While on holiday an itch which will not go away. I saw that Pete is doing a French Napoleonic army in 28 mm. Then I saw an article on using the command and colours rule set for a 28mm Napoleonic battle. It seems that I may be drawn hopelessly into a whole new gaming experience. Unless I can be talked out of it.
I might just try a packet or two. When I see the enormity of the task, I will probably give up. Meanwhile I will play with the blocks the huge battles it represents. Even got Waterloo as the last battle. I was hoping that someone has already made an attempt at 28mm Napoleonic and it would have made the task easier.
Ok I spent the afternoon looking at Napoleonic armies at Petes and after great thought and deliberation I thought it is beyond my powers at the moment. I would need around three hundred fiqures just scratch the surface of one army. However their maybe opportunities to get involved later when with a much smaller project. Back to Command and Colours. Probably get an expansion or two very shortly. Maybe be able to get some ready painted stuff at a bring and buy.
I agree, further thoughts on this project will come from finding someone likeminded in this project to share the workload.
Just go on the Perry's website. Buy a box of their plastics. All the perry plastic napoleonics are gorgeous. I took the view that you just paint what you like and have never been bothered with trying to recreate a correct order of battle. Even the people who collect on a grand scale don't tend to collect 1 28mm model per real person. They tend to rationalise at 1:25 or 1:33 that makes a company of 100 into a 3-4 figure base. So a regiment of French is 24 figures 6 bases of 4 figures to represent about 600 men. Then if you base them individually you can make them 1:1 for skirmish games
Yes, I had a chat with Pete who recommended something along those lines of a small battalion with a regiment, command, a small unit of cavalry and an artillery piece. I thought it would get lost in big battle as seems planned. I am now thinking of a large force cavalry only that could sit nicely in my cabinet still being called up to fight. Either Hussars or Lancers.
I bought 72 French plastic perry cuirassiers for I think £36.
Which nation do you favour?
Have you painted them up? I was thinking French only because Pete has spent ages painting line infantry.
I think I've got 72 painted in 2 units and then another couple of hundred in the garage I'm hoarding. 24 hussars x2 I think with probably the same unpainted. 18 chasseurs. I think I bought some grenadiers a cheval on a bring and buy then found the fought very rarely so they went to the back of the list. I bought everything I had in 28mm in 6mm in 2015, and I've got lancers to do for that but I don't remember buying 28mm lancers. Doesn't mean they aren't out there in the garage... I know I have 60litres of bagged front rank and Perry's that ive lost track of. I darent look. I'd have to start painting them and I don't have the time to do that at the moment
And there's horse artillery and mounted officers. 1 mounted officer and 2 AdC for every 24 infantry
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2017 16:55:06 GMT by madphil101
What can I say but wow. I am definitely going to start getting into cavalry. Maybe one of these days it will be possible to have an enormous 28mm game at one of the shows combining yours mine and maybe Petes. Something I would love to see. Pete said there is plenty of his customers with other armies. Ethan at entoyment said he has 150 Prussians. Bring it on.
Just played my first game of Napoleonic command and colours played British but lost against history against a savage bayonet charge on my left flank wiping out three units all other objectives held. Pete won by six to four victory points. More importly I have played so ready for my next game.
Ok this is the battle report for Mondays game, three games played. Set up 2nd battle of Beneventum 214bc. I played Romans first. Chas sent his elephants in, but they were ineffective and didn't last as they are had very little to attack on the right flank. The romans as usual have a strong centre,the Carthagians are strong on the flanks. However the command cards were not kind to Chas. I had a lucky kill on Hanno leaving Chas with only one general. However the game was close a win to the Romans. We switched sides and I managed to pick off a lot of light troops and scraped home against history. Next scenario Ticinus River 218bc. Massive cavalry battle. Carthagians had four units of heavy cavalry in the centre. But the command cards were mainly on flanks so could not get going, this one went against history as the medium calalry knocked out the light cavalry on the flanks.
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