Today is August the 1st. In two months WR is scheduled to GM, with his son Daniel, the 28mm Battle of Saalfeld 1806 napoleonic scenario at the regional HMGS-PSW Fall convention, held in Fullerton CA (CSFU) on Sept 30th-Oct 1st, and in conjunction with the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) convention at the same location. Full convention details found on scanned flyer at end of this updating article. HMGS-PSW
WR intends to use this uupdating blog post to show the many steps WR completes to bring a convention level napoleonic scenario to life. Each week WR hopes to update this blog article with news of forward progress towards the Saalfeld 1806 napoleonic scenario, the unit miniatures needed or painted from bare lead, reference material collected, scenario written up, and the long list of small but incremental steps towards a “hoped for” successful scenario game. At the same time, another concurrent running progressive blog article will cover the other planned Flames of War (20mm) post war May 1945 scenario planned for Sept 30th at the same convention.
[8/1/17] Why Saalfeld 1806? Well, about a decade ago WR acquired small Prussian 1806 28mm collection. At the same time, found on the Ebay world, someone was selling a collection of 1809 era unpainted (raw lead) 25mm Old Glory Saxons, which for a very cheap price, found a new home in the WR miniature ranks. About four years ago, just before moving to the new gaming warren, WR spent several winter and spring months painting up the 25mm Saxon collection for future 1809 campaign battles and also covering the 1806 era organizationally. WR is aware that the Old Glory miniature backpacks are French inspired and not Prussian look for the 1806 Saxons… but for this scenario, their gleaning white ranks will suffice unless Dan M and his “1806 correct uniform” Saxon miniatures make the tabletop. Either way, the Saxon army portion on the tabletop Saalfeld battlefield is miniature covered.
Required Saxon units for Saalfeld 1806 are: Saxon Hussars, KurPrinz Regt, Pz. Clemens Regt, the Xavier Regt, and a Saxon foot battery. All are found in the Saxony box below.
For the Prussians a lot more work is required by WR. Thankfully at Saalfeld 1806 the Prussian contingent is small and includes the following units: Schimmelpfenning Hussars, von Ruhle, von Pelet, and von Rabenau Fusilier btns, several Jager company sized detachments, the von Muffling Regt, and two Prussian artillery batteries. From the various Prussian miniatures groups pictured below, the Prussian contingent will take form during August.
For the French 5th Corps (Lannes), WR has a large collection of bicorne republican and early imperial era French infantry and artillery to select from, including the actual numbered French ligne regiments. The painted French cavalry collection is more 1809-1812 era regiments but for the early Imperial campaign battles is little changed from an elevated eye viewing distance. WR will have to paint up the two French hussars regiments (9th and 10th) as they have distinct uniforms.
8/9/17 Update: Finished another six French early Imperial era line battalions and three legere battalions, for the Saalfeld 1806 scenario, with their rapidograph black lining. WR, instead of his poor attempts for shading miniatures, many year ago started a process of black outlining his napoleonic miniature collection. Almost 100% of the collection 25/28mm painted miniatures have these fine black lines picking out the uniform detail… buttons. crossbelts, folds in the clothing, buttons etc. WR also, being poor in ability to paint faces, gives his miniatures black lined eyes and mustaches to give character to the masses. Equipment and flags/standards receive the same treatment. One major advantage of this process is the ability to correct painting errors… the black ink line cleans up the crossbelt white, or any other painting edgework. Mess up with the black ink lining process, you can just wash off the miniature with warm water and light brushwork and start again when dry. For the ink, WR uses non-waterproof India ink in his 2.0 rapidograph pen. Waterproof inf WR finds tends to cause more ink blockages. All miniatures are sealed with clear coat to prevent the ink coming off with sweat. Takes some time… maybe six infantry or four cavalrymen for an evening work while watching TV, or a sporting event. Secret is every evening do your minimum effort or better which for this project is five French infantry per evening. By the end of August, the French army will have eleven more battalion of early Imperial era infantry if work schedule held to.
Next Saalfeld 1806 background research material and some scenario notes. Stay tuned.
Cheers from the busy warren. Soon a starting article post on the planned post war May 1945 Americans vs. Soviets “Race for German Technology” Flames of War (20mm) scenario scheduled for Sept 30th convention date.