"All resources will be used to make the army ready for war." - Napoleon, 1813

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1813 - A Joint Napoleonic Project

Still angry after all these years, Blücher sends a staffer to pose with Boney.

From the beginning I've always dreamed of collecting and gaming with beautiful miniature Napoleonic armies.  My first attempt was with 1/72 plastics in the '80s which fell far short of my visions of grandeur.  In the '90s I was certain 15mm figs were the way to go to capture the true epicness that is Napoleonic warfare.  Although my French and Prussians marched in large and enjoyable battles on the table top, there was still something missing from my vision quest.

What makes Napoleonics the "Beautiful Game" to me is the soldiers themselves and their wonderful uniforms and banners.  With larger scales being a bit impractical, it was not until recently that 25-28mm miniatures (both metal and plastic) reached a production quality worthy of the period.  Along with a number of enjoyable and high quality rules sets that have become available in the last few years, and the advances in almost every aspect of the hobby from paints, basing materials, and terrain building techniques, we maybe in the midst of another "Golden Age" of historical miniatures wargaming.

"Really Eric, we BOTH can have hussars!"

With the 200th anniversary of the 1813 Campaign in Germany upon us, what time could be better to launch our foray into world of 28mm Napoleonics.  My talented friend Eric Hagen and his French have joined me and my Prussians as we start work on both of our initial armies.  Although we have been busy planning and tinkering since August, the painting has just begun, and the time to launch our joint blog:  Immer Vorwärts! is finally here.

I hope you enjoy our blog as much as we hope to enjoy sharing our hobby thoughts, creations, and experiences with you!

Immer Vorwärts!
Jason Meyers

11 comments:

  1. Yet another blog to distract me from painting! 8O)

    I shall be watching from afar with great interest ... in a totally unbiased manner. No, really! 8O))

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Oh I'm sure, I'm sure... nevertheless I hope to have plenty of Prussian legions for you to enjoy! I don't know how they'll do in the eventual battle reports to follow, but they should look nice either way. :-)

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  2. Cool Jason, I'll be following with great interest. Good Luck

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  3. Inspiring first post for this dedicated blog. Wishing you the best for its success and also for future works. Will be returning frequently and adding to my blog. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks a lot Dean! Hope to have some eye candy for you soon. :-)

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  4. Good luck with this guys - a terrific start!
    And congratulations with your choice of rules, I'm sure, like my mates and I, you will now never look back!

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    1. Thanks, your large battles with Black Powder have certainly been an inspiration!

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  5. Very nice start, are you shaping your forces after a certain odb?

    Good luck,

    Kawe

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    1. Thanks Kawe, I'll be posting that info soon. The portraits on the right might give you some clue though... ;-)

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  6. Looking nice, I'll come back!
    Phil.

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