Some guys have been asking why and how I base my figures on 50mm x 50mm GW bases. The main reason was because I felt they looked good and the larger base gave me more room to add terrain and other bits to the base. Another important factor is transport, these figures are protected on the larger base and as a gamer who has brought back to Australia large collections by sea and air from several years in the UK and Norway they do work. The 50mm base with 5 foot figures does upset some because the frontage is not right (20mm per figure), as we started off playing WECW. However the photo here shows how a unit of 20, 40 or 60 would have a frontage of 20mm each and keeps the Warhammer crowd happy. Basically you alternate 2,3,2,3 on you base (1st and second rank), couldn't be easier.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I thought I might post photos of two command stands that I painted as Christmas presents for Kevin and James Jowett as I didn't have time to photograph them before they came over for Christmas dinner (Austrian stand with yellow and orange flag). Kevin has a very large Austrian army for the TYW and Deluge period (Old Glory which you will see later) so I thought a command stand would be a good present (bit more personal). The figures for the Austrian stand are all Essex Miniatures and the flag was a black and white printout/photocopy which I then outlined with a good black pen and then painted. The outline with a good soft point pen helps the paint stay within the lines and is much easier than the handdrawn masterpieces of the League of Augsburg (they draw and paint on cloth which is beyond my skills).
James who is Kevin's 15 year old son (and also an ex history student of mine) is a very keen historical gamer who has a large painted Brandenburg army (mostly Renegade and Bicorne). The Brandenburg stand used Essex Miniatures for the cavalry escort but the Brandenburg Elector is a Redoubt figure. The figures all have had head swops and the head of the Elector was modelled with green stuff to look like engravings and paintings from the period.
Had a 1644 game yesterday against Kevin's Austrians that was fun but left me a bit flat in regards the rules, especially the outcomes of cavalry and infantry melees which I felt lasted way too long and were not very decisive. Here are some photos of the game, I finally got to use my newly painted Muscovite army (more to paint) and as usual the favourite unit (Jiltsi lancers) was destroyed the very first game. The game was 1500 points a side with a free general and 2 wing commanders. I had 100 infantry (5 regiments of 20), 144 cavalry and 4 guns whilst Kevin from memory had 120 infantry (3 regiments of 40), 20 dismounted dragoons, 12 grenzers, 5 guns and around 100 cavalry (around 60 cuirrassiers). Kevin used the lAustrian/Imperial list from the new 1644 rulebook and I used the 1644 Muscovite list that I wrote and are on this site (might need tweaking). Hope you enjoy the photos, Kevin's Austrian look very impressive (he has painted them all in the last year or so).
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Hey guys here is the first post of the New Year and only 2 days late from my promised weekly updates. I had to wait to base up and photograph my 2 new Polish infantry regiments painted by my good friend Leroy Simpson in Townsville (Perry figures coming mate). Leroy painted up 2 x 20 man Haiduk units for my ongoing Polish army, I like doing the cavalry and only need a few infantry for this army set in the Deluge period. The figures are from the Old Glory 25mm range and the flags are drawn and painted by me, I also did the basing to go with the rest of my collection.