Given a recent influx of Napoleonic lead, I thought it might be a good time to take stock of the 28mm Napoleonic project. What better way to see what I have accomplished than to deploy the forces on the table? Often, it is easy to forget exactly what has mustered off the painting desk without holding an occasional Pass In Review.
First, a bit of project history. This project first sparked to life in 2005 and then quickly went into a hiatus. You see, this was a "buddy" project. My friend had purchased several units of British and French Front Rank figures. He wanted to field the French and asked me to buy out the British. He envisioned painting these two forces for small Peninsular War actions. Of course, I agreed. Paint a few units and have some enjoyable games with a friend.
After painting a few of the British infantry battalions, I noticed no progress on the French call up. I continued to knock out a few units but after a few years, still no action on the French activation.
Unfortunately, my friend became very sick and ended up selling his French figures to another buddy. I finally came to the realization that if I planned to put this British force to work, they needed an opponent. My solution? Build a French force to oppose the British.
Although never a priority project, after a little less than ten years, the project stands with two very playable forces. This collection has actually seen combat on the gaming table in 2014. Twice!
At present, the British field 46 cavalry, 270 infantry, and 4 guns.
At present, the French field 50 cavalry, 240 infantry, and 4 guns.
What about the unpainted Napoleonic lead I mentioned at the top of the post? Well, here it is. Two trays of unpainted lead. Mostly Front Rank but other makes are in there too. This alone would keep me busy for quite awhile.
For 2015, I want to make a dent in this Lead Pile. Could I empty one of these boxes in 2015? Unlikely, but worth a try.