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Field Marshal13 Mar 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

What nationality would you collect? Why? What manufacturer? The reason I say 28mm is that lets say hypothetically :) your group already has 28mm so that's the scale you will go.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 4:03 p.m. PST


I like all of them, but might lean towards Russians or Prussians along with French to fight.

Bandolier Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 4:14 p.m. PST

Starting again I would go with plastic Austrians (Victrix and Perry) to quickly build the core of my army. Then gradually add metal units. Then probably a Perry Bavarian army in metal.
The reason – mainly because I like the Austrian and Bavarian armies. I prefer metal but would use plastic as a cheaper way to get started.

pbishop1213 Mar 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

My focus over many years has been collecting and playing Penisyulr. But if I were to start all over, it would be Austrians.

coopman13 Mar 2017 6:16 p.m. PST

Well…most Napoleonic battles require the French to be present.

Gonsalvo13 Mar 2017 6:19 p.m. PST

I'd do pretty much what I did starting 40 years ago – start with French, because I like the uniforms, and 90% of the battles will involve French troops. Next Austrians (like rthe uniforms, fought in more battles than any other French opponents), then Rhine Confederation and other French Allies, then Russians, and keep going, and going. Spanish and Neapolitans are about all I have left to do, with Spanish planned for next year…

cavcrazy13 Mar 2017 6:21 p.m. PST

I wouldn't. I have all the major Nationalities as well as a few minor ones. I would not do it again if I had to. It can get somewhat overwhelming.

coopman13 Mar 2017 6:43 p.m. PST

…and playing Penisyulr. And that's probably the most vulgar mis-spelling of Peninsular that I've ever seen.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

A couple of years ago, I started over on Napoleonics, this time in 28mm. My friend was doing Peninsula and needed Portuguese. So I did some, because in all my years of doing Naps I'd never done any. Then they led to British, and of course French to fight them.

But if I had it all to do over, I'd do 7YW instead.

Leadjunky13 Mar 2017 7:51 p.m. PST

Pre 1800. Some excellent looking figures available now.

Personal logo janner Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 10:15 p.m. PST

As I approach the end of painting a Russian Division, the very idea of starting again fills me with horror wink

Footslogger14 Mar 2017 4:02 a.m. PST

Late French would be cheap to do with so many troop types available in plastic – Line infantry, Guard infantry, Cuirassiers and Carabiniers, Dragoons, Lancers, Hussars,Line Chasseurs and Line and Guard foot artillery.

I still wish more troops from other nations were available in plastic. Cavalry especially.

But if I really were starting from scratch, I might just go down to 10mm. I'd want to stick with my 1 stand = 1 brigade rules, and smaller figures work better for that.

Three Armies Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 4:44 a.m. PST

I have, and I built my own range.

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 5:29 a.m. PST

Front Rank miniatures. I started with French and Russian. In hindsight I would have started with Peninsular French and British. You don't need as many figures to do a historical battle in Spain as you do with other theaters.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

Peninsular, and hard plastics as much as possible regardless of manufacturer. There is such a thing as a budget.

But in real life, it would probably be 1/72 soft plastics, and the group could do as it pleases.

Zargon14 Mar 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

Nooooo! No more. I haven't even finished what I got, thinking of going smaller actually, even with shot eyesight just gets out of hand, perhaps pre-coloured paper figures, I need to have at least one completed project.

Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

I'm with Janet.
I've almost finished 1000 Calpe Prussians, starting again….no way!

Supercilius Maximus14 Mar 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

I'd keep it small, at least in numbers – Perry Bavarians, then Austrian opponents, then French ancillary units, for some of the small-scale actions in Gill's "Thunder on the Danube" trilogy. Probably using Sharp Practice.

Anything bigger just becomes an unrealistic traffic-jam in 28mm.

anchar197714 Mar 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

My first and favorite army is Prussians for 1813-15. Calpe. Best and largest lineage:

von Winterfeldt14 Mar 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

There I just start in 28 mm – everything pre 1801 – is my main target.

heavyhorse Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

am starting over in 28mm and I like the new stuff from Three Armies cause I like 1800 to 1807 and his stuff is sharp

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Since I like Perry's and Foundry/Perry figs, I would build a Bavarian army first. I would prefer the Austrians (helmets) but there are not enough poses for what I would want to do. Since sooner or later I always build an opposition army, I would build something, but I don't know what.

oldnorthstate14 Mar 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

I'd reconsider the idea and do 40mm instead…

hornblaeser14 Mar 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

I have started again in 28mm, and quickly built up masses af french an austrian i plastic. When i last had 28mm naps they were 1813 – 15 as that was what my group played. But now it is 1800 – 1809 as i like the uniforms and are mainly solo playing. I like bicornes and rauoenhelmets!

pbishop1214 Mar 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

Just amused myself… saw my misspelling for Peninsular

Three Armies Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 4:08 a.m. PST

Thanks for the thumbs up Heavyhorse. yep the 1805 Austerlitz AND 1806 Jena period are keeping me busy. :)

nickinsomerset15 Mar 2017 4:17 a.m. PST

This is an awful post! Just painting up 480 Perry plastic Russians as part of a Leipzig game (South) In June! Looking forwards to painting a few hundred Hat and Perry Prussians, at least they will have different coloured collars,

Tally Ho!

olicana15 Mar 2017 5:24 a.m. PST

I am just starting, and I've gone for Peninsular starting with Anglo-Portuegese and French. the battles are not so big in Spain.

I've decided on 28mm (I like painting)


I went for Front Rank because they are great to paint, suit my style and I like Alec.

I did not go the plastics route because I don't trust it. The figures are excellent, but I remember old Airfix models (which were also hard plastic) going very brittle after a decade or so and I'm not prepared to risk the investment in time painting them – I plan on living longer than that. I very much hope that I'm wrong on this because I've seen some truly exquisite work done on plastic figures – I do hope I'm wrong and you can all call me a silly sausage.

So, 28mm, Front Rank, Peninsular is definitely the way I'm going, as this first order, weighing in at 28Kg of lovely metal castings should prove. I think it's about 60 units.


Markconz16 Mar 2017 6:33 p.m. PST

I think I would try and go for more of a full dress range for 28mm, though not sure which manufacturer that would be.
Would still be French and Austrians to start with though I think.

Clays Russians19 Mar 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

Russians/French – about 25 units each – and about 24 units of British Portuguese.

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