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von Erlach17 Oct 2018 10:54 a.m. PST

Hello everybody,
As I am getting started with 28mm Napoleonics, I was wondering if the Waterloo box set was worth it.
One of my main concern is the absence of command figures.
I would love to hear your advice and your suggestions if you think that there are better products out there.
By the way, I collect both Brits and Frenchies, so no problem on that side.

von Erlach17 Oct 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

Hello everybody,
As I am getting started with 28mm Napoleonics, I was wondering if the Waterloo box set was worth it.
One of my main concern is the absence of command figures.
I would love to hear your advice and your suggestions if you think that there are better products out there.
By the way, I collect both Brits and Frenchies, so no problem on that side.

Banana Man17 Oct 2018 11:11 a.m. PST

Which starter set is that?

Glengarry517 Oct 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

This one?
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JimDuncanUK17 Oct 2018 11:45 a.m. PST

Looks like you would have to purchase a fair number of command figures to bring each of the units up to scratch.

It would take more than a minute or two to do the sums and check the availability of appropriate figures.

If I were you I would stick with building up your army with standard unit boxes.

If you are half serious about the period you're going to be buying more of them anyway.

Esquire Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

Agree with JimDuncanUK. Not big on Warloard but this is strange to put this together with no unit command and no brigade, division or corps commanders. Very strange. False economy.

Esquire Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

Buy Perry plastics.

nsolomon9917 Oct 2018 1:24 p.m. PST

Can I contribute the observation that its not actually the capital cost of purchasing the figures that is the biggest entry cost. Its your time, time to assemble, time to paint, time to base, research time. Start with maybe just a box or a pack or two and get the measure of how much time everything takes for you personally and also where in the process you are finding the enjoyment and relaxation. Then you'll know whether a manufacturer's starting bundle bargain is really a bargain – for you – or not.

von Erlach18 Oct 2018 3:36 a.m. PST

Okay, thank you to all of you for your answers.
I think I am going to buy some Perry plastics then.

repaint18 Oct 2018 3:55 a.m. PST

nsolomon99 – the words of a (very) wise man.

Warlord Games Harry19 Oct 2018 3:01 a.m. PST

Good morning Von Erlach.

Harry from Warlord Games Customer Service Team here.

If I may, I would like to offer you a different opinion than who posted… Of course, be aware that I could be a little biased as I work for Warlord!

The Waterloo Starter set offers you a lot of models to start with your Napoleonic collection. For the price it has, it is extremely convenient. It provides you already with two small starting brigades for a total of 72 line infantry models for the British, 48 French Infantry and 12 Cavalry, one gun and two commanders, plus an A5 "pocket" version of the rule book Black Powder, which is exclusive to the Waterloo box set and cannot be purchased separately.

It is true that you may want to add command groups to your units – I would, and for each unit – but the number of them would depend on how many models you would use per unit… Even buying the command groups separately in addition of the starter set, you would still end up with a very convenient option.

Anyway, that's my two penn'orth! I hope you enjoy whatever you decide on purchasing in the end. :)

All the best,

Harry

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2018 10:29 a.m. PST

Well I am just impressed to see that the manufacturers do take note and respond.

Full marks

nsolomon99 is so right. The cost of a few figures whether metal, plastic, whatever "scale" in a pittance compared with your investment in time and sweating beads of blood from your forehead.


Remember, however good plastic kit models are (and they are, plus easily converted and "individualised"), they do take much assembly and can be fragile. Those metal figures are ready to paint (once you have sanded down the mould lines and the metal flash and found and removed those casting infuriating pins)

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