Napoleonic British Army - 1/72 Scale Plastic
Here's some photos of my Napoleonic British Army.
I also have Dutch-Belgian, Prussian, Austrian, Russian, French and French Allied armies which I will blog about in due course in similar fashion.
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 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.
As would some of HaT's excellent sets such as #8186 British Peninsular Infantry and #8304 Napoleonic British Command.
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 which is a beginner's guide to 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 60mm x 40mm for artillery.
I did try to limit myself to allowing only 2 storage boxes per army and more or less succeeded. This was to 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 - Guards. Mainly Airfix on temporary card bases. Tray looks a bit more disorganised that it should as I dropped it just before taking the pic!
Above - Airfix Highlanders on unpainted Victrix bases and British Infantry on temporary card.
Above - More Airfix British Infantry. All marching pose as you can see. Awaiting sand and flock on bases.
Above - Last of the Airfix line infantry. 1p and 2p coins used for markers.
Above - A more recent Strelets Highland unit to the left that I really did not need but liked the look of the figures so went for it anyway. Various mainly cavalry 'overspill' on the other side of the tray.
Above - Skirmishers. KGL and 95th rifles from Revell.
Above - Box #2 containing Artillery & Cavalry.
Above - Light Cavalry. Airfix & HaT
Above: Heavy Cavalry. Revell & Italeri.
Above - Foot Artillery. Revell. Metal washers used for marker bases.
Above - More Foot Artillery. Revell. Roughly one gun per infantry unit (excluding skirmishers).
Above - Horse Artillery. Airfix & Italeri. One gun per cavalry unit.
Above - Various commanders as yet not based properly. Plus some ammo cart conversions in the middle tray compartment.
If you fancy having a go at building some of your own Napoleonic British units here's a link to the relevant sets in my webstore: Napoleonic British 1/72 scale sets
Well that's it for this article. Next up likely to be the Russians so check back soon.
Rupert - Drum & Flag
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