Saturday, 5 March 2016

A Plethora Of Sprue.


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.




12 comments:

  1. Interesting Project Tony- the Pikes were well worth the effort- nicely painted...look forward to seeing your TYW develop. KEV.

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    1. I always enjoy starting a new project , Tony

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  2. They look great...possibly my favourite period. The basing is just right and the double layer of varnish finishes them off nicely.

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    1. Hopefully the varnish will do it's job - fairly chunky figures anyway , Tony

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  3. Tony, they look fantastic - you say quick and dirty paintjob, I say impressionist.

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    1. I do a black undercoat and it's having the courage to leave black showing at the joining of colours , Tony

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  4. Your new project is off to a flying start - like the glossy look

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    1. Want to get enough painted for a small game , Tony

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  5. They have a beautiful, classic look to them. Most impressive, and the look will suit the rules perfectly. You have excellent taste, sir!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. I must admit I do like their 'chunky' look and the high gloss hides a multitude of sins , Tony

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  6. I have to admit, when I read "Mars" I thought "yuch! they look ugly on PSR" BUT once you've painted tgem they look pretty good so... well done! good choice.

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  7. Yes they don't think much of them on the Plastic Soldier review, but I think they have a style all of their own, Tony

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