Category Archives: 17e léger Marching Band

The 17e léger Marching band project. From concept to conclusion.

Napoleonictonic having a break. Will return in 2014

Hello, as I haven’t been painting or playing anything Napoleonic since Spring 2012,  it’s safe to say that I’ve taken a short break or nap (pun intended) from this era for the time being. That’s not to say I’ve lost interest in Napoleonic stuff, absolutely not. I love the period. Let’s just say that I’m no longer attending my previous gaming group so change is as good as a holiday.

For the time being I’m updating my Non Napoleonic blog Wargamerama

This blog WILL come back in 2014 sometime. Till then I’ll see you over at Wargamerama.

Have a great festive season and enjoy the port/wine/rum etc.



17e léger Musicians – Update 10 Finished!

Here we go, the 17e léger marching band all finished and ready to strike up a tune or two.

Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with how the band  look on the wargames table, but unfortunately they don’t stand up so well when photographed in isolated groups. However, they do the job that they were intended for and that’s to add a bit of fun and contrast to the standard French blue on the field of battle.

Next task, to work on a few characters for the French army….

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17e léger Musicians – Update 9

No it’s not an April Fools joke, I really am back to work on the band. Also, considering that the Spring sun is glorious outside, I’m keeping my promise and posting an oft delayed update…

Last night I added the last of the colours and details to the band (including moustaches, drum skins, drum cords and shako plumes in green) I still need to touch them up here and there, but will do so after the bases.

The bases! Hmm, of all the things to do with miniature painting, I’ve found bases to be my nemesis! For some reason I just struggle to get my head round them and make them look presentable. I’ve wasted many an hour trying to get them to look like the images you see on TMP or CMON but to no avail..

When I first made up the band (from broken bits of miniatures found in  my bits box) I made up some custom 60x40mm movement trays (from MDF) to hold the band (who were already based on a mixture of 40x40mm and 40x20mm bases). I thought I’d finally found an answer to my previous basing dilemma’s as these wooden bases were far sturdier. However, one of the main bugbears of the movement tray approach (with magentic paper in place) was that the miniatures just kept on falling out. The band were no exception as they have fallen out from time to time. Therefore from now on, no more clunky movement trays. From now all wargames figures will be glued permanently to their bases.

So, using some thin resin 40x60mm bases that one of the guys from the club kindly gave me I decided to glue them down with superglue this time (no more PVA as this time its permanent!!

That done I had to get rid of the obvious join between the two different base sizes.  I found that using Polyfilla was the simplest and quickest solution to solve the problem.  For now I’ll leave the bases to dry overnight.

Back to Napoleonic’s after what seems an eternity…

Blimey! Seems an age since I last painted a Napoleonic miniature or played a game of Lasalle! Still, no time like the present with Easter Holidays upon us – Huzzah!

Have a Lasalle Peninsular War battle at the club next Thursday so time to finish off a certain ‘Band’ of brothers and give the Dragoons a base-coat.  This weekend will be the perfect time to start..

17e léger – Vivandiere a go-go

My thanks to Michael aka – Wargamerabbit for the idea about getting a Vivandiere lady and mule to tag along with the (bloody late) band. Parcel dropped in the letter box today containing these  lovely Warlord Games miniatures.

She’ll have to wait a bit before getting a coat of paint though as I’ve neglected the band for far too long. Pressure’s on now  as anyone would think they’re going to be Golden Demon standard…!

So, should be able to start again on the lads (band) this weekend. At the same time I have to get to work on a few of my unpainted Voltigeurs –  as one of the guys at the club is planning a skirmish game at the beginning of next month. and we need at least 20 of these guys…Sounds interesting.

17e léger Musicians now on hold until February :0(

Oh deary me!  Looks like the band has to wait until February for the next update. This is all due to a rather rushed tournament army being put together and painted. The gauntlet has been thrown down and I’ve got 14 days to assemble and paint my Epic Armageddon army…….(gulp)

For those who fancy taking a peek at this madness, the blog is called – Wargamerama, link is in the right hand links menu.

17e léger Musicians on hold for Christmas break

Yup, as the festive season is upon us and lots of things to do (nothing to do with miniatures or wargaming though) I’m going to have to leave the band for the moment and get back to them in the New Year.  These boys will probably be glad of the rest , putting their feet up, enjoying the grog and eating plenty of mince pies (whilst playing renditions of all the Christmas tunes no doubt).

Anyway, I’d like to wish anyone who reads this blog a Merry Christmas and hope to catch up again soon (mid January I reckon)