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Wargames Illustrated Napoleon and Roustam: A Review

By Michael Cannon / December 3, 2012

I heard David Chandler, author of Campaigns of Napoleon, once say that the more he learned about Napoleon, the more he respected his abilities and the less he liked him as a man. Napoleon sits astride the late 1700s and early 1800s and his influence held sway long after his death. This period has always been one of my favorites.

Wargames Illustrated (WI) has been releasing a series of subscriber’s miniatures which have been made available in some stores. Among these is the Napoleon and Roustam vignette shown above.  I picked up one at GAJO many months back and was a little intimidated by it as I wanted to paint it well. Some miniatures can be “block painted” 1 and washed with watered down paints, others require focus. This one, of course, was the latter.

There was little to no flash on the figures and the base came in a hard grey resin that had mounting hols for the drum and Roustam figure. I secured the miniatures to some 3 liter soda bottle caps and then primed them with Reaper Master Series brush-on primer. (The base I sprayed with flat black paint from Walmart and it did not require me to wash it to get the mold release off.)

I used a blue liner to set off the details and in retrospect, I should have gone with a thicker application or a black so the details would show more clearly. The blue showing up in the turban folds is a little odd.

I used no metallics on the figures and instead used various colors of golden browns. I was pleased with how they turned out on the serving tray and the drum cords.

The lighting and shadows were planned as if the light source was coming from an area off to Roustam’s left shoulder.

The map wss painted with a  brush using thinned down paints followed by a couple of light washes with the Vallejo Game Color version of Bleached Bone. This is a technique I learned at one of the ReaperCons I was able to attend.

[learn_more caption=”Roustam Raza”]Roustam Raza, also known as Roustan or Rustam was Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous Mamaluke bodyguard. Roustam was born in Tbilisi, Georgia to Armenian parents. At thirteen Roustam was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Cairo. The Turks gave him the name Idzhahia. The sheikh of Cairo presented him to General Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798. Roustan served as a bodyguard of Napoleon until 1814, when the Roustan married Mademoiselle Douville in Dourdan, France and refused to follow the Emperor in his exile to Elba.

On 7 December 1845, Roustam died in Dourdan.

Roustam’s memoirs are located at http://militera.lib.ru/memo/french/raza_r/index.html (in Cyrillic). Google translate does a pretty good job at making the text readable.[/learn_more]

All in all a satisfying experience. Now if he will perform on the gamin battlefields as he did in real life!

1 Block painting refers to painting a miniature with single shade colors on the details of the figure with no highlighting or shading.

Wargames Illustrated Napoleon and Roustam
Miniature Wargaming figures
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 on 2012-12-03
approximately $15


Wargames Illustrated (WI) has been releasing a series of subscriber's miniatures which have been made available in some stores. Among these is the Napoleon and Roustam vignette shown above. This post describes my experience painting the figure and showing off the final work.
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Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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