Sunday, 26 December 2010

Almost Forgot

The sea of red was becoming a touch monotonous, so to break it up, I decided to paint up a few French Dragoons.
These are from the 20th Dragoons.

In my new home

Finally. I've also been busy working away, as a distraction from unpacking. This is not a great shot, but it shows the progress.
The first Coy of the 95th Rifles is done and I'm slowly starting to assemle and klear the 32nd Foot.

So, without further ado...

Saturday, 6 November 2010

95th coming along

The move has been finalised and I'm now packing like mad, however, the figures and paints are going to be the last thing I pack. When I have had enough of boxing, I turn to painting... ahh therapy.
So, while slow progress, it is still progress and here are the results of this week's endeavours.

These are the buglers and officers for the 95th.

These are some of the riflemen along side them.

Here too are the finished officer, sergeant and drummer of the 32nd

And finally, the company in it's semi complete state. About 40 more to make a full coy.

All in all, not too shabby on the progress front. More 95th are on their way from Perry and once they're completed, I'll move onto the final five men for the 32nd, then I think I'll have to pack up until I've moved house.

Monday, 1 November 2010

My OOB list

I thought I should perhaps include an OOB, so that we can see what progress is being made, what still remains to be completed and how insane I really am.
As my old German teacher at University used to say; 'what gets measured, gets done.' In her case, that usually translated to lots of tests, however, in this case, it is my own visual motivational method.

So I have found two differing lists of battalion strengths for the 8th Brigade. The first for before the morning of Quatre Bras and one covering the both QB and Waterloo.

The first:

This gives the pre QB strength for each battalion which is quite reasonable and is backed up by the figures in the second source:

However, this also has for some battalions a second value, which in my naivety, I am assuming are the strengths of the same regiments after QB but before Waterloo. Now, this could be incorrect, however I have decided that this second set of numbers will be the strength I model in my project.

Assuming too that the Light and Grenadier Coys have a larger compliment of troops (comparatively) than the centre Coy counterparts, I am assuming an:

average of 54 men per Centre Company for the 28th Foot (Light: 60, Grenadier: 56)
average of 48 men per Centre Company for the 32nd Foot (Light 60, Grenadier: 59).
average of 39 men per Centre Company for the 79th Foot (Light 65, Grenadier 65)
average of 69 men per Company of the 95th Rifles (Only 6 Companies)

So far:

28th Foot - 0 Painted
32nd Foot -  45 Painted (unassembled)
79th Foot - 0 Painted
95th Rifles - 20 Painted (8 wip)

Saturday, 30 October 2010

More 95th

Here is a shot of some of the 95th that I've been working on over the last week. A Sergeant and three Riflemen. Bonus points go to anyone that can spot the figures I have used in order to add a bit of variety to the poses.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

latest news from the workbench

I've been slowly working away on painting more of the 95th Rifles, I have 4 in progress, nearing completion and on Friday, the command pack from the amazing Perry Twins arrived.

unpainted but looking good

 Also, I've been finishing the command of the 32nd Foot. Still headless, but almost complete.

And finally, I have started painting the last block of 10 figures for the 32nd. There still is a lot of work to go into them and I need to get another 5 done before the unit is complete, but it's coming along now.
These fellows are Victrix British and I'm impressed by the sculpts. I think I still slightly prefer the Perry, but that may be due to the fact I've already painted 30 of them, so I'm more 'in tune' with the models?
Regardless, these are still fine minis. (Apologies for the bad photo)

Once the unit is complete and I've moved then I'll get some proper photos taken, rather than these workbench efforts.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Officers and NCOs

Just a quick status update. The officer, sergeant and drummer are coming along nicely.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

just a roundup of things done so far.

Well, I have finished the first half company (30 men) of the 2nd Coy, 32nd Foot. Yes, I know they're headless, armless and not based properly yet, but heads and arms are painted, they're just awaiting assembly, which won't happen until I've finished moving house (they're easier to pack and transport in their unassembled state).

Also, the 95th's skirmish line has been kleared and they're just awaiting basing. But, as the last pic was a bit blurry, here is a probably equally blurry pic (I really do need a new camera).

Next up are the drummer, NCOs, Lieutenants and Captain of the 2nd Coy, 32nd Foot. Then, once they are finished, I shall make a start on the Camerons.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The 95th skirmish line

Other than basing and giving them a coat or two of Klear (Future, if you're American) the first of my 95th are done.

Red and green should never been seen, hence no Redcoats.

 Feeling pretty tired today though, so didn't get all I'd planned to done. However, while not much progress made on the 32nd Foot today; that is tomorrow's job.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Not much to see here...

