Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Results: Napoleonic Painting Push

With my February and March concentration of painting only 28mm Napoleonics (well, one 15 figure 25mm unit of SAW US infantry made the cut too) in the books, time for a Pass-In-Review of the Napoleonic lead passing across the painting desk during this effort.

Units crossing over from the unpainted to painted side are:
  • British 60th Rifle Regiment - one battalion (Elite Miniatures)
  • British 3rd Heavy Dragoon Regiment - two squadrons (Front Rank)
  • British 10th Hussar Regiment - two squadrons (Front Rank)
  • British 30th Foot Regiment - one battalion (Old Glory)
  • British Coldstream Guard - one battalion (Front Rank)
  • KGL 2nd Heavy Dragoon Regiment - two squadrons (Front Rank)
  • French 4th Legere Regiment - one battalion (Front Rank)
  • French Chasseur a Cheval Regiment - two squadrons (Front Rank)
  • Swiss 4th Line Regiment - one battalion (Sash & Saber)
  • Vistula Legion 2nd Regiment - one battalion (Front Rank
Totals for the effort are 33 cavalry and 102 infantry.  Although Front Rank dominated the units fielded, three other manufacturers figures made it into the mix. 
Good progress on reducing The Lead Pile but more left to be accomplished.  I will continue adding more Napoleonic units into the project on an irregular basis but this push just finished provides a very good jump start to my 2015 project goals.  I do need to go back and paint individual skirmishers for each of the foot units once I make a resupply order from Front Rank

One surprise to me was that even after two months of focus, I still enjoyed painting 28mm Napoleonics at the end of March.  In fact, the blitz could have extended longer but other projects were crying out for some attention.  Which project will be receiving a bit more attention?  The answer is the 1859 project.  On the painting desk are units from both Lancashire and Old Glory.  Mirliton figures will be showing up as well.

26 comments:

  1. Wow, impressive paint "surge" there, Jonathan. Not only the quantity but the technical difficulty painting uniformed Napoleonics. Well done, Sir!

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    1. Thanks, Dean! I always appreciate your kind comments.

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  2. Very impressive, Jon! Now let's get them on the table!

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    1. Thank you, Scott!

      We should get these new troops into a game. At present, I am setting up a 15mm Napoleonic battle on the table so the 28's will have to wait for later.

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  3. That's a great accomplishment, both in sheer size and in the quality. Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you, Aaron!

      Still more work to do to empty the unpainted 28mm Napoleonic lead boxes but this is definitely a good start.

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  4. Very nicely done Jonathan and an accomplishment to be proud of!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! You know, once I set my mind to the task, the activity progressed smoothly. I could paint another 100 of the little buggers.

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  5. A really impressive and visually rewarding effort! I like the unit size you've opted for. Is the infantry on 4x40/40 and cavalry 4x50/50? Nicely proportioned troop rooster between French and British units, ensuring a balanced force can now transfer to the gaming table. En Avant!

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    1. Thank you, Soren!

      You nailed the bases sizes. Note that the French line infantry are deployed four figures per base but the British line infantry are deployed three figures per base.

      At a nominal scale of 30:1, that makes a field strength French battalion of four bases at about 480 and a British six stand battalion with a field strength of about 540 men. Also note that the British in their two rank deployment take up about 1/3 more linear deployment than do their French three rank counterparts.

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    2. Refreshing setup - in terms of gaming, does this basing then translate into more firing line firepower for the British and more attack column punch for the French?

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    3. Exactly right. The two rank British have a modest advantage in ranged fire with the three-rank French having the upper hand in close assault.

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  6. Hey Jon there is no better feeling than crossing a unit off the "to do" list, and it's a bonus if you still feel ready to paint some more.

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    1. Hi Jonathan. Quite right! It is good to knock these units off my To Do list.

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  7. Wow! Those are some results to be proud of, Jonathan.

    I'm in the middle of a painting slump, so I can only look on with envy while congratulating you on your effort! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Ben!

      The best solution for a painting slump is to sit down and paint.
      I wish you good luck in restoring your painting mojo.

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  8. Very well done, Jonathan! You just can't beat the color and pageantry of Napoleonics.

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    1. Thanks, Monty!

      Napoleonics are colorful, indeed but I have a bunch of Landsknechts looking over my shoulder that trump Napoleonics for color and pageantry.

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  9. Great looking units, and a fine production output. Congrats!
    A big thumbs up for Scott's prompting putting them to use of the Field of Honor, too!
    Now back to painting more Prussians myself!

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    1. Thank you, Peter, for your encouragement.
      Scott and I will need to bloody these new troops on the field of battle sometime soon.

      Back to the painting table for you!

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  10. That sure is some going Jonathan, well done indeed!

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    1. Thank you, Ray!

      Perhaps every quarter year, we should line up the work completed in that quarter just to see how we have done? It is easy to lose track of our efforts when we churn out units one at a time.

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  11. Very impressive job, all of them look great, congrats!

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  12. These look great. Just for old times sake we should try another refight of Vimeiro.

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    1. Vimeiro in 28 or 15? I think we have only done it in 15 but 28 would be fun.

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