I haven’t made a blog post in a while but I have started the New Year with a flourish of new hobby projects. In the past couple of years I have restricted myself to one project at a time. This year I have decided to keep several things on the go to try and prevent the dreaded ‘burn-out’ due to losing interest in the project at-hand. I’m hoping that by having a few different irons in the fire, so to speak, that if interest in one project wanes, then I can switch to another to keep going.
So what are these new projects? The first new project that I'm covering in this post involves moving forward from the mid 17th century by about 150 years to 1811, and also moving from Central Europe to the Iberian peninsula - Napoleonic Peninsula! A bit of a classic, but not something that I currently have any armies for. I’ve loved this period since I first saw ‘that film’ when I was 11. I’ve read a lot about the 100 days campaign, and also been inspired by the tales of Sharpe, Harper and friends in Portugal and Spain. I don’t think I could stretch to another big battle game while I’m doing this for Poles and Swedes in the 1620s, and so I wanted to do something smaller scale - a skirmish.
|Sharpe Practice v2 by Too Fat Lardies|
|All it takes ...|
I find it easier to splash some paint on the figures if I have made a basic plan for the units I’m painting. I therefore used some time over the Christmas break to do some research. I wanted to have units from the British Light Division, in the Peninsula, and some French opposition. I therefore started searching through different actions that the Light Division took part in. I became intrigued by the action on the river Coa, 3rd April 1811, at Sabugal. There is a very nice description of the battle here. There was a great performance by the 43rd (Monmouthshires) and set against them were French Light Infantry including the 2nd Légèr. Now, I didn’t intend to recreate the whole battle, but the orders of battle gave me some historical units on which to base my little collection, and some context for the planned tabletop actions.
|Fight For The Gun at Sabugal by R Simkins|
|The French (headless!) for Sharpe Practice|
|Sprayed with GW Wraithbone|
|Washed with GW Agrax Earthshade|
|Perry Instruction Leaflet|
That is it for now. Next time I may introduce another of my new 2020 projects, I may go back to my Poles and Swedes, or may be I’ll finish off some of the 2nd Légèr. It will be exciting to find out :-)
All the best, Andy @ FOGH.