Monday, 19 March 2018

Sharp Practice part 5 - the 15th Dragon

I wanted some cavalry for my Sharp Practice project. For the Spanish theatre, it had to be dragoons. Perry Miniatures offers a choice of 12 (!) metal codes for pre-1812 dragoons. I picked galloping sets, rather than charging, rolled coat or galloping, overall or standing horses. I needed eight privates and an officer - therefore I did not paint any trumpeter of Eagle bearer.

I picked the 15th because it served in Spain and because one does not see pink facing that often, at least this is the first time I use pink facings in my armies! Which actually was not at all a 'girly' colour back in the day, but that is another story...  

I decided to base them in pairs to facilitate  handling on a gaming table. Being metals, they are to heavy in my mind to use with slotted sabots. I shall order a mix of tufts to complete the bases. Bases are 50mm (width) by 60mm (depth) - the frontage is therefore 25mm, which matches my cuirassiers collection.

I used washes only on faces and I am happy with the result. Vallejo's pink may be a bit too flashy/cartoony but I can live with that. They were painting over a 6 weeks period in early 2018.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Infantry Division WIP, 1813

A quick view of the finished 2nd Brigade: there are not two identical miniatures amongst those 96!!!

Infantry Brigade

And a couple of shots of the division as it stands. Eight battalions (six of line infantry plus two of light infantry), missing command stands and a foot artillery battery.

Infantry Division (1)
These eight battalions make up a very generic French Infantry division for the 1813 and 1814 campaigns in Germany and France respectively. Flags and cockades got a updated design indeed in 1815.

Infantry Division (2)
Having gone so far into this Division project, I cannot wait until Calpe Miniatures release their French artillery crew and command groups. The bases will be textured/painted once the division is entirely assembled.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Light Infantry Battalion, 1813

And here the 2nd battalion of the 17th Légère, painted in December-January. This the last unit in my planned infantry division, and as planned it is rather ragged (four forage caps, four heads without headgear.

As far as painting is concerned, on this unit I only used metallic paints on muskets and sabres, preferring the use of Vallejo Sky Grey for shako plates, buttons, epaulettes, etc. Note that I was short of an ADC to guard the fanion and used a spare pioneer instead.

The miniatures are by Calpe Miniatures, from the French in March Attack range. The flag is by GMB designs. Based 4 figures to a 40mmx30mm base (i.e. 15mm frontage).


I need to take pictures of the eight battalions together. I also hope for Calpe to release their Generals packs as well as their gunners packs - I can't wait for them!

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 - 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!