Tuesday, 1 May 2012

95th Rifles and Timecast buildings.

Like most Napoleonic wargamers I just HAD to paint a battalion of rifles! But I wanted to base them differently to the line battalions. After a lot of shuffling around on the 60 x 60mm base I went with that as shown in the pics below. I'm kind of happy with the effect as I hope it shows them breaking down into companies (well sort of). An officer leads a company or two off to the right flank, covered by a skirmish screen, while the rest of the battalion is formed up in line. A bugler sounds the orders to advance.

The Timecast order has arrived and I have to say they are brilliant little castings. I'd not expected such detail in 6mm scale, they are really impressive. I could not resist getting a bit of paint on a few, the house at left is almost finished, just need to add in some 'wood' brown to doors and window frames etc.

I'm almost ready now for a test game, once I have a few of the buildings finished. I'm just waiting for some more scenics/basing materials to arrive now and then I can crack on with work on terrain. I need to edge more of my road sections and highlight them, make a couple of hills and make some stream sections using the same flexible plastic I used for the roads. I have another battalion of Highlanders on the painting bench to be followed by more French infantry. I need to order some Portuguese infantry next and British Hussars and French lancers from Bacccus next week, although I still have hundreds of castings here still to paint. I'm amazed that my total of figures painted has already reached almost 500!







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  1. Great looking buildings Lee and with your excellent brush-work they come up a treat.
    I am really looking forward to the photos or your first game. Are you gonna use the Polemos rules?
    James

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  2. Great painting again. I've got to think what to do with my Rifles when I convert to PoW Basing. There may be room for a skirmisher or two on the bases but it'll be a squeeze!

    Also looking forward to the first game photos. You can use the same bases for Grand Armee as well.

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  3. James, thanks for the comments and thanks for posting your thoughts on Polemos earlier. I will be trying that set first. As this will be a solo affair initially at least I need to somehow randomise the tempo bidding process, but as this is central to the way the game plays I'm going to lose a bit of the rules 'edge' I think. Only way I can see is to dice for who wins tempo then deduct a set number of points from the winner and the loser. Any thoughts or ideas on what else I could do? At least then I could run through the basic mechanics of the rules to see how I like them. I'm told they play better than they read.

    Phil, thanks again. I've been sent a set of Grand Armee fast play rules and they look good to me. I take it there are both 'standard' and fast play versions?

    When I play Polemos I'll write it up best I can with move by move images and highlight any issues I have during the run through.

    Cheers,
    Lee.

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    1. That sounds like a good way to approach it Lee. I guess another way could be to dice again to see how many points are deducted from each side, with the highest roll taken from the winner of the tempo?

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    2. That's a very good idea James, thank you. I will try that.

      Lee.

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  4. That's a really nice look with the rifles base. 500!!! I think I've painted 6 figures since you started this project...

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    1. One of the advantages of having time on your hands Ian. I'm making the most of it while I can as I hope to get back to work again in the near future, the wife has been working her socks off keeping us all going and I think she could do with cutting down a bit. Mind you I do all the housework etc so I keep busy, but I'm no one for sitting around doing nothing.

      All the best,
      Lee.

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