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olicana28 Nov 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

Looking back on my blog I've done nothing for my Peninsular project in over a year how time flies.

Considering the lead is all there to paint I did my usual thing and bought almost everything at once (about 60 units) I'm not sure how I've allowed this to happen.

Losing one's mojo is easy done but, that's not what's happened, I've just moved on to other stuff to avoid doing it. This is not usual for me because I'm generally quite dogmatic when it comes to projects.

Why do I struggle with Napoleonics? I want to game it, I read about it all of the time, I'm inspired until it comes to raising a brush. Then I raise a brush easy enough to do commissions without a second thought. I don't dislike painting Napoleonic stuff for others JUST FOR ME! WHY?

Now I'm back on the horse and I need to get motoring. I need to get enough painted to play with. I've just finished a new unit and started on some French.

Here are the 50th Foot as you can see they even come out OK when I can be bothered.


More pics here:


M C MonkeyDew28 Nov 2017 5:14 a.m. PST

Nice work!

"They even come out OK when I can be bothered"…might as well be my painting mantra : )

von Winterfeldt28 Nov 2017 5:15 a.m. PST

well – they look excellent – I am not specialist for the British Army, but I was under the impressons that (Guards apart) the King's colour was at the right.

About motiviation – just paint that what you like most first, so gradually your army will grow.

olicana28 Nov 2017 5:19 a.m. PST


As captain Mainwaring would say "Well done, I wondered who would notice that."

You are right, they should be the other way around I've just misplaced the bases. The sergeant stands between the colours when I put the stands in the right place and the drummer stands next to the officer.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 5:30 a.m. PST

Now here is a funny thing about the British Army (one of many).

Even in the Guards, the King's Colour is still on the right. It is just that, being awkward, the one that looks like the Union Flag (best known as "The Union Jack") is their regimental flag! The King's Colour is crimson and has the same mini-flag at the top corner next to the pole! It takes the right, the place of honour, and looks completely wrong compared with any other British unit of the time.

Do I see 71st HLI on your glass shelf? If so, you must show them!

olicana28 Nov 2017 6:02 a.m. PST



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Note that the figs on two penny pieces are now doubly based on 40 x 40 as per 50th W. Kent.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 6:22 a.m. PST

Now someone has done his homework here. Very nice indeed. Officers do not wear the diced bonnet, their cap badge is silver not the brass of rank and file, buff leather throughout. The Peninsula, not 100 Days, look too.

No one does the officers with the sash over the shoulder so, unless you start amputating heads off Highland Officers from a kilted regt, who will notice?

Love these

Timmo uk28 Nov 2017 10:48 a.m. PST

Deadhead, the Union flag is only correctly known as a Union Jack when it is flown from a Royal Navy vessel on the jack staff.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 11:05 a.m. PST

Exactly, that is why I put it in quotations. The snag of course is that everyone thinks it is the Union Jack, not the Union Flag.

It is possible for an RN ship to fly three such flags simultaneously….but only in very unusual circumstances. A clue, one is for a court martial on board…..

14Bore28 Nov 2017 1:53 p.m. PST

Wonder if the all at once sort of swamped you, I usually buy 50 – 100 at a time paint then get more.

olicana28 Nov 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

Wonder if the all at once sort of swamped you,

I tend to do 'big', especially in 28mm for the substantial discounts (up to 40%) for big purchases (generally over £1,000.00 GBP handed over). I bought my Punic collection all in one go and did that, no problem, and that was 1000 figs more than this. Likewise, my Crusades collection was bought pretty much in one go, as was most of my SYW which increased from 900 figures to 2700 in about 18 months. I also went all in on my 15mm WW2 'non-project' which is 2/3 done. Even when I do odd night 'filler' collections I tend to go for something with a bit of bulk, like my small Ancient naval collection in 1:600. Numbers are not the problem. I paint lots of stuff, every day, because thats what I do for a living, a few more usually makes no odds.









Timmo uk28 Nov 2017 2:50 p.m. PST

Napoleonic just seem to sap time like no other period even though there must be other uniforms as complex.

I Drink Your Milkshake28 Nov 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

Olicana can I come over and play?! Nice wargame room/collection!

14Bore30 Nov 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

Last summer layed all mind out and filmed a short video, it started because a stand was missing.

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