|The workbench can get quite messy at times.|
Quite a while ago I had the opportunity to purchase a vast horde of Wargames Foundry figures from The Tin Soldier in Sydney. The Federal Government had just introduced the Goods and Services Tax into Australia and the local businesses were unsure how exactly they would manage this new imposition upon their everyday financial practices.
Gary at Tin Soldier had taken all the Foundry figures off the racks. In those days you could still purchase the Wargames Foundry figures individually and he was going to be damned if he had to transact a 10% GST on 55 one figure transactions etc!!
His decision was my gain as I made him a "Job lot" offer on thousands of figures from the Napoleonic, Ancients, Medieval, Dark Ages and Franco-Prussian ranges at an absolute song.
I mean...a song!
The only bugger was you got what you got. In other words there may be ten French Napoleonic Fusiliers figures marching in one pack and 24 Fusilier drummers and standard bearers in the other!
Fortunately that was the extreme however there were some eclectic figures that I scratched my head with and thought "What the heck am I going to do with them?"
The younger wargamers reading this may think what teh fuss is about? Surely skirmish games would want figures like these all the time. However in my early days as a wargamer we desired our rank and file to be almost uniform in pose and stature. How amazing now to think that we want variety, especially subtle variety in similar poses such as Elite Miniatures and Perry Miniatures do so well today.
|Very useful figures for the General D'Armee rule system|
These Young Guard figures lying down and sitting were just the ones who fitted that last statement perfectly.
So they sat in the WF box (that's Wargames Foundry box, not what you may have been thinking), for sixteen years.
General D'Armee appeared. In case you haven't noticed I am very much a devotee of these excellent rules from Dave Brown. They allow Brigade skirmisher screen to be formed by having each battalion provide a single base of three figures. I have elected to place these on a distinctly different oval base from Warbases (excellent company by the way)..
|The lying figure has his shako by his foot. I may need to scuff up the soles of his shoes a bit now that I think of it.|
I thought, as I do have the Young Guard at Waterloo 1815 I would have some specific skirmisher bases for them. I know their is some minor variation in the uniform depending on the year however these will do for covering 1813-15.
Once they are completed I will post them up to see how they look on the table.