Yesterday I should have been making my way back home from Wellington after taking part in a refight of the battle of Borodino. Instead, here I am at home like the rest of you wondering what to paint next. Needless to say because of the effect of the NZ lockdown we didn’t travel to Martinborough last Wednesday for a day or two of wine tasting, to be followed by a weekend in Wellington with a collection of NZ wargamers playing Borodino.
I’m not the only disappointed gamer as highlighted here by Terry, one of the main organisers https://terrysgaragegaming.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/lockdown-report-4/ .
I’d done quite a bit of painting for the event but my efforts were minimal compared to the work that others had done in organising this massive refight, as highlighted in Terry’s thread. So instead of a battle report I thought I’d put up some pictures of some of my 28mm Russian and Duchy of Warsaw Napoleonics.
I was to play Poniatowski – I suppose that at least gives me the time to familiarise myself with the Black Powder rules chosen for the game. Unlike my chosen rules General d’Armee, the guys use 24 figure battalions and cavalry regiments of 12 figures whereas mine are configured to 32 figure battalions for Russians and 36 figures for the DOW and French and 24 man (and horse!) cavalry regiments
My Russian army is growing ever so slowly, I’ve added 2 infantry battalions in the past week bringing me up to a total 10 infantry battalions (6 Perry Miniatures and 4 Warlord games). The Jaeger unit, one of the two latest painted units below was obviously on the receiving end of that artillery fire in the picture above: –
Here are the Warlord Games Russian infantry and a foot battery
At the moment I only have 2 units of light cavalry finished but a unit each of Russian Cuirassiers, dragoons and Uhlans are undercoated and waiting their turn in the painting queue, maybe I’ll get them done in time for the rearranged refight
Regrettably there seem to be a dearth of command figures available in the Perry range, I’ll need to get some more from somewhere
By contrast, my Duchy of Warsaw figures are almost exclusively from the lovely Murawski Miniatures range. I think I have enough now, with total of 8 x 36 Line Battalions and 2 from the Vistula Legion range
The horse teams are Perry Miniatures borrowed from my French army but I’ve recently added an horse artillery battery to the Foot battery I painted a few years ago
On the right wing, the Chasseurs and Krakus are ready to pounce….
While on the left the Lancers and Hussars see an opportunity to charge home
Is this where I confess that I also have another Poniatowski figure base by Front Rank!
At the moment I don’t think I can face painting another 28mm Russian battalion, I need a change, ideally I also need to buy more Russian infantry but on the other hand I’ve half a mind to add a small Prussian force instead. Now there’s a thought!
So what do I paint next? SYW Austrians? 15mm AB Young Guard, 15mm Russian Napoleonics or do I start on the FIW Muskets and Tomahawks figures I got in the Northstar kick-starter. I know I’m all over the place painting wise but my painting productivity is dependent on variety. Choices eh?
Best wishes to all, stay safe in these difficult times, and remember no wargames opponents from outside your bubble unless that is you reckon you can keep them on the other side of a wargames table that’s at least 2 metres wide!