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About the Project

I'm collecting two armies in 10m to recreate the battle of Quatre Bras the prelude to Waterloo. This will be for the Blackpowder game system. I've never painted minis this small before but I think the battle can be better represented at this scale.

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The onslaught

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Skill 3
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The approaching French begin to near and the allies decide attack is the best form of defence and deploy to meet them. Artillery from both sides soften up the opposing sides.The approaching French begin to near and the allies decide attack is the best form of defence and deploy to meet them. Artillery from both sides soften up the opposing sides.
Once in musket range the two sides open fireOnce in musket range the two sides open fire
A firefight sees the Highlanders follow the 95 off the table as the Brunswickers hurry to fill the gaps before the French role up the British leftA firefight sees the Highlanders follow the 95 off the table as the Brunswickers hurry to fill the gaps before the French role up the British left
The Dutch dragoons charge down the main Street into the infantry scattering French coloumns before close to exhaustion returned to the safety of their linesThe Dutch dragoons charge down the main Street into the infantry scattering French coloumns before close to exhaustion returned to the safety of their lines
The two sides redress the ranks as the French receive cavalry reinforcements who race up the French left towards the prince of orange and the Dutch militiaThe two sides redress the ranks as the French receive cavalry reinforcements who race up the French left towards the prince of orange and the Dutch militia
The two sides exchange musket fire The two sides exchange musket fire
The British right hit back seeing off a French column and two more quickly break leaving gaps in the French right The British right hit back seeing off a French column and two more quickly break leaving gaps in the French right
Brunswick Uhlans manoeuvre to take advantage off the sudden damage to the French right.Brunswick Uhlans manoeuvre to take advantage off the sudden damage to the French right.
French cavalry sweep down on the British right but the hannoverian militia form square just in time French cavalry sweep down on the British right but the hannoverian militia form square just in time
Cuirassiers bypassing the squares hit the Dutch militia in line and after wiping them out crash into the next unit along. On either side of the field cavalry does it's damageCuirassiers bypassing the squares hit the Dutch militia in line and after wiping them out crash into the next unit along. On either side of the field cavalry does it's damage
The two sides clash in one last desperate attempt to force them back The two sides clash in one last desperate attempt to force them back
The final line of French wracked by cannister shot and close but not close enough to bthe crossroads. Ney orders his forces back as they leave the field to regroup with the Emperor. Wellington heads up the Brussels road to find va good defensive position to wait for the Prussians. It was a close game that worked out as a draw in points butca moral victory for the British who still held the crossroads. First time playing the Absolute emperor rules. Both players got to grips with the system and the rules make sense with the period. I hope to do some smaller games in the future The final line of French wracked by cannister shot and close but not close enough to bthe crossroads. Ney orders his forces back as they leave the field to regroup with the Emperor. Wellington heads up the Brussels road to find va good defensive position to wait for the Prussians. It was a close game that worked out as a draw in points butca moral victory for the British who still held the crossroads. First time playing the Absolute emperor rules. Both players got to grips with the system and the rules make sense with the period. I hope to do some smaller games in the future

Opening moves

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The French begin their advance across the fieldsThe French begin their advance across the fields
The British deploy artillery in the main road to face the fast marching French who after coming under fire press out across the fieldThe British deploy artillery in the main road to face the fast marching French who after coming under fire press out across the field
Redcoats and rifleman defend the hedgerow as the vanguard approachesRedcoats and rifleman defend the hedgerow as the vanguard approaches
In the British right Dutch and Belgium cavalry race in to helpIn the British right Dutch and Belgium cavalry race in to help
Reinforcements for the allies appear from the rear in the form of black Brunswickers as the Brits deploy at the base of the hillReinforcements for the allies appear from the rear in the form of black Brunswickers as the Brits deploy at the base of the hill
French lancers vault the hedge and attack the 95th but the green jackets quickly form square.unable to break them the lancers withdraw to their own lines.French lancers vault the hedge and attack the 95th but the green jackets quickly form square.unable to break them the lancers withdraw to their own lines.
After seeing off the cavalry the British get back into line as the French infantry close inAfter seeing off the cavalry the British get back into line as the French infantry close in
The rifleman come under fire and break. Shocked to see them run the British behind them become confused by the event and are disorderedThe rifleman come under fire and break. Shocked to see them run the British behind them become confused by the event and are disordered

Finally playing a game

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Quatra bras set up and ready to goQuatra bras set up and ready to go
Net deploys his troops ready to take the crossroadsNet deploys his troops ready to take the crossroads
Wellington and his allies prepare to hold their ground.Wellington and his allies prepare to hold their ground.
I was the only one who got the memo about wearing suitable headgearI was the only one who got the memo about wearing suitable headgear

Dip hedges

Tutoring 5
Skill 5
Idea 5
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I was wondering how to make tiny hedges. I got some MDF left overs from old kits and simply dipped then in paint and flockI was wondering how to make tiny hedges. I got some MDF left overs from old kits and simply dipped then in paint and flock
Dip hedges
Now I'm all set for the big game scheduled in for Wednesday so hopefully get a battle report published. I'll be using the new absolute emperor rules from ospreyNow I'm all set for the big game scheduled in for Wednesday so hopefully get a battle report published. I'll be using the new absolute emperor rules from osprey

