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Prussians! Form ranks! – Part 1

Greetings All,

I had to do it.  I had zero choice.  I was thinking as my French Army was being finished up and being sent back to me that I needed a second force for Maurice.

Maurice is a game set in the time of Gentlemen (1690-1970).  I wrote a brief review of it here and it’s the system that I’m currently finding to be the one I want to play the most.

The reason then for a second army was so that I can introduce others to the game as they can play with one of my armies.  This is a great way to get people to just try a new system.  Zero investment prior to the game and it allows me to field an army that’s different and so depending on my mood, or just a whim I could field these instead of the French.

So down to the Prussians.  I’ve always liked the Prussians and I expect I’ll add them to my 28mm Napoleonic forces when I’m done with my British (if ever).  I can’t explain why, perhaps it’s the history of them or the fact that they don’t exist anymore, or that they’re not Russians but also not French or Austrian etc.

A quick look through the Maurice rules and I sketched out a 100 point army.

I want an Infantry army, so I must have a ratio of 3:1 (at the most) with Cavalry, so here goes.

  • Infantry – 44 points
    • 6 trained units (6 points per unit) = 36
    • 2 irregular units (3 points per unit) = 6
    • Upgraded 1 unit to Elite (2 points) = 2
  • Cavalry – 27 points
    • 4 trained units (6 points per unit) = 24
    • Upgraded 1 unit to Elite (3 points) = 3
  • Artillery – 6 points
    • 3 Guns (1, 2 and 3 points) = 6
  • National Advantages – 21 points
    • Lethal Volleys (12 points) = 12
    • Cavaliers (9 points) = 9

So that’s 44 + 27 + 6 + 21 which equals 98 points.  Not much can be done with the 2 points spare, another elite unit would cost +4 points (the first is 2 points, the second 3 and the third 4 and so on).  The same applies with Artillery, the first is 1 point, the second 2, the third 3….

I could drop one of the National Advantages or swap the Cavaliers for something like Cadence would free up 3 points (Cadence is 6 points) and then I could upgrade another unit to Elite, add another Artillery Unit or add a Conscript Unit (4 points).  I think I’ll try this list first.

When I agreed with myself that this was what I wanted I had to email Leon at Pendraken.  This was needed because Pendraken packs give you 30 infantry’s or 15 cavalry.  I need 32 figures for each infantry unit and 16 cavalry for the cavalry units.

When I sent this email I also sent the total number of figures that I’d need and this was:

The Fusilier Army Pack.

  • 1 x SYP7 – Grenadier foot march attack**
  • 1 x SYP13 – 3pdr gun with crew (3)
  • 1 x SYP16 – Dragoons*
  • 1 x SYP18 – Fusilier foot marching**
  • 1 x SYP19 – Fusilier foot advancing**
  • 2 x SYP17 – Fusilier foot march attack**
Plus:
  • 1 x SYP20 – Fusilier foot firing**
  • 1 x SYP21 – Fusilier foot port fire**
  • 1 x SYP29 – Jagers**
  • 1 x SYP27 – Hussars*
  • 1 x SYP15 – Cuirassiers*
  • 1 x SYP30 – Bosniak Lancers*
  • 1 x SYP28 – Field officers (5)
  • 1 x SYW3 King Frederick the Great

* – need 1 more figure per pack
** – need 2 more figures per pack

Plus I asked for a couple of Civilians to put on the bases of the Officers and Frederick the Great.

A few days later Leon answered and told me that the total cost of this army would be £61.11 including VAT and P&P.  I did have a small credit for the French Flags so the total I paid was a bit less.  Reminder send those flags on Monday.  He sent me a PayPal invoice so I paid that quickly.

The next step was talking to Nik Harwood about painting my new army.  I know in advance that I won’t have the time to base it, or paint it, so why not speak to Nik again as his been great painting my French army.  So I emailed him and his up to paint it.  Great news really.

He also sent me a spreadsheet with the costs, and this army will be bit more higher cost than the French because there’s more figures.  So the cost is around £300 without P&P because I’ll get the picked up.

So for the moment this is all that I’ve done, I hope that Leon casts the army soon and sends it straight to Nik and then Nik can get the time together to paint this army – then I’m up for more games, a lot more games and if you want a game just get in contact.

Cheers
Colin

 

 

Preparing for Battle, Seven Years War French – Part 4 (The Army is marching off to War!)

Greetings All,

Part 4 already?  Seems so, and it’s quite logical as the previous posts are named as Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

If you’ve not had a read of them, perhaps go back and have a look at the progress made but I’ll do a quick catch-up for all of those who haven’t, don’t want to or can’t be bothered.

Back in July I was invited to watch (and ended up playing) a game of Maurice as I had shown an interest in our local club (Sheffield GIMPS).  After that evening (and losing due to poor help from my tutor – The Goat) I loved the system and vowed to get an army for it.