The picture is terrible, so please do not expect great things, but I thought I would post this anyway, as a motivational tool. I need to get these models finished and off the workbench. As you can see, I have almost finished painting the ten 95th Riflemen that I have had on the table, the majority of which were bought in Derby on Saturday and then, distraction over, I will get myself back onto the job of finishing the Perry 32nd Foot. They have been in their almost ready stage for far too long, hence the picture, I'm trying to guilt myself into getting them finished.

the 95th on their backpacks is freehand

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Derby Worlds

Yesterday saw me have an early morning start and an hour or so later and I found myself at Derby University and in the queue to get into the Derby Worlds.

It was my first time there and I have to admit I was impressed. There was a decent crowd, some stunning battlefields (Waterloo in 15mm was pretty damn impressive)  and all the main manufacturers and traders were there. Special mention goes to the guys from Gripping Beast, great blokes.
I picked up a few boxes of Victrix French to swell the ranks, I also collected some Perry 95th Rifles skirmishing while I was there and I picked up Harold Godwinson from the aforementioned Gripping Beast, which is even more stunning when it's in your hands than it looks in photos on the net. I could have spent double what I did and still bought more, but I resisted and my wallet, and the General thanked me for showing restraint.

I had an excellent day but, no photos I'm afraid, as I completely forgot about my camera, until I was wandering around the venue thinking, 'I must take a picture of that', always the way, eh?
Still, I got a few (120+) more models for my collection. Now I just need to paint them.

Monday, 27 September 2010

The ranks swell

Well, the Grand Prix provided me with enough enforced sit down and paint time, that I've finished off another 10 of the 32nd Foot. Their arms and heads are all painted too, but I have not gotten around to assembling them yet. So, here is a progress shot, sans appendages.

looking more like a unit, the first of the 32nd
Also, I started to assemble the two riflemen from 1/95th and while they're looking good, they're still pretty 'armless. (I promise, I'm allowing myself only one bad pun per post)

95th but no rifles
 More to come as I get it done.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The ubiquitous 95th make an apperance

You didn't think you could come to a Napoleonics blog and not see the 95th Rifles, did you? The 8th Brigade had a battalion of the 95th and as such, I will be painting them too. And as I'd had enough of red and grey, I decided to paint up two of the skirmishers from Perry's box as a distraction.

Looking Sharpe sharp in their green uniforms

The heads and arms are painted but I've not yet assembled them, as the backpacks still need some work. Probably will be completed during the Singaporean Grand Prix tomorrow, all being well.


I've spent a very productive afternoon watching (well, listening) to the Grand Prix and getting the 2nd squad (showing my ignorance here, were groups of 10 referred to as squads back in 1815? Probably not), all but finished. The legs are finished and highlighted, but the tunic has only received its base coat.

2nd bunch on the production line
Note one man still in his old Peninsula white trousers. I added it in for detail, just to break the monotony of painting grey. Probably not accurate, but show me a primary source that says it didn't happen and I'll paint over it with battleship grey immediately. :)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


My latest order from Maelstrom arrived this morning with due fanfare from the low grumbling tones of the postman's diesel engine.
I continue to be highly impressed by Maelstrom Games' service and speed of delivery. Anyway, advert over, here are the new additions:

Latest additions to the ranks

So, the centre coy box will hopefully flesh out the Perry ranks for the first coy of the 32nd and the highlanders will form the bulk of the first coy of the 79th Foot (Camerons). I'm actually really looking forward to starting the highlanders, but first I will force myself to get the 32nd painted up. Oh and also there you can see 2 mounted highland colonels and a foot pioneer, just in case you thought I had a metal aversion. I am an equal opportunities wargamer. ;)

And yes, your eyes don't deceive you, that is a box of Perry French. (Just a little distraction, should the red get too monotonous).

Right, back to it.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

First troops

I have finally gotten around to taking a picture of the first of my infantry for the 8th Brigade. These will be part of a centre company of the 32nd Foot.

The first of the 32nd Foot - missing vital parts of their anatomy

These are just the first of many, many more, the second wave is due to arrive via post soon from Maelstrom. A lot of red paint to be spilled in action before I'm finished.


You may, gentle reader, have noticed a theme developing on my blogs.

The lack of content, and yes, you would be right to point it out, were you not the generous souls I know you are. However, that said, there is a reason, but I shall not bore you with paltry excuses and instead promise an update of note, soon (he says confidently).

Until then, thank you for your interest and pop back again when I have more to offer.