Thursday, 3 January 2013

Gearing up for V & B

This time of year is always really quiet on the work front for me (people just don't want new flooring fitted this time of year!) so spending money on my hobby is just not the thing to do. However, having this time on my hands is allowing me to get cracking on starting my planned projects and first up is my Volley & Bayonet project. Like most gamers I still have a large pile of unpainted figures to go at so at least I don't need to splash any cash on any figures I may need.... for now anyway.

As my already painted figures are based and owing to the fact that I've not tried V&B yet I decided to cut simple MDF sabot bases for the figures to sit on.

1st Austrian Division

I've obviously yet to paint and label the bases but hey, it's a start. I've actually cut my sabots slightly bigger that the 3" (75mm) recommended in the rules and I settled on my bases being 90mm square. This was simply a matter of taste as it allowed me to fit either 12 x 1/72nd infantry figures or 4 x cavalry figures on each base without it looking too crowded while still leaving enough room for unit labels, disorder, rout markers etc. As far as I'm aware it won't make the slightest difference to the actual game .... Though I'm sure their are seasoned V&B players choking on their pipes as they read this heresy. 

Austrian Light Cavalry Division

2nd Austrian Division 

1st Russian Division (still requiring artillery!) and a Russian Heavy cavalry Division (still requiring a Divisional Commander)

Well that's the sabots cut for my Russian and Austrian forces ... Still have the French to do yet but at least it's a start to the project. It's also shown me what other figures I need to paint up, namely Russian artillery. I plan on expanding the Russian forces by at least one more V&B 'Division' (same for the French though I may paint up a French Allied Division just to break things up a little)

Anyway, onwards and upwards....


  1. Good start to the project - glad to see you getting motivated again and back in the saddle, as it were!

  2. Hi Steve,

    Looking very good old chap! I am fast coming round to the idea that 20mm is a scale for many different things - which is kind of ironic seeing that I moved away from it all way back in the early 1980s!

    Which V and B rules are you going to use? I also think the number of figures per base you are using is absolutely bang on the money!

    All the best,


    1. Hi David,

      I'll be using the original version of V&B as I was lucky enough to source a set from a gent in the US. I'm really looking forward to giving them a run out in the not too distant future.


  3. Hi Steve,

    I also reacquired the original version of V and B (which I prefer to the newer 'Road to Glory') together with the CW scenario book. I also own the 1815 Napoleon Returns supplement as well - very inspiring indeed!

    I note that Modelzone are selling off a selection of Revell/Esci 20mm plastic Napoleonics which may be useful at £2.99 a box.

    All the best,


  4. Hi David,
    Yeh, I too have heard a few rumblings of discontent toward the newer V&B set. It seems the skirmisher rules are causing a few raised eyebrows. Personally I don't think skirmishers should really be modelled in to this scale of game but each to their own I suppose.
    Please don't tempt me with reports of cheap plastics! I'll end up divorced if I add any more boxes to my pile...... I'll still take a look though, purely out of interest of course.



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