Friday, September 7, 2012

Battle of Borodino, Allergies, and Reinforcements

"Battle of Moscow, 7th September 1812", 1822 by Louis Lejeune

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino (Moscow), and also reminds us Napoleonic enthusiasts that we are in  the midst of very special time for our hobby.  If not a golden age, then perhaps a silver one with more and more high quality metal and plastic miniatures to choose from as well as new high production rule books and supplements being released among all these anniversaries.

Not only that, but never before have we had such excellent hobby tools at our disposal in paints, brushes, basing material, terrain, etc. etc.  The amount of research material available on the Internet today was unimaginable back in the '80s when I first started farting around with 1/72 plastic Frenchies.  And to top it all off we have a very active, friendly, and most of all, supportive gaming blogosphere ready and willing to share their projects, knowledge, and experience to help inspire others across the globe.  Especially those that might not be so lucky to have a local club.

Field Marshal Kutuzov at Borodino.

Those are some of my thoughts as I start to dive in to my 28mm Napoleonic project with my friend Eric.  As you may already know, I'm starting out with some 1813 Prussians and Eric will be marshaling his own French forces to take me on.  As we're still hammering out some details, I'll share more of our (initial) Master Plan in a later post along with the progress of both our armies, terrain projects, and eventually our glorious battles in the future.

Although ultimately a solid group of 4 to 6 players would be nice, right now we're somewhat avoiding any attempts at open local recruitment.  Rather going with a "Build it and they will come" approach, figuring once we have our own shit squared, and enough initial battalions/squadrons painted up to game, we can then see who would truly be interested in joining in on the fun.

Emperor Napoleon at Borodino.

This post has taken a different direction then I originally intended as I ramble on, but I did want to include a blog update of sorts.  I wanted to apologize for my lack of posts lately and  more so for my lack of visits and comments on all your wonderful blogs I follow out there.  I'm sorry, but I've been hit pretty hard with allergies in the last 2-3 weeks.

Although I've made some slow progress on some of my Prussians including my entry into the La Bricole Painting Challenge I just haven't felt good enough lately to post anything or even surf around to other blogs.  With my head no longer feeling like someone's personal cow bell and gunk no longer perpetually pouring out of red irritated eyes, I'm hoping to have something posted to share with you soon.

A little hint of whats to come...

In the meantime, I've received my first order from Perry Miniatures a few days ago which certainly helps the motivation factor even if I'm still not feeling top speed yet.  Eric will be placing his French order soon as we both get the ball rolling at least, no matter how slowly.  In the spirit of Borodino's anniversary and Eric being somewhat new to the Napoleonic hobby, I will leave you with this French Imperial Army training video for your enjoyment.  :-)

Bonus video!  (The French Army)

"Vive Napoleon, super cewl!!"


  1. When I first laid eyes on the Black Powder Napoleonic Battle at Adepticon, I have to admit it just looked awesome. I then became interested how the system worked.

    As it turns out, it was easy and fun. Exactly what I need to get me into this new realm of figures.

    Indeed this will be a new era for me. It will be a large undertaking and will require time as I will also plan to continue my projects in the other hobbies I enjoy as well.

    Looking forward to infantry, artillery and cavalry in the truest sense.

  2. Hope you continue to feel better. Just about to leave to join in a Borodino refight. 5000+ fig's in 28mm. Looking forward to seeing some of your new stuff too.

  3. Nice to hear you're alive and kicking (sneezing)?

  4. Glad your back, no need to apologise, breaks are needed now and again, even if they are forced ones!

  5. Sorry to hear about your allergy problems Feldmarschall. It's spring over here in NZ and on some days you can see big clouds of pollen blowing off the pines around here. Best not visit us in spring!! 8O)

    It will be good to see you back to full productivity again.

    von Peter himself

  6. glad your feeling better, looking farwaed to your updates!!! Netter keep them coming on both armies now that you have shown us the carrot ;-)

  7. Im glad to hear that you are beating back whatever nasty contagion that has got hold you. Looking forward to more quality postings in the near future.

  8. Gesundheit Herr Feldmarschall.

    As a sufferer of der Grosse Schnotten-Nase myself, I can only but sympathize.

    Great blog. Great War Room. Great envy!


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  10. Indeed post more pics of your War room it is someting to envy indeed!
    Tail End charlie

    1. Thanks! There's in fact tons of pics of the War Room in the various battle reports and in the gallery found in the left margin. Also, the label "War Room" will bring up blog posts solely dedicated to it. :)



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