Work, work, work. I guess I should be thankful that I have a full time job during a recession, but I’ve had very little time to myself lately. It is school holidays and I’m still trundling into work every day… there is something distinctly unfair about that!
So what have I achieved? Rebasing! A whole two units. That’s it, no real extra painting except to finish off my Marlburian foot guards. There is a Warmachine Wroughthammer Rockram just sitting there staring at me at the moment. Oh well, this is what I have done:
Dan and I played some FoG when he came down a fortnight ago. We liked it. We liked it a lot. We decided to rejig our Arthurian armies , which means rebasing and more painting! Here is one of my battlegroups of 8 Medium Infantry elelments, all rebased and ready. I’m using my new fiels grass and hobby tac. At first it all seemed very easy – then I got a smidgen of hobby tac on my fingers. What a pain in the arse that was! It seemed that no matter how hard I scrubbed, the field grass did not want to let me go. Patients and being absolutely meticulous is in order if I am not to lose my sanity with the rebasing. It does look good I think.
I decided that 4 figures to a base looked far to sparse, but I didn’t want to reduce the base sizes. So the answer was obviously to cram more figures onto the bases. My plan is to base all of the Marlburians up for the Beneath the Lily Banners rules by Barry Hilton, but not necessarily to use these. I really like Mark Sim’s Rank and File rules, but they don’t really work with anything less than 4 bases to a unit. So, the answer is to combine 2 battalions into a manoeuvre unit. This works great with the French and Dutch regiments, but means that the British battalions will combine 2 different regiments. The partner of the 1st Foot Guards will be the 2nd Foot Guards in order to keepthe whole unit elite.
I’ve just ordered more French and some Austrians(because I have so much time to paint them), so I will have 12 battalions a side (6 manoeuvre units – or regiments), 4 cavalry (2 units) and 2 artillery. I aim to increase the amount of cavalry in the future too, but one step at a time.
I’ve decided to focus on the following, and to try to complete a project every week:
- Punic Wars Mid-Republican Romans 15mm Field of Glory
- Arthurian Post-Roman British 28mm Field of Glory
- Wars of the Roses Yorkists 15mm Field of Glory
- English Civil War Parliamentarian and Royalist 28mm 1644
- Marlburian Confederate and French 15mm Rank and File
- World War One British and German 28mm Rules of Engagement
- World War Two German 15mm Flames of War
- World War Two US, Soviet and German 28mm Rules of Engagement
- Science Fiction Chaos Space Marines, Orks 28mm Warhammer 40,000
- Fantasy Chaos Warriors 28mm Warhammer Fantasy
- Fantasy Mercenaries 28mm Warmachine
Everything else takes a back seat until these are complete – well, that is the plan du jour. It will be almost impossible to stick to it with my butterfly-like tendencies.
Due 19th July – Marlburian French Infantry Battalion