Fly the flag

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Pendraken produce tiny flags so I thought I'd add that finishing touch. Not all of the standard poles are positioned correctly so some flags needed to be trimmed to get them on the polesPendraken produce tiny flags so I thought I'd add that finishing touch. Not all of the standard poles are positioned correctly so some flags needed to be trimmed to get them on the poles
Fly the flag

Hills and crossroads

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The main objective for the battle is the crossroads which now has some buildings and a tree. Making some hills was a bit hit and miss I got some spring grass flock from woodland scenics because the mat is spring grass. Yet the two don't really match. I also got another mat to extend the field. It was also meant to be spring grass but was darker. Bit if a pain they don't match but I'll see how it looks when done. Feels a bit old school in my approach to putting this table togetherThe main objective for the battle is the crossroads which now has some buildings and a tree. Making some hills was a bit hit and miss I got some spring grass flock from woodland scenics because the mat is spring grass. Yet the two don't really match. I also got another mat to extend the field. It was also meant to be spring grass but was darker. Bit if a pain they don't match but I'll see how it looks when done. Feels a bit old school in my approach to putting this table together

Tree trouble

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I had an issue with finding smaller everything for this project including trees. Some trees I have for larger scales work because trees are massive but I wanted to mix it up with smaller trees. I got a mixed bag for a tenner made for train sets I had an issue with finding smaller everything for this project including trees. Some trees I have for larger scales work because trees are massive but I wanted to mix it up with smaller trees. I got a mixed bag for a tenner made for train sets
Tree trouble
Mix of scales for my woodMix of scales for my wood

Complete French Force

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Adding my last unit to the now complete army. It doesn't really look like it but it's over 1000 minis. This project has taken a year. Just need to finish a few pieces of scenery and hope to play it in juneAdding my last unit to the now complete army. It doesn't really look like it but it's over 1000 minis. This project has taken a year. Just need to finish a few pieces of scenery and hope to play it in june

Final French infantry

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My final units are now complete. This regiment I have given green pom poms on their shakos so a player can identify them on the table. Strange sense if relief knowing I have no more to paintMy final units are now complete. This regiment I have given green pom poms on their shakos so a player can identify them on the table. Strange sense if relief knowing I have no more to paint

Quatre Bras buildings

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The battlefield had s few farm buildings dotted around it especially around the crossroads. I don't own any 10mm buildings so I'm making some simple ones from foam board and cardThe battlefield had s few farm buildings dotted around it especially around the crossroads. I don't own any 10mm buildings so I'm making some simple ones from foam board and card
Mapping out their footprint firstMapping out their footprint first
Quatre Bras buildings

Buildings

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I don't have any 10mm buildings and the battlefield of Quatre Bras had a few farms scatted about. I decided to make some simple buildings out if card and foam boardI don't have any 10mm buildings and the battlefield of Quatre Bras had a few farms scatted about. I decided to make some simple buildings out if card and foam board

Starting work in the battlefield

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The blackpowder scenario mapThe blackpowder scenario map
History book versionHistory book version
I have an old woodlands scenery mat that gets little use so I'm scraping away the roads leading to WaterlooI have an old woodlands scenery mat that gets little use so I'm scraping away the roads leading to Waterloo
And you end up with a bit of free flock after scraping it awayAnd you end up with a bit of free flock after scraping it away
Making sure the road is wide enoughMaking sure the road is wide enough
The crossroadsThe crossroads
Starting work in the battlefield

French Light Infantry

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French Light Infantry
French Light Infantry

Chasseur Cheval

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Chasseur Cheval
Chasseur Cheval
Chasseur Cheval

Lancers

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Lancers
Two units of French lancers. There seemed to be a lot of colour schemes to choose from so I went for sky blueTwo units of French lancers. There seemed to be a lot of colour schemes to choose from so I went for sky blue
Lancers

Cavalry

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New batch of French. This time cavalry which will be a change from the masses of infantry. Have some lancers here to start on New batch of French. This time cavalry which will be a change from the masses of infantry. Have some lancers here to start on

Blue pom poms finished

Tutoring 15
Skill 18
Idea 18
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Five units make up this brigade. I had one miscast mini with no legs but I thought I could still put him to good use as a casualty cut down by a cannon ballFive units make up this brigade. I had one miscast mini with no legs but I thought I could still put him to good use as a casualty cut down by a cannon ball
Blue pom poms finished

Starting my Blue pom pom Brigade

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Lots if tiny Frenchmen. I aim to paint 20 a day Lots if tiny Frenchmen. I aim to paint 20 a day
So far so goodSo far so good

Allied Army complete

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Over the Christmas period I managed to finish painting my allied army for the hundred days campaign. Lots of variety in this force with British,Dutch, Belgium's and Germans. I have been collecting these since may. I have to start on the French which I feel might be more tedious. I also need to do the flags.Over the Christmas period I managed to finish painting my allied army for the hundred days campaign. Lots of variety in this force with British,Dutch, Belgium's and Germans. I have been collecting these since may. I have to start on the French which I feel might be more tedious. I also need to do the flags.
Allied Army complete

Hanoverians

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Skill 15
Idea 16
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Look like British but actually hannoverian militia. All redcoatsLook like British but actually hannoverian militia. All redcoats

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