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Jabba Miles14 Mar 2023 4:37 a.m. PST

Just before Xmas I did a bit of thinking about my wargaming hobby, specifically my figure collection.

Now my favorite period is the Napoleonic Wars and the peninsular war within that. In the approximately nine years since I actively started gaming I have amassed a "completed" British force of 12 infantry battalions, 5 cavalry regiments and 10 artillery pieces plus command. I also have 5 Portuguese infantry battalions and 1 artillery piece. A further 3 British infantry battalions and Hussar regiments are in the being done or to do list.

All this means that I can put on some great games at the fantastic club I go to, where I can make use of the other member's extensive selection of French figures. However should I wish to play a historic game away from this environment I'm stuffed.

This is all just a lead up to me deciding before Christmas that I need to do some French "oh the horror! :)" So onto the pressie list went requests for French figures. The plan was for a brigade/regiment of 3 line battalions, an attached light cavalry regiment and a battery of foot artillery.
So one Perry plastic box, extra command sprue, mounted colonels and some kindly donated Victrix figures, to make up the numbers in the 3rd battalion, and I was at this position:

A trip to Hammerhead the other weekend saw me pick up a box of Perry Chasseurs Cheval and some casualty figures. Unfortunately the 8lb foot artillery I wanted were out of stock so I still have to order them.

The plan is to assemble them all then prime them in a one go so they are ready to paint as soon as I finish the British 43rd Light Infantry that are half way to completion.

So ramble over and lots more to paint going forward this year, now just to finish the Tudor figures for the club's Kett's Rebellion game at Diceni in Norwich this May.

Cheers Tony

Jabba's Wargaming

Valmy9214 Mar 2023 5:47 a.m. PST

You're realizing something I have found to be pretty important over the years as I have moved around the country and seen friends' interests shift. Now for any army I build, I want an opposition force big enough to put on both sides of whatever I consider a small game with that collection. Otherwise, I've ended up with orphan armies that just live in the box with no hope of a game. My biggest army (Russian) actually started life as an OPFOR for my French.

4th Cuirassier14 Mar 2023 5:50 a.m. PST

This is how you end up with 5 000 unpainted figures….

cavcrazy14 Mar 2023 7:01 a.m. PST

I noticed that you never mentioned Spanish guerrillas or troops….or did I just open another can of worms?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 7:56 a.m. PST

Much the same reason I have three Corps of French, 2 of Austrians and 1 of Russians

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 9:16 a.m. PST

Nice work. As a side note, I don't think I've ever seen anyone game a purely Napoleonic cavalry battle.

Jabba Miles14 Mar 2023 4:27 p.m. PST

@79thPA We have done a couple now, both being actions in the lead up to Waterloo.

Mark J Wilson15 Mar 2023 3:26 a.m. PST

@79thPA see link

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