Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fuentes de Onoro, 2nd Leger, Voltigeur Company

Hi Folks. I apologize for not posting anything for a while. Things have been a bit hectic over the last month. I have managed to do a small bit of painting. I don't want to tell you too much just yet. I've almost completed a few units for upcoming projects, and thought I might post a sampling today.

This unit is a unit of Voltigeurs from the 2nd Legere Regiment. For Fuentes De Onoro I need three battalions from the 2nd Legere. My thoughts were that I could paint some individual skirmishers from that unit to detach to a brigade skirmish screen. I'm still tossing around a number of options for rules in my head. I've painted six voltigeurs, and one officer here. This will allow me to use them as either a group for Sharp Practice, a Company for General de Brigade or Napoleon, or a brigade screen from all three battalions for a set of 1:50/1:60 rules yet to be determined.

The voltigeurs had their first taste of battle yesterday at the Game Loft in Belfast, Maine. They acted as the vanguard for a French force in a Sharp Practice game, in which six boys ages 10-15 were introduced to the rules. A fun time was had by all. The voltigeurs managed pretty well, inflicting several casualties on a group of 95th Rifles. Ah, well, that may be a tale for another day, but it was fun.

For figures I used Victrix figures. "Well, they don't make Legere in greatcoats!", you say? Well, Victrix has a few tips for building these units on their website. I used the bodies and arms from VX009-Napoleon's Old Guard Grenadiers and heads from VX005-French Napoleonic Infantry 1807-1812. I really like the effect, and am happy with the figures. Victrix has simplified the construction of the figure to some degree with several bodies with arms already attached, and sword scabbards and bayonet scabbards molded on. I think this works well, and saves time, while still maintaining a nice mix of figures. I hope that Victrix doesn't get too distracted with their upcoming range of Greek Hoplites. They have really hit a home run with their Napoleonic figures, and a little bird told me that Austrians could be in the works. We can all dream!

Soon I will post a few more new units. So, stay tuned! I hope everyone is well, and is having a great summer season.


  1. I have to wipe the keyboard after looking at your pictures. Drool does tend to make it hard to type!

    Beautiful work!

  2. Thank you for the compliments. The Victrix figures are so easy to paint, so the results are always a result of the sculpting. I like figures that have detail that somewhat "pops out". Sometimes scuptors over emphasis details making figures look cartoonish. Sometimes the detail is done just right. I think Victrix has really hit the mark. They can be a tad "fiddly" to put together, but the results are worth the effort.