Been buying in some more boxes of Mars TYW figures , you get about 48 foot figures, 12 cavalry and 3/4 guns and crew to the individual box , so this will have a bearing on how big my units will be . After several attempts I've come to the organisation of 43 foot to the Foote Regiment - 16 pike , 24 Muskets and 3 Officers . Some of the boxes are a bit light on pikemen - so some boxes will have to be cannibalised to get the right mix , they cost between £6 to £8 depending where you get them - cheap enough !.
I've been playing around with base sizes and number of figures on them , again influenced by the figures in the boxes . Finally decided on 3 muskets , 4 pike and officers based singly .I decided on multi basing for the muskets/pike because of the number of figures involved , it reflects the formal nature of the period and the figures fall over to easily !. I will use a counter to mark casualties till a base can be removed.
I'm going very Old School so the bases and figures get two coats of varnish to protect them from chipped paint . The pikemen were VERY frustrating ! they come with separate plastic pike which I binned and used brass rod - But getting them to fit was very hard and took a lot of fiddling and bad language ! , I finally ended up drilling through the figures and inserting the rods, a touch of 'green stuff' and super glue got them done .
The Featherstone rules use officer casualties in the morale system so the officer figures are mounted on pennies so they can be removed as needed. I'm using a very quick and basic paint job and hope the varnish covers any sins ! . I have nearly got the first regiment of infantry done so will post again when it's finished.