Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This officer figure will be on the Volley and Bayonet brigade base to add some variety. As mentioned in a previous post, this is a Wargames Foundry mounted French officer. His uniform is very similar to what Anhalt line officers wore.
Here are two brigade bases for the French army that I have already done with mounted officers:
Grenadier of the Anhalt battalion. All of the figures are going to be painted as belonging to the grenadier company. The French figures I am using are not an exact match in uniform detail, but they are close enough for gaming purposes.
So far I have not found too many details on drummers in the Anhalt army. His uniform may end up as one of pure conjecture. Then again, many drummers were uniformed based on the whimsy of their commander - so why not?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Michael Perry of Perry Miniatures writes: The plastic Sudanese Tribesmen will be ready for July this year. Sorry about the delay, but that was down to me not quite finishing the command in time to get them in the queue for tooling earlier.
There will be 44 in the box, and they can be put together as early- or late-war Bija (Fuzzy Wuzzies), Kordorfani tribesmen, or Nile Arabs.
Monday, March 14, 2011
I'd like to show you the progress of the mustering of the unit for Volley and Bayonet, but the Emperor Napoleon has clamped down on reporting - oh, all right. I can't find my camera.
Most of the figures I'm using for the unit are the Wargames Foundry French Grenadier or Voltigeurs in Campaign Dress advancing. I'm also going to use three other Wargames Foundry figures: a French mounted officer, a standard bearer in campaign dress and a grenadier drummer in campaign dress. The Anhalt battalion had a similar uniform to the French but there are some differences; their jacket was single breasted and had Austrian cuffs. But for the scale (and my budget) the differences will be hard to tell. With all of the straps on the figure, it covers the front of the jacket and I'm going to "modify" how I paint the cuffs. With the dark green jackets of the infantry, it will hide some of the sculpting details. The Anhalt uniforms did follow the French in how the elites looked, so the unit is going to be painted as the grenadier company of the Anhalt battalion. The plumes on the shakos will be red as will the epaulettes.
Hopefully that camera will show up soon . . .
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Not just a rehashing of the "same old story", Barbero brings his own analysis, coupled with a careful look at the tactics and terrain of the battlefield, to present a fascinating narrative.
Only two minor (and I mean minor) complaints. The maps are all at the beginning of the book and are a bit hard to follow. I am extremely familiar with the campaign so had no difficulty knowing "who was where and when did they move." On the other hand, someone not as familiar with the campaign and battle may not be able to follow the maps as well. Also, I always like a table of organization of the forces; again, I had numerous references which allowed me to "keep track" who commanded what.
All in all, I highly recommend this for any one who is interested in Napoleon's last campaign or Napoleonic history.