My next update as I slowly but surely press on with my French 6ème Division d’Infanterie at Quatre Bras. There’ve been a few changes. Most importantly, more gamers have gotten involved with the project, so we’re able to split up who does what. I’ll focus first on 6ème Division d’Infanterie, and then go from there.
With the release of Foundry’s Napoleon rules (I’m still waiting on my copy, but we like what we’ve seen so far), we decided to maintain the base sizes, but increase the number of figures per battalion. The compromise number is 5 stands of 20 figures for infantry, but I’m going to go ahead and do 6 of 24. It’ll be easier to remove a stand than to come up short come gametime.
The first unit I’m working on, as I’ve mentioned, is 1ère Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne. This is an interesting unit. During the Bourbon restoration of 1814, it was redesignated “The King’s Own” Regiment of the line (rough translation). New colors were introduced, most noticeably the drummers, who wore a blue jacket with white and red trim. The jacket front was also tailored differently. Because the miniatures I have don’t have that tailoring, I painted them the same as drummers from the 1ère Régiment d’Infanterie de Légère, which used the same colors and patterns, but kept the old jacket design. They look almost identical. The reasoning I had behind using this scheme is that things were so rushed during Napoleon’s return and march into Belgium, that there’s a very good chance that these regiments (along with the 2nd Line and Light regiments) wouldn’t have had time to switch uniforms. Speculative, but why not?
My painting is amazingly slow, though. It’s not the process itself, really, but having (or making) time to paint. Besides days when I don’t, I also have days where after 15 minutes of painting, I decide to do something else. Oh well. I paint when I feel like it and I’m enjoying it. I figure the minute I make “work” out of it, I’ll burn out and never finish.
This batch consists of the Officers, Standard Bearers, Drummers, and NCOs that I’ll use for the 2nd and 3rd battalions.
2nd Battalion Officer, Standard Bearer, Drummer, NCO-
3rd Battalion Officer, Standard Bearer, Drummer, NCO-