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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Wargames Foundry" November 2023


"Napoleon defeated the allied Russo-Austrian army at Austerlitz, effectively ending the Third Coalition."

Having had an enjoyably successful Zomtober Challenge last month, predominantly focusing upon the Undead servants of the Dark Lord Sauron from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", I thought I'd turn to something historically based for the next few weeks and finally get my burgeoning collection of 28mm Napoleonic figures by "Wargames Foundry" into a state where I can at least play a small game of "Xenos Rampant" by "Osprey Games". My initial aim has always been to get enough soldiers painted up to where each miniature can represent a single unit, and resultantly field two twenty-four point forces against one another.


I've actually already achieved this with an unlikely Third Coalition army consisting of two British Riflemen models (acting as Commander and a second Elite Infantry unit), plus four Russian Infantrymen (representing Light Infantry with Assault Doctrine - bayonets). However, I haven't managed to keep apace with my plans for the opposing French forces, as up until now, I only had four French Fusiliers In Greatcoat Marching completed (amounting to four units of Light Infantry with Assault Doctrine - bayonets).

"By the mid-18th century, the French Army used the term fusiliers to designate ordinary line infantry."

Happily however, I have now finished a fifth soldier, with the Perry Twins' sculpt being predominantly pigmented using a combination of "Two Thin Coats" White Star, "Vallejo" Heavy Brown, Heavy Sienna, Sombre Grey, "Citadel" Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade. This has left me needing to crack on with just three more figures from the blister FN101 and I'll be able to then try out a low model count game of "Xenos Rampant" on a 3x3 foot table - possibly even using ruleset's National Traits.


In addition, I'd also like to make some major in-roads in this long-term project's second phase, where I essentially try to double the miniatures in each unit. For the Third Coalition force this will simply mean applying a brush to the remaining four Russians in the Newark-based manufacturer's RN023 - Infantry in Oilskin Covered 1812 Shako Marching pack, and another figure from their B081 - Riflemen Advancing blister. I will though, be taking this opportunity to paint the officer from my recently-acquired B080 - British Riflemen bag, so as to make the army's Commander properly stand out.

October 2023 - "Pendraken Miniatures" is reaching for the Top Spot over "Papsikel's Miniatures"

With the third best October under my belt in ten years of hobbying, I'm really hoping to build upon this productivity over the next thirty days. Admittedly, much of this success was due to my predominantly black-coloured Castellans and Nazgul from the "Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game" by "Games Workshop". However, I also managed to pigment many an armoured vehicle from the 10mm World War Two range of "Pendraken Miniatures" - and my enthusiasm for this small scale has not diminished.


Furthermore, I plan to push through a good dozen or so of my aforementioned "Wargames Foundry" backlog, which should then allow me to play a couple of games using them - something which always seems to spur me on to greater heights. I've also recently received many a good STL from the various 3D Printing Companies I support on Patreon, such as "Big Mr Tong", "Papsikels Miniatures" and the Poland-based "Puppets War", so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see some of these resin models jump the painting queue too...

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Nov 12, 2023

Hope that it all goes according to plan, and you achieve what you want to this month Simon

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 12, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Things seem to be on target right enough currently. 😀

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undercoat2670
Nov 05, 2023

Your Napoleonic soldiers look awesome grouped up so I can understand wanting to get more done. I hope you do, but you seem to be hedging your bets by mentioning all these other "distractions" you have on your painting desk! Lol. Good luck!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 05, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I think putting the finished figures on the tabletop - even for some pics rather than a game - definitely helps my motivation to keep going with this Napoleonic Wars project. But as you say, there are so many tempting STLs currently crying out to be 3D printed. LOL!! 😁

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Guest
Nov 02, 2023

Okay third go at commenting! These Napoleonics are really nicely done, I wondered if you still had those Victrix French from long ago, I can't remember how far you got with them or am I misremembering? Are you planning on joining the Analogue Hobbies painting challenge this year and if so what's your focus, or is that simply too far in the future!

Best Iain

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 02, 2023
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Hi Iain and thanks for persevering with the comment. I do still have a large amount of Victrix, Perrys & Warlord Napoleonics, and only managed to paint a dozen or so in the end. Indeed, I think I'm almost at the same number with these Foundry figures - only it didn't take me a good decade to paint them. LOL!! 😁 I'm actually thinking of putting them up on eBay in the near future as I'm going to stick with Foundry for the project.


I'm not planning on doing the AHPC this year. I didn't enjoy it that much last time, so despite achieving my 500-point target I found the whole thing rather frustrating. I aim to focus on finishing…

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