10mm was the size of figure being played with and the chaps pointed me towards Pendraken.  A quick visit to their site and by the time I had left, they had received a small order from me.  I had purchased the SYW French Army Pack.  A steal at just £22.20 for that pack (prices have risen recently but still great value) which got me:

  • 2 x SYF1 – Tricorn foot march attack w/o turnbacks (60 figures)
  • 2 x SYF2 – Tricorn foot marching w/o turnbacks (60 figures)
  • 1 x SYF6 – Grenadier foot march attack w/o turnback (30 figures)
  • 1 x SYF11 – 3pdr gun with crew (3 guns and crew)
  • 1 x SYF13 – Heavy cavalry (15 figures)

Total order cost: £23.20 (inc VAT and P&P)

So I picked up 120 infantry, 15 cavalry and 3 guns with crew.  A week or so after the order a large bag of tiny 10mm figures arrived in the post.  It was time to sort.

At this time I was given a load of mdf bases, measuring 2″ x 1″.  Should have been enough and was more than enough for that I had ordered.

Once I sorted these out and checked the size of armies the French would use for 100 points (Maurice rules).  Doing a basic infantry army it would appear that 5 infantry, 3 cavalry and 4-6 artillery are the requirements (plus taking some national advantages)

Each unit is based on 4 bases, so that would mean 20 Infantry, 12 Cavalry and 4-6 Artillery.

Looking at what I had, I could see that I didn’t have enough.

  • 120 infantry would make 15 bases (5 short)
  • 15 cavalry would make 4 bases (8 short)
  • 3 guns would make 3 bases (1 short).

A quick check back on the Pendraken website and I placed a second order, this time taking into account some variance in the troop types.

  • 1 x SYF8 – Grenadier foot advancing w/o turnbacks (30 figures)
  • 1 x SYF11 – 3pdr gun with crew (3 guns and crew)
  • 2 x SYF12 – 6pdr gun, limber, horses, crew (1 gun and crew)
  • 1 x SYF14 – Dragoons (15 figures)
  • 1 x SYF15 – Hussars (15 figures)
  • 1 x SYF21 – Field officers (5 figures)
  • 1 x SYW1 – General and ADC (2 figures)

Total order cost: £23.20 (inc VAT and P&P)

Now looking at my shortages from the original order, I’ve not got enough figures for:

  • 150 infantry would make 19 bases (1 short!)
  • 30 cavalry would make 8 bases (complete)
  • 5 guns would make 5 bases (complete).

At this point I had found Nik Harwood and commissioned his painting services.  He was good enough to dry base all of the above and advise me on any figures that we were missing.  It just happened that I need another pack of Grenadiers plus some civilians for the officer bases and the 30mm bases for them! (Officers are based on 30mm round, the General is on 40mm round).   I had supplied some flags but more were also needed.

Another call to Pendraken and I ordered:

  • 1 x SYF8 – Grenadier foot advancing w/o turnbacks (30 figures)
  • 1 x SYW12 – Civilians (15)
  • 1 x PNFL38 – French Flag pack 2
  • 1 x PNFL39 – French Flag pack 3

Plus a pack of 30mm round bases.

Total order cost: £6.60 (I received some Civilians for free – thanks Leon!)

That extra pack of Grenadiers allowed me to field the missing infantry base.  So now we had everything and Nik started work.

You can find details of then progress of painting this army in my earlier posts.

Zoom forward to Thursday 20th September and Nik tells me that all the work is done!   Along side with this great message he told me that he was going to take a number of hi-res images and the following day they appeared.

Here they are, please note there are a LOT of images.

Infantry

Cavalry

Artillery & Command

So there we have it.  I do have a bag of spares, mainly bases but a few figures that were not needed – I did though learn a lot from this, and have used this knowledge for my next SYW army, Prussians – of which a post will be coming soon.

What did this all cost to be painted?

Nik has been kind enough to provide me with the spreadsheet that he used, from which you can see his individual prices.  I shall be creating a new set of pages (shown on the top menu) for the painting services that I use.

As you can see below his prices are very good and I think you’ll find that his work is also very good.

ItemPrice £
NumberTotal




Commands: Cavalry figures1.569
Commands: Infantry figures144




Line infantry1120120
Grenadier infantry18080




Cavalry1.54567.5




Artillery + Crew5840
Limbers4.529








Sub-total

329.5




Discount

49.425
15% for payment in advance






Total

280.075

Nik’s communication is very good.  I had many questions (wouldn’t you?) and he was kind enough to answer all of them.  Not only did he answer questions it seemed he understood my world of ‘very busy’ and he himself was in a similar situation – so how he found the time to paint these I’ll never know.  Maybe if I stop blogging I’ll have the time… reminds me, must continue with my Vikings.  Nik also helped out with the research into how the army and certain units should be painted.  There’s a great online web reference that I’m just getting used to, it’s called Kronoskaf and it’s a wiki.  Have a look and you’ll see so much information that it’s daft.  If you do use it then please donate, I have.

