So here they are, my first painted Napoleonics.
This genre is an old love of mine, as I'm obsessed about the period, but for a long time I couldn't get myself to start a collection as I was doubtful of my disposition to paint that many miniatures to have an army ready to play. But turns out I learned to become a very effective painter, able to paint at a fast pace while keeping a level of quality I'm very pleased with.
This kit in display here is the Zvezda French staff. Until just recently, I was completely oblivious to the existence of companies out there making high quality plastics in smaler scales than 28mm. This kit, for instance, is simply stunning.
While I was deciding which scale to go with Napoleonics, several issues were considered. Availability of a multitude of different armies, plastic miniatures, space required to play and price.
All things considered, I went with 1/72 (20mm). 28mm is a passion of mine due to richness of detail, but not even I could get to paint that many models on 28mm scale. 15mm is metal, and no way I would deal with hundreds upon hundreds of metal torture, chipping all over the place after so many precious hours spent on painting and cleaning.
So I went with 1/72. They are plastic, they look great, the detail is outragiously good, you can find more army options on this scale than in any other, plus, the price is ridiculous. This Zvezda kit, for one, costed me less then US$10.00.
The ruleset I'll be using is Black Powder. I read several systems, including Field of Glory, General de Brigade, Feu Sacre and Sharp Practice, but Black Powder stroke me as a simple yet deep ruleset which was very fun to play (only played it once, so far).
In Black Powder, the commanders have their range to units measured from their heads, instead of their bases. This gives players freedom to base them on larger bases, creating scenes full of character. This rule was particularly captivating for me.
This base below is my favorite one. Berthier is delivering orders to one of his subordinate Generals, while assisted by an Aide de Camp and escorted by a Grenadier of the legendary Imperial Guard.
After finishing the bases above, I'm still left with some minis, which are going to be used on additional french commanders, once I get to work on the Italeri kit of french staff.
Here are the Chasseurs a Cheval:
Those below are Couriers, and are stand alone minis. On rulesets such as Field of Glory, they can be used as tokens to show that a General Commander has given an order to a Brigade. You simply move the courier next to that brigade. On Black Powder, if I can't find a use for them, I'll simply leave them next to my commanders to enhance the visual of my army.
And finally, these guys below are duplicates of one of the bases above. Since I didn't want to have 2 identical command bases, I figured I would use each mini separatedly on the next bases I come up with.
That's all for today. I already have other Napoleonic units painted, which will be featuring here soon.
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