Update After the Monday night club Zoom call discussing the topic I received an email saying we had been allocated 1/72 battalion of the 72e Regiment and if time the 2/72 battalion. Each battalion in six companies - 1 Grenadier, 1 Voltigeur, 4 Fusilier composed of about 50 figures making 300 per battalion. Uniform painting advice is available, Vallejo Dark Prussian blue the standard French coat and the figures most likely HAT, Zvezda or Waterloo 1815 (perhaps some Newline metals if needed for officers). Any volunteers (3 already) please let Mike or myself know how much you might help, ideally painting a company of 50 but prepping and basing help would be welcome also. I think it would be great for the club to be listed as a contributor to such a worthy cause. Many thanks
We have made correspondence with James Cowan who is a retired British Army Major General and a trustee of Waterloo Uncovered, a charity that supports wounded ex-soldiers come to terms with their conditions through the medium of archaeology. Every year, the charity conducts a dig at Waterloo and, in the first few years, the focus was at Hougoumont. One of the techniques employed by Waterloo Uncovered has been to compare the diorama built by Captain William Siborne with the modern archaeological evidence. An idea was hatched to construct a new diorama of the battle in homage to Siborne, but taking advantage of modern scholarship. At the outset, the project already had about 40,000 metal and plastic soldiers available. Huge, but nothing like the numbers needed to replicate the battle at 1:1 scale. The French started the battle with 72,000, Allies had 64,000 and Blucher brought about 40,000 onto the battlefield, requiring 176,000 figures. At the rate of painting (about a 1,000 a year) it would have taken 136 years to complete the project. So the ratio has been modified to 1:3 and a call gone out to volunteers, collectors and wargame clubs. It is hoped the diorama will be on display at the National Army Museum June 2021. In discussion with our Chair and Secretary we requested permission to contribute the French 72e Regiment in Reille Corps, 5th Division, 2nd Brigade under Campi.
Last post by Martin S-C - September 15, 2020, 12:40:09 pm
I mentioned this idea to Andrew Riley and Mike Whittaker recently over e-mails. I was going to talk about it on our Monday Zoom chat but I got involved in something else and missed the Zoom meeting.
I would be up for organizing a campaign where the battles could be resolved by small face to face private meetings in people's homes. I understand Mike has generously said that his place could be a venue but other homes are equally valid as long as we take the required precautions.
As to campaign mechanics I'm fairly open - generating some stimulating activity is the primary aim. We could use the Tinker Fox/Perfect Captain map system and rules or some other system but for me I much prefer an actual map based set up rather than something more abstract.
I am also open to period as well although my involvement would mean it would need to be historical and I generally prefer the post-gunpowder periods as opposed to ancients or medieval.
Several members will have seen the great article by Conrad Kinch 'Uncovering Waterloo' in Miniature Wargames edition October 2020 (apologies if someone has already mentioned or working on this). Based on a project to help ex-servicemen James Cowan is hoping to assemble a new diorama on the scale similar to Siborne's - and respectful of that mammouth achievement. There is a call for people in the hobby to paint 1/72 or 20mm plastic or metal figures to a wargaming rather than collectors standard. I'd like to propose to our noble Chairman and honourable Secretary we consider working as a club to submit at least one unit for the display at National Army Museum. For more info please see: waterloouncovered.com/veterans/welfare email@example.com