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Re-discovered figures. an army build quick win

Prompted by Andy's quick fire Napoleonic HotT army, I re-discovered a pile of surplus figures left over from a wonderful Gerard Davey gift (his own surplus figures IIRC). The bulk of the figures created a large Volley and Bayonet army, but there were some figures left over. What better idea than a heroic napoleonic French army. So, here is the first phase of the project completed. There are still more figures to go, and plans for some more 'fantasy' elements yet to come.The army so farOld Guard - bladesTwo line infantry columns - behemothsHero General-- the 'ultimate hero'?Riders on the left, knights on the rightShooters at the front.. 'legeres'Hordes.. conscripts.My question on the HotT Yahoo group about classification of French line infantry prompted a great discussion, with a range of ideas. Our intention is NOT to fight napoleonic era battles. We use Volley and bayonet for that. But it seems that using French line infantry as spears, or behemoths, could do the business.Our aim is to fight fantasy battles.

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A "quick win" in army building - a French Napoleonic army ...

Hmm, Andy sprung a surprise on me, with his re-purposing of some painted British napoleonic figures for HotT.It made me realise that I have a heap of painted napoleonics which I'd thought surplus to requirements, having built the VnB armies I now use. So here are some of the figures.Already based, and deserving of some TLC on the bases, and with the application of some washes, will be eight bases of blades. Ah, those French columns.Then there are the Legeres which will do as shooters.And soem Gendarmes of the Guards as knights (there are some Cuirass as well, but they ned horses painted) and soem knights as riders.I have a spare figures of Napoleon which I'll rebase as a hero, and maybe a spare artillery gun.And the infantry in greatcoats will suffice as hordes. So, this might be a quick win HotT army to match Andy's British napoleonics. A very colourful combo.I'll post some photos of the finished product. In the meantime, progress on the Weird World War 1 British has been suspended..  I really am a warg

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Mixed bag of troops and terrain

No gaming this week, sadly. Staying in theme, I have a ghoulish collection of miscellaneous pieces painted up.First up are four old West End Games 25mm stormtroopers that I somehow missed in my massive rebasing efforts a year or so ago.I have picked up a few pieces from Red Claw from the WizKids pre-primed sets. This includes two doors and a bunch of treasure chests.I also bought some oxen and then struggled to paint them. Not happy with result but tired of looking at them so I finished the bases.The postman delivered some more ghoulish not-Lego figures. No idea where they are from or when I ordered them. I presume an impulse buy during a terrible faculty council meeting.Up next: Probably some more 54mm troops.

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The Battle of Fort Christopher - A FIW Skirmish

In Spring this year I was contacted by fellow Blogger and Honourary Reject Chris (Axebeaker) from Bunker Hill blog and the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. He came over to the UK back in 2016 and had a Napoleonic game at Reject HQ. As he was coming back over for a holiday in the UK once again, we planned another game.In a very rare occurrence, the game was planned for a Friday night, the day before Chris and his family went home. As we wouldn't have enough time for one of our mega bash fests, Postie decided to play a skirmish game. Chris likes the Horse and Musket era, so setting the game in the French Indian War was a no brainer.Check out BigLee's blog for his version of Lies & deceit....Order of Battle (Ruthlessly stolen from BigLee's blog)British/Colonial ForcesC/O General mounted (Christopher)   44th Foot (24)   80th Light Infantry (Gages) (16)   55th Light Infantry (Howes) (16)     Indian Character   Mountain Man/Adventurer + M

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Kas'trum Campaign

Kas'trumOne aspect of history and war gaming that has always interested me has been the underdogs, the ordinary, the forgettable and the forgotten. It's easy to get excited about the heroic, the dashing, the elite troops with all the kit as well as the...

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