After a week away from the painting desk, work resumes. After a few ECW painting distractions, the painting station sees a return to fielding French units for the WAS/SYW.
Off the painting desk today is a 23-figure battalion of Frenchmen from Regiment Boulonnais. Foot figures are from Old Glory, mounted officer from Eureka, and flags by Not by Appointment.
A number of other French infantry regiments are in the painting queue along with one more French cavalry regiment. The Lead Pile is running low on Frenchmen so an order from 19th Century Miniatures is on its way. Soon hopefully!
The game table has seen no action since the Sumerian game two weeks ago. Activity is ramping up to host the next remote battle. On the docket is a recreation of the center sector of the Battle of Solferino pitting the French 2nd Corps against the Austrian I Corps. I will be hosting the UK-based Rejects in a remote game one week from yesterday as we return to action in the Franco-Austrian War (FAW) of 1859. Last time (back in May) we tackled San Martino. Seven players have signed on for the game.
Having the FAW collection out on the table primarily in refights with the Sardinians v Austrians, the French army has seen only limited action in a couple of replays of the Montebello battle. What I did not realize was that elements of the Imperial Guard supported MacMahon's 2nd Corps at Solferino. While I could field three battalions of Guard Grenadiers, no Guard Voltigeurs could muster out for the battle. A quick disruption of the painting queue pushed three battalions of voltigeurs ahead of all else. My expectation is that Guard Voltigeurs will be ready for action by game day. I need to order more Guard infantry...
This week will be busy preparing for the Solferino game.