23 November 2010

Progress of sorts

It has been a while since I posted, but I have been quite busy with my Hougoumont project. All the buildings and figures have been bought and are in the process of being painted. I thought I would post a few snaps of my progress.

Still playing with the OB, certainly on the French side, I will have the 6th Infantry Division (7900 men) under Prince Jerome, this is pretty well completed except for the 4e régiment de lègére, whose bases need to be terrained. I suspect, I will also use Jamin's brigade in the Foy's 9th Infantry Division (2700 men). I have these painted except the 2/4e lègére and I will have to substitute régiments étrangers (1e bat, la légion hanoverienne)  for the 3/4e. Getting a little tired of painting blue. No cavalry or artillery will be used for my first go. These will be all 24 figure units (4 base), although one of the french lègére battalions will be based in skirmish order.

The Allied forces are pretty well done, aside from the 1/2 Nassau. There will be 2 battalions of British guards (2000 men) and 1 battalion of Nassau (1000 men), these will be 34-36 figures in size. There will also be Hanoverian Light (Lueneberg) and some Kielmansegge's Jagers in skirmish order (400 men).

So 10,600 versus 3400, should be fun. Still planning to use Lasalle rules for the first run through, but also looking at the Republic to Empire rules for a second run through. With this much work, I will be doing I suspect, endless variations of the scenario with La Haie Sainte thrown in for future fun. I find the RtE rules a little tedious, but I really like the approach to skirmishers and BUA. I suspect they are the best rules to run an asymmetric battle.

Here we have the half painted Hougoumont, I decided to shorten the eastern wall. Still a bit of terraining to do, but minor stuff with the orchard and the ground within the compound.
Here are the 6th Division, minus 2 bases of the 4/2e. Their fannion is waiting to be picked up. The 1/2e are in skirmish order.

The 36 figure 1/2nd Nassau are next up.
Still have 8 infantry colonels to paint!
Here we have the missing figures from the 4/2e waiting for their Army Painter as well as the great barn.

Thanks for looking.



  1. Glad to see you're still blogging mate. You're an inspiration to the rest of us!

  2. Looking good John, I admire your commitment to historical accuracy. I look forward to seeing this scenario played out.


  3. Hi
    Also looking to see Hougoumont 'castle' finished!
    Thanks for sharing