Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hauverstover Grenadiers in the House

I am working on completing the first infantry unit for my 10MM Hauverstover Army. This required some Grenadiers to complete. Jaye was kind enough to loan me a couple of strips until my order arrives.

Macro photography might be a bit too close for these little guys. These are painted for the table top, and I think they look pretty good for that expectation. The top picture is a little further away, so squint a bit!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Basing Options - Maurice

When gaming with the Basement Generals, several rule sets are used to play the Lace Wars period. Maurice is the newest rule set for us. It is a fine little rule set by Sam Mustafa. However, we also play Sam's Might and Reason. This introduces the rub.

Might and Reason defines a unit as two bases, while Maurice defines a unit as four bases. In order to minimize my expenses and painting effort different basing options are being explored.

The goal here is to play both rule sets with the same stands with minimal derisive laughter from the rest of the guys. Not a lofty goal, but with this bunch one better not have a thin skin. Over the years, one does gain a reputation in the group for certain unintended actions. Hopefully with this study, I can avoid another dubious distinction.

I am leaning toward Option 1. It gives me Command to the left and the Grenadiers on their right hand side. I can then use a two stand unit in Might and Reason and it will look correct. Then when we play Maurice, I can use two two-stand units to arrive at a four stand unit. The Grenadiers will be a little out of place, but it will look good on the battlefield and columns will be okay as well. The Maurice unit layout will use option 2.

Option 5 would be the basing used if all we were going to play is Maurice. However, I don't think it will convert to Might and Reason as effectively.

Finally, for some reason Maurice wants infantry based on 50MM squares. I just don't think that looks right. These were linear formations and it looks too chunky for me. I will stick with the 50x25mm bases. The frontage should work just fine.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fire and Fury - 15 MM

As I have indicated before, my attention flits from project to project like a hummingbird going flower to flower. I was looking at my Maurice 10 MM project and noticed that this FnF Cavalry just need basing.

I bought these figures already painted from Bill, but they needed to be re-based. Litko to the rescue, and a little work with with glue, paint, flock and static grass. I think they came out pretty good.

Next time the Basement Generals dig out FnF, these guys will be ready!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hauverstover Infantry - A beginning

Work has started on the Hauverstoverian Infantry. Old Glory 10 MM Infantry Marching in Tricorn figures are the basis for the infantry strips. I am painting one strip as a test to get used to the brush strokes. So far the painting has been a breeze, however I need to find a better way to separate the legs on the back of the figure.

For the faces I used a medium light flesh tone and then washed it with Citadel's Reikland Fleshshade. Quick and easy, my kind of painting. Only 100 strips to go, and I still haven't tried a hand painted flag.

I am going to try Jaye's mantra of "paint an hour a day". We shall see if that can be maintained.

Here is the test strip finished. I think these are going to be okay once they get based.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Little Vacation

I decided it was time to take a break from work and go dangle my toes in the ocean.

Not mine. Just a discovery on Balboa Island

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach - The Kelp is in!

Now that the brain is clear again, and before work stress creeps in, I am looking forward to starting on my 10mm project. The uniform design is done, and I have a bunch of infantry strips primed. I am trying to determine how to base these so that I can use them with Black Powder, Maurice and Might and Reason. This may not be possible. I have a lot to paint before I have to worry about that.