I had look through Quicken, and found that I started to buy the occasional figure around 2003. I initially bought some 1/72 plastics from Michigan Toy Company; I suppose that is what I knew as I still had six boxes of Airfix Napoleonics from 1974, my second year in university. I then heard from somewhere that there were metal figures out there (internet wargaming at the time was in it's infancy), so I thought a good match would be some Minifigs, they were not! I did go ahead and paint several battalions in a very rudimentary fashion. I was still unsatisfied, however, as at the same time my son was painting up some GW Lord of the Rings figures and they were light years ahead of the Minifigs. I then heard of Foundry and ordered a few figures from them and also from Front Rank. Initially I thought I could fit them in with my Minifigs, well it was clear that was not going to happen. So on January 15, 2007 a review of my financial records show that I made my first major purchase from both Foundry and Front Rank of French and British Napoleonics. Somewhere in between I sold all the Minifigs and the 1/72 plastics, I had assembled. So just five years ago, I got stuck in with the 28 mm Napoleonics.
So in between all the contests, I thought I would lay out what I had done and try to do up a tally. You can have a look at the roll call to the left and see what I have done. I found it really quite difficult to get good photos of all but what follows is an attempt. In the five years, I also have built a 12'x5' foot terrain table, constructed multiple terrain tiles and painted several buildings and other terrain pieces. All is laid out below except for my 15mm Hovels Hougoumont complex that can be seen elsewhere.
This unit was probably painted 5 years ago. Pretty rough!
- Although a highly personal choice, a white basecoat works well for me
- I do like Army Painter dip......non dipped that is!
- I am stuck with 6 infantry figures on a 40mm square base, I should have gone with 45x40 bases, the Perry's know best
- Never buy firing figures for battalions, although they are great for skirmishing bases
- Design your basing so you can increase the figure ratio as need be in the future, most of us become quickly enamoured of the BIG battalions
- Foundry cavalry are limiting, the horses are much smaller then other 28 mm makers
- Manufacturer is a personal choice, I like Calpe, Perry and Front Rank in that order
- Early Victrix plastics are tricky to assemble and are a little flimsy, I do like the Old Guard though and will probably buy more
- Different maker's figures usually can be used in same brigade but not in the same battalion
- Aside from Architects of War, it is cheaper to buy British made figures direct from the UK then from the American distributers, especially if in bulk
- I have used 4 flag manufacturers, Flagdude are by far the best. GMB flags are very nice flags, but I really have had problems with fading which has been disappointing
- Ignore rulesets that have strict basing criteria
- TMP is a great resource, but it is very difficult to get unbiased information on rulesets; my advice is to buy every Napoleonic ruleset as they come out!!
Well I have to say that I really enjoy this hobby, and I want to thank all who have a look at my blog.