Saturday, April 2, 2016

All Quiet on the Western Front

       My wife injured herself on the job and has been out of work for a couple of months now. She is due for surgery this coming week. Although she gets workman's compensation, she has been feeling guilty that she isn't working. I have been spending as much time as possible with her as she has been down in the dumps. As such, I haven't had much time to work on wargaming.

       I have managed to get some more Napoleonic infantry units done. I  have decided to make units based on Battle Cry, with infantry units made up of 12 man regiments on 4 stands, and 6 man cavalry units based on three stands. Light infantry units will have 8 man units on 4 stands. I have 4 French infantry regiments (3 regular and 1 light infantry) and 5 Russian infantry units (4 regular and 1 light infantry units). In Battle Cry, infantry units consist of 4 infantry figures, of which one is a flag bearer. The flag bearer is the last figure taken off the board. I didn't have a flag bearer for the Russian infantry. However, I found an original 1st generation Russian command strip. I plan to make a mold of the flag bearer. I haven't quite worked out if I will make separate command stands or just add the flag bearer to one of the infantry stands.
The 4 Russian Infantry regiments.

The Russian and French light infantry regiments.

The 3 French infantry regiments.

My idea for a Battle Cry regiment.  bases of infantry, with the standard bearer leading.

The Russian command strip I bought. I have started a mold with a French standard bearer  and the Russian standard bearer.

This last week Donna's friends have been taking her out, to take her mind off the upcoming surgery. Today she went to a baby shower, so I had a few hours for wargaming. Besides painting some figures, I did managed to get a war-game in; the first in about a month. It was a "No brain wargame", but I did try a couple of changes. I will ry to do a report on it. It made for a better game.


  1. Blimey, minifigs on strips !, back in the day. Little crackers ! Sorry to hear about Mrs Hermit, I have had work related health problems and was out of work, from a job I loved, for just under 2 years. The ability of employers to walk away from the carnage thay can contribute to is, while not suprising, still shocking. All the best to the both of you in the coming months. Spring takes you to Napoleonics and me to confirmation that gloss varnish is the only way. Lovely figures again. Thanks.

    1. So far things are going well with Mrs. Hermit; the insurance company has been most helpful.
      Painting these figures have been a great therapy for me. And finally doing something with the hundreds of 1st generation Minifigs is a big plus. The hobby paints I use look better with gloss paint.

  2. I forgot to mention that I am going to place an order with NAVWAR, having also been put off initially by the somewhat "traditional" method of ordering, however thinking back to the days of news paper rounds to save money and paying by postal order then waiting for months for the toys to arrive, I have decided to be patient. If you e mail me details of what you want then I will add to my order and post on to you. I can then say to the domestic paramilitary customs force that the package is not for me ! Cheers.

    1. Thank you for the offer in regards to NAVWAR. I have been doing some searching and have found a website that you can buy 3D models. They have several Pre-dreadnaughts that I am thinking of buying. The models can be made in several scales. The availability of different periods and scales is making me interested in finding out more about 3D printing.