Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Collection So Far (3)

In a few days it will be the anniversary of my 1st post on this blog (19th Sept 2009) and so I thought it would be a good idea to show you what I've done in those 4 years. This is all the Napoleonic figures I've painted save a few battalions my brother has and my Minifigs Prussians that I completely forgot to photograph again. I know it isn't a huge amount of figures compared to what a lot of wargamers can paint each year however I'm happy with them.
1st up a long shot across the whole lot
This is how my Prussian cavalry are looking at the moment. 6 regiments of cavalry (2 heavy, 2 medium, 2 light). I have 4 more I plan to do as well as some spares I may add to as well as command stands.
A wee cut away shot of the kurassiers, dragoons and uhlans.

And another close up (I hope you don't mind as the dragoons are my favourite).
Von Blucher leading the troops
The foot soldiers: I have 16  battalions in all of different types (plus a jager battalion). I need to work on landwehr and finish off the battalions from Darren.
A few commands, I've done pretty well with commands lately but have a couple more for the foot I started this evening. 1 converted Austrian I'm not 100% on yet as the Austrian AB appear a little smaller than the other nations?
I also need to do some more volunteer jagers.
Artillery, I really like the AB Prussian artillery and have 2 more batteries to do.
My Russians, I have been getting an itch to jump back to my Russians lately.
I have 12 battalions finished and a good few more to do.
My Russian cavalry is really weak. I've a few regiments to paint up but the 30 man regiments take so long.
My tiny Austrians, Saxons, French and Bavarians
I started the Austrians when our buddy Cameron wanted a hand out but he has since disappeared up north working. I would definitely like an Austrian force but it will be a good bit down the line.
The Saxons came to a standstill when I realised how many French my brother and nephew were doing so I needed to get my finger out with the Prussians and Russians. I hope to return to them pretty soon.
Plus my Bavarians and French. I would like to add a nice force of each to my collection over the next couple of years. I also would love to do Wurtemburgers and Poles but there just isn't enough hours to paint everything . . .

Thanks to everyone who follows this blog and leaves a comment. I've found sharing our hobby has had a very positive effect on my output and helped with ideas.

My conversations with Von Blucher continue to help me keep on track at times when I become a wee bit lazy and Craig's Prussians have also given me a boost when I needed it. I've picked up AB figures from people at very fair prices that have helped me with my collection (Darren, Neil, Von Blucher and Simon). I very much appreciate that!!!

Anyway I hope you have found some of my posts interesting and fingers crossed that I can continue to add to my collection over the next year or 2. Very happy wargaming.

Best regards


Jacksarge said...

That is very impressive!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Agreed! And the painting itself looks awfully sharp too. Excellent work!

Best Regards,


Johnny Rosbif said...

Truly lovely work, Paul. AB figures and skilled brushwork; a joy to behold!

Sun of York said...

Truly magnificent. Any very inspiring too. Great collection.

Chris Stoesen said...

Very nice. That is an impressive number of minis.

Chasseur said...

Wonderful, thanks for posting! Impressive collection.

Gonsalvo said...

A glorious grand parade, Paul.

I have debated doing some whole army shots of my own little guys, but have balked at the time involved!

John (Von Blucher) said...

Magnificent group Paul, and one to be proud of.

I think we all inspire each other and your blog gives inspiration to quite a few of us to keep going and continue painting..

Best of luck, and keep it going for more years to come.

PS. Also ordered some Murats for myself today, while I was at the office.

lesfoudresdelaigle said...

C'est géant j'adore les photos, magnifique collection vivement des mise en situation avec de belles chargent de cavalerie. A bientôt Christian

BigRedBat said...

What an army! Very well done.

Stryker said...

Fantastic! That is a huge number of figures for four years, but its not just the quantity but the sheer quality of your work that inspires...

Dmitri Kononenko said...

Great! Very impressive. Best 15s collection i seen so far.

Belive you will make it even better and waiting for new fotos.


Ray Rousell said...

That's an impressive array of 1st classs painted troops Paul. Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you,

Ru Lane

Caliban said...

Glorious! And all done in such a short time too - most impressive indeed.

Francis Lee said...

Simply beautiful....and amazing!

Sgt Steiner said...

Gorgeous and impressive

Giles said...

Phenomenal. Paul, you must be so chuffed with this wonderful collection.

