Wednesday, 30 September 2009
They did however fall under the wargamers unwritten rule of "newly painted figures tend to get duffed over 1st time out". With some really lucky rolling by myself my Prussian artillery whittled away at them before they were minced by a Prussian Dragoon regiment.
We managed to get a whole load of Battle honours from our friend Robert at a good price as they were surplus to his requirements so a big stroke of luck there.
As we are using the General de Brigade rules the French casualties are on 6 side bases.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Well there has to be some sort of record for the length of time someone takes from buying figures to actually completing them and these guys must be in with a shout for that record?
(I bought these guys when I was 17 years of age and just finishing high school and I completed them this week, I am now 36!!!)
To give you a little bit of background my brother started collecting French Minifigs when I was a lad so as soon as I was able to paint half decent I decided that I would collect the Allies. We painted a good amount but after trying out some rules we got fed up and decided to knock it on the head (I think I managed 24 Prussians in total?)
So that's my 11th/2nd Silesian infantry regiment finished. I had to do some head swaps and some conversion work but I am glad the way they turned out. I have to say I enjoyed doing these guys much more than any AB or Old Glory units I have painted and now that I have them finished I actually feel that I have achieved something! Must just be the nostalgia I guess? Thanks to Robert for helping get this little force together.
You will have guessed the Waterloo battles were what we were building our armies towards. To be honest my brother isn't keen on the lesser allies so it was down to me to get them painted. For the command bases I converted some French and Dutch troops. I also took some inspiration from a really nice 28mm battle: http://generaldebrigade.13.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=3416
I have always liked the Nassau uniform and took a lot of enjoyment out of painting these wee guys. The only thing I didn't like was the light troops in advancing positions while the rest are in march attack it just doesn't look right to me? If I had spare march attack I would have converted them into the lights, unfortunately I didn't.
As with the rest of our Minifigs units I had to do a far bit of searching to make up the numbers. I filled the ranks out with officers and drummers with a couple of head swaps and even a newer range Minifigs drummer added in. The grenadiers are my personal favourite.
A big thanks to David C for somehow finding spares of this unit and again to Chris for the flag it really finishes the unit off.
For the officers I managed to raid our spares box and converted some Belgians and to finish them off I added some Revo flags.
The Scots Greys were all finished off if not low in numbers so it was just a case of getting them based up.
The 95th rifles here are a mix of Minifigs and also Lancashire Games (I think?)
A couple of years later I bought 24 of the march attack ones, painted and based them up on beer mats (which was the basing material of choice back then!) then once we lost interest just like the rest of our Minifigs collection they were banished to my brothers loft for far to many years.
My brother and I maintained a soft spot for the old Minifigs range so when we started the Napoleonics again I felt I really had to do them justice and get them based up. Again with the General de Brigade rules we needed more figures so I had to go searching. Thanks to David C, Robert and Stephen for helping me get a hold of those missing figures, the mounted officers came from that stock I picked up at Macs Models all those years ago! Thanks again to Chris for the flags.
I have to say there is one downside to getting these guys finished, my Prussians will have to fight them!!!
Recently I've picked up a habit of getting a unit all based up and ready to finish then jumping to the next one.
There are 2 reasons for this:
1) The unit is already usable so to my eye can be fielded.
2) That bugger JP who seems to be able to paint 15 battalions in 2 months along with accompanying cavalry, artillery and command, and they look good! So there is always pressure to keep up a steady flow of troops to the field (which is not a bad thing).
On my work bench or my "on ice" bench at the moment I have a Prussian horse battery that really only needs it's guns done and grass applied as well as a couple of Prussian infantry battalions.
Also I am working on 2 command bases that have taken me a lot longer than expected. I will post more pic's when they are finished.
These Minifigs casualties were a little bit of a brain wave that just goes to show that the little thoughts us wargamers have of "I am sure I will find a use for those some day" actually can come true! Even after around 20 years, so keep a hold of that lead pile! A big thanks to my friend Chris for putting the idea of what to do with these guys in my head!
So here is the back story: When I was still at high school my friends and I discovered a little oasis on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh called Macs Models. We spent many a Saturday afternoon (and many a pound) in this wonderful little shop. It really was a great place filled wall to wall with little gems.
So it was a sad time when Mac told us he was selling off his stock and was going to fill the shop with swords and the like (not a total loss then!). Shocked by the news I made an offer for the rest of the 15mm Minifigs in stock and ended up with a load of mostly useless lead that sat about in my parents loft for a very long time.
Anyway a few months back I had been searching through the many packs of different artillery riders I had picked up in the stock sale wondering again what possessed me to buy them and a day or 2 later at our Tuesday night Chris happened to mention he was having problems finding casualty figures for his Bavarians and PING an idea was born! I had Bavarians, Prussians, British in belgic and stove pipe, Austrians and many, many more in stock. A little bending of the legs, arms and heads and shazam . . . perfect casualties and they look great!! I even think the Minifigs casualty figures are better for the job than the Old Glory ones above!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
The detail on these figures is pretty nice and the metal used is strong enough that they should withstand the rigors of the gaming table.