Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Sharp practice, part 4

Back in early December I finished putting together this Sharp Practice French force. This represents the "French Regulars to 1812" army list for the Peninsular War (4x8 fusiliers, 2x6 voltigeurs, 1 NCO, 3 officer - see the Sharp Practice rulebook), plus a musician and a flag bearer.

The figures (all Perry Miniatures) are based on 20mm mdf bases. I'm also using sabots from http://www.supremelittleness.co.uk - I need to order some tufts to finalize the bases. The flag is by GMB designs. I took a pictures with my smartphone, which turned out ok.



French force

'Big men' and support (front)

'Big men' and support (back)
Hopefully these will reach the gaming table in the soon future at my local wargaming club. I also consider the following extensions to this force:
 - 8 dragoons plus one officer (Perry Miniatures metals figures)
- 1 foot artillery gun with a 5-men crew plus one officer (possible Brigade Games, unfortunately to be ordered from the USA)

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Sharp practice, part 3

Here's a couple of pictures (literally) of the Perry Miniatures FN162 pack, painted this October. Sorry for the poor lighting.

FN162, front view

FN162, read view
These are lovely figures, I love the choice of poses. Oddly enough, they are ever so slightly taller than their fusiliers counter part, when voltigeurs are supposedly the shortest men in the battalion!

Another six to paint and the core of my Sharp practice project will be done.

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 them already.

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

48 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!