Monday, 31 January 2011


More piccies of my latest French. I could get quite used to painting the line infantry, even the artillery but the cavalry is just plain hard. Still practice will make it easier. This years modelling project is (Deo Vollente) to build up a Nap French army between three of us to 60 line battalions (36 figs each) 12 light battalions (36) 12 light cavalry regiments (24) 12 heavy cavalry regiments (32) 9 foot batteries (1 limber, 1 cassion, 4 guns and 16 gunners per battery and 6 horse batteries (ditto). In a word NOCHANCEATALL but set the bar high and we might get a proportion. Notice gentle reader no mention of any guard units. The reason for this omission is that the world and his wife have guard units (especially French Imperial) coming out of their proverbial ears and anyone joining in the fun would alomost certainly already be replete with them...yes, even me, the Napnovice know how many times the guard fought....not worth the paint. Having said that I must get some Old Guard immediately.

look hands

aprez vous m'suer

stop at the wall
Protect the stuff, at all costs, protect the stuff...It's bad enough people actually TOUCH your stuff but far, far worse is when it gets damaged. But lets face it stuff gets damaged usually by YOU..yes, you know who you are...vandal! I used, in the olden days, to have a cupboard in which to shove stuff. Unfortunately my wife also knew and so when we had visitors everything was thrown into this cupboard the instant visitors approached the front door. One sad day the inevitable happened and I saw an item sail through the air, through the half opened door and neatly flip a try of 20mm German infantry all over the place just as the door was slammed shut on an LMG team. Our visitors couldn't be expected to understand the stoney and shocked silence of that long evening interspersed with a gently weeping host laying a wreath and kneeling reverently at an airing cupboard door. Now wipe that tear from your eye gentle reader and I will show you my Napoleonic answer (again) but surfice it to say WW2 figures are locked in their own steel cabinet trays with a sturdy lock at least 60 yards and two fire doors away from children, pets, disinterested friends and relatives and viewed by appointment and invitation ONLY by friends who first undergo a training and vetting proceedure (white gloves optional) pressure.

Friday, 28 January 2011


I must say I do like to paint.

While we've been testing out new (to me) rule sets for the Napoleonic period I have been busy. The many old Airfix figs I still had unpainted and stacked in shoe boxes at least deserved to be finished before buying some of the newer figures by Italeri and Zvezda.

I think they still look ok en mass and are easy enough to paint. I think they will match in ok with what I plan next, not more Airfix but some of those rather smart Italeri 6066 French Inf. They are bigger figs but, from above which is the aspect wargamers see their armies, they have decent size hats. This is not the case with the 6002 French Inf. from the same firm. Another tempting, similarly sized, fig belongs to the Hat Industrie 8095 French Inf 1808 - 1812. There is a really useful comparative size facility on the excellent and highly recommended Plastic Soldier Review site.

 I have taken the average Battalion to be 36 figures and set at painting with a will...although a brush is easier. Storage is via box files which hold 7 x inf bn's, about 4 x cav regiments (24 - 32 figs) or several batteries of artillery depending on the number of limbers and cassions per. far, 6 bns inf, 10 cav figs (just learning the process) and 7 artillery pieces with four crew each so far...

Vive le Airfix! en avance mon 'Umbrol!