Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Distant Thunder of the Drums...

I realize I haven't posted here for a good while now;  the last couple of club games have been WW2 actions, as you can see here, so my hobby time has been devoted to that project in recent weeks.  

However, this December we we have another Napoleonics game using Black Powder coming up, now that Achilleas is available with his growing French horde, so it is time to put on my bicorne again and to sound the pas-de-charge. 

Not only that, but after spending the last month on plastic models and khaki drab for my Soviet army, my Nappy painting mojo seems to be back.  

"It's only a bit of cannister!  What are you waiting for,  mes amis?  En Avant!!!"

Today was a national holiday here, and I took the opportunity to work on some more sections of my long-neglected French and Russian artillery, which I hope to get finished before I hit the road/ air lanes for a couple of business trips over the next few weeks. The next three weeks are going to be hectic at work, but I've a couple of weeks off on the horizon, so I'm looking forward to some serious "Quality Time" with my paintbrushes.

A photo from our first Black Powder game.  As you can see, our collections are still very much works-in-progress.  But we are all steadily recruiting and training.  Since that photo was taken there have been a number of fully-painted stands ready to take the places of those who, had it not been for the exigencies of the service, would otherwise have failed inspection!

I'm sure by now it is no news to anyone reading this post that Calpe is coming out with a range of French Napoleonic infantry and artillery!  As it happens, the news came out just after I received my first order from Peter.   

Aside from the excellent service, I have to say I am impressed with the quality of sculpting and with the refreshing lack of flash and heavy mould lines.  Some quick work with a needle file, and they were done and ready for priming. 

And of course, Peter's new French range will be for the 1813 campaign; none of this hackneyed, done-to-death, 100-Days campaign fixation for a change.  So that means it will fit right in with my plans!  Safe to say that a battalion or so of these are likely to find their way into my recruiting depot.

Finally, that redoubt is coming along nicely.  I have it in mind for December's game scenario, so I need to get it finished within a few weeks.

I've added the duck-boards to the base, and have only the revetments to do now, along with some sandbagging around the tops.



paulalba said...

Great to see your armies coming together Robert. I had no idea Calpe were doing French? I thought the plastics had swamped the market with French (or are the uniforms of the plastic figures around made for earlier than 1813?). The redoubt is turning out really well too.

Robert said...

Thanks, Paul. I added a link in the post to the news.

As for a swamped market, I think that providing the quality is up to that of the best of the competition, there is always room for more French!

As for the uniforms, I'd think that knowing Peter they would have a lot of research behind them, so they may be Bardin issue or earlier- I suspect the latter, as many units still wore the earlier issue. There would probably be a lot of campaign dress as well, such as baggy overalls and turned-back greatcoats.

Lots of fun to paint, I'll wager!

paulalba said...

Hi Robert,
I have a small amount of Calpe Prussians, it's refreshing to see the detail Peter puts into his figures and great to see he has his machines in full swing now. I have to admit my knowledge of French uniforms is now limited. When my brother and I 1st started naps (around 20 years ago) I submerged myself in information about the French but we had a lay off of around 17 years and it seems to have disappeared (totally!!!). Once I get through my Russians, Prussians, Bavarians (and recently purchased Saxons) I will have to make a point of reading through our French reference material again as I still have a large amount of Elite Miniature French to paint up.

Rafael Pardo said...

Your redoubt looks very nice and accurate. I like the planked soil

Furt said...

Some really nice stuff on the blog. I really like the redoubt, it is coming along very nicely.