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French line infantry- perry or warlod (26 posts)

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  • Avatar Image tcampbell2p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    I am going to make the plunge into painting some French Line infantry and was wondering people’s opinions on which set is better the perry or the warlord ones? Thanks in advance..

  • Avatar Image torros4102p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Be worth looking at Victrix as well

  • Avatar Image tcampbell2p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    @torros said:
    Be worth looking at Victrix as well

    So do you think this kit is better than the two I mentioned?

  • Avatar Image torros4102p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    I don’t use plastic kits or do 28mm but I do like the facial expressions on the models that Victrix do

  • Avatar Image brigadegames3p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    If you are not restricting yourself to plastics, then check out our Napoleonic range sculpted by Paul Hicks.

    http://brigadegames.3dcartstores.com/Napoleonics–1789–1815_c_37.html

    If you are starting with Napoleonics, the first question should be what theatre are you looking to play and if you are going to play skirmish or mass battles.

    Peninsular is a good place to start. Lots of small battles there.

  • Avatar Image elessar2590420p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Warlord are easier to build but you only get marching poses. You also don’t get a mix of uniforms (Greatcoats and no Greatcoats) unless you want to buy two boxes and mix them together.

    Perry take a little longer to build but come with a mix of different uniforms and the option to build skirmishers. The Perry Miniatures are also more animated having about 8 slightly different poses per box compared to Warlords 4.

    I’d recommend the Perry’s. Be careful of Victrix. While they’re very nice minis they are pretty soft and the Bayonets snap all the time plus even though the box says 50 or 60 miniatures about 15-20 of them are Officers, Drummers or Ensigns and not useful to you.

    As @brigadegames said what period/theater are you looking at playing and what size of game/system? What’s your level of knowledge on the Period? It can a pretty daunting task to wrap your head around the whole thing.

  • Avatar Image phaidknott156p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Perrys.

    At first you might think the limited poses (all in march attack a bit limiting), but for basing and practicality on the table…then they win the day. You’ll probably find yourself buying some metal skirmishers and extra metal command to mix things up a little (having just two poses for the skirmishers does look a bit repetitive). But also remember if you are a “rivet counter” the Perry plastics are for 1813-1815 (ish). Doesn’t bother me, but you always get one :D

  • Avatar Image tcampbell2p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    This is all very helpful! In terms of gaming. I aspire to get back into war gaming (I played go games 20 yrs ago) realistically it’s a long time as have a young baby. I am looking at painting figures up in the late period. The long term goal is to work towards a large battle with my dad but I would be interested in finding out abOut a set of simple skirmish rules I can play with my nephews.

    My leave of knowledge in the period is limited but I am researcher by trade so to be honest I am excited by it.

  • Avatar Image elessar2590420p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Here’s a shameless plug of some article’s I wrote recently about Sharp Practice (28mm Skirmish Game). I love the system and the guys recently did some let’s plays with the games creator. The best thing about Historicals is you can buy, build and paint the minis before deciding on a rule set.

    http://www.beastsofwar.com/sharp-practice/exploring-scenarios-part-one/

    http://www.beastsofwar.com/sharp-practice/play-sharp-practice/

  • Avatar Image suetoniuspaullinus4145p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    What period are you interested in?
    I do Peninsular War mostly and went with Victrix. The Perry figures are nice but only really suited for the Waterloo campaign.
    Warlord’s are very simplistic and might not be the best for skirmish games. Good to fill up your units for mass battles tho.
    Victrix do plastic artillery as well!
    For plastic cavalry Warlord (although they tend to be a little smaller scale oddly) or Perry.

    Have fun, Napoleonics are quite addictive and you might start to read all those Sharpe novels again and then ending up buying all figures you can get hold of ;-)

  • Avatar Image torros4102p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    I always think the Revolutionary War period followed by Napoleon in Italy is the most interesting period . I think you would have to go with metal for this

  • Avatar Image tcampbell2p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Thanks guy… so many good resources already here….what do you guys think of black powder as a rule set? And I am trying to pull together painting guides for myself as pretty crappy at pAinting (but find it very very relaxing) – this one looked great – https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/wssblog/painting-a-whoooooole-box-of-french-line-infantry/

  • Avatar Image torros4102p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    You might find these useful. Although done for 6mm they are good and maybe simplified a bit for that scale but if your starting out they could be handier

    http://www.baccus6mm.com/PaintingGuides/NAP/

    If you want to get deeper into it you will probably have to start buying books about the subject instead

  • Avatar Image tcampbell2p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    @elessar2590 said:
    Here’s a shameless plug of some article’s I wrote recently about Sharp Practice (28mm Skirmish Game). I love the system and the guys recently did some let’s plays with the games creator. The best thing about Historicals is you can buy, build and paint the minis before deciding on a rule set.

    http://www.beastsofwar.com/sharp-practice/exploring-scenarios-part-one/

    http://www.beastsofwar.com/sharp-practice/play-sharp-practice/

    Great article… I will watch the let’s play later…

    @torros said:
    You might find these useful. Although done for 6mm they are good and maybe simplified a bit for that scale but if your starting out they could be handier

    http://www.baccus6mm.com/PaintingGuides/NAP/

    If you want to get deeper into it you will probably have to start buying books about the subject instead

    This looks like a great resource….

  • Avatar Image robert2052p said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Painting War are very useful guides, if a little expensive. There is one for both the French and the British.

    http://www.northstarfigures.com/list.php?man=164&page=1

    http://breakingwar.com/store/en/4-paintingwar