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Retreat From Moscow

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About the Project

Building a small collection of 28mm Napoleonics based around the Retreat from Moscow for skirmish gaming, and with a view to having something ready for when the Silver Bayonet is released.

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Aboleth

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Skill 8
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Aboleth

It seemed the right time of year to add a bit more to this project, with the weather getting decidedly more wintery, and Halloween just around the corner.

This aboleth model was a gift from ZebraOutrider. I believe that it was from a Kickstarter run by Shed Games. It’s a nice resin sculpt, coming as a body with four separate tentacles to attach.

I really just winged it with the paint scheme, grabbing about half a dozen paints and mixing up things as I went. Quite happy with the fin and some of texture on the body.

Aboleth

Goblins

Tutoring 13
Skill 13
Idea 13
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Goblins

These are the goblins produced by North Star as part of the official Silver Bayonet range. I really like these sculpts; they very much look the part in their period appropriate dress, something that was quite hard to find in the huge variety of more fantastical goblin models out there.

Paint scheme was back to being more dark and grimy than the bright colours of the vampires. Decided that I’d skip the normal greenskin colour as a bit of an experiment, not too disappointed in the outcome.

These are probably going to be my last Silver Bayonet models for a while, as I’ve built up enough of a collection to crack on with the gaming. Although there might be the odd unexpected thing that gets added in, the hobby side of this project is likely done for the moment.

Goblins
Goblins
Goblins
Goblins

Noble Vampires

Tutoring 13
Skill 14
Idea 14
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Noble Vampires

Some of the Silver Bayonet scenarios require more than a single vampire, so I needed some backup for my Nosferatu. Whilst I really love the pair of official Silver Bayonet vampires, I picked up a pair made for Frostgrave Blood Legacy instead. Their winter attire is more on theme with this project, and doesn’t stand out as being too ‘fantasy’ in style.

More Wolves

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Skill 13
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More Wolves

Five more wolves from Otherworld Miniatures to make up numbers ready for the first solo scenario in the Silver Bayonet rulebook.

These came out a bit darker than the previous ones I painted, but it adds a bit of natural variation to the pack. Not entirely certain that I’m sold on the method I used for these wolves, but the method is extremely fast.

More Wolves
More Wolves
The full wolf pack out hunting stragglers from the Grand Armee with a werewolf leading the chaseThe full wolf pack out hunting stragglers from the Grand Armee with a werewolf leading the chase

Ghoul

Tutoring 13
Skill 14
Idea 14
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Ghoul

This delightful fellow was a surprise gift that came with a few other models in return for passing on a few old books. He looked to be a good fit for the Silver Bayonet, probably to represent a ghoul, but equally could be a cultist, or a vampire thrall or something.

Werebear

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Werebear

One of the soldier types in the Silver Bayonet is the Werebear, a choice restricted to Russian units. I think a werebear also has potential as a good monster for some Russian themed home brewed scenarios too.

The model is from Otherworld Miniatures again.

Werebear

Cossack Sled Gun

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Skill 17
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Cossack Sled Gun

Back to the historical with this cossack sled cannon and crew by Black Hussar Miniatures.

There’s no artillery in the Silver Bayonet, so this will need a specific scenario to be created for inclusion. However the crew leader with his brace of pistols and sabre will make a nice Irregular option for a Russian unit.

Cossack Sled Gun
Cossack Sled Gun
The pack also comes with a small munitions crate, which will make a nice objective marker or general scatter terrain. Not the best paint job on the cannon though.The pack also comes with a small munitions crate, which will make a nice objective marker or general scatter terrain. Not the best paint job on the cannon though.

Nymph & Troll

Tutoring 16
Skill 16
Idea 18
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Nymph & Troll

The nymph was bundled in with my Otherworld Miniatures. Although she doesn’t fit any of the bestiary monsters, there are options to create your own, or she might be another pixie.

The snow troll/yeti is from North Star. The wintery theme obviously requires a suitably furry troll.

Pixie

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A pixie for the bestiary. Model by Otherworld Miniatures. Really quickly done, colours chosen to be a bit wintery, and to be a lot lighter than the jaegers I had been painting!A pixie for the bestiary. Model by Otherworld Miniatures. Really quickly done, colours chosen to be a bit wintery, and to be a lot lighter than the jaegers I had been painting!

