Napoleon Era Weird War

  • Hey guys so on the Warsurge Discord I'm a part of one of the members suggested a Science Fantasy Napoleonic War setting. Like Konflict 47 for the 1800s.

    I'm asking you guys if you can think of any minis and stuff that would fit for a setting. The creator of Warsurge thought about utilizing Napoleon's obsession with Egypt, which I suggested a mixture of Les Grognards along with Tomb Kings units and anything else that would fit with a mixture of French army and Egyptian Magitech.

    I was also thinking about using Bulldogs along with maybe mixing them with Napoleon British Rifleman.

    What else would you guys reccommend for a setting regarding armies and units?

    Edit: I forgot to mention what Warsurge is. Basically it's a customisable wargame where you can basically create your own armies and units in whatever setting you want.

  • A cool idea/setting.  Sounds like a lot of fun.

    Your idea of using Grognards seems like a really good one.  Very few changes necessary really.  Grognards work well due to the French's centuries spanning obsession with that great coat.

    Maybe you could use WGA Riflemen with the baroque sniper rifles from the Adeptus Mechanicus kit.   

    Creates some uparmed "Chosen Men."

  • Arguably, it's steampunk, just 20 years earlier or so.

    You might be able to use a handful of the Wild West Exodus figures although they are on the large size.

    (Sidenote: Neugebauer's website is awesome.)


    These look pretty awesome, but I think Meridian Miniatures is out of business.  Maybe you can find some on Ebay?


    Also, K47 has a supernatural/horror aspect.  (Albeit with a weird science bent.  DNA splicing for werewolves, etc.)  There's a whole range out now to support the supernatural Napoleonic game Silver Bayonet.


    Found these bits as well:

  • Finally, for flavor or inspiration I have to recommend "The Brotherhood of the Wolf."  Set a little earlier than the Napoleonic Wars it still has a bit of the flavor you are looking for.  An outstanding film.

    (Why yes, that IS Monica Belluci as a *spoiler* *spoiler*!)

    The Brotherhood of the Wolf on Prime

    3 dollars to rent?  Bargain.



  • Thanks for showing me.

  • @Charles Tottington 

    You're Welcome Brother.


    Also, fresh off the presses:

  • You might find some of the work regarding Sludge on this blog interesting in relation to this project. Some cool photos of converted Napoleonics.


  • I suspect a lot of the relatively common steampunk and "dungeon punk" fantasy miniatures could be modified into more of a clockwork aesthetic, especially if you can source some small, cheap gears to dress stuff up with.  You can apparently find large batches of cheap gears marketed to steampunk cosplayers and the like in craft shops, Amazon, Etsy, and the like.

    Fantasy figures that might come in handy range from gothic horror figures (vampires, werewolves, mummies, witches, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, etc.) which are often dressed in ambiguously Victorian costumes that probably won't look far out of place in a weird Napoleonic setting.  Reaper's inexpensive plastic Bones product line supplies a lot of these sorts of monsters, and they kitbash really nicely with Wargames Atlantic bits.


    "Gaslight" Cthulhu investigators (some costumes might be a bit anachronistic, but others might work), and golems and "warforged" mechanical men who can be customized to fit a more Napoleonic aesthetic. Above are some examples of Reaper Miniatures' "Bones" plastic Mythos investigators from Chronoscope.  Some are pretty clearly from a later historical period, while others - such as the great camel, the hillbilly, and the "gaslight" era figures toward the middle in long dresses or top hats might not be far out of place in a weird Napoleonic setting!  (Naturally, the Cthulhu Mythos monsters by the same company could also fit the setting, for some REALLY weird additions!)


    Reaper Miniatures makes this (metal) "robot butler", along with other golems, robots, and other figures that might be suitable (look for their "Chronoscope" line for some steampunk style characters who might be fudged into service for the earlier Napoleonic era!) 

    Also look for Reaper's "Brinewind" and other pirate-themed miniatures, as these, too, wouldn't be far out of place in the Napoleonic era. (I don't know much about the history of sailing ship technology, but Reaper's Sophie's Revenge pirate ship seems to me like it would look great even in a historical Napoleonic setting, and would surely work even better in a weird Napoleonic setting!)


    Reaper also makes this great cyborg super-ape, Ape-X, both in "Bones" plastic, and in traditional white metal!  He would be equally at home in a futuristic sci-fi setting, a steampunk setting, or weird Napoleonic setting, IMHO, acting as the intimidating muscle behind a criminal mastermind with a talent for weird science....


    Wargames Atlantic's Napoleonic figures are a pretty obvious place to look for some great soldier figures.  There are also some obvious "Death Fields" choices, such as the Grognards, and even the upcoming Bulldogs.  The "Death Fields Accessory Sprue" includes some great laser-gun bits and other gear (like mechanical arms) that can be added to Napoleonic and other soldiers to give them more of a sci-fi look - "death rays", pneumatic guns, and the like are possible reinterpretations that might explain these bits.

    Some less obvious Wargames Atlantic figures that could fit the setting include the upcoming Boxer rebels, and the fantastic and versatile Afghans.  TIP:  both of these kits can be "kitbashed" with the two plastic Frostrage Wizards kits to add spellbooks, staves, potion bottles, and other magical gear; Death Fields sci-fi bits are also an option.  (Such figures would look right at home as pulp-style villains - see Fu-Manchu, Abdhul Alhazred, Ming the Merciless, etc. - but I'm sure we're all inventive enough to find creative ways to do something a little more nuanced and original than playing the dated "Yellow Peril" trope straight.  Lo-Xan:  Vampire Hunter, and his airship crew!  Abdhul Abbar:  Mythos Investigator and his robot-butler sidekick!)


    The lizard-men seem would surely fit right into a Napoleonic setting, as-is!


    Try kit-bashing the Wargames Atlantic Halflings with some Grognard heads and weapons, and/or some Napoleonic bitz... something tells me a Halfling in a Napoleon hat would look fantastic!  Re-arming the short-armed halflings with human-sized muskets might be tricky, but I'm sure someone can work it out....




  • Does anyone know if this mini got made?  Does it have a name?  

  • @JTam  Is that Reaper? Maybe best to ask on the Reaper forum. I do not recognize it.

  • @JTam & @Grumpy Gnome 

    Look more like Crooked Dice's Lurkers from the Deep range 

  • @Steven StGeorges 

    I Googled that, and it's a neat range.

    But I believe this is a Reaper product??

  • @Charles Tottington 

    Was reminded of your project and its French in Egypt

  • Is it this one? The sculpts sometimes change a bit from the concept sketches.

  • @JTam  

    Indeed... I was not aware about Reaper's Cthulhu Mythos range. 


  • Speaking of Weird War Napolepnics.... this blog has some great inspirations that can be easily tweaked to suit I believe.

    Bogdanwaz has a real knack for creating incredible narratives out of his games as well as creating amazing settings. One of my favorite blogs really.

  • @Grumpy Gnome 

    I think that is the model! 

    Is she wearing gauntlets?  That will make the plan to convert her to an Officer for Bolt Action a bit more difficult.  Still the low entry price encourages one to give it a go.

    That is a great blog you linked to.  Should be hours of pleasure digesting that thing.

  • Not sure if she is wearing gauntlets or not, sorry mate.

  • @JTam Oh, its facebook. Don't really have an account nor do I plan to.

  • @Charles Tottington 

    Good for you.  It's a sh*t platform.