I can understand you and all the rest, it was my obsession for thirty years!… that Corsican Emperor and his Regiments… MINIFIGS 25mm all the way (seee elsewhere in this Blog if you are really interested… Waterloo would do if you want to see the little soldiers I painted one by one painstakingly for years… (LOL)… and then sold away tired of that scale (too little to be 54mm… too big to wargame with… you need all sorts you know…).
At least I can remember the happy times when my brother and I tried (some time vainly and quite historically… to win at Waterloo) and one time succeeded in storming that bloody ridge! (knowing all the time that the Russians and the Austrians would not quit anyway…)… those were the days…
Well, in a way, those were some of my days… deeply involved in 6mm as readers of this webpage know already… but it is SOLO wargaming for me nowadays…
The Wargames Holiday Centre has been one of my obsessions for a long time (as you know I post pics from Mark Freeth many times per year), have probably passed the age to book a reservation myself, the idea to wargame with perfect strangers does not appeal to me in the least… and the only possibility remaining is the retirement of my brother from business… but as we have an age gap of ten years… when he will retire I would be too old or dead (LOL)… and then real life gets always in the middle of those chimerical projects…
Enjoy the Sudan! (IMHO there is nothing to enjoy there but… you need all sorts!)
What about something different today? I was feeling adventurous somehow… I guess they are semiflat figures that have an appeal of their own (and always look better from the side pics)… excellent flag BTW. French troops if you ask me. And I forgot to say… Prince August (they sell moulds too!)… with some additions from Front Rank!… and, of course, 40mm scale!
The scale that actually I use for wargaming (mainly the ACW with Baccus minis)… not my minis at all in the pic… seen in Facebook (they look like Adler).
They are cheap, easy to paint, have mass appeal and room to manoeuvre… you must not be “cheap” though… if you need bases for dismounted cavalry make them… Buford’s cavalry on the left seem a bit ludicrous mounted… but that is only me been pricky.
We are all aware of Waterloo… thank you kindly… but if ever there was an Army who fought Napoleon it was the Austrian Army… from 1805 Austerlitz defeat to 1815 coalition… they were always there… getting beated and scoring some success as at ASPERN-ESSLING… and WAGRAM was not a bloody rout… the Austrian Army retreated in order… but propaganda is propaganda… specially French Napoleonic Propaganda… “To lie like a Bulletin” is a French Expression of the times…
At first I did not thought that was posible. But it is. OMG!
Some time ago I saw those pics in the Baccus GALLERY Forum… simply looked at them and forgot about it.
Then suddenly confronted to a difficult project in 6mm I revisited the GALLERY and something clicked on my mind… Oh Dear! to think that I sold my 25mm astounded by the level of painting of the Kevin Dallimore’s etc. What to do now?… sell my 6mm and go 3mm?… NO NOT AT ALL!… just look from a distance (a few meters will do!).
Since seeing “The Four Feathers” (1939 version if you please!) film as a child the idea of a British “square” formation has been ingrained in my brain (not that it appears in the film at all but vaguely the idea is there when the Fuzzy-Wuzzies attack at dawn the lone company of Captain Durrance -already blinded by the Sun- and Burrows and Willoughby of course!
The reading many years later of SMALL WARS revealed to me nothing “new” but it is a book I recommend because it is a compendium of “obvious things to do” (but easily forgotten)… it took me a long time to read and digest (meaning that since begun I read and finished a lot of other books) because it was interesting and meticulous. It has been a long time since I recommended a book!
So today I chosed some old pics from my personal Vault to illustrate the point. Maybe when I get the remaining 16 figures from DORSET (sorry IMPERIAL MINIATURES nowadays) I will indulge in a new series with Khaki clad warriors.