Russian Jaegers

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Skill 17
Idea 17
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Russian Jaegers

Back to the more historical part of this project with half a dozen Russian Jaegers. These skirmishing troops in their forage caps are probably going to act as Infantrymen for a Russian Silver Bayonet unit. Models are more Perrys.

I’ll admit that I struggled with how dark these turned out – dark grey greatcoats, black crossbelts, backpacks, hats, gaiters, boots and dark green for the rest of the uniform… the white crossbelts for British and French Napoleonics do a lot to lift the colours.

Hobgoblins

Tutoring 14
Skill 15
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Hobgoblins

A trio of hobgoblins, one obvious leader accompanied by a pair of lackeys.

These are actually Formorians by Alternative Armies, coming from their Erin Celtic Myth range. I thought the models were very characterful, and could also be used as fairly generic monsters for lots of miniature agnostic games.

Clue Markers & Gravestones

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Skill 15
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Like Rangers of Shadow Deep, Silver Bayonet uses clue markers and a deck of cards to drive the game scenarios.

The artwork in the Silver Bayonet rulebook is fantastic and very thematic, and it inspired me to bash together half a dozen clue markers rather than just using plain tokens.

Clue Markers & Gravestones
Clue Markers & Gravestones
Clue Markers & Gravestones

So there’s an odd stone circle with blooming flowers surrounded by snow, an odd ritual, a skull hidden away, a lost shako and bloody drag marks, some bloody footprints and a broken and bloody fence with claw marks. Some worked out better than others, but I’m pretty happy considering these were all put together using things I had lying around with pretty low effort.

A couple of scenarios also call for grave markers, so I roughly made some from lollipop sticks. The graves can also act as clue markers if a scenario calls for more than 6 markers.

Clue Markers & Gravestones
I've also started making some winter scenery - a rock outcrop for line of sight blockingI've also started making some winter scenery - a rock outcrop for line of sight blocking

Black Dog

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Skill 17
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Black Dog

Another quick and simple painting effort for this one. The model is again from Otherworld Miniatures, a Hellhound from their dungeon encounters. I love the stalking pose and the uncanny human looking face.

Werewolf

Tutoring 15
Skill 17
Idea 17
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Werewolf

I was a little undecided what colour scheme to go for, but decided that since I enjoyed the fast painting and end effect on my other wolves, I would replicate the scheme on my werewolf and see how it looked. Quite happy with the end result.

The model is by Otherworld Miniatures.

A quick painting guide for the wolves (more for my own reference)

  • White base coat
  • Grey wash all over
  • Sepia wash targeting mid-tone and darkest fur
  • Black wash on darkest fur only
  • Drybrush white all over, lighter in the darker areas
  • Re-wash with sepia if necessary (i.e. too heavy drybrush)
  • Re-wash with umber on darkest fur if necessary

The French Unit

Tutoring 14
Skill 15
Idea 14
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Going L-R, models were from Murawski, Black Hussar, Murawski, Perry, Perry, Perry, Murawski, MurawskiGoing L-R, models were from Murawski, Black Hussar, Murawski, Perry, Perry, Perry, Murawski, Murawski

The Silver Bayonet rulebook arrived a few days ago and was very quickly read cover to cover. The rules very much follow from McCollough’s other games, but with an interesting switch to using 2d10s rather than d20s, and having a pool of fate dice for re-rolls. Very excited to give the game a try soon.

With the rules finally in hand, I’ve been able to assemble my French unit. There’s a cap on 8 models per unit, with recruitment points to spend on different soldier types, with each nationality having a slightly adjusted pool of soldier options. It is advised that more models is better than taking a small band of elites.

I decided that the Carabinier with the dual pistols would be Officer for my French unit, mainly because I love the model so much. I had an idea in my head that this would be a team of some experienced soldiers who have had previous encounters with the supernatural before, supplemented by raw recruits who have fallen in with them during the chaos of the retreat from Moscow. I decided that I would have a young Polish officer with a few men to represent the rawer part of the unit – in game terms a Junior Officer, accompanied by two Infantrymen and a Grendier.

A veteran of the Old Guard, my Vivandiere and another French infantryman completed the unit roster.

