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Napoleonic British Army - 1/72 Scale Plastic (Hobby Post)

RUPERT MITCHELL 1/72 Napoleonic Hobby Blog

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.

Napoleonic British Infantry Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures

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!

Napoleonic British Infantry Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - Airfix Highlanders on unpainted Victrix bases and British Infantry on temporary card.

Napoleonic British Infantry Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - More Airfix British Infantry. All marching pose as you can see. Awaiting sand and flock on bases.

Napoleonic British Infantry Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - Last of the Airfix line infantry. 1p and 2p coins used for markers.

Napoleonic Strelets Highland Infantry  1/72 scale plastic figures

 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.

Napoleonic British Revell Light Infantry 1/72 scale plastic figures 95th Rifles & KGL

Above - Skirmishers. KGL and 95th rifles from Revell.

Above - Box #2 containing Artillery & Cavalry.

Napoleonic British Cavalry Airfix & HaT 1/72 scale plastic figures

Napoleonic British Light Cavalry - Airfix & HaT. 1/72 SCALE PLASTIC FIGURES

Above - Light Cavalry. Airfix & HaT

Napoleonic British Heavy Cavalry - Revell & Italeri. 1/72 scale plastic figures

 Above: Heavy Cavalry. Revell & Italeri.

Napoleonic British Waterloo Foot Artillery Revell 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - Foot Artillery. Revell. Metal washers used for marker bases.

Napoleonic British Waterloo Foot Artillery Revell 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - More Foot Artillery. Revell. Roughly one gun per infantry unit (excluding skirmishers).

Napoleonic British Waterloo Horse Artillery Italeri & Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - Horse Artillery. Airfix & Italeri. One gun per cavalry unit.

Napoleonic British Army Waterloo Commanders 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above - Various commanders as yet not based properly. Plus some ammo cart conversions in the middle tray compartment.

You can see my other Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog posts here: Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog posts.

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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