In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

So This Happened....

 A few weeks ago an old friend, who had moved out of Province and lost touch 14 or 15 year ago, called out of the blue.

"I'm getting out of Wargaming. I'm going to send you a box."

A couple of weeks later, this arrives.

Oh dear.

Scott added in the Austrian cavalry set. So now I have a pretty good sized army of Austrians, less artillery.

If my back of an envelope math is correct I'd have 14 or 15 battalions of assorted infantry and two units of cavalry. The Victrix boxes come with 2 mounted commanders each, so there's brigade and army command sorted. Just need artillery, and limbers, and a caisson.

And hussars.

The rational part of my brain says "just do enough for Sharp Practice, you fool!"

16 Grenadiers, 16-24 line infantry, 16-24 Landwehr, 12 skirmishers, 8 dragoons some Big Men. 

Simple, right?


Perhaps I'll start with a Sharp Practice force for 1809 to fight my Bavarians and see how I get on. Fortunately both the Perry and Victrix sets have lots of command, so getting enough Big Men won't be an issue.

The observant will notice to the right some French Middle Guard in greatcoats and two boxes of Perry Prussians, plus a partial set of Perry British flank company without it's box. I've already started on the Prussians, these extras will provide much needed Fusilier battalions. I had, for a few days, thought of converting the French in greatcoats to Lutzow's Freikorps with extra Prussian heads, but shaving off epaulets would be tedious, so I shan't bother. I'll donate the French and British to the Hot Lead Bring & Buy.

This is Phase 5, or maybe Phase 4B, of my Big Plan now I guess.

Wagram, anyone?


  1. You have a very long way to Wagram! Nice friend!

  2. I thought the same as Jon, in relation to the friend who donated all this!

  3. Pleased as I am at your windfall, I'm vaguely converned for your friend. Why would anyone ever get out of wargaming?

    1. Right? But reasons are known and understood by me.
      I'm just simplifying.

  4. Hmm, not a bad problem to have, and you plan appears reasonable.

  5. Doug over at dots of paint blog has a convention rule set.plays fast. Uses 8-12 figs per element (3 Cav or 1 cannon and crew). A corp is usually 3-6 elements plus a commander.