The French - Infantryman, Officer, Vivandiere, GuardThe French - Infantryman, Officer, Vivandiere, Guard
The Polish - Grenadier, Junior Officer, two Infantrymen The Polish - Grenadier, Junior Officer, two Infantrymen

I’ve got a fair bit of work ahead of me still, as one disadvantage of the Retreat from Moscow theme is my distinct lack of winter terrain, something that I’ll be trying to address over the next couple of months, along with continuing to build up the bestiary and making some thematic clue markers.

Vivandiere

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Vivandiere

Vivandiere or Cantiniere were woman who were attached to the French army to act as sutlers or canteen keepers, and acted as vendors of food and drink to their attached regiment to complement their rations. They were not soldiers, officially serving alongside their husbands, (although the rule that vivandières had to be the wives of soldiers in their regiments was not always strictly enforced).

They fought in every campaign of the Napoleonic Wars,  and it was common for cantinières to provide food and drink to the troops while under fire (generally at no charge on days of battle), nurse the wounded, and generally stiffen morale. Some cantinières reportedly carried muskets and fought in the ranks.

A Vivandiere is a recruitment option for a French unit in the Silver Bayonet. This model comes from Black Hussar Miniatures, a small indie company in Germany, who have a small range but very interesting Napoleonic figures and accessories like wagons, field kitchens and bakeries. They also have some FIW and Saxons for the 7 years war.

Brigands

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Skill 12
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Brigands

The Silver Bayonet calls for some brigands in a few games, so I picked up some armed Russian peasants by the Perrys. These are again some very characterful models, and seemed to be an ideal choice. From a French perspective, I can easily imagine Russian peasants defending their homeland being described as ‘brigands’ in official dispatches.

Having read over the various scenarios in the rulebook I probably need at least another couple of models, but I figure I can simply use some spare French to represent deserters until I paint up some more Russians.

I particularly like the figure on the left. He would make a good option as a Veteran Monster hunter tooI particularly like the figure on the left. He would make a good option as a Veteran Monster hunter too
Brigands

Wolf Pack

Tutoring 15
Skill 16
Idea 16
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I picked up a set of wolves from Otherworld Miniatures, mainly because I liked the models, but also because they are fairly large, standing around 20mm high to the shoulder. These are intimidating beasts when placed next to a 28mm Napoleonic Perry model, which works out well to my mind. In a black powder era, a normal wolf is not going to be much of a threat, and would avoid humans anyway. These big wolves look threatening and I imagine them being drawn out from the Russian wilderness by other forces.

These were painted with a super quick method, using a series of three washes over a white base coat, and then dry brushed to finish.

Wolf Pack
Wolf Pack

I should have my copy of the Silver Bayonet arriving soon, which will give me a chance to reconcile my random collection of models with what’s actually in the game rules. North Star have mentioned that the second wave of releases will be in January, with units for the three remaining nations (Austrians, Russians and Prussians). The third wave will be in Feb, and will have some specific monsters, including goblins, revenants, scarecrows and vampires. There’s a preview of the vampires sculpted by Mark Copplestone on North Star’s Facebook page, and they look great. North Star are also releasing models for a Retreat from Moscow range to support Shakos and Bayonets, so I’m expecting for this project to continue to grow in the New Year.

Next up on the painting desk will be some armed Russian peasants to act as bandits, and a Cantinière to add to my French.

Nosferatu

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Skill 16
Idea 16
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Nosferatu

Finally found a vampire miniature that I think works with the aesthetics and theme I’m going for. I particularly like the little rat minions gathered around his feet.

The model is by Reaper Miniatures (specifically Anselmo, Nosferatu Vampire).

Duchy of Warsaw

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Duchy of Warsaw

A few Poles from the Duchy of Warsaw to join their French allies on the trudge through the harsh winter.

These models are by Murawski Miniatures, and are sculpted by Paul Hicks. Murawski have a great range of Napoleonic Poles, both Duchy of Warsaw and Vistula Legion, and I couldn’t resist picking up a few to after seeing their retreat from Moscow models. They aren’t quite as dishevelled as the Perry range, which is somewhat suitable. Although they suffered horrendous casualties, the Duchy of Warsaw managed to retain all their colours and guns during the retreat from Russia.

Duchy of Warsaw
Duchy of Warsaw

This group contains an officer to lead my stragglers, a Grenadier and Voltigeur, plus a number of Fusiliers to give a few options to mix with my French for the Silver Bayonet. They’ll probably also form the core of expanding the historical side of this project.

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