28 November 2007

Drumroll, please!!!

Gentlemen, here they are. . . the freshly completed Ermland Garde zu Fuβ – the premier regiment in the army of The Electorate of Zichenau – in all their martial glory. All 80 figures!

These last couple of weeks, it has seemed like I’d never get them finished at times. The Thanksgiving holiday, work commitments, and so on seem like they have conspired against available free time, but I managed to wrap up this particular project before the end of the month. So, I guess things have gone fairly well. At some point in the near future, there are two more 80-figure regiments to do for Zichenau’s army, and it’s reassuring to know that I’ve got the mental stamina to paint units of this size. Whew!

Anyway, here are a few fresh photos of the entire regiment for your viewing pleasure. Wish I had the lovely background items seen at Jim (Alte Fritz) Purky’s Hesse-Seewald blog, which show off his miniatures to their best advantage, but mine look reasonably good even so. They appear remarkably like the old plastic Spencer Smith marching grenadiers, not something that was intentional, but it’s a nice surprise in any case.

Speaking of which. . . Next up, it’s that regiment of metal Spencer Smith/Holger Eriksson cavalry, who have been waiting patiently at stage left for the last several weeks. And now, it’s off to bed. Schlaffen Sie shön meine Herren!

13 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Stokes,

A very impressive achievement indeed! They look marvelous.

I suspect that you'll really enjoy the fact that your Spencer Smiths are not infantry. They will certainly make a nice change of pace for you.


-- Jeff

Grimsby Mariner said...

Eighty figures - wow!

I'm struggling to get half that number finished right now.

Eighty!!

abdul666 said...

Such a BIG ‘Big Batallion’ was a very ambitious project – and you probably faced a difficult choice at first : only *this* regiment, ‘full time’ to the very end, or two very different units painted by fractions / steps in alternance to avoid oversatiation?

I wish you never felt discouragement before the achievement of this project, but now you surely feel a –very deserved– pride!

Compliments,
Jean-Louis

Snickering Corpses said...

Gorgeous, Stokes. What an impressive regiment. How much surface area do they take up when set out like that?

A J Matthews said...

Eighty figures! Whoo! Well done! As someone who has trouble with 24 figure regiments I admire your stamina for painting so many to such a high standard.

Der Alte Fritz said...

How did you arrive at a tally of 80 figures as the official establishment? Just curious. They look awesome and don't need a backdrop to show off their fine qualities, so don't let that worry you.

I sometimes just set up a card table and lay down some green felt for the ground, an old blue towel for the backdrop (I really need to paint a blue backdrop cloth) and add a tree or two or a house and then start shooting pictures.

Fitz-Badger said...

I am constantly (well, often) amazed at the output of you guys doing these large battalions! I find about a dozen of the same unit at a time about as many as I can handle. And then the storage space, table space, and moving all those little guys around on a tabletop battlefield!
Awesome!

tidders said...

Looking fine, all nicely painted - well done Stokes

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!
To the Zichenau Grenadiers!

I'm sure you'll enjoy painting the cavalry next

-- Allan

Ike said...

Wonderful! A fine BIG battalion of a certainty. How many pints of paint did you say it consumed? *laugh*

Very nice and an excellent uniform and execution thereof.

Bloggerator said...

Stokes how does your completed Stollenian Order of Battle stand now?

Regards,

Greg

Stokes Schwartz said...

Thanks for the kind remarks, men!

Greg, the completed order of battle is now at:

Von Laurenz Musketeers (63)
Grand Duchess Sonja's Regt. (63)
Jaeger zu Fuss (32)
Ermland Garde (80)
Trakehnen dragoons (30)
Princess Waltraud's Artillery (13 crew and 2 guns)
Irwin-Amadeus II and Staff (3)

Total -- 284 Figures

Still a ways to, but I'm enjoying myself, so if the full OOB is delayed a bit, it's ok. I'm working on building the Zichenau forces now, so I can at least enjoy a few smaller battles. That means, another couple of regiments/battalions of foot, the Spencer Smith cavalry, a two-gun battery, and a few generals/ADC's.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stokes Schwartz said...

Jim (Alte Fritz),

Well, Stollen will eventually have four three-company regiments of 60 figures each, and Zichenau will have three four-company regiments of 80 figures each. Each army will also have a two-company battalion of jaeger/grenzer and another of pioneers/engineers. These will number about 30-32 figures each. My organization closely follows that laid down in Charge! Hope this answers your question. Best Regards,

Stokes

Stokes Schwartz said...

Jim (Alte Fritz),

Well, Stollen will eventually have four three-company regiments of 60 figures each, and Zichenau will have three four-company regiments of 80 figures each. Each army will also have a two-company battalion of jaeger/grenzer and another of pioneers/engineers. These will number about 30-32 figures each. My organization closely follows that laid down in Charge! Hope this answers your question. Best Regards,

Stokes

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