Napoleonic Army - Napoleon's Allies - 1/72 Scale Plastic (Hobby Post)
This is the sixth of my Napoleonic Army blog posts. Eventually there will be seven of them covering many of the major participants. The final post will cover the French.
This one covers the Bavarian, Polish, Saxon and Wurttemberg troops who fought alongside the Emperor.
For smaller tabletop engagements I will set them against various foes on their own to see how they get on and for larger historical ones mix them with the French.
Regular readers may want to skip down to the pictures as the initial verbiage has been copied across from one post to another as it applies pretty much the same to all posts.
Originally I had planned to properly finish basing all units, add all flags and photograph the units nicely set out individually before doing this series of blog articles.
(ie Like how I did my 1/72 ACW armies: ACW Union & Confederate 1/72 scale armies )
However given the likely glacial pace that this would have occurred at I thought it best to show you them as they are now and maybe revamp things at a later date. So even whilst lacking close-up pics of individual units you may at least get some ideas on army composition, basing and storage until that revamp.
I house my armies mainly in plastic DIY storage boxes (see above) that I bought and converted many years ago. That involved breaking down multiple boxes into their components and reassembling them just using the larger draws. The smaller draws I sold off or kept for storing bits and pieces.
I haven't added many new figures released in the past few years to my armies hence the relative lack of Strelets units for example. But If I was starting from scratch now they would certainly feature much more heavily.
Many of the troops I had painted for me by Simon Bennison of Painted Napoleonic Armies. I also did a few myself and did all textured basing and conversions myself as well.
If you fancy having a go at painting your own figures you may be interested in another of my blog posts on Painting plastic figures
And if you need paints the ones used on the figures pictured below are Vallejo Game Color water based acrylics
Generally I do a lot more painting, converting and collecting than I do gaming due to time constraints mainly and hopefully this will change in the years to come. I used the excellent Fire & Fury rules for my ACW battles and based my Napoleonics in the same sort of fashion. Black Powder has since arrived on the scene and I may look at using those rules as well or instead.
My infantry and cavalry units are 6 stands strong with usually 6 infantry and 2 cavalry per stand. I use the excellent low profile Victrix 40mm square plastic bases for them and plastic card sheets cut to 60mm x 40mm for artillery.
I did try to limit myself to allowing only 2 storage boxes per army and more or less succeeded - apart from for the Austrians and the French which ran away with me a bit.
The aim was to try and keep the armies a manageable size on the tabletop and also even in this hobby you do have occasional moments of discipline / sanity where you try hard to keep yourself under control in terms of time, money and space.
The first batch of pictures below show my infantry units from storage box #1.
Above: HaT Bavarians. Regular readers will know that each tray holds two units to the left and right with status markers housed in the central compartment.
Above: Italeri French Infantry painted as Saxons. The Italeri set #6002 came out at a time when far fewer options were available. Hence I used it for a lot of my French and Allied units. As you can see from the PSR review although a nice looking set - and one I am personally fond of - it is historically pretty inaccurate. I may therefore get around some day to upgrading these troops but I have a pretty relaxed attitude about what looks good and will serve on my tabletop so that may never happen.
Above: Swiss and Polish units. The Swiss at least should really be in my French storage boxes but will let them stay where they are for now. Both units painted by me and properly based as well. I have added Esci Grenadiers to the mainly Italeri units.
Above: Polish Line Infantry from Italian maker Waterloo1815.
Above: HaT Wurttemberg Infantry.
Above: Storage box #2 with the cavalry, artillery and command.
Above: HaT Bavarian Cavalry.
Above: HaT Wurttemberg cavalry & Esci/Italeri Polish Lancers.
Above: Zvezda and Strelets Saxon Heavy Cavalry.
Above: Polish Artillery wip. As usual the artillery is the arm furthest away from completion. HaT and Airfix figures in middle compartment.
Above: Saxon artillery. There is a need for more sets of French Line Foot Artillery wearing shakos - which can also serve for many of their allies. Zvezda's #8027 is a good effort but has been out of production for a long while now. Hopefully Strelets or Hat may fill this gap.
Above: HaT Bavarian Artillery. A couple of commanders to the right. I think my other Allied commanders must be in with the French.
Above: Wurttemberg Artillery. Left & centre - bought ready painted as part of a collection I acquired. These are in an 'overflow' tray so may have to re-jiggle what can fit in my two storage boxes.
Well that's about it for these guys. Next up and last but by no means least are the French. So check back soon.
If you fancy having a go at building some of your own units here's a link to the relevant sets in my webstore: 1/72 Scale Napoleonics
Thanks for taking an interest.
Rupert - Drum & Flag
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