Del Prado Relive Waterloo - A Collector's Guide

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This guide offers an overview of the Del Prado Relive Waterloo partwork that was released in the UK in the past few years. It lists the issues in order detailing the booklets, figure packs, individual figure codes and additional items that were offered. It will be of interest to existing collectors looking to fill gaps in their collections, to new collectors who may have missed the partwork first time around, to military history enthusiasts seeking bite size chunks of information offered in the booklets and to wargamers interested in picking up the 25-28mm scale figures to recreate Waterloo on their tabletops.  I say 25-28mm as some figures were a bit larger than others eg British Guards and Highlanders. My interest is both personal and professional as I collect Del Prado figures as a hobby and I also sell them in my eBay store: Drum & Flag

Last Updated 04/07/09

July 2009 Note - Thanks go to fellow eBayer Janty who kindly sent me a list of the individual figure codes for each issue pack. I have cross-referenced this info with my own notes and have now updated this guide accordingly. If anyone spots any gaps or errors in the list please let me know. I still need to add the issues the 2 Hougoumont map pieces came with. Note that the Hougoumont figures that come with some later issues and are designated "HFR" and "HBR" (Hougoumont French and Hougoumont British) are not listed in the diorama booklet that I could find anyway.

               

Relive Waterloo followed on from Del Prado's successful release of several 70mm toy soldier partworks, namely Men-at-War, Napoleon-at-War, Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars and Medieval Warriors. In each issue you got a 16 page or so booklet from respected military history publishers Osprey together with a high quality figure. Relive Waterloo was similar in that the Osprey booklet aspect of the offer was maintained but this time the figures were 25-28mm painted metal figures suited to wargaming as well as collecting if desired.

Over the course of the 125 issue partwork collectors were able to build up French, Anglo-Allied (Dutch, Belgian, Brunswick) and Prussian forces. Infantry, cavalry, artillery and command figures were all present to give a balanced force. It is worth mentioning that as with their 70m figures Del Prado did not stint on the quality and generally the 25-28mm soldiers were of a high standard and good value. In addition to the figures a 12 piece "map" of the Waterloo battlefield was also included in various earlier issues as the series progressed - Del Prado's idea being that collectors could form their own diorama on this map. More laterly model Hougoumont pieces and figures were also included in higher number releases, together with a localised two part diorama "map".

The Relive Waterloo booklets were all numbered and it is this numbering that I have followed in my listing below. The subtitle to the booklets was "Great Battles of the Napoleonic Wars" so collectors got a lot of information on the period, not just covering Waterloo. The pieces that accompanied each booklet usually came in quantities of 2, 3 or 4 normally spanning different nationalities or service arms or both. Many sets were repeated as the partwork progressed enabling units of similar posed figures to be created which most collectors and wargamers would wish to see.

Subscribers could either pick up their copies in local newsagents like WH Smith or have it mailed to their homes. As is common with partworks some issues are now more highly sort after than others and hence the prices they attract on eBay are correspondingly varied. The Diorama booklet issued early on is particularly useful as it covers What is a Diorama? What Happened at Waterloo? Which Units are Represented in the Del Prado Diorama of Waterloo? and How to Create Your Diorama. Crucially it also lists all the figurines released sorted into their army units with code numbers and names given.

Finally on a related note I believe that Del Prado also issued at least a couple of other partworks offering more 25-28mm painted metal soldiers. One covered Austerlitz and came with Osprey booklets in French and the other was on D-Day but I do not know if this was perservered with beyond the initial issues.

           

The Issues:                                 

I have listed the Issue number, the booklet title, the figure pack code and any additional items.

