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Some more samples…

Following on from peoples suggestions I thought I’d try a mock up of the first option and also of my third option allowing me more rule flexibility. So…

here is how I was planning at first to reflect Prussian tactics. It looks less crowded from above but from any angle – i.e. normal viewing – it does appear ‘full’. The alternative is to allow me to use bases for Lasalle as well and gives me something like this:

As Mike commented below, figures at the edge may be a problem although the bases will be quite chunky so should enable picking up without touching the edge figures. Although I would probably drop the number of skirmishers to four. I could also take a figure out of the front rank and slot the mounted officer in there to free up the sides…

Anyway, again, comments appreciated.



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Grande Armee Base Layout

I’ve finally finished the figures for the 1815 Prussian 10th Regiment and I now need to decide on how to layout the figures on the base. Bases are going to be 60x60mm. This is what everyone at the club is using so I don’t really have any leeway on this. I’ve seen some excellent basing done on the original 3″x3″ and part of me likes the scope that gives for layout however I’ve got to go with the club standard.

I’d looked at a Prussian attack plan where the fusiliers were deployed to front, partly in skirmish order and partly supported by a line. Behind these are deployed the two musketeer battalions in column. I’ve also gone for two mounted command figures. This layout is show on the left:

On a 60x60mm stand this is slightly cramped and would need some care applying the base texture and flocking. The columns are all one Baccus strip (4 figs) frontage and four rows. The fusilier line is just 10 figures. This is my proposed layout for Line and Reserve units. For Landwehr I thought of using the righthand option, with three units of 4 strips each. What I can’t decide is whether to stick with the one style and if so, which one. And also whether to either reduce the lines in the columns to 3 ranks and drop the fusilier ‘line’? This would give more space on the base for ‘scenics’.

Decisions, decisions…

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Prussian samples and more basing…

Well, finally made a start on the Prussians for Grande Armee. As I’d done for the Byzantines I went for a black undercoat but this seemed to leave them too dark as the blue and the flesh didn’t cover too well.

I also think I was having a bad night as the detail wasn’t too accurate. Overall I was OK with them so I added the flag. Then I started having second thoughts and decided to try a different approach. I took a strip and gave them a white undercoat and a wash with a Games Workshop black wash. And rather than paint the flesh direct on the black I did the area with Red Leather first.

This resulted in a lighter figure and I think the flesh works better and adds contrast. The downside of the white undercoat is still having to cover everywhere so I think I’m going to stick with the black but do the flesh the new way. As long as I’m adding the highlight to the colours then that compensates for the black undercoat.

And finally, the 1mm 60x60mm MDF arrived from and I added this to the 2 bases I’ve done already.

Given that the MDF they use normally is a bit thinner than that I use from East Riding Miniatures (comparison to the right) it’s not such a big difference and when painted will give a good solid base.

Next plan is to paint the rest of the 10th Regiment and then some Landwehr to finish off the first brigade. All good stuff and made easier by the excellent Baccus figures.

I do have plans to pick up some of the Adler command packs so I can do Blucher etc. and I may see how the mounted officers fit in as Regiment commanders on the base.

Anyway, progress. Slow, but progress…

Oh…and I’ve started adding some static pages below the header. First up will be my Napoleonic reference library, to be added to as and when. Then I’ll do the AWI and Byzantine stuff. The big find was which makes setting up a nice list very easy! I wish I’d had that when I was doing my Masters!

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6mm Basing Test

Although the 2010 Painting Master Plan has yet to really start I thought I’d do some basing tests to see how things might look. I had Phil at Firezone Studios paint up a pack of Baccus 1806 French for me. Partly to give my Prussians something to shoot at and partly just to, well, spend cash and get figures! Anyway, I was pretty vague on details but had said I wanted 4 stands each of four strips. As I hadn’t specified they were for Lasalle he did four command strips, one for each stand. They came out fine though and when based up for Lasalle look like this:

Phil has painted the remaining eight stands for me but they seem to have gone walkies in the post – something I don’t seem to be having much luck with at the moment! But what I wanted to do with the Lasalle armies was be able to use them for Grande Armee as well. To that end I had the guys at War Bases do me some 60x60mm pieces with the middle cut out in to two 40x20mm bases. Slotting the bases in then gives me this:

The one thing I had forgotten was that the bases would just drop out the bottom! So, I am awaiting some 60×60 bases in 1mm MDF which will give a sturdy base. The extra thickness should also allow me to attach labels along the back edge of the base.

Given that I’m mostly going to be doing Prussians and that they will be in mostly linear formations I think it will look fine. For my 1815 Prussians I need to have them on the full 60x60s with columns, lines and skirmishes so those I’ll be doing for Grande Armee only.

The buildings in the background are from Timecast and painted by Mark at Conflict In Colour. This was the second delivery as the first lot went missing in the post and Mark was good enough to replace them and now awaits the return of the originals via the Royal Mail undelivered post system. It’s a nice selection of buildings, very nicely done. Some may be a bit late for my Napoleonic armies but they look good anyway…

So, there we are. The plan for basing my Lasalle troops. All I need to do now is paint some!


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Changing base…

Well, a flurry of posting activity today!

Final comments are on basing, which I’ve touched on below. I used to use mount board with Basetex for texturing and a Summer Grass static grass mix. I’ve since discovered the joys of MDF bases and all my basing for my Punic War armies will be done with these (eventually!). However, faced with a rapidly diminishing small pot of Basetex I’ve tried an alternative approach for the terrain pieces and for my newly acquire Ancient Spanish.

I have two bags of Woodland Scenics railway ballast, one Fine and one Medium ballast. Although I used just Fine for the terrain I’ve used a 2/3 Fine, 1/3 Medium for the Spanish. A liberal coat of PVA on the base, cover the lot and let it dry well and shake off the excess. Paint the lot with DecoArt Crafters Acrylic Dark Brown, dry brush with Valleyo Yellow Sand and then again with Pale Sand. PVA again to fix the static grass.

I think it matches the Basetex well enough, is all sourcable locally and will be cheaper than lots of Basetex!

I think that will do for today…

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