So, after sitting in a postal warehouse just a few miles from me for half a month, this little package arrived. Paint pot for size comparison:
Earlier this month, I got in touch with a fellow Scandinavian, who was selling a rather large lot of French miniatures. He was very helpful, and he let me buy out about one third of the lot, as I there were far more than I would need for even a few years of painting.
Buying a bunch of miniatures second hand can be nice way to begin a new project or expand your force, but it comes with some issues. For example, it's very likely that some of the miniatures are not exactly what you planned to buy.
In this case, I got four boxes of Victrix infantry, a box of plastic cuirassiers, and a box of various metal miniatures, primarily from Gringo40's. Now, I already have a lot if plastic infantry waiting to be painted.
So why did I go for these sets, except for a crippling miniature addiction?
This first part is not so hard to figure out. The two small boxes are metal cuirassiers from Perry Miniatures, one of them with command figures. Together with the plastic box, I have 20 cuirassiers, which means two units of 8 plus full command and even an extra officer. Neat!
I plan to use these boxes for many different things. First of all, I have lots of extra dragoon heads left from my Perry dragoon boxes. I plan to use them to convert a bunch of these into foot dragoons, which will suit our Peninsular games great.
I also plan to check if I can make some gendarmes out of the 1804-1807 box. It's hard to find good sources on the "normal" gendarmes (i.e. not the Gendarmes d'élite de la Garde Impériale), but AFAIK it seems that they were pretty busy in Spain, even if they had a miserable time escorting stuff back and forth and getting ambushed by angry Spaniards.
I also have a bunch of metal heads for Polish troops, that I think would look better on these than on the Warlord boxes I have. If I get some additional heads, these could form the initial core of a Polish force. I'm also a bit interested in painting some as Italians and/or Croats.
Finally, I'll probably make some more French skirmish voltigeurs, and maybe beef up my grenadiers that I'm painting at the moment. All in all, there should be plenty of fun stuff to make out of these.
Finally, there's these. I'm a bit less sure about what to do with them. Of course I could simply paint them up as what the box says, and at some point I know I'll end up building at least some guard units. But I could also use them to make some light infantry in greatcoats (by switching the heads), or even some Italians (like the Turin Velites) if I want to. I think I'll wait a bit before I decide.
Those are my initial ideas, and I hope it shows the possibilities out there if you pick up a bunch of kits. And if you have other ideas for what I should do with any of these kits, I'd love to hear from you.
-Jonas, currently drowning in plastic
"Glory is fleeting,