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  • #118684
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Here we have 2 regiments of fusiliers with attendant battalion guns and a battalion of converged grenadiers. They are accompanied by a hussar regiment (actually about 2 squadrons), with half of a heavy horse regiment in reserve. A Jaeger battalion has occupied the village on the flank.

    This also shows off my newest terrain solution for 3mm.

    The board is a 20×20 piece of MDF, covered in iron-based paint, then painted in acrylics. I have forgone flocking, but all the stands and terrain have a magnetic base, so they stick to the board (an important consideration with 3mm stands being so light). I am trying for a more impressionistic battlefield here, with terrain as simple as possible, so that the miniatures don’t get  “lost” to the eye. Nevertheless, I want the terrain to look reasonably realistic at arms length.

    What do you all think?

    The stands are half-inch square (taking the “you might as well use boardgame counters” critique of picoscales to heart here) and, as I said, magnetized.

    This is going the opposite route of the hyper-detailed terrain kit I normally build for 3mm. The goal with this is to get what would effectively be a 6×4 foot minis battle into the space of a large board game box. The playing terrain represented here is the equivalent of a 20×20 space.

     

     

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118686
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118687
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118688
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    I should say that they are “not Prussians”: the proud soldiers Herzogin Heiline D´Taxis, of the imagiNation Saxe-Tübbio.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118689
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    One can even play with these in “Big Battle” scale, where every four stands represent a regiment and an inch is 200 meters. This would allow me to comfortably get even Torgau on my living room coffee table.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118691
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Now I need to get to work on the army of her Most Catholic Eminence, Landgravine Elza Pappen, of Biche-Pliese.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118699
    Fredd Bloggs
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    Like the scenery and its plainness.

     

    #118701
    willzwillz
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    Very nice looking, very cool and topical.  You could sell it to NASA as entertainment for the astronauts on the long haul to the Moon or Mars .

     

    Willz.

    #118709
    Thorsten FrankThorsten Frank
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    What´s really interesting is that both mentioned ImagiNations are ruled by women (well, not so unrealistic at the given times!)

    "In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda

    #118710
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    The war started because the two wore the same gown to the coronation of the HRE.

     

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118711
    Thorsten FrankThorsten Frank
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    The war started because the two wore the same gown to the coronation of the HRE.

    Great! 😀
    I love that.

    "In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda

    #118719
    Steve Johnson
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    Looks good to me Thaddeus.

    #118722
    jeffersjeffers
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    Thumbs up from me. The magnetic paint & base idea is brilliant.

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #118766
    Just Jack
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    That’s a fantastic looking set, very striking, and immediately recognizable in terms of troop types.  You’re 3mm gear has had me perusing the Picoarmor website more than once recently.

    I’d really love to do 3mm American Civil War; I’ve even placed a couple small orders, but never able to pull off the contrasts and remarkable terrain you do.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #118773
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    The trick is to use much brighter colors than you normally would. I think the new GW contrast paints over a white base might be really good!

    And again, remember: this is a freebie scale. You can get two big armies for the price of one small GW vehicle. Games Workshop titan: 300+ USD. Vanguard Miniatures “not titan”: 8 USD. And you can play the exact same game with them on a living room coffee table and haul everything to the club in a large backpack.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118870
    Just Jack
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    I understand, I just haven’t been able to pull the troops, basing, and terrain together the way you have, yours looks amazing.

    I do, however, continue to eyeball those 6mm MDF troops from Commission Figurines, which you had posted awhile back.  Those could satisfy my ACW itch…

    V/R,

    Jack

    #118878
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Those MDF figures are WONDERFUL!

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118893
    Just Jack
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    I’m glad to hear that.  I really like their ACW firing line packs, despite them having less troops per pack than the ‘regular’ ones.
    My only concern is breakage; as cheap as they are, it’s not that I’d really mind, it’s just something to take into account in terms of ordering an extra pack or two, I suppose.  Did you have any issues?

    V/R,
    Jack

    #118894
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    I have less issues with 6mm MDF than 3mm O8, that’s for certain.

    The MDF figures are easy to cut and modify with a sharp exacto knife and I haven’t lost one to breakage. I suspect they’d be easily repaired with wood glue, too.

    One thing I did do — which the A Light in the Dark Blog suggested — was reinforce the ends of the strips, at foot level, with a drop of superglue. The glue gets soaked up by the MDF and that toughens up already tough models.

    http://flownlegions.blogspot.com/p/mdf-napoleonics.html

     

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118928
    Just Jack
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    Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it.

    I’m so close to pulling the trigger, I’ve just got so many other projects going on right now.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #118955

    Wow 3mm, I was sure those were 6mm.

    Very impressive.

    #118973
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Do it, Jack! They’re pretty and cheap as chips! Do an old school style game with them!

     

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #118974
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Damn it, you’re killing me.  I’m looking at buying the firing line poses, which are a bit smaller (I think 18 figures per unit, rather than 24, though I could just buy extra packs to make up the difference), to build up forces where one stand = one regiment or brigade, maybe 12 infantry units, a couple cavalry units, and a couple/three artillery batteries per side.  I’ll have to price that up.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #118982
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    That’s what I did for Napoleonics. And they are a blast to paint!

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #119034
    Just Jack
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    I priced it out:

    12 Infantry stands (including extras to make them 24-man units) per side = 9 packs at £2 per pack

    2 mounted cavalry units per side = 2 packs at £2 per pack

    2 dismounted cavalry units per side = 2 packs at £2 per pack

    3 artillery batteries per side, with limbers = 3 packs at £2 per pack

    Command for each side = 2 packs at 1.50 per pack

    Total is £35, or about $42.40, though that does not include shipping.  Also have to figure out bases and flags.

    Hard to beat…

    V/R,

    Jack

    #119037
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Going the big unit route, I see.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #119042
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Indeed 😉

    Any issues with shipping/shipping costs?  I need to send them an email.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #119044
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Once John even showed up at my hotel to hand-deliver a package. They are the most reliable shippers I know of in the wargames world.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #119047
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Wow, okay, thanks.

    Jack

    #119078
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yeah, I’m a jackass, I went and did it. Of course, the point could be made that I’d be a jackass if I didn’t do it: 24 infantry stands, 4 mounted and four dismounted cavalry stands, six batteries of artillery, with limbers, and plenty of command, all for $50, including shipping!

    V/R,

    Jack

    #119110
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    No kidding! Just remember: it’s a freebie scale. That’s one pack of GW figs these days!

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #119117
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yeah, just gotta figure out a spot to slip them into the painting schedule…

    V/R,

    Jack

    #119135
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Experiment with a few stands first. You need to paint bright and light and the bases need to contrast with the paint jobs. Those are the three main rules.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #119138
    Just Jack
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    I got the ‘bright’ and contrasting basing, but what do you mean by ‘paint light’?

    And how does the MDF take the paint? Does it soak it all up and you have to do multiple coats, or does the prime (I use sprays) seal it well enough to paint normal?

    V/R,

    Jack

    #119141
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    Light wash coats over a white base seem to work well, touched up here and there by bright bits, using dot and slash painting.

    So for my Prussians, I base light grey, wash dark Prussian blue, dry brush medium blue, then dot and slash light blue here and there. For the tricorns, I paint the top sky blue and then paint the middle dark prussian blue, leaving a sky blue lacing edge.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #119204
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Gotcha, thanks.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #119206
    kyotebluekyoteblue
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    Oh, the horror!!! 3 mm !!!

    #119207
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
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    God’s Own Scale. 🙂

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

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