Sunday, June 23, 2013

Borodino in 28mm

I've been working on the Borodino Project for quite a while.  It required units of French Allies including Saxons, Bavarians, Poles, Italians, Wurtemburgers, and Westphalians, as well as the main French army and Russian army.

Well, after more than a year of planning, buying buildings and terrain (Total Battle Miniatures); figures (Perry, Foundry, Front Rank, Paul Hicks, Calpe, Elite, and Westfalia); and contracting with some of the best figure painters currently working (Scott MacPhee, Artmaster Studio, Roger Murrow, and Darren Smith [Paxx88]), the game is finally ready to see the table.

Here are some pictures of the setup (though I am still waiting for a few units to arrive).

The town of Borodino is at the bottom of the picture, and the view is south. The Grand Redoubt is just south of Borodino, and the Fleches are at the top of the picture facing the massive French deployment.

The French forces south of the river (Ney, Junot, and Davout's Corps) prepare to launch the initial attack on the Russian Fleches.

The Fleches.

Poniatowski's Polish Corps prepares to move through Utitza on the way to attack the Russian left flank.

The Russians wait for them on the mound.

French Chasseur skirmish line in the woods north of Utitza.

Russian Opolchenie Militia wait behind the woods.

Another look at the French massed for attack.

And their Wurttemberg allies.

The center looking at the Fleches and beyond.

Vive le' Emperor!
Davout wishing he could re-direct the attack to his right.

French Cuirassier ready to go.

The French left looking at the Grand Redoubt and Borodino.

The cannon's muzzle in the Grand Redoubt.

Eugene's Italian troops on the French left.

Bavarian Infantry wasn't at Borodino in any numbers, but I've added them to Eugene's Corps.

The Russians wait for Eugene past Borodino in Gorki. Note: Uvarov and Platov's cavalry north of the River.

Russian artillery prepared in front of Gorki.

Kutusov and his staff watch the battle unfold.

Skirmishing flares up as the French attack begins.

Russian Hussars.

...and Cossacks in echelon behind them.

Russian Dragoons.

Russian Cuirassier.

Pas d' Charge!  The attack begins!

The Russians are here!

My new Russian Napoleonic Army is now complete.
Scott MacPhee did a masterful job painting them, as usual.
Their uniform color is spot-on, and every unit is unique.
The figures are mostly Perry and Foundry with a few Front Rank sprinkled in (Cossacks, Militia, and a couple of the Jaeger).

In the foreground are the Russian Jaeger, behind them is the artillery, behind them is the Grenadier infantry on the left and the Musketeers on the right, and behind them all is the Russian Guard.

The Russian Cuirassier.

And Dragoons

And Hussars

Russian Guard and General Kutusov and his staff.

The Opolchenie Milita troops.

And artillery.

Now that I have all of the units unboxed, and color coded for my Command and Colors: Napoleonic homebrew rules, I'm going to finish setting up the Battle of Borodino on my wargaming table.

Thanks Scott!  Love the figures.