project without loosing focus. Let us hope I manage my next project just as well! (an Infantry Brigade, see link)

I hope this experience was interesting for my rare readers - to me this blog is the perfect place to store photos and keep a record of my progress milestones.

May the Division meet a gaming table one day!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New project

Given that I already have a 1812-1814 French infantry brigade (see here), I have decided to paint another one. This is the quickest route towards mustering a division I could wargame with.

The first brigade was using the Calpe miniatures 'route marche' range. Out of the 96 miniatures I painted, there were over 50 different poses. Such a wide range of miniatures... call if Calpe madness, I think this is amazing :)

Since then, the 'march attack' range has been added. And it got even more crazy. I will have 96 different miniatures in my 96-strong brigade! There are even more available, but I'll stick with four 24-men battalions. And if I still have energy in the end, I will add the 'tete de colonne' vignettes.

I've ordered the first 24 fusiliers. As usual, little flash and strong bayonets. I only spotted one moulding issue: a half missing pompom, which will easily get fixed using green stuff.


I've decided to compare Perry vs Calpe size, in case it interests anyone. I had a Perry NCO in greatcoat in hand and used it in the comparison. See for yourself:

Calpe left, Perry right

Calpe left, Perry right

Calpe left, Perry right

Height is similar. Maybe an extra mm for the Calpe. But Calpe is definitely thicker - I find the Perry more realistic, but the details are crispier on the Calpe. Also, I think the Calpe rifles look great!

This may well keep me busy for the rest of 2016. Oh and yes, I still have my four Cuirassiers regiments to base! (see here)