How Men of Quality Resolve Differences

How Men of Quality Resolve Differences
Pudel and Peper attacks - an ugly but inevitable part of any 17th C. British Civil War, "Oh! The Shame of it All!"

Saturday, September 25, 2021

More Toy Soldiers! N Scale Scruby Napoleonics

 These guys got the Old-School Look!
very nicely done, here:

I got a shedload of Scruby N-scale / 9mm from a fellow gamer who got them from a mutual gamer pal who passed away a number of years ago. He kindly gave them to me for my - hopeful - Army staff officer exercise plan. As a fellow Guardsmen, ret., he was sympathetic. As an NCO, perhaps he was thinking that anything that can help officers be more useful is a good thing!?
: )

There are enough figs in the bins for a decent sized French v. Russian confrontation, altho I still have to sort a lot more out. Everything from good to fair to bad paint jobs, to mint metal is in here. I'd like Austrians later. All in the Scruby N scale, and some Hinschliffe Series 12s and a few mystery figs, of course.

- Small glossy toy Soldiers on thick glossy bases [green or brown?  Uncertain...] for ease of handling.
- No flocking?  Maybe...but have to be green bases then, right?
- enough for a 4-player game
- compatible with "Sound Officer's Call" Steve's 4" 10mm Naps unibase frontages [CLICKbut on four bases for more flexibility, and a bit deeper for diorama effect.
- Elmer's glue to snap off and rebase if needed.
- Stiff poses and neat formations, straight off the parade field!?
- A collection of famous regiments and favorite figure types.
- stepped terrain w' possibly a beveled edge on hills

Painting Guide
One book - "An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars" by Digby Smith [CLICK]. No detailed uniforms, just the big picture, sort of an impressionistic look

Obvious choice - [CLICK]. Nice looking, and when scaled to 10mm will look as good as expensive fancy flags!

Litko - A no brainer for their 3mm thick plywood at 12 cents a pop [CLICK]. Easy to pick up, sturdy, shouldn't warp, presentation style, what more can you want?

Additional Figs?
Looks like I will need command figs, and would like some lights that look like they are doing their skirmishing job with some enthusiasm. Historifigs [CLICK] is still making these guys [CLICK].

Eagles Cheaper than Brain Cells, or ECBC as we like to call it. Thanks to some rigorous proofreading and playtesting, the rules are better than ever, albeit in a couple of different versions. But one reason I'm basing mine in groups of 4 is for the occasional battalion level game, which is a level of play I do enjoy!  That might be Neil Thomas' "Napoleonic Wargaming" [CLICK] or "The Portable Napoleonic Wargame" by Bob Cordery [CLICK]. Also, Volley & Bayonet by the venerable Frank Chadwick [CLICK].

Here's some pics of the "Look" I'm thinking about but larger figs:

20mm Hinchliffe

Lovely Hinton Hunt vintage figs - I believe also 20mm

It would have been nice if I was able to find some pics of the N-scale figs on the web, but no luck.  Still, you get the idea.


  1. Nice haul! I have a friend with masses of Scruby N-gauge ACW but no Napoleonics. Good luck in your project.

  2. Thanks Jonathan, good of you to drop by.
    If your friend has any pics, I'd love to see how his ACW look.

    And if you discover any blogs with these Naps, I'd appreciate it!


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