With the Perrys on the verge of releasing their Napoleonic Brits range they are adding a sprue of riflemen as giveaway on every order until the end of March. As a great fan of the Sharpe series (both books and TV) I had an easy excuse to take this chance.
No sooner the models arrived than they were set on top of my painting list. These figures are blatantly brilliant, easy to assemble, almost no flash, loads of detail and character. I painted them as members of the 95th Rifles (of course!), although this unit's uniforms are a bit dull. Therefore I "enligthened" the dark green coats a bit, using GW Dark Angels Green as base, GW Snot Green as highlight and a final wash with GW Badab Black for shading. Whoever is bothered by this might take it as "faded dye".
The riflemen will make their appearance in one of our next Napoleonic skirmish games. Inspired by Cornwell's Sharpe and O'Brian's Aubrey & Maturin novels I've laid out some scenarios which can be played as a little narrative campaign. Besides, the first two installments can be viewed here and here.
Mostly we're using the excellent Gloire rules, but I'll give the Triumph & Tragedy set a try for the final showdown. The latter allows you to field bigger units without sacrificing the skirmishing and role playing aspects.