28/07/2019 at 15:41 #118684
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!28/07/2019 at 15:53 #118686
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!28/07/2019 at 15:55 #118687
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!28/07/2019 at 15:58 #118688
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!28/07/2019 at 15:59 #118689
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!28/07/2019 at 16:02 #118691
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!28/07/2019 at 17:31 #118699Fredd BloggsParticipant
Like the scenery and its plainness.28/07/2019 at 17:59 #118701willzParticipant
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.28/07/2019 at 23:33 #118709Thorsten FrankParticipant
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 Yoda28/07/2019 at 23:44 #118710
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!29/07/2019 at 00:41 #118711Thorsten FrankParticipant
The war started because the two wore the same gown to the coronation of the HRE.
I love that.
"In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda29/07/2019 at 07:26 #118719Steve JohnsonParticipant
Looks good to me Thaddeus.29/07/2019 at 08:41 #118722jeffersParticipant
Thumbs up from me. The magnetic paint & base idea is brilliant.
More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/29/07/2019 at 14:49 #118766
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.
Jack29/07/2019 at 15:27 #118773
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!30/07/2019 at 16:58 #118870
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…
Jack30/07/2019 at 19:34 #118878
Those MDF figures are WONDERFUL!
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!30/07/2019 at 23:24 #118893
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?
Jack30/07/2019 at 23:34 #118894
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.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!31/07/2019 at 14:59 #118928
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.
Jack31/07/2019 at 18:53 #118955Truls Engebakken-FjellParticipant
Wow 3mm, I was sure those were 6mm.
Very impressive.31/07/2019 at 23:12 #118973
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!31/07/2019 at 23:19 #118974
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.
Jack01/08/2019 at 02:49 #118982
That’s what I did for Napoleonics. And they are a blast to paint!
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!01/08/2019 at 15:32 #119034
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…
Jack01/08/2019 at 16:19 #119037
Going the big unit route, I see.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!01/08/2019 at 17:04 #119042
Any issues with shipping/shipping costs? I need to send them an email.
Jack01/08/2019 at 17:07 #119044
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!01/08/2019 at 17:11 #119047
Wow, okay, thanks.
Jack02/08/2019 at 03:44 #119078
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!
Jack02/08/2019 at 14:06 #119110
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!02/08/2019 at 14:13 #119117
Yeah, just gotta figure out a spot to slip them into the painting schedule…
Jack02/08/2019 at 15:03 #119135
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!02/08/2019 at 15:23 #119138
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?
Jack02/08/2019 at 15:43 #119141
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!03/08/2019 at 03:44 #119204
Jack03/08/2019 at 04:54 #119206kyoteblueParticipant
Oh, the horror!!! 3 mm !!!03/08/2019 at 04:57 #119207
God’s Own Scale. 🙂
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