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Monday, February 29, 2016

28mm Connoisseur miniatures French line and light painted as Würzburg, Croatians, and French

I love Connoisseur figures. They are beautiful classics which bring me back to "Big battalion" games at the Wargames Holiday Centre. The late, great, Peter Guilder designed these figures. He brought higher standards to the hobby in terms of figures, terrain and rules.

Bicorne miniatures now sell these figures. They are a lot harder to paint than "modern" types. Often you have to paint on details like buttons, or modify figures.

French line infantry (Connoisseur battalions) painted as the Würzburg contingent in the Confederation of the Rhine

These are the Croation 1st and 3rd light infantry. The figures are Connoisseur French light infantry. It is great to paint up French as allies to break up the blue on the table top.

28mm Napoleonic Russian militia armed with pikes (Elite miniatures)

These boys are from Elite miniatures. They do militia armed with pikes and also muskets. The musket armed boys are still in the bag somewhere. As they say in Russia, bayonette is a clever chap while musket is a dull fellow. Pike armed chaps must be even more lively!

28mm Napoleonic Russian Guard Horse Artillery

28mm Napoleonic Russian Guard Horse Artillery. The figures are from Elite miniatures. These batteries were world killers when they were allowed to fire twice in a turn, in the old Grand Manner rules. With double the number of guns of allocated to most other nations horse batteries they still pack a punch.

28mm Napoleonic Russian Guard Horse artillery

Sunday, February 28, 2016

28mm Napoleonic Connoisseur Baden 1st to 4th infantry

Connoisseur miniatures was started by the late, great, Peter Guilder who also brought us the Wargames Holiday Centre. The figures have aged well - at least to my eyes - because their proportions are more in line with humanity than many of the well fed offerings of today.

These figures are not as easy to paint as more recent designs. A lot of things have to be painted on. They sometimes need modification. This is particularly true of the cavalry where musicians, and some other figures, may not be available in the range. Getting these figures onto the table gives an "old school" pleasure.

Bicorne miniatures now sell the Connoisseur range. They go to a lot of UK shows. So you should be able to check out their extensive range in person.

Here I present you with the Baden 1st to 4th line infantry regiments.

Napoleonic French General and Vivandiere and Russian casualties

Odds and ends which I have hanging about.

Bicorne miniatures Napoleonic French Cuirassier General standing

Warlord Games Vivandiere and donkey

A pack of Napoleonic Russian casualties from Warlord Games. I remembered them after I finished my Warlord Russians. Doh!