Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Waterloo Project - planning stages.

In order to keep some focus on my Napoleonic collection as it continues to grow, I have been making notes and working out what I will need in order to fight the Commands & Colors Waterloo scenario using a single base of figures to represent each 'block'. This idea is actually not as mad as it might at first seem! I have been giving a lot of thought to the hex size required as a starting point, and have arrived at the conclusion after playing around with various size hex templates that I only need to increase my grid by 50% in order for this to be workable. Currently my hexes are 95mm face to face. 'Point to point' this makes them 110mm. Thus a new hex size of 190mm x 165mm will comfortable accommodate a typical 4 block C&C formation. So the standard 9 x 13 C&C game board will just about fit a 6 x 4 table. There are just 2 formations, both on the British/Allied side that are represented by 5 blocks, these pose only a slight problem which will be solved by adding the 5th block as 2x 60x30mm bases, a standard base sliced in half so to speak so they still fit into the larger hex grid. All other formations are of either 3 or 4 blocks.

The next stage having established hex grid/table size is to look at the troops formation themselves in order to decide what is required for the game. I have already worked out overall numbers and in terms of figures it looks quite impressive, which should achieve the sort of visual impact I will be looking for.

56 infantry bases = approx 1600 figures.
9 cavalry bases = approx 162 figures
4 artillery bases = 12 guns and crews (will remodel with 3 guns per base)

44 infantry bases = approx 1300 figures
12 cavalry bases = 216 figures.
4 artillery bases = 16 guns and crews ( will remodel with 4 guns per base_

Given that I have painted over 1200 figures in a relatively short space of time already I would see the above as being perfectly achievable. If I dedicate myself to a modest target of just 3 bases per week, I could complete this by next summer. Of the 100 infantry bases that will be required for example I already have around 28 usable bases, that's excluding the Portuguese bases which are not usable in this game of course, but including all of the 'Peninsular' British infantry bases, which in this scale would be OK I think. All future bases painted will be for use in this project, so that of course means British in correct 'Belgic' shako. Of the 21 cavalry bases required I already have 10 usable bases completed and that excludes my Light and heavy dragoons who will need to be replaced with correct headgear bases.

I am now working out where on the C&C map the various allied formations are represented, KGL, Dutch Belgians, Brunswick, Nassau could all be represented by bases once I have established how best to break these numbers down. More to follow in due course.

Meantime here are the Royal Horse Guards of the Household Cavalry, just completed. The 1st Kings Dragoon Guards will complete this 3 block formation, the Life Guards being already completed.


  1. Nice project, a gamer's dream. Good luck with it. I have to admit though that I would not worry about the cavalry headgear being wrong for the Waterloo era. I would give yourself a break here and go with what you have.


  2. Great project Lee! Are you planning this as a bicentennial game for 2015? I presume that you'll be ready long before that given your prolific output of beautifully painted figures. Speaking of which, those Life Guards and Blues look great.

    I'm with John. Wouldn't worry about headdress. Match what you can and use all those that you have done already.

    I love the name of the citadel paint. Is that a favourite of the cats?!


  3. As I go through my longest bout of gaming lethargy to date I'm looking forward to seeing this project develop. Who knows, it may inspire me to stop being so lazy!
    Good luck Lee.


  4. Great focus point.

    I have done something similar with FPGA, brigade level being the operational unit.

    I agree with the others about the headdress issue. Perhaps do one 'perfect' or totally 'accurate' unit like 3 blocks ... as the representative of the exact battle/period.

    Everyone else can be 'close enough' do get the job done for this battle AND still have operational troops for other battles of the Napoleonic Wars. This way you could do a special unit for each battle and grow your collection accordingly.

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