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Damn, I cracked

August 26, 2009 8:27 PM - Posted by Robartes - Category: Feeding the habit

As the title says, I cracked. I bought myself a Foundry Napoleonic Bavarian Army. The straw that broke the camel’s back (and not, I hope, the bank) was the 20% off of all web sales promotion they have running currently. I had looked at the army before, but for 410€, I could pretty much construct the same army cheaper from Front Rank Miniatures, postage included (the Foundry army is post free). However, with 20% off, that is no longer the case.

So, I cracked. The specific enthusiasm for 28mm Napoleonics has been brought up by the Foundry’s Napoleon rules. While I did not really like them on first reading, I am now rereading them (with the eye of doing a review on them) and find that many (though not, by far, all) of the negative points they had seem to be somewhat mollified by the second reading. I’m not entirely convinced yet that the set of rules is playable as is from the book, and there is one horrendous faux pas in them (to do with the pictures of painted units in there), but as said, that’s for the review. However, there’s more than one way of skinning a cat, and that goes specifically for Napoleonic wargame rules, of which there are legion, so the figures will probably see some use (the lack of opposition is a ticklish point. Although, for Bavarians under my generalship, that might just mean they can actually win a game).

As an aside, although the army deal has 4 36-man battalions, they all (from the photos at least) contain double command figures (officer, drummer, ensign), so I’m thinking of splitting them into 6 24-man battalions. With some judicious use of knife and green stuff for the flank companies’ plumes, that should be doable. The 36-man units in the army are funny, BTW, as the Napoleon rules have the Bavarians as 24-man units (6 companies, with one stand of 4 figures representing a company).

This project will play second fiddle to the Great Northern Wars project, of course. Current status there is still as before: three battalions painted up, with two more on order from Musketeer (who, as always, seem to take their time to process the order — the order was sent out over a month ago and has not been despatched yet). The idea is to have a playable force (around 5 infantry battalions, 2 guns and 3 cavalry squadrons) by January and the full monty Poltava by late next year.

Which brings me to painting - I completed 16 Roman legionaries yesterday, bringing the Roman armylet up to 3 16-man legionary units. Auxilia have been pre-ordered and should be on their way next month. That also brings my painting points this month to 70. That seems to be a number I can comfortably do each month, so as of now that’s my monthly target. Next up in the painting queue is some more modern British 1:285 stuff. Why no Swedes, the main project focus? See the paragraph above. As long as the newly ordered Swedes don’t arrive, it’s smorgasbörd painting for me.

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It seems the Foundry Napoleon rules don’t get a lot of positive reviews. Do you think the figures might be usable with our grand-scale Tactique rules? Maybe not, since these rules are more meant to be brigade-scale, and that doesn’t fit well with 28mm figures.

August 30, 2009 11:32 AM - Posted by Phil

Hi Phil,

I don’t see why the figures won’t be suitable for our (or any other, for that matter) rules. So if it turns out (which I strongly suspect) that the Napoleon rules are not my cup of tea, there’s lots of other options.

Also, I’m planning on basing the figures on 4cm square stands, of which we can (just) fit three in on of our hexes, so Tactique should work as is.

August 30, 2009 11:44 AM - Posted by Robartes

I was introduced to gaming with miniature figures and Napoleonics with the old Airfix rules, 1:33. I quickly abandoned that scale for 1:20, ala’ CL&S, and have stayed with that ratio ever since (a brief flirtation with Empire, with 1:60, was do-able, my army suddenly three times larger.

September 1, 2009 6:08 PM - Posted by Bruce Simmons