01 The Road to Waterloo Booklet. DWA001 Figure Pack. Diorama Booklet. (BYN 19, PAC 28, MIL 96, GB CANNON BARREL)

02 Waterloo: Wellington's British Forces. DWA002. (MIL 96, PAC 27, PAC 28, BYN 19)       

03 Waterloo: Napoleon's Plan and Commanders. DWA003. Diorama piece H.(ZIE 55, LEF 78, GB CANNON CHASSIS)

04 Waterloo: Wellington's Foreign Contingents. DWA004. (VIV 12, BYN 20, DON 107)

05 Waterloo: Napoleon's Forces. DWA005. Diorama piece F. (PON 9, BAC 118,  FR CANNON BARREL & AMMO BOX)

06 Waterloo: Blucher and the Prussians. DWA006. Diorama piece E. (BYN21, BYN 22, BYN 16)

07 Waterloo: Opening Moves. DWA007 (MIL 83, MIL 84, PAC 23)

08 Waterloo: Quatre Bras. DWA008 (ZIE 55, FFA127, FFA129)

09 Waterloo: The Battle of Ligny. DWA009. Diorama piece G. (RFA 45, FR CANNON CHASSIS)

10 Waterloo: The Fighting at Hougoumont. DWA010. (JAQ 91, VIV 12, FFA 128)

11 Waterloo: Attack and Counter Attack. DWA011 (ZIE 53, ZIE 54, PAC 24)

12 Waterloo: Attack and Counter Attack DWA012 (DUH 100, RFA 46, BAC 117)

13 Waterloo: The Prussian Advance DWA013 (WEL 1, HIL 2, BAC 114)

14 Waterloo: Wellington's Crisis DWA014 (JAQ91, HAL 31, BEL 41)

15 Waterloo: The Attack of the Imperial Guard. DWA001 (BYN 19, PAC 28, MIL 94, GB CANNON BARREL)

16 Waterloo: The Final Advance and Aftermath. DWA002 (MIL 96, PAC 27, PAC 28, BYN 19)

17 Europe in 1805. DWA003. Diorama piece C (ZIE 55, LEF 78, GB CANNON CHASSIS)

18 Austerlitz: Napoleon's Grande Armee. DWA004 & *DWA000. *Originally scheduled for inclusion in Issue #9 (VIV 12, BYN 20, DON 17) & (RFA47)

