Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Airfix Battle of Waterloo Project

I have recently made a very important purchase. Inspired by the work on my favourite vintage wargames blogs I have decided to try once more at a major Airfix project, this time to recreate the Battle of Waterloo using nothing but Airfix HO/OO soldiers.

Its a BIG box!

 The box contains the equivalent of one box of each of the figures in the Waterloo range together with the farmhouse, a base, some rather useful carts plus glue, paints and brushes. 

The fact that such a project can be done is beyond argument, however the question is how good can the models look? Unlike the "Airfix ACW Project" which I started and then (foolishly) abandoned all those years ago these figures will be getting the "full beauty treatment". 

The French artillery have been started. The rule have been decided-"Age of Eagles" the Napoleonic variant of  "Fire and Fury".

The first figures will be up for show after a small family break in the South of France.


  1. There were two series of articles on converting Airfix figures back in the Airfix Magazine in the early and late 1970s to cover the gaps. Any chance of you relaunching the In the Grand Manner website?

    1. I think I have the two articles concerned. The Grand manner blog address has been taken over by some anonymous being so I think I will stick everything here under the Waterloo to Mons irrespective of era!

  2. What an outstandingly brilliant project! All power to your paintbrush. I dreamed great dreams of such a thing when I was a little boy. Best of luck!

  3. Great idea for a project Matt, I'm looking forward to seeing how you tackle those conversions!

  4. It would be great if you republished the In the Grand Manner blogs on this site. We're missing them!

  5. More power to you Matt. We tried to use as many Airfix figs as we could in our bicentennial game last year.

  6. Really looking forward to this! Takes me right back to cream coloured wargames!

  7. Woah! Fantastic!!! Sure you will love this book about the battle. I found it really useful for that kind of job: "Seventy images for hundred days". A link
    Best R.