Friday, 23 June 2017

Return to the Franco Prussian War

The surgery on my spine is now complete and I am (hopefully) on the road to recovery. Here are the reorganised and rebased 15mm French Line infantry I had hoped to have completed before I went under the knife and which originally featured in my April 2016 post. I had to add a few more figures to make up the two 30 figure battalions. 

The unit sizes are in line with my old "La Guerre a Outrance" rules by Stephen Shann which I used with some success in the late 1980's as I recall.

15mm figures from Essex Miniatures
 I may use Shann's rules again or "Black Powder", however the motivation for the change was purely aesthetic. I think the larger, more open bases look more like I imagine a 19th century firing line would have been. The previous incarnation just looked too cramped.

The 30 figures also make for good looking battalions "In the Grand Manner".

Currently my main impetus is with the French forces; simply because I have more figures cleaned up, primed and in some cases  nearly completed than any other figures, which is handy because sitting down for any length of time at the moment is not possible. I can however paint standing up for slightly longer  periods - so I can achieve some results while I recuperate.

2nd Battalions of the 45th & 78th Line 1870
I am working on two more units suitable for the non Eagle carrying battalions using Essex and Minifigs, I hope to post the first of them by the end of the weekend.


  1. Captures the look of a firing line well IMHO.

    Good that you are in the mend too.

  2. Matt - glad to see you're back in full Waterloo to Mons mode. I'm looking forward to more!

  3. Good looking troops! Glad to read that you are recovering satisfactorily from your surgery.

  4. Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery,Tony

  5. Excellent! And yes, exactly how a mid nineteenth-century firing line should look!

    Best of luck with your recovery


  6. That's a good look I might steal for my Freicorps 15s!

  7. Nice looking unit - glad you're on the mend

  8. Thanks for all the kind comments gentlemen!