02 December 2007

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's. . . Charles Grant?

Very interesting recent discussion over at the Old School Wargaming Yahoo Group about the use of artillery limbers on the table. No doubt about it, I'll eventually have to purchase and paint gun teams and limbers to use with my 1/72 Revell Austrian crews and 25mm MiniFig cannon! That should make for interesting tactical problems to work out and will add spice to any Grantian Tabletop Teaser scenario rather nicely.

Last night, I began preparing the first six of 30 figures (in the classic "charge" pose) for eventual base coating. They are lovely miniatures, but they do need some work with a sharp x-acto/scalpel to remove the heavy mold lines. I suspect this comes from aging molds.

Anyway, since the figures seem to be very soft lead (Shock! Horror! Gasp!), this particular operation goes fairly quickly. Afterwards, the figures look graceful and majestic, even in their unpainted state. The Spencer Smiths do fall over rather easily, so gluing some kind of bases to them is a given. But I will keep them (un-)based singly, just like the rest of my figures.

For those of you who might like to add some Spencer Smith cavalry to your 18th century forces, by all means do so. Don't let the lack of detail put you off. Careful painting should result in very attractive finished figures.

One caveat -- The range lacks guidon bearers and trumpeters. However, this is remedied easily by including the requisite (though somewhat costlier) Holger Eriksson figures in your regimental order of battle. Accordingly, I've added a swallow-tailed guidon bearing figure and a bugler.

The HE figures are a bit more finely sculpted with very little in the way of flash or mold lines. Best of all, they fit in well with the SSM's. Once painted, it should be very hard to discern any difference between the two ranges. Stay tuned right here for future developments!

5 comments:

abdul666 said...

So we stay, be sure, so we stay!
Jean-Louis

Bluebear Jeff said...

Hi,

Which "table top teaser" are you planning?


-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

Thanks Jean-Louis!

Jeff,

Well, all of them! Kidding aside, I'll probably start with a scenario that involves a bridge and/or river crossing since the armies of Stollen and Zichenau have been observing each other across the Lesser Zwischen River for several months now. I might also use something from either of Charles Stewart Grant's books on wargame scenarios.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Steve said...

...can I suggest a few items for your consideration?? "http://www.geocities.com/steveh_wargamer/Teasers/Teaser-Feb78.doc" is Teaser #1 from the old Battle magazine in '78 (Bridge Demolition) alternatively, Teaser #12 looks good ("http://www.geocities.com/steveh_wargamer/Teasers/Teaser-April80.doc")...further suggestions to be had on the Teasers project (linked from my Blog).. Steve

Grimsby Mariner said...

I've always liked the HE figures and it's one of the things to do next year for the Big Battalion game being planned.

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