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I buy loads of figures on eBay. I’ve never done any selling but from a buyer’s point of view I would say it still seems to be a thriving marketplace.
Dettol for me as well. Be sure to remove any flock from the bases as you will end up with a horrible mess if you don’t. Also, try to get rid of any glue if the figures have been glued to bases as this will also gunk things up. I find it best to leave the figures submerged for at least a week and then attack them with a toothbrush and washing up liquid to get the paint out of the creases.
What size figures are you using? For 15mm Magister Militum stock the Chariot range which has lots of items that might be useful: https://www.magistermilitum.com/era/napoleonic-war.html?cat%5B0%5D=6192916/09/2019 at 07:30 in reply to: Should I do Lee's Legion or Washington's Dragoons? #122386
I would go for Washington’s Dragoons because I like the white uniform with pale blue facings. I did once attempt to paint Lee’s Legion infantry in the pale purple uniform in this Don Troiani painting but I couldn’t get it right and they came out looking like they were wearing romper suits. I ended up stripping the paint off and doing them again in green tunics (which may be another reason why I favour Washington’s Dragoons)12/09/2019 at 07:39 in reply to: Does anyone know the maufacturer of this 15mm vivandiere? #121934
Thanks for the information. I guess I won’t be buying from Stonewall after all.11/09/2019 at 22:21 in reply to: Does anyone know the maufacturer of this 15mm vivandiere? #121919
I’ve never heard of Stonewall Miniatures before. Is there a problem?11/09/2019 at 17:58 in reply to: Does anyone know the maufacturer of this 15mm vivandiere? #121899
They are very nice figures. I’m going to have to get some. My troops need their cognac ration. https://www.stonewallfigures.co.uk/shop/capitan-warmodelling-15mm-napoleonics/artillery-capitan-warmodelling-15mm-napoleonics/vivandieres/
Am I right in thinking that the Battle Honours range is no longer available in the UK?
I’m a bit confused about this. Is this the same set of rules but with four different titles?
Wow! I didn’t see that. Charging someone to buy something seems nonsensical to me. That puts the figures even further out of my price range.
I am a big fan of Ian and his full metal packets!
Me too. Though I do feel a bit guilty at the thought of my postman having to haul them in his bag. A few hundred steel bases makes quite a thump when they drop through the letter box.
I use steel bases that I get from Precision Wargames Supplies Ltd
The service is very good, though there is a two or three week turnaround if they are doing custom bases rather than supplying from stock. I like them because they are thin (0.8mm), they give figures and extra bit of heft and you can easily use magnetic tape to create sabots.
I’ve got that figure as well and I have an idea it was one of a small range of fantasy figures produced by Orcs Nest in London. I certainly bought it from them and I think it was an ‘own brand’ figure. On mine there appears to be a code on the bottom of the base underneath the hammer but even under a magnifying glass I can’t make it out (so it may just be an imperfection in the casting).
It’s a nice figure and I really should get round to painting it one of these days.
I see what you mean. Even by the standards of the day that is not a pretty dwarf:
Mind you, I still think it is a hell of a lot better than the Hinchcliffe one I posted earlier.
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I haven’t tried them but that’s a lovely bit of brushwork.
Good lord, what is that thing on the top — a Deep Ones dwarf?! Not any of those either, sorry. Now you have me worried.
The Aureola Rococo range did feature some pretty hideous figures. I think they were trying to do something different with the dwarves because they came out looking like an unnatural liaison between a hobbit and a goblin.
I gave up playing with toy soldiers when I went to university because I was hoping to get a girlfriend. Thirty years later – still single – I decided I might as well start up again.
I’m actually rather glad I got the wrong guy because I love the Dwarves in the Minifigs D&D range.
Was it maybe this guy from their Aureola Rococo range?
Or this fellow from the Minifigs ‘More Fantasy’ range:
Or maybe the guy on the right from their Mythical Earth range?
And if it was Hinchcliffe rather than Minifigs it could be this guy?
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I’m looking for any other units that were in action (ideally in the Peninsular War) that wore kilts (or could be reasonably assumed to have done so). Did some of the other sometimes-Highland units (most of the 70s-numbered regiments were Highlanders at one point or another) keep their kilts like the the 92nd seems to have? Did any non-Highland units wear them, or did any expatriate or foreign units do so? Regards!
I think unfortunately you have got more Highlanders than you are ever going to need for a British Peninsular army. As far as I am aware the only kilted regiments that took part in the campaign were the 42nd, 79th and 92nd, though according to Haythornthwaite in Uniforms of the Peninsular War 1807-1814, the 71st officially should have been wearing Highland dress in the Corunna campaign but were either wearing tartan trews or grey overalls (he also notes that prior to being issued with light infantry shakos many in the regiment had stripped the feathers from their feather bonnets and sold them to Portuguese ladies).
The other bit of bad news is that even though these regiments were composed of two battalions only one battalion of each regiment was present in the Peninsula at a time. In the case of the 79th and 92nd this was because the 2nd battalions stayed at home to recruit and provide reinforcements to the 1st battalions. Both battalions of the 42nd served in the Peninsula but not together. The 1st battalion was evacuated after Corunna, the 2nd battalion then arrived and stayed until 1812, at which point it was replaced with the 1st battalion which fought on until the end of the war.
I’m afraid no non-Highland units fought wearing kilts during the Napoleonic Wars. As far as I am aware the battle in which the most kilted regiments were present was Waterloo where there were four battalions in Highland dress: 42nd, 78th, 79th and 92nd.
