Sunday, December 6, 2009

Creaking Along

I had hoped to have the entire SYW backlog finished up this weekend, but don’t. [Insert various lame excuses here.]

However, I did get the bases for all these fine fellows base-coated. My technique, shamelessly stolen from a White Dwarf article a few years ago, is:

1. Cover base in glue (white/PVA) or similar, then dunk in sand. I use Woodland Scenics fine ballast.

2. After thoroughly drying at least over night, paint with Apple Barrel “nutmeg brown” and again allow to thoroughly dry.

3. Drybrush with Apple Barrel “antique white.”

4. Stipple with white glue, then dunk in Woodland Scenics blended turf.

5. Optionally, add one or two tufts of static grass.

It ends up looking like this shot of Landgraf Bogey reviewing his troops:

Basing Example

What I’ve accomplished is up through step 2 for the following:


Musketeer Regiment Crommelin, 54 figures
Musketeer Regiment Walloon, 54 figures
Grenadier Regiment van Pallandt, 54 figures
Regiment te Paard Roncour, 24 figures
2 x 3pdr with 8 crew
5 mounted generals


Chevaulegers Regiment von Bruhl, 24 figures


Arquebusiers de Grassin, 18 figures


Infantry Regiment de Ligne (IR 38, Netherlands), 66 figures
Infantry Regiment Fürstenberg (Swabian), 66 figures

Obviously, the Imperial forces are receiving a large reinforcement! So what does that work out to? About 320 foot and 53 mounted figures. So I’ve been doing something! Now I need to base my Napoleonic Portuguese brigade, too (another 120 infantry, 24 mounted, and 4 guns with 20 or so crew).

This week’s purchases were the new books by Charles Grant and company: The Annexation of Chiraz, The Wargamers Annual Volume 1, and Wargaming in History Series: Charles Grant's
The Seven Years' War Krefeld, Sandershausen and Lutterberg – 1758
. My Eureka order arrived, with “Ragged Continentals” and the various new SYW vignettes—wonderful figures! I’m looking forward to the new Battlegames, which hopefully will arrive Monday.


abdul666 said...

Compliments indeed!
But what about the Landgraviate itself? No more Hesse-Fedorans ever?

Martin said...

Hi Ed!

Long time no see! Sharp looking figures by the way. Thanks for sharing your basing technique as well. I'm green with envy about your soon to be coming books and magazines. Savor each page!


P.S. I hope we haven't heard the last of Hesse-Fedora. I've been wondering how young Von Stein has been getting along.

Fitz-Badger said...

I admire your definition of "creaking alonng"! ha ha
That basing technique does produce good-looking results! And we all want to learn more about Hesse-Fedora, Landgraf Bogey and all!

Ed said...

Ah, see, the Landgraf has been taking a "strategic pause." I have been scheming for a two- or three-game mini-campaign at the next local convention. Now that the mercenary Snibor-Renrawians (Dutch)are here "in the lead," plus the other reinforcements for Blei-Sammeln et al, Bogey, Norris & Co. will have their work cut out for them!

Thanks to you all for the encouragement.


Frankfurter said...

Don't forget that all the factions of Frankszonia keep their groups trained by hiring them out as mercs too!
BTW, I'm going to have to go after the Resistance and Cheezers who keep hiding in your territories, I'm afraid ...
And lovely figures ... obviously much more work on your hundreds of figures than my few dozen this last quarter!