This morning while working on a unit of Spanish Line cavalry I wondered how many other regiments of cavalry I had sitting unpainted out in the cupboard in the Woolshed (not counting the one of Spanish Dragoons and Hussars in my study that I am doing over the next month). Thought I would check out exactly what I had and start figuring out some sort of plan to get them painted. Then I began to wonder exactly how many unpainted Napoleonic miniatures I had. Turns out I have quite a lot. Probably only a lead molehill by comparison to some other gamers, but I don’t have to justify your lead mountain to SWMBO – just my own.
I started out looking at just the metals. Turns out I have quite a bit. Boxes and boxes.
I never actually knew that I had four French Cuirassier Regiments (two Front Rank, one Hinchliffe and one Connoisseur), two Carabineer regiments (Hinchliffe and Connoisseur), two Dragoon Regiments (mixture of Hinchliffe and Hinchliffe Foremost), another French Chasseur regiment, a Hussar regiment and two regiments of Polish lancers (mostly Hinchliffe). I found six battalions of Front Rank Bavarians, some Hinchliffe Bavarian cavalry (2 regiments) and at least a couple more divisions of French infantry (various), at least three Guard battalions (Front Rank and Foundry), a few artillery batteries and copious officer and general staff figures. I even found a unit of Scots Greys and a battalion of Foremost Highlanders in charging poses. I knew I had some Connoisseur Zastrow Cuirassiers somewhere and I found them too.
For some reason I have 24 Dutch Belgian Carabiniers. I have no idea how I came by them. I have never even wanted a Dutch-Belgian force. Likewise the dozen or so Dutch Belgians Chasseurs. Maybe I got them second hand so I could use the horses.
Then there are War of 1812 British (Canadian Voltigeurs, Glengarry Light Infantry, three militia battalions, Light Dragoons and officers), Americans (Artillery batteries, Dragoons, Militia, a couple of regular battalions, officers and so forth) and a whole bunch of Indian allies for both sides.
I have not even started on the plastic stuff yet. Lots of Perry, Victrix and Warlord Games boxes. Or the Warhammer stuff (Fantasy Bretonnians, Dwarves, Orcs, High Elves and Space Marines), or the Dixon Samurai army, or finish off the boxes of Wild West/Apaches/7th Cavalry/Pirates, etc etc etc. Hell, I even found a box of Eureka Tekumel miniatures I got about seven years back and promptly forgot about and a box of GDW Traveller miniatures that I had not forgotten about – Imperial Marines, aliens and adventurers.
All I can say is that it is a good thing Winter is Coming.
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As my old granny used to say, you never know when you need them. “Good man!” Is what I say!
My wife doesn’t believe me that there are people with more unpainted lead – that I am an amateur by comparison.
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My wife would never believe that 28mm minis are a pound and 15mm tanks eight quid. I’m finished if die Kaiser ever goes on the interweb😜
One day we’ll get round to them!
( this was written while looking at a pile of under coated Spanish hussars , beside fifty EcW musketeers!
And I’m just about to buy minis for 1680s Eastern Europe!
All the best
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I have never told my wife what miniatures cost 🙂 I have pointed out that the total spend on the hobby, over time, is way less than say if I was into Offshore powerboat racing or sports cars.
Now that’s a lead pile, but who doesn’t need boxes of Warlord Games Russians? Brilliant. 🙂
The price isn’t a big issue though my slow annexation of space for my collection tends to be. I tend toward skirmish collections with only a few armies. No Nappy addiction yet so I think you have a larger lead pile than mine. To maintain this potentially useful impression I shall refrain from counting mine. 🙂
Admitting you have a problem is the first step apparently.
Judging from my Dacian, Zulu & Sudan projects, I’m sure if I ever allowed myself to buy one box I would be doomed!