Vive L’Empereur: Line Infantry (2)

After varnishing and basing the first batch of French Line Infantry figures in my collection of Del Prado pre-painted 25/28mm-scale Napoleonic figures, I decided to move onto a second batch.

There are six bases of Line Infantry in this batch of figures, each base having three figures.

I now hope to move on to varnish and base the French Light Infantry. There are as many of them as there are Line Infantry, and these will also be done in two or more batches.


10 Comments on “Vive L’Empereur: Line Infantry (2)”

  1. Jim Duncan says:

    When will it all end?

    Or in other words, when will it all start?

  2. Jim Duncan,

    I have been asking myself the same question!

    Once the French infantry are done, all that I will have left to do are the French artillery, the French cavalry, and the various French officers. The deadline I set myself to complete this project is 18th June … but I suspect that I might miss that by a week or two. At that point I will decide whether or not to varnish and base up the various odds and ends that I have left in the collection.

    The figures will begin to appear on the tabletop soon afterwards … I hope!

    All the best,


  3. Legatus Hedlius,

    Thanks for your kind comment.

    All the best,


  4. arthur1815 says:

    Obviously you must leave Grouchy's forces till last, then it won't matter because they didn't arrive either…

  5. Arthur1815 (Arthur),

    I had hoped to avoid having to do Grouchy's troops as well, but I suppose I must just in case I want to do a 'what if …' scenario!

    All the best,


  6. arthur1815 says:


    Personally, I think a great deal of the appeal of the Hundred Days is the opportunity to play wargames based upon the numerous 'turning points'/'critical events'/'what-ifs' &c. &c. So, when I muster troops for a 'Waterloo inspired' game,I shall make sure I can represent the French and Prussian forces that were engaged – or might not be! – at Wavre.

    But I appreciate you are completing the Del Prado forces and set up, which was, IIRC, entirely focused on the Waterloo?Belle Alliance battlefield, so have a somewhat different agenda.

    By the way, did you ever see/have the old Airfix game on the battle? I obtained a s/h copy on ebay: many of the figures are damaged, but the game system itself is quite interesting. I can send you a copy of the rules if it would be of use.


  7. Sean says:

    These Del Prado figures look very smart. I eagerly await their exploits on the battle field. The Phil Dunn book from your last post also looks very tempting.

  8. Arthur1815, (Arthur),

    In fact the purchases that I made on eBay have enabled me to field much larger armies than I had in originally when I just collected the figures that came with the magazines, and this gives me the possibility of some 'what if …' options for the campaign. I have even added a couple of units from the Austerlitz series, just to add a bit of colour and (non-historical) variety to the French. (I don't think that there were any Mamelukes at Waterloo, but I do have some of them in my collection.)

    I did own the old Airfix game, and used it a couple of times long, long ago. I think that I still have a copy of the rules somewhere, but if you could send me a copy of yours they would be much appreciated.

    All the best,


  9. Sean,

    In my opinion the figures look even better now that they have been varnished and properly based for wargaming. They are also easier to store and are less likely to get damaged whilst in storage. As to when they will appear on the tabletop … well I think that I am going to miss my bicentenary target, but hopefully not by too much.

    I thoroughly recommend Phil Dunn's book because it gives the reader a tried and trusted way to run a campaign.

    All the best,


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