Monday, November 27, 2017

General Update - November 27th, 2017

Hello everyone and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US.  You may have been wondering "what the hell happened to this guy?"  The answer is easy - I've been basing and painting Napoleonics (and doing the regular family/work stuff).

Good news ... lots of pictures and a few different things covered below ...

The group and myself are working hard towards a January play test of my Waterloo scenario.  As you can imagine that requires a LOT of 28mm miniatures (around 4,000).  This involved expanding my Napoleonic French army significantly.  

The picture below is from a few weeks ago ... getting most of the stuff on bases but still a lot missing that has since been added (cleaned up the garage for Thanksgiving so it isn't all out and lined up at the moment) ...

Work in progress - from a few weeks ago ...

I've just about finished adding:
  • 20 new 36 figure French line and light infantry units.
  • Filling out the guard corps with:
    • 2 x 48 figure Old Guard Grenadier
    • 1 x 48 figure Guard Chasseur a Pied
    • 1 x Guard Lancer
    • 1 x Guard Chasseur a Cheval
    • 1 x Guard Grenadier a Cheval
    • 1 x Empress Dragoons
    • 1 x Guard horse artillery
    • (this all adds to my existing guard foot artillery and young guard units)
  • 3 new line horse artillery batteries.
  • 2 new Guard limber teams (onee 12pdr and one 6pdr).
  • 6 new line artillery limber teams (three 12pdrs and three 6pdrs).
  • 52 French casualties.
  • Field forge, ambulance, supply wagons, and other odds and ends.
  • 2 new Chasseur a Cheval, 1 new Lancer, and 4 new Cuirassiers units.
  • New Corps and Division commanders.

As you can see a lot is in progress ... but an enormous amount of progress has been made ... hence why I've not been blogging.  Most of the last week I've spent painting artillery.  I've painted 22 guns/limbers just in the last week!  I was going to do a post about "Gunvember" to track my progress but honestly I just got into the grove and didn't want to mess it up so just kept on painting.  Very happy with the progress.  I have another 9 guns and 2 limbers to paint and hope to finish that over the next week or so.  You can see some of the completed units below ...

I had to add several horse artillery units ... WIP

Limber teams ... adding three more to what you see here ...

New artillery WIP

Work in progress pictures below for various units ...

New Lancers and Chasseurs a Cheval

Additional Corps commanders
(left to right is d'Erlon, Rielle, and Lobau)

Adding little vignettes for the battlefield
(ignore the Austrian prisoners, they are for
my Aspern-Essling game)

Guard artillery limber team

Old Guard Grenadiers

New Cuirassiers


When basing I use wallboard joint compound (pre-mixed plaster) to fill the base (blends the edges of the figure bases) then a little white glue and sand/rocks to prepare the base.  A base coat of GW Rhinox Hide is used, then a drybrush of GW Steel Legion Drab, and finally a drybrush of GW Screaming Skull.  I then add static grass and tufts.

So tons of progress.  I've managed to get all the new infantry units based and most of the flags done (a few left to do).  I'm confident of the January play test date.

David is working away on the mats and my massive Hovels order has arrived (note:  I already have the Hovels La Haye Saint set completed) - Hougoumont and Papelotte.  I pulled everything out and took some pictures so I can remember where everything goes.  I really happy with how this all came out.









La Haye Sainte and La Belle Alliance

During the break I also got to play a new game with my buddy Dan Kerrick called W1815.  This is a really quick and fun Waterloo "pub battles" style game that has been out of print for a long time and is hard to find.  I snapped a few pictures below.  Very easy to learn and play.  Each game took us about 20-30 minutes.

W1815 Board Game

The positions are fixed and each corps has specific enemy corps they fight.  You roll a D6 after deciding who to attack with and consult the corps card for the result of the action.  The Anglo-Allied player can bring in Prussian units on the French flank (indeed, perhaps the best strategy for the AA player.  Each side suffers casualties (FC or AC) and morale loses (FM or AM) until they fail a morale test (and lose the game).  Provisions are in place for the capture and recapture of Hougoumont, La Haye Sainte, and Papelotte.

Lastly, if you have not seen the latest releases from Crescent Root Studio, they have some great hybrid (MDF combined with 3D printing) terrain sets they recently released.  Some of the stuff is very period agnostic ... some more narrowly applicable (e.g. oil cans) but overall very nice and I recommend them.

I'll stop there for now.  As you can see while I have not been blogging I have been busy with wargaming stuff!  I can't wait to get Waterloo on the table for the play test ... it is going to be grand!


  1. Zounds! You have been painting up a veritable storm!

  2. Dude! I so almost sent you an email! I was going through withdrawals from your long absence, but it was worth the wait. All I can say is I am truly humbled at all of what you have done and plan on doing. Amazing!!! I need to clone you so I can have someone on my side of the states to keep me motivated to do projects like this. I could never get my game group to do this. Great job Jay!


    1. Lol ... I know ... I was starting to feel really bad about it ... but was in some wierd zen painting mode. I need clones just to help me ;-) Thanks Kevin :-)

  3. and people call me crazy....that is an insane amount of troops to finish. They look fantastic !

    How big is your final table going to be for this extravaganza?

    1. Lol ... well you are crazy ;-) lol Table is 8 foot by 18 foot :-) Thanks!

  4. Mein Gott!
    Your work is amazing!
    Such a mass of people and cavalry - I envy;)
    I really like your green color of guns and limbers!

    1. Thanks! That green is the Foundry French Gun Olive Green "C" (highlight). I'm really happy with the results :-)

  5. Mind blown. Absolutely amazing stuff. Incredible!

  6. I would have commented last night but I had to clean up the mess I made from falling over after looking at all the pictures. And to think, there used to be days when you were only putting 5 to 7 figures for each side on the table for games lol!

    I'm just in awe, absolute awe :)

  7. Loving the Napoleonic's. When are you planning on another live session? I really enjoyed joining in the last one.

    1. Thanks! Good question ... I should probably put down the brush and play a game in the near future - need to do that so there is something to stream :-)

  8. Incredible, simply astonishing!

  9. I am astounded by the sheer size of the project. You and the group must spend every spare second painting / basing. You’re fingers must fall off.

    1. Lol ... well ... this is just my part/the French ... Roy is working away filling out the Ditch Belgians and Anglo Allied units ... and Dan with the Prussians (that part is done) :-) I've based far too much at this point ... but the one thing I still hate is assemble and cleaning ;-) Thanks Stew :-)

  10. Wow, that's an enormous amount of napoleonics that all look great and really nicely based, well done, I need a sit down just looking at it!
    Best Iain

  11. Wonderful post Jay and what an incredible collection you have. Super!