One of these choices is about playing larger Napoleonic battles. Now I am a complete 28mm fan and will always paint those but with limited time and changing projects every couple of months I will never get a really larger force on the table. It will take me about two years I guess to paint a couple of Prussian battallions inbetween other projects. So once in a while I investigate other scales (I even ordered 6mm samples after I was blown away at Salute 2009 by a 6mm Wagram game) and recently rediscovered a box of pre painted 15mm French Napoleonics bought in 2006 which ended up in the drawer I mentioned. At that time club decided to do Naps in 15mm but we were disappointed with the quality of the painting and the castings of the figures we bough that we moved on to do different things. We took the loss as man do and simply ignored 15mm from that day.
Untill last week. When I saw the box while cleaning out a cabinet I had to give it a try. I quickly put them on bases and threw some army painter dip over the miniatures. Next evening I simply highlighted the main colors and start basing work. Again the next evening I painted the base and varnished the unit. Ready. Total time spent about three hours for a unit of 36. Impressive by my standard. The quality you can judge for yourself.
|Dipped, highlighted and based|
|Out of the box|
Currenly I have 10 battallions and four Cavalry units waiting for a makeover. Not enough fot the really big battles but it will do to see if I like this and test out some rules against an Austrian army we can use.
Draft plan is to get the units done inbetween the current ACW project over the next few weeks and do a game after. If I like it I might order some more of these since they come very cheap and present value for money in the end. Generals and vignettes I will paint myself. Any suggestions on who has the nice ones? I know almost nothing on 15mm. I did find some nice scenery at total battle miniatures and still looking for trees/forest.
You see, I have it all thought out. Now let's see if I actually do it.