Looks like my old 28mm eighteenth century French will get an outing again soon. This was the first historical wargames army I painted when I returned to the hobby after a 20+ year break about a decade ago. For the last few years the army has sat in my display cabinet gathering dust, while other projects have come and gone in its place.
But it looks like this year the wee chaps – er, ‘petit garçons’ – will come out of hibernation to fight at FreddyCon, the Hutt Valley Wargaming Club’s annual Seven Years War convention. FreddyCon is to be held at the St Brendan’s Hall in Upper Hutt (near Wellington, New Zealand) on 8-9 October, and will be based around the Die Kreigskunst and Black Powder rulesets for 28mm figures.
If it all comes off, my gaming buddy, Scott, will join me in dual command of ‘les sujets du bien-aimé Louis XV’, because his own eighteenth century army based on Wargames Factory’s War of the Spanish Succession plastics is not off the painting starting blocks yet.
Talking about my old French army made me re-visit the website I put togerther back in the early 2000s when I was painting these figures. I hadn’t been back to the site in quite a while, so it was a nostalgic trip back into my first flush of enthusiasm for this period. The site’s pics still show the jewel-like characteurish charm of the Front Rank figures that first captivated me back into the hobby.
However, time has taken its toll in some ways. I now realise that my painting style, of which I was so proud back then, was rather crude, with simple block colours, big googly eyes and messy detail. My visitors at the time must have shook their heads with disbelief at what I was trying to show off! Still, everyone has to start somewhere!
It was also one of my earliest efforts at website design using DreamWeaver. Overall, it still doesn’t look too bad, though the much larger modern screen sizes do make the text look quite narrow and the background repeat.
If you also want to re-visit the old My French Army website, click on the screenshot below: