26 June 2009

1970s Vintage Napoleonic Images

Something else from my recent trip to Townsville, these images are a collection of slides I discovered amongst my Dad's wargaming collection. I borrowed them and had them scanned and copied to a CD. I believe that the original photographs were taken about June 1974 and shows French and British armies facing each other across the tabletop during a display at a school fete. The display was made up from the collections of my Dad and the wargaming group he was part of at the time. The miniatures are 25mm Miniature Figurines (minifigs) and some Hinchliffe brand miniatures as well.

19 June 2009

'Stand To' - The joys of trying to base your miniatures for multiple rulesets.

I've been busy trying to work out how to base and re base our 'new' and existing 15mm scale Napoleonic miniatures. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending your point of view we have a number of rule sets we are interested in playing. All are, not surprisingly Piquet supplements. The first two 'Les Grognards' and 'Grand Piquet, 2nd Edition' use the same basing system but the third, CdePk (Chef de Piquet) a tactical level game requires a different basing scheme.

So for the infantry I have decided to put two miniatures on a 0.75" x 0.5" base, you can put two bases side by side and you have to right frontage (1.5") for a single base in Les Grognards and Grand Piquet. Put three bases directly behind each other and that's a 3 rank element in CdePK, of course you can do the same with only two bases and have a 2 rank element as well. Which also happens to match the basing for infantry in Napoleon's Battles (1st Edition).

To reduce the hassle of moving around a large number of small 0.75" x 0.5" bases I plan on basing all the miniatures on magnetic strip (the 15mm British are already based in this manner) and then place those bases on metal bases cut to size. For example a 3 rank element for CdePk would be 0.75" x 1.5" and would have 3 of the smaller magnetic bases on it.

16 June 2009

Another 'new' project?!

Recently during my trip to Townsville I finally managed to convince Dad to sell me his 15mm Napoleonic British. Needless to say this has certainly renewed my interest in the Napoleonic era so now I have dug out Beth's Saxon Troops and my megre collection of Spanish and French and a copy of 'Scenarios For Wargamers' by Charles Grant

Hopefully I should get one game with Beth before my jetset wife once more sallies forth on a work trip (this time she heads to Canada). We'll use the Piquet 'Les Grognards' rules and stoke the fire up because it's going to be cold in the wargaming annex of the shed.