19 Austerlitz: The Austrian Army. DWA019. Diorama piece J (PON 9, BAC 118, FR CANNON BARREL & AMMO BOX)

20 Austerlitz: The Russian Army.  DWA015. (KEM 35, FRI 97, HAL 32)

21 Austerlitz: The Ulm Campaign. DWA016. Diorama piece I (KEL 82, BAL 88)

22 Austerlitz: The Opening Moves. DWA008. (ZIE 55, FFA127, FFA 129)

23 Austerlitz: The Battle in the South. DWA009. Diorama piece K (RFA 45, FR CANNON CHASSIS)

24 Austerlitz: The Battle in the Centre. DWA010. (JAQ 91, VIV 12, FFA 128)

25 Austerlitz: The Battle in the North. DWA017. (PIR 61, PIR 60, BEL 41)

26 Austerlitz: The Attack of the Russian Imperial Guard. DWA018. Diorama piece L. (SOM 7, PIR 57)

27 Austerlitz : The Defeat of the Allied Left. DWA012.(DUH 100, RFA 46, BAC 117)

28 Austerlitz: Retreat and Aftermath. DWA019. Diorama piece B. (BAC 115, BAC 116, HAL 29)

29 Jena: Prussian Plans and Forces in 1806. DW001. (BYN 19, PAC 28, MIL 96, GB CANNON BARREL)

30 Jena: Napoleon's War Plans. DWA014. (JAQ 91, HAL 31, BEL 41)

31 Jena: Prussian Uniforms in 1806. DWA002. (MIL 96, PAC 27, PAC 28, BYN 19)

32 Jena: Napoleon's Grand Armee 1806. DWA003. Diorama piece A (ZIE 55, LEF 78, GB CANNON CHASSIS)

33 Jena, 1806: The Prussian Collapse. DWA004. (VIV 12, BYN 20, DON 107)

34 Auerstadt, 1806: The Prussian Defeated. DWA005 (PON 9, BAC 118, FR CANNON BARREL & AMMO BOX)

35 Jena-Auerstadt: 1806 The Pursuit. DWA008. (ZIE 55, FFA127, FFA 129)

36 The Grand Armee in Poland, 1806-1807. DWA016 (KEL 82, BAL 88)

37 The Grand Armee in Poland. 1806-1807. DWA015. (KEM 35, FRI 97, HAL 32)

38 Eylau, 1807: Opening Encounters. DWA010. (JAQ 91, VIV 12, FFA128)

39 Eylau, 1807: The Great Cavalry Charge. DWA017. (PIR 61, PIR 60, BEL 41)

40 Poland, 1807: Heilsberg and the Sieges. DWA018. (SOM 7, PIR 57)

41 Friedland, 1807: Opening Actions. DWA020. (DON 111, FRI 97, JAM 121)

42 The Piece of Tilsit, 1807. DWA021. (VIV 10, VIV 11)

43 The Path to War 1808-09. DWA014. (JAQ 91, HAL 31, BEL 41)

44 The French in Portugal: 1807-08. DWA022. (FOY 103, FOY 104, DUH 99)

45. The Anglo-Portuguese Army of 1808. DWA023. (NET 15, BRU 43, BAR 37)

46. The Battle of Vimeiro, 21 August 1808. DWA024.(MIL 85, NEY 70)

47. The Corunna Campaign: Winter 1808-1809. DWA025. (BUL 63, JAM 122, BAC 117)

48. The Road to Talavera: 1809. DWA026. (SOM 4, UXB 3)

49 Busaco:1810. DWA005. (PON 9, FR CANNON BARREL & AMMO BOX)

50 Wellington's Liberation of Portugal, 1811. DWA016.(KEL 82, BLA 88)

51 Guerillas in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814. DWA027. (LEF 75, LEF 76)

52 1809 Campaign: The Austrian Arm. DWA028. (HAL 30, HAL 33, KEM 34)

53 1809 Campaign: Napoleon'c Army. DWA015. (KEM 35, FRI 97, HAL 32)

54 The Battle of Eggmuhl:1809. DWA017. (PIR 61, BEL 41, PIR 60)

55 1809 Campaign: Aspern-Essling, Day 1. DWA18. (SOM 7, PIR 57)

56 1809 Campaign: Aspern-Essling, Day 2. DWA020. (DON 111, FRI 97, JAM 121)

