Monday, July 21, 2014

It's A Brigade ... It's A Division ... It's ... A Lot Of Frenchmen!


Since getting back from holiday I’ve managed to get a few hobby goals accomplished, including finishing off and basing these 6mm French Napoleonic figures.   The bases are a little ungainly, as they are basically hacked from MDF board using a craft knife and my own unsteady hand.   I could purchase some laser-cut bases, I am sure, but I’m reluctant to spend that much money on all the bases I would need to mount the 6mm collection I purchased last winter.   The base sizing is according to Polemos specifications.  The command figure is part of that big 6mm collection.


Each stand has 24 line infantry figures and 6 light infantry figures to serve either as eye candy or to represent a skirmishing capability if the rules and scenario allow for it. Depending on the scale of the rules, I could call this either a brigade or, with the necessary artillery and cavalry, a division.


The flags are also from Polemos and yes, one of them was placed upside down by error - I’m call to call that my Amish mistake (even if the Amish mistake is a bit of a myth, humility is still a good thing).



The lights are from Baccus’ French Voltiguer set and come in strips with two poses, loading and firing.  I was disappointed that they didn’t have the lovely tall shako plumes that Voltiguers often wore.  Also, I’m not sure if specialized light infantry units would be assigned to skirmish in front of line infantry, but I liked the look of it, so there.  More and more I am realizing how little I know about this period.

To give them someone to fight, I am busily basing Austrians while devouring The West Wing on Netflix.  There are also a lot of French chaps to base.   I also got an order of scenics from Timecast, which are absolutely delightful, and I hope to start in on them soon.

To develop my Napoleonic skills, Kinch and I met on the electronic field of battle this morning, playing a Command and Colours game using Google Hangout.   I was soundly drubbed.  More to follow.

These figures bring my 2014 totals to:

28mm Mounted: 13, 28mm Foot: 22, 28mm Artillery: 1

20mm Foot: 33, 20mm Artillery: 2, 20mm Vehicles: 2, 20mm Terrain Pieces: 1

15mm Foot: 26, 15mm Terrain Pieces: 3

6mm Foot:  120, 6mm Terrain Pieces: 2

Kilometres Run: 686

Blessings to your brushes!  MP+


  1. Replies
    1. Drinking Wine and Eating cheese as well probably to!

    2. Thanks chaps. Fortunately for me, 6mm figures, even 120, don't consume a lot of wine and cheese, but I plan, following Kinch's example, to offer wine and cheese to my opponent when they take the field.

  2. Hush you! Drawing attention to your mistakes is a warped sort of pride. Best to admit it if it's noticed.

    I do like the look of that entire outfit! Smartly turned out, Brigadier!

    1. Thanks Pastor. I agree, it's a slightly suppressed and passive-aggressive form of vanity. My bad.

  3. They look great and its making me look at my unpainted 6mm figures sitting in a heap at the moment.


  4. I like your basing and they have that rough hewn look. They probably fight like the devil. Great idea to fight CCN over Google Hangout.

  5. I have never before heard of the 'Amish Mistake', but the notion I have run across before: Persian and Turkish carpet makers are also reputed to leave a tiny flaw, and for the same reason: only God can be perfect and achieve perfection. I tend to interpret the notion this way. Although it is fair to say that simply by being human you will introduce minute irregularities, imperfections and flaws, you might still feel a thrill of pride in work you know is well done. The existence and knowledge of that deliberate flaw may act as a corrective for that momentary sin of Pride.

    But I wouldn't really know for certain: I'm not at all religious.

  6. ...Which distracted me from what I intended to say: these stands look great to me, Mike. Two or three such stands, one behind the other, bases touching, would look like a credible Division column (the stands being treated as Brigades).

  7. See you're making good progress in your project, Mike
    As for tactics, if I may give you some reading suggestions, you have a few handy Ospreys recently published and also my favourite work by Rory Muir "Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon"

    Hope to see those froggies fighting on a table soon enough


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