Thanks everyone. I had been assuming that the colours were carried by junior officers (as I think was the case in most Napoleonic armies) but if they were carried by NCOs then it certainly sounds like black standard bearers is the way to go.
Oh, BTW,General Slade– ever see Northwest Frontier/Flame Over India?
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I haven’t seen Northwest Frontier or Gunga Din but thanks for the links. I have checked them out and I am definitely going to watch them. I am in the mood for a bit of rip-roaring adventure.
I know bugger all about the period but I won’t let that stop me from offering an opinion. I would opt from the North West Frontier just because it would give me an excuse to watch The Man Who Would Be King again. It also seems to offer a lot more variety than the other options. Lots of exotic sounding units and colourful uniforms.
In fact, I have almost talked myself into giving it a go …
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There is an In Our Time that deals with the same subject that makes for an interesting listen (though from memory I think Melvin Bragg got a bit frustrated with his guests because not only did they lack a definite theory of what caused the Bronze Age collapse but also questioned whether it had happened in the first place): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07fl5bh
I mainly do Napoleonics and I find it hard to get excited about the ordinary. I’ve painted an awful lot of French line infantry and they all look the bloody same and when you are done you can’t tell one regiment from another. I like Polish Lancers of the Guard and Scots Greys and Royal Welch Fusiliers (in the bearskins they never wore in battle) and Russian Pavlovsk grenadiers. Basically anything but French line infantry.
Thanks Whirlwind. That’s precisely the information I was looking for.
I love your parades. Minifigs mounted in single ranks. No finer sight to be seen on a wargames table!
I think soldiers in the same unit would generally wear the same headgear. According to Philip Haythornthwaite’s Uniforms of the French Revolutionary Wars the crested Tarleton-style helmet replaced the bicorn hat in 1791 but not all units received it. The new headgear was unpopular and Haythornthwaite relates the example of the 46th regiment which didn’t receive their helmets until 1793 and only wore them until 1796 “by which time they were so smelly that in a mass demonstration the whole regiment threw them into the river at Strasbourg.” They then apparently paid five francs per man to buy themselves hats. However, he also notes that the 9th Demi-Brigade kept their helmets at least until 1798.
The grenadier companies would have worn grenadier caps (which were reintroduced in 1789) whether the rest of the regiment were wearing hats or helmets.
That is a wonderful parade. Troops in single rank, in marching poses, wearing glossy uniforms. I would say that is my absolute ideal of what a wargames army should look like.
Speaking as someone who can’t understand how anyone has the patience to put together plastic figures I would definitely go 15mm. Mind you I would go Minifigs over Peter Pig.
Excellent. I’m glad you found what you are looking for. Good luck with your project.
I don’t know of any fantasy Seven Years War flags but if all else fails then you could mix and match historical flags to create your own combinations http://www.warflag.com/flags/select.shtml
Alternatively, I have a feeling that Maverick Models will design flags for you if you give them an idea of what you want. However, I don’t know how much this would cost: http://www.maverick-models.com (Some of the fantasy flags they sell would actually work quite well for SYW imaginations: http://www.maverick-models.com/fan_light.htm)
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I think the light infantry officer in all dark blue makes for a good baddie. He has a certain hauteur that gives him a je ne sais quoi. Plus, if we are going to be picky – and since we are talking about Napoleonics we really ought to be – the bleu of the coat of the chap on the right looks a bit more Bavarian than French to moi.
Thanks for this Jonathan. I haven’t had time to read the whole post yet (I am supposed to be working!) but it is really inspiring. To my shame I have never visited the National Army Museum – but then I have only lived in London for the past thirty years . . .
I think Harry was aiming the insult at himself rather than at the world at large.
For a while there I too was convinced that my Dinky model came with a crew but then I realised it was these Airfix guys I had in mind:
With regard to what you could use to act as gun crew I think we generally used to use kneeling shooting guys. Mind you back then we were lining the troops up in the back garden and shooting air pistols at them. Happy days!
I’m going for option 2.
Glad to be of service Harry. I look forward to reading the battle report and hearing how our brave lads make the lily-livered Frenchies run like rabbits.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Napoleonic uniforms! I found this picture of a Line voltigeur officer. The colour of the plume is, I think, unusual for an officer, and the piping on the collar would generally be blue but as I said there weren’t really any hard and fast rules (and where there were rules they often seem to have been ignored).
I’m afraid the plot thickens further because in the French army both the line and light infantry had voltigeur companies and they wore different uniforms. So you need to know whether you are painting a line infantry voltiguer officer or a light/légère voltigeur officer.
As Patrice says there was a big change in uniforms around 1812, when a simpler uniform coat with short tails was introduced. However, despite this you can find a useful painting guide on the Mont St Jean website, which gives details of uniforms worn at Waterloo. Even though the cut of the uniforms was different the basic colours remained largely the same. http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/
Just click on the ‘Uniformes’ link and then on the tab for the Voltiguer company.
One thing to note is that in 1808 the national cockade, worn on the shako beneath the plume or pom-pom, would have been blue, within red, within white (rather than the blue, within white, within red worn by 1815). If your figure is modeled wearing a plume then it is likely to be white whether for a line or light infantry regiment. If your figure is wearing cords and flounders on the shako then they would be gold for a line officer and silver for a light officer. The same is true of the boot tassels if your guy is wearing Hessian/hussar-style boots.
The good thing is there were lots of variations so as long as you get the basic uniform right people would have a hard time proving that you had got any of the details wrong.