57 From Aspern-Essling to Wagram, 1809. DWA023. (NET 15, BRU 43, BAR 37)

58 Wagram, The First Day: 5 July 1809. DWA022. (FOY 103, FOY 104, DUH 99)

59 Wagram, The Second Day: 6 July 1809. DWA029. (DUH 100,  FOY 105, FR CANNON CHASSIS)

60. Wagram, 1809: The Aftermath. DWA018. (SOM 7, PIR 57)

61 The Grand Armee in 1812. DWA014. (JAQ 91, HAL 31, BEL 41)

62 The Russian Army in 1812. DWA030. (NAP 69, PON 9)

63 Russia, 1812: The Path to War. DWA031. (DON 108, DON 112, KEM 36)

64 Napoleon's Invasion of Russia, 1812. DWA032. (PIR 57, BLA 88)

65 Russia, 1812: Smolensk to Borodino DWA033 (BUL 62, JAM 121, DUH 99)

66 Borodino 1812: Opening Moves DWA034 (PRA 66, FRENCH CANNON AMMO BOX)

67 Borodino 1812: A Hollow Victory. DWA025. (BUL 63, JAM 122, BAC 117)

68. The Burning of Moscow. DWA035. (PRA 68, FRENCH CANNON CHASSIS)

69. Russia, 1812: The Retreat Begins. DWA016. (KEL 83, BAL 88)

70 The Retreat from Moscow: The Berezina DWA015 (KEM 35, FRI 97, HAL 32)

71 Russia 1812: The Retreat Takes It's Toll DWA036 (LEF 77, PRA 67)

72 The French in the Peninsula, 1812 DWA037 (LOB 73, BAR 38)

73 The Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, January 1812 DWA038 (REB 5, FHA 123)

74 The Siege of Badajoz, Spring 1812 DWA017 (PIR 60, PIR 61, BEL 41)

75. Wellington's Forces in the Peninsula, 1812-14 DWA039 (LEF 79, JAM 122, BUL 63)

76 The Road to Salamanca, 1812 DWA022 (FOY 103, FOY 104, DUH 99)

77 The Battle of Salamanca, 22 July 1812 DWA023 (NET 15, BRU 43, BAR 37)

78 Wellington's Retreat, 1812 DWA029 (DUH 100, DON 109, FOY 105, FRENCH CANNON CHASSIS)

79 The Vitoria Campaign 1813: Forces and Dispositions DWA040 (FHA 124, NET 14)

80 The Battle of Vittoria, 21 June 1813 DWA018 (SOM 7, PIR 57)

81 The Battles of the Pyrenees DWA031 (DON 108, DON 112, KEM 36)

82 Peninsular War: The Advance into France DWA016 (KEL 83, BLA 88)

83 The Peninsular War in Eastern Spain DWA033 (BUL 62, DUH 99, JAM 121)

84 Napoleon's Forces om 1813 DWA041 (KEL 71, FHA 126)

85 Allied Forces in 1813 DWA042 (SOU 72, FHA 125)

86 The Battle of Lutzen, 1813 DWA043 (REI 74, BRU 42)

87 The Battle of Bautzen, 20-21 May 1813 DWA044 (SOM 6, FRI 93)

88 1813: The Road to Dresden DWA045 (FRI 94, BEL 39)

89 1813: The Turn of the Tide DWA046 (BUL 51,  FRI 95)

90: 1813: The Battle of Liebertwolkwitz DWA047 (PIR 59, RFA 41)

91 Leipzig: The Battle of Nations, 1813 DWA048 (KEL 80, DUH 98)

92 Leipzig: An Allied Victory, 1813 DWA049 (RHA 48, PON 8)

93 Leipzig 1813: The Aftermath DWA050 (BUL 52, BUL 65)

94 Napoleon's Forces in 1814 DWA051 (KEL 81, DON 106)

95 Allied Forces in 1814 DWA039 (LEF 79, BUL 63, JAM 122)

96 The 1814 Campaign Begins DWA022 (FOY 103, FOY 104, DUH 99)

97 1814 The Six Days Campaign DWA023 (NET 15, BAR 37, BRU 43)

98 France 1814: The Austrians Close In DWA055 (HFR 1, HFR 2)

99 1814: The Campaign for France DWA056 (HBR 1, HBR 2)

100 1814: Defeat and Abdication DWA057 (DON 110, DON 1019)

101 Hougoumont DWA016 (KEL 82, BLA 88)

102 Hougoumont: Opposing Forces DWA058 (HBR 3, HBR 4)

103 Hougoumont: The Battle Rages DWA 059 (BLA 87, BLA 86)

104 Hougoumont: The Conflagration DWA060 (HOUGOUMONT BRICK FRONT SIDE PIECE)

105 Hougoumont: A Hard Fought Victory DWA061 (HFR 3, HFR 4)

106 Wellington's Redcoats DWA062 (RHA 49, RHA 50)

107 Napoleon's Infantry DWA063 (HOUGOUMONT HOUSE WHITEWASHED REAR SIDE PIECE)

108 Wellington's Highlanders DWA064 (HFR 5, HFR 7)

109 Napoleon's Old Guard Infantry DWA065 (PIR 56, PIR 58)

110 The British Foot Guards DWA066 (HBR 5, HOUGOUMONT HOUSE SIDE WALLING)

111 Napoleon's Young Guard Infantry DWA067 (HFR 8, HFR 9)

112. Wellington's Riflemen DWA068 (JAM 119, JAM 120)

113 Napoleon'c Carabiniers DWA069 (NET 13, BEL 040)

114 Wellington's Line Cavalry DWA070 (HFR 10, HOUGOUMONT HOUSE SIDE WALLING)

115 Napoleon's Dragoons DWA071 (HBR 6, HBR 7)

116 The King's German Legion DWA072 (HFR 12, HFR 11)

117 Napoleon's Light Cavalry DWA073 (HBR 8, HOUGOUMONT GRAY ROOF)

118 British Artillery DWA074 (BUL 64, BUL 64)

119 French Artillery DWA016 (KEL 83, BLA 88)

120 The Russian Guard DWA053 (JAQ 92, FOY 102)

121 Napoleon's Specialist Troops DWA075 (HFR 13, HOUGOUMONT ROOF WITH CHIMNEY)

122. Prussian Cavalry DWA076 (JAQ 89, 90)

123. Napoleon's German Allies DWA077 (HBR 9, HOUGOUMONT GARDEN WALL PIECE)

124. Portuguese Light Infantry DWA078 (HFR 6)

125. Napoleon's Polish Allies DWA079 (HFR 14)

   

Pictures above show front and rear views of the Hougoumont Gardeners House that I have assembled and based. You get the pre-painted pieces that make up this builidng in some of the later issues of the collection. There's also a small outside walling section which is not pictured.

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