After 5 weeks I have finally completed and based my first 2 French Napoleonic infantry from Blue Moon manufacturing.
I went for 4 bases each 40mm x 30mm. This gives 32 figures and I think the mass effect looks quite pleasing. The basing will work well with Blackpowder, Lasalle, Fields of glory and probably Piquet as well. I planned on playing Blackpowder with half distances but the unit width may push that a bit.
Future units I may only do fusiliers, with separate voltigeurs and then combined grenadiers. We will see.
The basing is done as follows :
A) Glue the figures with Bostick, then coat the bases with PVA then dip in sand.
B) cover the sand in watered down PVA. This seals the sand and stops it chipping off.
C) Painted burnt sienna, the. Dry brush heavily with a lighter brown and then dry brush again with a grey, medium or light will do.
D) Put some PVA in patches around the bases then add some static grass.
E) Then using tweezers, glue some tufts and some stones just to give a little added effect. In my pictures you can still see some of the PVA drying.
So what’s next ?
Firstly some army painter tests, I want to see if I can speed up the basic line infantry and still achieve acceptable results. I will do that this week.
I have orders some Xan miniatures line and some AB dragons. I will probably paint up the Xan next as its always good to get though the line infantry first. Then progress onto 1 line then 1 other unit or model.
I have one batch of figures to paint to reach 64. So I started musing over how to base them.
The place to start is rules and what rules will they be played with and also how big is my table.
So my maximum table size is 6ft x 4ft and usually it would be 5ft x 3.5ft.
Now rules. Reading through Blackpowder I love the command and control aspects, I like the thought of Field of Battle for solo play and I quite like lasalle. The one I haven’t read is the man at war rules.
So taking Blackpowder as the baseline then a standard line infantry unit has a frontage of between 24cm and 30cm in 28mm so to have a decent game in 15mm I need to half the distances to fit on my table so that’s a frontage of between 12cm and 15cm.
So I have 3 preferred basing schemes that I need to choose between.
This option in 4 bases of 6 figures at 30cm x 25 cm. this gives 24 figures on a 12cm frontage.
This works pretty well with all the rulesets, but I wonder if the figures are a bit squashed and if the whole thing leaves little room for scenics on the bases.
Again 24 figures but on 6 bases that are the Napoleon at war bases. It works out as a frontage of 15cm. I’m not sure if they look a little too spaced. But they would work with Napoleon at war as well as Blackpowder.
Back to 4 bases per battalion but now we are 8 figures per base giving a total of 32 on 40mm x 30mm.
A very common basing scheme good for Blackpowder and others but gives a lightly large frontage of 16cm
So what’s it to be ? There are pros and cons in all 3 systems, but I err towards option 3.
I am a week away from having my batch of figures ready to base so no urgency but will need a decision next week.