Now that I have the models with me I feel that the cost to paint over the time it would have taken me to be a good decision on my part.  Yes paying almost £280 to get an army painted isn’t cheap, however if you add the cost of the army £60, then it’s just £340 for something that I have and can use again and again.  Yes I could have waited and done them myself but let’s be honest here 100mm is so small, too small for me.  So they’d have been silver or maybe black for years to come.  One of my 15mm armies is still silver and I bought that back in 1994.

Right that’s it.  This is the end of the small series following my first 10mm and SYW army, there’s a new one coming, do let me know what you thought of these.  The Prussian series will contain more info of why I have bought what I have and why i’ve gone for the amount of infantry etc, more in line with Maurice.

Edit: I also forgot to say that I am returning the Flag Packs to Pendraken (thanks again Leon) as the figures come with cast on flags and so don’t need the paper flags.

Cheers
Colin

Preparing for Battle, Seven Years War French – Part 3 (The Army is ready!)

We happen to be at Part 3 already and I am already working on Part 4.

Time (not a good friend of mine) has moved on since my earlier posts (here and here), and I already find myself behind in posting this.

So what’s in store for this post?  To be frank, another quantity of pictures (more than last time so please note!).

I will though remind people that that chap who’s painting these figures (I struggle to see 15mm to paint let alone 10mm) is still keeping me well informed and he’s been good enough this past week to give me an updates.  His latest update was given the subject “All done!”.

Similar to the last post i’ve also kept following his painting diary thread (on the Pendraken Forums).  You can find on that thread more detail then I’ll mention here such as colours used on each troop type etc, so go take a look and let Nik know what you think.

To quickly recap.  Last weeks post showed you pictures of the undercoated French, then with base colours and then final basic colours, this weeks post shows the finishing touches that Nik has put to the figures, and without further ado here we go!

First the Artillery.

Next come the Cavalry, first the Heavy Cavalry

Next the Dragoons

And close behind the Hussars!

The Infantry march in next, starting with Grenadiers de la France

Following on the Grenadiers Royal Marine.

And to complete the Infantry, some pictures of them all together along with the Line Infantry (not shown here).

Finally we come to the Command, Nobles and Notables.

And even more finally a couple of pictures of the army all together, how excellent does this look?

So to recap once more.  Picked up the French SYW Army Pack deal from Pendraken Miniatures.  I added more packs to that.  Sent all these down, received a quote from Nik to paint them all.  Agreed with that, sent a few more figures down (Nobles etc) and some flags, and here and now the work is complete.  Very easy

In the next and final post in this series I’ll show pictures of the models hopefully being fielded against some British, perhaps also do a battle report (in another post) and give a complete breakdown of the costs so you can see if getting Nik (or any other professional miniature painter) works for you, it has for me on this occasion, a few occasions before and I suspect a number of occasions in the future.

Huzzah!
Colin

 

 

 

Preparing for Battle, Seven Years War French – Part 2

Greetings All,

A simple blog post just to keep myself up to date with things happening to my SYW French.  Be aware this is a photo heavy post.

A week or so ago I posted the first part of the SYW French army that I’m having painted by Nik Harwood.

Since then Nik has kept in contact with me, keeping me informed as to his progress.  I’ve also been following his painting thread on the Pendraken Forums (linked in the first part, but here it is again).

Rather than trawl through that thread (which you should as Nik goes into details that I probably won’t here) I thought I’d collate all the pictures and basic details as to the progress.

To start then, here’s pictures of the figures all tidied, based and then undercoated.

You can see all the work that’s been put in.  First the tidying of the figures and 10mm figures are tiny. Then the sorting out into the various figure types and within that the actual troop type (ie Dragoons/Hussars).  Then comes the task of gluing them to a base, adding the base material (ie sand etc) then its time to undercoat and that’s it before any painting can be done!

So then that’s a good start from Nik, now he’s onto the base colours.  This is the stage you set the basic colours you want your figures to have.  It would seem looking through these Nik does paint the base colours en masse which leads (in his words) to some ‘messy figures’.  We’ve all been there (if you paint) so I know it’s just an early stage.

That’s it then for the base colours down, next stage of course is to paint on the basic colours.  That is the basic coat, hat, rifle etc all painted in the colours that they will end up before any finishing is done.

Let’s now look at the army once they’ve had their basic colours all painted.

That’s a lot of figures all painted up and ready for finishing.

I know that Nik has finished some of them already but I think this is enough for the moment, anymore pictures and it’ll take forever to load.

So far I’m happy with the work.  Nik appears to be doing a good job painting them.  It is of course too early to tell from these what the finished troops will look like and I’m hoping the finish troops will be here in a few weeks so I can see!

But so far I’d say that if you want 10mm figures Nik seems to be a great choice for a commission painter!

Signing off now, I’ll be back in around a week with Part 3 of this blog post series, until them “To War!”

Huzzah
Colin