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setsuko28 Oct 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

I've seen the question now and then about what to get when starting out a Sharp Practice force. So I wrote about three ways to form a useful French core force for under £50.00 GBP

Hopefully it can be useful if you're planning to get into Napoleonics, as it's a skirmish game and very beginner friendly. No need to paint up entire armies before you can get started!


Pyrrhic Victory29 Oct 2018 12:43 p.m. PST

Thank you! That was a very useful article as I'm looking at starting French and Russians for some 1812 SP2. Do you think Perry Plastic Russians are the way to go for the Tsar's defenders?

Pyrrhic Victory29 Oct 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

Ok, some more questions….

1 – Would compatibility with fighting in the peninsula change what figures you'd recommend for the French?

2 – What figures would you recommend if I was willing to spend more than 50 gbp on each side?

3 – what figures would you recommend for the Russians to start?

Thanks for your help and the great article!

setsuko29 Oct 2018 1:47 p.m. PST

No probs Ed! Happy you found it useful. :)

1. I think that if you are looking for compability with the Peninsula, the main issue is if you're looking at pre-1813 or not, and whether you care about the actual year or not. If you care about making a pre-1813 force, I'd go with Victrix, or Warlord if you don't like building multi-part plastic miniatures. But personally, I fudge things a bit and use all my minis for both Peninsular and 1812, even though some of them have uniforms that were not really in common use until 1813.

2. If I had a larger budget, I'd think about whether to go for metal minis or plastics. There are some really nice metal minis out there that are a tad more expensive. On the other hand, plastics can be convenient due to the lower weight. And yet again, some people prefer heavier minis. Even if I went with plastics, I'd add more metal leader models from various ranges, because they make the entire force look better.

SP2 is not a huge game, so once you have built the core of your force, what you're adding is more options rather than fielding a bigger and bigger army. But with a bigger budget, I'd probably immediately get two boxes of Perry's plastic cavalry. You want at least two Groups (so 16 men plus command) of the same type for them to really work well in SP2, and cavalry just look awesome in any Napoleonic army IMHO.

3 – Our Russian player is working on his own version of a starter guide, but I think it will be a box or two of Perry's plastic Russian infantry, and then a few blisters of skirmishers and/or carabiniers.

Pyrrhic Victory02 Nov 2018 12:49 p.m. PST

Outstanding! I'm really looking forward to the Russian companion article as they seem a bit harder to manage…


Rusty Gold21 Dec 2018 3:29 p.m. PST

For French you probably require pre Bardin Uniform . After 1812 changes were made to most coats in Infantry Cavalry and Artillery , usually shorter tail coats and replace peaked caps for Shakos . For Russians I think they went to the Kiwer Cap post 1812
Maybe someone could name a book where someone has catalogued all yearly changes for all Nations 1795 -1815 . It would be useful

britishbulldog22 Dec 2018 7:59 a.m. PST

Hi Setsuko,
I am back to wargaming after an exile of about forty years and have been painting both French and British figures along with their allies for the last 18 months with a view to playing Black Powder Rules. I have read your article and found it most informative. Thankyou for taking the time to share it.

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