So, after watching Sharpe over the Christmas break, I kind of got a bit hooked on the Napoleonics era stuff. Since I’m not starting any new GW stuff (mainly due to the prices), and I’m not buying any new Infinity stuff since I’ve got more than enough for games now, I needed a new project.
Hence, Napoleonics. I’m unlikely to ever actually play a game with them (unless someone else also gets roped in), but I really like the look so I’m doing up some British infantry as a painting project. Of course, I still have to finish my CSM Adeptus Mechanicus and Infinity, but you can never have too many miniatures!
I started off with the above box of Perry British Infantry, and as I’m a Sharpe fan I’ll be doing the South Essex with attached riflemen from the 95th as they appear in the series.
I kind of jumped right in to assembling them, although after reading some reviews and painting blogs I decided against gluing the arms on so that painting the straps across their bodies would be easier. The above shows 6 firing, 6 at-the-ready, and 7 armless headless bodies. The arms aren’t glued on – they’re just placed on for the photo.
Here’s the remaining infantry and officers – there’s 36 in the box all up. I haven’t given the officer a head yet since the box only comes with 2 un-covered officer’s bicornes, so I’m aquiring a third for the officer soon.
I still haven’t decided how I’m going to pose the remaining infantry, since I’ve run out of firing and at-the-ready arms…
Finally, here are the 4 riflemen that come in the box. There’s only two poses (and two heads and two sets of arms), so more than 1 box of these will end up with duplicate poses, which isn’t ideal. I’m probably going to bulk the riflemen out with some of the Perry metal riflemen for variety.
I really like these miniatures, although I can forsee painting them and all their detailing may prove time-consuming. I’m not going to review them right now, as I have a box of Victrix British infantry in the mail and I’ll review and compare both of the sets then. Compared to GW plastics though these are so much better – much cheaper with the same level of detail, although you don’t get quite as many “options” as GW sets come with (and is a false economy, since you usually don’t use all of those parts anyway, so these are less wasteful).
These weren’t the only new things I’ve bought recently, but I’ll post about them in my mid-week update. Needless to say, my current list of projects is somewhat large…