Tuesday, 5 December 2017

On the workbench - General D'Armee Aide De Camps

Some old Essex and Foundry ADC's ready for service in the French army.  The beautiful WF figures
were painted by the very talented Scott Wisemen of the Blue Mountains who I wish I could track down.
As you may have noticed in recent posts, I am very much enjoying the excellent Napoleonic rules published by Reiswitz Press and Dave Brown known as General D'Armee.  An excellent aspect of these rules is the use of the command and control system so wonderfully symbolised by the clever use of available Aide de Camps of the various commanders under your control.


Elite Miniatures ADC's including the wonderful figure nearest to the camera which is from their Collectors Range.
Slightly larger however full of character and painted for me by the very talented Nathan from Lonely Gamers
 and Elite Miniatures Australia.  As you can see, the gloss varnish has been out again! These will be part of my
 1805-07 project as opposed to figures that I will use for other battles using Front Ranks, Perry's etc.


There is a requirement to have at least four of these chaps and ideally up to seven for any game where you are basically a division plus a supporting brigade a side in any battle.  It is  my intention to have at least 15 French, ten each of Russian, Austrian, British Peninsular and 1815 allies  and then assorted 10 of French allies such as Bavarians, Wurtemburgers, Italians and Poles.




A British Front Rank mounted ADC as well as two Elite Russians.

These will be once again Dulcoted and then ready for action once all the base work is done etc.


I have deliberately put these on the Warbase oval bases so they are distinctly different in appearance to the rounder style bases used for Brigade Commanders and the other Commanders used in my games.  In this way there can be no mistakes in terms of thinking a figure is a general for command radius and then being disappointed to see it was merely a skulking Aide De Camp looking for the nearest wench to grab a mug of ale from!

16 comments:

  1. Good looking command! I especially like the center ADC in the first photo. Stunning!

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    1. Thanks Jonathon - the combination of white and maroon/carmine is quite effective that's for sure and that particular Foundry figure is an absolute cracker!

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  2. Coming together nicely mate. I envy your focus.

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    1. Thanks Greg...and I do wish I was focused as I should be. It is proving very difficult at the moment not to return to some of the other ten projects on the go!

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  3. I love these, Carlo! I believe the ADC Jon refers to, in amaranth, white, and gold is one of Murat's; IIRC he and Berthier in particular were in chronic competition for the sartorial splendor of their aides. A no - nonsense officer like Davout would probably stick with regulation dress (like the dark blue uniform with light blue facings seen in the second set.

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    1. Cheers Peter and yes, I do recall reading about the internal rivalry and competition amongst the Marshalls for the most dashing and attractive uniformed ADC's on their staff.

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  4. very nice. Especially pleasing that a set of rules makes use of these excellent figures - mine are all mixed into various command bases.

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    1. That's a great observation Paul and one which I have wrestled a little bit with as well. I have quite a few command bases full of a variety of figures and the initial pull to dismantle a few and use the Staff figures as ADC's was quite strong. I have resisted so far however there may be the occasional Brunswicker, Dutch Belgian base that may just lose a mounted figure or two and see that space fileld with a bush or cart!

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  5. Well done, it is a fantastic ruleset and now you have very nice ADC's to field when you play.

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    1. Thank you John and yes the rules are quite superb.

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  6. What a lovely selection. I like the opportunity to use ADC's when it arises so great to see you are finding rules to make them necessary. I'm encouraging Kevin to look at GdA rules, following your recommendation, if we have had enough of Rank ad File after Quatre Bras part 2.
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I really think that yourself and Kevin will enjoy them very much mate. They do play very well and I believe the scope that your group of gamers seek will be well covered by the various mechanisms to be found within.

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  7. Lovely command figures, very nice job!

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  8. Lovely ADC's very ostentatious!
    Best Iain

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