Saturday, 5 March 2011

"Whilst the Balance of his Mind was Disturbed"

Early this week I was scoffing painkillers like smarties, whilst browsing eBay, and I did something I would never normally consider; hit a "buy it now" for an army in a new period.


I now own 5 battalions of Victrix Napoleonic French Line and 3 regiments of Hussars.  The minis I bought are quickly painted, using army painter I'd judge, but not badly executed and good value for money.  With a little TLC they will look fine (nothing like as good as RTB's or Saxon Dog's, though!).  Mon ami Greg is also pursuing a similar project, nice painting there, too.  These are the first modern plastics I've owned; disconcertingly light.  But nice.

My plan is to round this force out with some artillery and a regiment of heavy cavalry, and use it with Command and Colors Napoleonics.  My intention is that this will only ever be a side project to my ancients...

13 comments:

War Minister Crittumbo said...

Ohhhhhhhhh Shiny! That's why Crittumbette takes my wally before I get online.

Caliban said...

Looks as though you got a good deal there, Simon!

Anonymous said...

You can officially call yourself a wargamer now Simon as you start to collect lots of periods and add to your lead, er plastic mountain.

Viva la France

BigRedBat said...

There are a lot of them; they ain't too bad. I'm trying to resist buying a fresh packet of Victrix so that I can paint a Light Infantry Battalion...

I used to collect Napoleonics back in the 70's. I remember very little about the uniforms and how they were organised; I'll need some books. I sold my old Funckens off around 5 years ago.

Paul´s Bods said...

Aha!!Those are the plastics you meant.
I won´t dare ask how much they all cost......ok...how much did they cost? :-D
Cheers
Paul

BigRedBat said...

£150 nicker, Paul. They were about a 90p a figure.

I'd no have time to paint an army like this, and really want to try C&C N with minis. I could paint a lot better but I'd then I'd rather paint Romans a whole lot better.

BigRedBat said...

By way of a postscript, I realised last night that whilst the infantry are Victrix, the cavalry are Perry Hussars.

Grégory Privat said...

Want to play a C&CN at Salute, Simon ?


I would love to have my first game with you )

of course, I ll bring both armies.

BigRedBat said...

A game at Salute or afterwards would be fun. Do you have many Brits? I have none. Might be able to borrow a few battalions from Ian.

By coincidence all my French infantry are based in 4's, like yours!

Roger said...

Welcome to the dark side young jedi.............

BigRedBat said...

I am astonished that I am back in Nappies!

What frontage do you base infantry on, Roger?

Roger said...

I think all my figures are based on 50mm width and either 45mm or 50mm depth. Six infantry, two cavalry or three skirmishers.

I bought Blackpowder you know and I am pleased they are encouraging me to drink good brandy and smoke good cigars!

legatus hedlius said...

There madness lies!

Good deal though!