Wednesday, November 24, 2021

DAVOUT'S CORPS DONE! Here we go again... again!

I know, I know.  We finished Davout's III Corps in September, right?  Well, with the big decision arrived at a few weeks ago, I'm decisively engaged with the massive 10mm Napoleonic rebasing effort.  All of my 10mm Napoleonic French have been taken off of the large unit bases and are being instead rebased on 30mm square bases to enable them to play in other battles and with rules other than Commands and Colors Napoleonics.

Reading last week's post, I briefly showed some snapshots of the entire French force unbased.  I'm happy to report at the moment that the III French Corps is complete.  I'm starting Augereau's VII Corps next but figured I'd show off progress so far.  We're making slow progress, but it's progress none-the-less!

The entire Corps with universal basing complete.  Flock and all.  

They will easily plop down onto sabots for games of Blucher or Volley and Bayonet.  They'll also serve nicely in tactical games like Shadow of the Eagles, Shako, or Neil Thomas' "Napoleonic Wargaming."


The picture doesn't do it justice, but I love the foot officer (actually from the artillery crew bag) and the mounted officer (pendraken commander) mixed in with the bases.  Davout looks on approvingly behind.
THe spectacles look like sunglasses.  I can't imagine a more deserving officer to be depicted with sunglasses in the French Army than the Iron Marshall himself.




I am planning a series of posts with planning considerations for Eylau, including terrain, rules, and test play-runs (sans Russians!)

THe workbench has cleared out of at least 1 Corps now, with 2 others behind them.

Augereau's Corps with the sickly Augereau in front!

Soult's Corps to the right of them!  

The Guard!

French elites

Bessieres, Napoleon and a Guard Artillery Howitzer Battery.  Those crew were kit bashed with super glue exacto knives and a ton of patience!


Augereau's Corps is next.  Really looking forward to a game with these guys!


19 comments:

  1. Superb, the rebasing looks the business, that is a fab collection. Looking forwards to what ever falls from this, including your Mega Game.

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    1. thanks, Norm! this project has been a real boon to my motivation. I feel like I'm back in the Napoleonic Saddle!

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  2. Okay... that's it! I HAVE to get back to gaming with Napoleonics! Inspiring!

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    1. John you are too kind, sir! Napoleonics has consumed my hobby time and will for the foreseeable future!

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  3. Most impressive and spectacular divisions and commands, truly superb!

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  4. I can see why you like this scale. This scale seems to like you! A magnificent array.

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    1. thank you, Archduke! we are just getting started! Just wait until ALL the Eylau Corps have been painted!

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  5. Fine looking display! You accomplished your task admirably with a well-painted force. Excellent!

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    1. thank you, Jon! Working on Augereau's Corps now. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Looking good Steve! There’s nothing like the massed ranks of Napoleonics. Having them on 30x30mm bases is a good call. Makes them very flexible. You could even do a small level action with each base being a company.

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    1. Cheers sir - that was my thinking exactly! this really enables me to play them with almost any rules now.

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  7. They look superb Steve and I think the smaller basing works better and as you say, works well across a variety of rulesets.

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    1. thank you Steve! I think it's a big improvement over the single based units

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  8. Although I detest re-basing with a passion :-), I think this project is worth it. I see you've based your "units" by company pom pom color, which is my method, and they can be blended, or not, when used on sabots. No flags, though?

    I am running Eylau (how the heck do you pronounce that?) myself next week for Jared's school game club. It's one of only 2 battles (Wagram being the other) that I made special terrain (winter ridgelines) for, and probably the scenario that I have run the most over the past 20 years, perhaps because of that! :-)

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  9. These look superb Steve - the basing choice is 100%. The pics look fantastic - and the style makes the units in line seem so much more alive.

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