With that, welcome to Byron's Point Bomb(?) Part 3 - Napoleonic madness...
Four years ago now, I started doing some French Napoleonic figures as a promise to Curt that I would at least try doing something historical for my first painting challenge. It was a unit of Perry line infantry, and my first exposure to painting the madness that is Napoleonic uniforms!
Don't get me wrong, I love the Napoleonic era, the uniforms in real life, and most importantly the games it produces. I also seriously love how amazing ranked up 28mm Napoleonic figures look on the table, even when only half-assed done like mine! The effect of them all lined up is far above the sum of their parts.
However, it is a serious Love / Hate relationship, due to the fact that painting all those fiddly little details on so many figures that are all the same, drives me nuts! Worse, since it drives me nuts I skip things, hurry past things, cheat details, etc, etc. Which makes me more nuts as I know that I could do it better, but just can't make myself do it.... Ok, maybe I just have to face facts, I am nuts :-)
Anyway, after doing a unit of 28mm Dragoons earlier this year and dealing with my hate of horses, I figured why not self flagellate some more, and bang off some more Napoleonics! Ever the glutton for punishment...
The figures themselves had already been purchased as I knew I would need them at some time. They are the excellent Victrix plastic French Artillery set, which comes with two complete sets of infantry arms and heads so that you can build them as early or late period foot infantry, and both 8 and 12 pound cannon barrels.
I knew that for any game we played I probably only need 1 built, but hell, I had three so I may as well do all of them, right (see glutton for punishment comment above)? So, I built 2 as 12 pounders and 1 as an 8 pounder. I also decided to make them a bit more scenic than having everyone standing around them waiting to fire, so I only built one ready to fire and the other two in the process of cleaning and reloading. While not technically correct to be mixed like that, I liked the overall look, so stuck with it.
I painted all the infantry on sticks and not on the base so that I had 360 degree access. I was almost done them too, having ASSumed that since they were foot artillery that they would be outfitted the same as foot infantry. Almost done, I happened to see the packaging sitting in the corner or my table and notice that WTF their facings are blue? A quick call to the guru Curt, and sure enough, I had screwed up and had to do a whole lot of touch up work and changes. Due to the way I paint Napoleonics working from the inside out, and the facing being reset behind the jacket, straps, collar, etc, I had to repaint all of those as I inevitably nicked something on each model as I touched things up.
However, as with every Napoleonic unit I have done so far (other than the Dragoons), while I am far from happy with them as individuals, I am OK with them once they are all assembled on the base. I now have 3 completed bases each containing 5 infantry and a cannon.
Better than anything else though, four years into this, I now finally have a small, but usable Napoleonic force of my own, and I am actually pretty damn happy with how it looks on the tabletop (as shown below), the sum of the Napoleonic parts, far outweigh their individual parts.
Great work Byron. While I find cavalry can be a bear at times, it is artillery that drives me the most bonkers, so sawing away at three teams in 28mm is well worth some kudos!
The Napoleonic era (or any gaming setting, for that matter) can be intimidating, but I am often surprised at how the sci-fi stuff we do can be the same way...the blizzard of factions of different vehicles in the Horus Heresy, for example, can make the Napoleonic setting almost seem organized. The best part is having friends who help you along, and like you, I owe a debt to Curt for that!
That complete force at the bottom looks great - we can do some Black Powder games with my Austrians now!
Another 105 points, to complete your points bombardment for the day!