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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

September already!

Posted by Martin on September 1, 2008

And, for me, that brings thoughts of Autumn evenings and picking up the paint brushes after a Summer of family activities. With that in mind I’ve resumed watching wargaming related happenings on the Web and preparing for a couple of forthcoming hobby-related outings.

First on the list of things I’ve noticed is a relatively new company’s plans to make Napoleonic decals. The idea of making Napoleonic decals is something I’ve mused about here before but a couple of obstacles prevented me progressing any further. Now Alban Miniatures has dipped its toes in the water with some decals for Peninsular War British starting with the 95th Rifles. Each pack contains 51 back pack decals and 48 canteen decals. And, according to the announcement on TMP, they have plans to add further decals for more British regiments and French campaign dress. I wonder if these nice people can be convinced to produce some Prussian decals? It’s always worth asking, the worst they can do is say no…

Next I’ve noticed that Crusader Miniatures has ventured into the increasing crowded market for 28mm French Napoleonics. At present, the first packs in the range look set to tackle the stalwart march/attack pose for French line infantry. So far, five packs have been announced:

  • RFH021 – Napoleonic French – Centre Company (eight figures)
  • RFH022 – Napoleonic French – Flank Company (eight figures)
  • RFH023 – Napoleonic French – Grenadier Company in Bearskins (eight figures)
  • RFH024 – Napoleonic French – Command in Shako (four figures)
  • RFH025 – Napoleonic French – Command in Bicorne (four figures)

New Crusader French Napoleonics

It’ll be interesting to see how these figures turn out in the flesh. I know plenty of people like sculptor Mark Simms’ Seven Years Wars range.

Moving on, I’m in the throes some three-cornered post-holiday e-mail correspondence with Peter F. at Calpe Towers and Grahame at GMB Flags. With the forthcoming Calpe Saxons in mind, Grahame has been working on flags to match and he’s nearly finished the artwork. I’m hoping to persaude him to let me post some preview pictures of the flags here (but they’d obviously be fritzed in some way so naughty people can’t download and use them).

And I’ll leave you with a couple of great examples of the 28mm Napoleonic figure painters art from recent threads on Steven Dean’s forum: check out this Perry French officer painted by Carl Robson (brother of Martin) and this is Sascha Herm’s first ever complete painted Napoleonic unit (hard to believe, isn’t it?). Enjoy the artistry.

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8 Responses to “September already!”

  1. Robert said

    Good news on those Saxons flags! I’m hoping that the Saxon infantry themselves won’t be too far down the road. GMB and Calpe should make for a pretty potent combination.

    The news on the decals is certainly exciting. I need hunting horns for the covered cartridge boxes of my voltigeurs!

  2. Dean said

    Further to the Saxon flags, is GMB giving concideration to the pre 1810 issue that could accompany the TAG Saxons?

  3. Simon Boulton said

    The interesting thing about the Crusader French is that they have eagle shako plate with the pre 1812 uniform. This combination is appropriate for a number of regiments who wore the eagle plate before its official adoption with the 1812 uniform reforms.

  4. Alan said

    Tried the Sascha Herm and Carl Robson links and they didn’t work, I got “Object not Found.” Dying to see the figures now!

  5. Martin said

    Yes, I know. Steve Dean’s forum is down at the moment with server problems. Hopefully back online during the week.

    UPDATE: Steve’s forum is back online at a slightly changed domain. I’ve edited the two links in the above post to point to the correct places. Now I suppose I’ll have to find all the other times I’ve linked to Steve’s forum and fix those too – doh!

  6. Ralph said

    Simon,
    What regiments do you mean would be suited to the Crusader models pre 1812 uniform? I’m not being lazy, I’m away from my books! Thanks in advance.
    Kind Regards,
    Ralph

  7. Harry B Houchins said

    What sort of Prussian decals were you speaking of? I am about to run off a sheet of “O rings” for my Calpe Prussian’s shako covers on my ALPS printer. It wouldn’t take much to do two…
    What else?

    Harry

  8. Martin said

    Hi Harry,
    I’ll PM you but “O rings” are certainly one of the things I’ve had in mind.
    Many thanks,
    Martin

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