Tonight I fly out to New Zealand for just over 3 weeks' holiday, so I won't be posting until I retun on 21 March. After a couple of days meeting my Kiwi girlfriend's parents I intend to visit as many vineyards as humanly possible. With that in mind, I thought a picture of some Dutch-Belgian cavalrymen with sore heads might be appropriate....The standing carabinier figure illustrates the Perries' attention to detail: the helmet actually has a dent sculpted in to show where this chap was cracked on the head. I am also hoping to meet a couple of wargaming colleagues on our travel around North Island.
This also means no painting for a month. I have finally finished the 5th Dragoons and most of the Napoleon & staff figures are painted, leaving 18 hussars and a pack of a half dozen or so "hangers on" to complete. It will be tough finishing that lot in the month after I return, but it will have to be done. Luckily, I remembered to send my Salute pre-order to Dave Thomas this week, so once the game is out of the way I can return properly to the AWI with 3 battalions of "Saratoga" British, the new Perry artillery sets and the Stockbridge tribe of indians to work on.
In the meantime, below are shots of the latest figures to fall off the paint desk: the Dutch cavalry commander Major General Trip and an officer and guard from Napoleon's Chasseur a Cheval escort. Those last two bring the Napoleon's headquarters diorama total to 21 figures (plus 1 horse and 2 tables). The sets of Napoleon & Ney etc, Napoleon's household and the ADC/Adjoint support staff are all finished, leaving me to do a base of generals and then to figure out what to do with the 4 other Chasseur guards. Should take a week to finish off.