- I brought along to the game extra figures, bases, and blue tack, to make skirmish stands as they were needed,
- I played the French, rather than the Anglo-Dutch forces, and
- The French didn't even come close to winning - but the butcher's bill was significantly less than the previous refight.
During the game it was mentioned, that while the French were coming along in leaps and bounds, the Anglo-Dutch, were looking very much like the poor relations of my V&B forces.
|The whole lot - in various stages of refurbishment.|
With that in mind, and having some free time due to the holidays, I decided on a mass refurbishment of my British forces. I have been fortunate in acquiring over the years a number of painted and semi painted British figures from a variety of sources, so I figured I should start with these figures, and then if required paint figures from scratch.
|Eight artillery stands. Guns are Revell and Airfix 9pdrs, figures are Revell Foot Artillery, and Airfix and Esci Royal Horse Artillery|
|Artillery and Revell 95th Rifles painted as 60th Foot and based as skirmish stands.|
I still have to finish the basing by adding tussock, scatter grass, etc to the stands, and to touch up paint on a number of Airfix figures where the older enamels have flaked. I still have to add an ink wash to many of the stands. I have started to experiment with black and sepia washes.
|Brown washed Revell and Airfix Infantry.|
|In the middle, a very thin red line is formed by Esci British infantry.|
|Another view of the Revell and Esci infantry stands.|
|The Esci thin red line. I acquired a large number of nicely painted Esci British infantry, that were primarily made up of the standing and firing pose from the Esci British Infantry set (click here for PSR review).|
|Riflemen of the 60th Foot. Metal British 16th Light Dragoons in the background.|
|Airfix figures that had been converted to Riflemen. I suspect the intent was to create a detachment of the 95th Rifles. My intent is to use these skirmish stands as generic Jager stands for Netherland and Prussian forces.|
|Esci skirmish stands with a couple of Revell figures thrown in to the mix on the center stand.|
|LtR (Left to Right): Airfix Highlander Officer, Italeri French Officer (repainted) Airfix British Infantry Officer.|
|LtR: Airfix Highlander, Eagle Games commander, Revell British officer, Italeri French officer (repainted)|
|Eagle Games British General on Esci horse - still a WIP as base needs finishing and sword needs to be painted,|
One very interesting event that did come about from the holiday Napoleonic fest was that I discovered my wife has a talent for painting miniatures. I hate painting Napoleonics - hence my great love of refurnishing older figures - and routinely bitch about it being hard. Katherine commented that it looked fairly straight forward, so I asked if she wanted to try painting some.
|Katherine's first painted stand. She wants to add more to to the base before she finishes it.|
Katherine said yes, and the next day I had another freshly painted skirmish stand at my disposal. I think she has done a very good job with these! I am currently negotiating with her to see if she wants to paint up some of the Netherlander command stands I need completed!