Best wishes


Giorgio said...

congratulations for the work already done ... happy anniversary

Phil said...

Beautiful and very impressive! And we know that the set is gorgeous, near and far...

Anonymous said...

Well done that man. That is a seriously good amount of figures considering how much detail you put into each figures.
One day I hope to be able to see these in person.

RTB said...

Paul, you must be the best painter of 18's out there. Now, what about that Polish command in 28 I sent you?

fireymonkeyboy said...

I sometimes wish I had this kind of capacity for focus on a project ;) Fantastic work Paul, beautiful army.


Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

That's a very impressive collection Paul and doubly so when you add to the fact they are done to such a high quality!!


paulalba said...

Gentlemen, thank you so much!
I am amazed by your encouraging comments!!!

I am chuffed to have got this far with them but I'll be more chuffed when I finish an army.

Many thanks for your support!
Best regards

Ken said...

There's nothing like a grand parade is there!

I think you have done very well Paul, your figures are always perfectly painted and finished with lots of small details. I'm afraid I tend to rush things at times.

James Brewerton said...

Fantastic collection and plenty of hard work you haev put in too
Peace James

paulalba said...

Thanks again guys,
I am totally amazed by the number of your comments.

Hi Jacksarge, Heinz-UvB, ROsbif, SoY, Chris S, Christian, Chasseur, BRBat,Ian, Dimitri, Ray, Caliban, Angry L, Sgt, Steiner, Giles, Giorgio, Phil, FMB, Christopher, Ken and James Thanks I got a lot of pleasure from painting them.

Hi Neil,
Our swap really got me into AB figures and as you know I'm very grateful!

Von B,
I'm looking forward to Sho's Murat figures!

Hi Peter,
I would recon you would be able to paint a battalion or 2 in the time it would take you to get all your Naps out of their boxes and then back in again!!!

Hi Roger,
There are thousands of better 18mm painters out there, yer just stuck looking at 28mm figure blogs all the time, however it's kind of you to say. I will enjoy painting your Poles very muh thanks!!!

At the hospital today and it would appear I have another 2 weeks before I can consider going back to work. I cleaned up a Russian artillery crew tonight so I'll see how that goes.


Millsy said...

Blimey. Quality AND quantity!

paulalba said...

Thanks Millsy,
It's amazing how a wee bit each week adds up.

Benno said...


Anonymous said...

Great stuff there Paul. You have given the whole AB range a real boost.
John B

Craig said...

I love a parade, the tramping of feet,
I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
That rat-a tat-tat, the blare of a horn.
That rat-a tat-tat, a bright uniform;
The sight of a drill will give me a thrill,
I thrill at the skill of everything military.
I love a parade, a handful of vets,
A line of cadets or any brigade,
For I love a parade.

Arden-Ohman Orchestra

Thank you Paul for sharing your generosity in sharing your talent with us all. And thank you for your effort in creating this small online community of shared interests which continues to encourage and inspire each other. That too is a worthwhile achievement.

DeanM said...

Amazing collection! Dean

Carlo Pagano said...

Pretty impressive Paul - great to see another Napoleonic Meglomaniac in all his wonderful glory.

They are simply supberb!!



paulalba said...

Hi Benno,
Thanks Just discovered your forum, looks like a great place to share our hobby!

Hi John,
Thanks, I'm getting a lot of enjoyment out of the AB range. Mr Barton has created an incredible line of figures.

Hi Craig,
Thanks, as Von Blucher says we all inspire each other. That's the great thing about the internet. 20 plus years ago if you lived in a small town as I do you got yer hobby fix from whatever magazine your local newsagent ordered in for you. Now we are pretty spoiled with all the great collectons we can see online! Looking forward to your EPNK!

Thanks Dean,
Glad you like them!

Hi Carlo,
Thanks, I think there are becoming more and more of us!

Best regards

David said...

I've started around the same time and still can't display a 5th of what you have! Not to mention how beautiful yours are! Congratulations.

SteveH said...

Hi Paul
now thats a collection to be proud of!
great stuff sir!


James Fisher, FINS said...

Wow, that really is an impressive looking Napoleonic army. Massed battalions, marvellous!

Scotsgrey said...

And it fights too!

Ian said...

Numbers and quality everyone should be proud of