Napoleonic Prussian Army - 1/72 Scale Plastic (Hobby Post)
This is the fourth of my Napoleonic Army blog posts. Eventually there will be seven of them covering many of the major participants.
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: Revell Line Infantry to the left and Airfix Landwehr to the right. Both properly based. In the middle compartment the unit status markers are still one of many works in progress.
Above: More Airfix Landwehr. Hat have subsequently released their own Landwehr but I shall stick with the nostalgia of Airfix I think. Note FFL casualties ready to be used as Prussians.
Above: Another mixed tray here with both Airfix Landwehr and Revell Line Infantry. The Landwehr are still based on my very first size of plastic card squares and are in need of the Victrix basing treatment. The Revell figures are still on their card painting bases. In central casualty compartment this time we have some Airfix Napoleonic French and I think Airfix WW1 figures for conversion.
Above: Another tray of mixed infantry. Note Victrix bases in central compartment awaiting use.
Above: Now onto some cavalry. Uhlans to the left and Dragoons to the right. Both by HaT and among their very first releases way back when. I shall be interested to see the new Strelets Prussian Cavalry when it appears soonish.
Above: Prussian Hussars from the aptly named Italian maker Waterloo1815. Note more prone horses from other Airfix sets awaiting proper basing etc...
Above: Storage box #2 containing artillery (lots of work still to be done on that), command and some overflow...
Above: Painted HaT crews await the Mars/Italeri/Esci guns. Low ammo markers can be seen in the middle compartment.
Above: In the absence of any designated Prussian limbers I think these are mainly HaT French ones I pressed into service. By the time I get around to completing them maybe some other bespoke plastic options will have emerged.
Above - I think these are for use as Horse Artillery if I recall correctly. Based to my old sizing still on the left. HaT figures. Larger plastic card bases await to the right.
Above: Jaegers to the right from HaT. Will most likely rebase these. Some overspill Airfix Landwehr in the centre and HaT Hussars to the right.
Above: Cuirassiers in metal from Waterloo1815 plus a few other bit & bobs. These are nice figures but I have to admit I would rather they were in plastic. I find metal swords etc break more readily and I personally prefer the lighter weight of plastic.
That being said metal is cheaper to produce than the substantial costs of full injection moulding and I am grateful & pleased to see any decent figures filling gaps in the plastic ranges.
Above: My last tray of Prussians (until I get tempted by more I am sure) containing commanders from various makers in need of sorting out and basing. The central compartment holds round bases for a hospital stand and an ammo wagon.
Well that's about it for the Prussians. Next up are Wellington's Waterloo Allies (Dutch-Belgians, Nassau & Brunswick) so check back soon.
If you fancy having a go at building some of your own Napoleonic Prussian units here's a link to the relevant sets in my webstore: Napoleonic Prussians in 1/72 scale
Thanks for taking an interest.
Rupert - Drum & Flag
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