|40mm Grenadier of Napoleon III's Imperial Guard 1870|
I did intend to finish up some more ACW figures before introducing the Franco Prussian War onto the blog. However I started to paint this 40mm figures from Gringo 40s Miniatures and, well, I could not stop. The chapter of Glover's book that has always grabbed my attention is "The Rise of Prussia" and lets face it, when it comes to European Wars of the 19th Century the FPW is "the big one".
|The figure comes with 3 headgear variants...|
|and the bathroom sink strapped to his back!|
I will not go into the amount of FPW collections I have started over the years but rooting round in the various boxes and biscuit tins that house the lead pile I found 10, 15, 20 and 28mm figures aplenty.
So it was crunch time, I want to go back and start collecting again. A choice had to be made. The smaller 10 or 15mm scale was the logical choice. The most complete ranges for the Imperial and Republican phases and small enough to recreate the huge battles of the war. 20mm is my generally favoured scale, it's patchy in places but with a little imagination all troops could be represented. Or should I go with the 28mm big boys? Costly, space consuming and with annoying gaps in the biggest of the ranges, Wargames Foundry.
The winner is...28mm of course!
More to follow in the coming months, but next up artillery. Mainly 20mm ACW but also the new French Guard Horse artillery released this month from Newline Designs.