|10mm Franco-Prussian War castings from Pendraken.|
But I have still been painting a bit. The period and setting will be a familiar one - the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, but I have switched scales for a bit, adding a few more 10mm figures. These castings are all from Pendraken. They add to some "test" figures I painted last year, and to some more I painted during the recent Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.
These 10mm figures are being based with the game "1870" in mind. In the basic version of this game, one base equals one battalion of infantry, two squadrons or cavalry or a battery of guns. This scale allows for some of the very large engagements from the Franco-Prussian War to be played out on a gaming table of a somewhat reasonable size in a somewhat reasonable time.
There are a few different elements in this post - up first is a regiment of Tirailleurs Algerian, the feared "Turcos", colonial troops from Algeria in French service. The Turcos were fine soldiers and performed bravely during the war. The three bases together would comprise the whole regiment.
|The Turcos are ready to march in defence of the Second Empire!|
|Incredible detail and quality on such small figures - Pendraken sculpts are incredible, and really do justice to these iconic troops!|
|These same sculpts can be used to represent Zouaves...I'll paint some of those up soon.|
|French Dragoon regiment in line.|
|French Dragoon regiment in column.|
|These 4-lb artillery pieces were the main components of a French divsion's artillery strength.|
|The mysterious mitrailleuse.|
|One battery of these exotic weapons per division...|
|French divisional command base.|
|Prussian divisional command base.|
First, there are some big battles from this setting I would like to game with the guys - but that won't happen in 28mm. I love and enjoy my 28mm collection, and will continue to add to it, but this will almost always be used to play smaller components of larger battles. Most of the main engagements in the Franco-Prussian War featured at least one Corps-level formation per side. At a battalion level, a French division alone would have 13 battalions of infantry. With 24-figure battalions, that's 312 figures just for the one division...a French Corps would have had three divisions, plus a cavalry division, and then the attached artillery...and that doesn't even count the Prussians!
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