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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 8:26 a.m. PST

I've been slowly working on my 54mm Wurttembergers and Russians when I see ColCampbell mention the Hanseatic Cities in a post, so I look them up… Those look pretty interesting. Maybe 3 or 4 infantry units, and a little cavalry… This really isn't helping me cut down on my projects and painting. That doesn't count the Spanish and Italians that I have been putting off. I'll need to make some French as well if I go with the Hanseatic cities.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 9:12 a.m. PST

It is madness … but fun!

nickinsomerset04 Aug 2020 9:16 a.m. PST

In 28mm it is not helped by the the evil Perry Twins releasing lovely stuff all the time, and researching battles to find one needs Baden Dragoons and a Wurzburg Infantry Bn! (If on Facebook see "Tales from the Wargames Shed")

Meanwhile the other rabbit hole is the eternal question on the best rules for the period!!

Tally Ho

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 9:22 a.m. PST


Glad I could help. grin beer


Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 10:58 a.m. PST

A life-time addiction…
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repaint04 Aug 2020 11:33 a.m. PST

Who are you talking to?… I have just bought 3 new rulesets for Napoleonics 8}

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 11:37 a.m. PST

Well, the good news is that once you're started on Napoleonics, you never really need another period. Fifty-plus years from my first figure, and there are compatible ones in the painting queue.

grecian195904 Aug 2020 12:48 p.m. PST

Rules = the holy Grail

28mm the realm of Wargamers megalomania … of delicious agony … I'm an addict as said before yes need a unit of Portuguese Legion that I'll I use once 😂😂😂😂😂

Legionarius04 Aug 2020 12:57 p.m. PST


14Bore04 Aug 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

I can stop anytime I want, I just don't want to.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 2:08 p.m. PST

Do not mention rabbits to Napoleon, the emperor will be displeased.


Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 2:24 p.m. PST

Yes indeed, the ultimate gaming period--- except only in 10 or 15 MM so one can have the proper size units and armies with actual capabilities of maneuver without wall to wall phalanxs.
When you view Napoleonics you really do not wanr to view "the figure" --- but instead the entire unit and army.
In my opinion 25 mm figures are just to monstrous to get the visual and movement effects of the Napoleonic period.

Russ Dunaway

Nine pound round04 Aug 2020 4:01 p.m. PST

Yep, and those siege guns you sell turned into quite a rabbit hole of their own- first the 24 pounders and 10" howitzers, then some French guns to equip the other side, then a copy of "The Art of War in the Age I'd Reason," so I'd have a siege module compatible wIth "Empire," then some Mexican-American war-era mortars (adaptable for the Napoleonic era), then a Vauban fortress, so I would have something to besiege, then your Royal Marine Artillerymen, so I could have some rockets…….

I hope you gave my disposable income a good home, Russ!

repaint04 Aug 2020 11:02 p.m. PST

By the way, anyway to get Blue Moon Napoleonics in Australia without selling a kidney or two?

mildbill05 Aug 2020 2:48 a.m. PST

The trick is to just pick one coalition to fight. I just do French revolution with minor wanderings into 1809 although 1814 is an interesting period too…

14Bore05 Aug 2020 11:09 a.m. PST

I like Blue Moon and AB, I might have at least 10 makers in my 2 large and 2 small armies.

Nine pound round05 Aug 2020 12:45 p.m. PST

Me too! I try and keep some consistency within units, but too many different manufacturers selling too much good stuff to forego AB or Blue Moon just because they make Minifigs look small.

AICUSV05 Aug 2020 3:28 p.m. PST

Man now I have to paint a unit of rabbits.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2020 3:55 p.m. PST

I have tried to do Napoleonic gaming for years. I just never got interested in Waterloo era. It seemed to be what everyone was doing.

Then The Perry's did their early war French with conversion heads in bicorne hats. So, Austrians and early war French are the two armies I have chosen to work on. I have been painting Austrian artillery. It's been fun.

GROSSMAN08 Aug 2020 8:09 p.m. PST

I go that monkey off my back after painting 2,000 15mm and 1500 10mm figures. Sold them all and can never go back.

Empgamer10 Aug 2020 4:53 a.m. PST

I started 22 years ago, I recently decided on which rule set to use and have just chosen a basing system, now, time to get some figures………………LOL ;)

arthur181510 Aug 2020 10:18 a.m. PST

It's only a 'rabbit hole' if you take it too seriously and worry too much about getting uniforms, colours, orbats &c. exactly right (if such a thing is even possible?).

If my wargames look approximately like the prints by William Heath, published in Jenkins' Martial Achievements shortly after Waterloo, I'm perfectly happy!

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