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Preparing for Battle, Seven Years War French – Part 1

Way back in July I posted a quick blog based on my like of the Maurice ruleset.  I mentioned in that post that I was in the early stages of building a SYW French force using Pendraken 10mm figures.

Time has come to report on the progress of this and by now you should know I have zero time for a lot of stuff especially after posting blogs here.

So I decided back then to out source the prepping, basing, painting and finishing of the figures to a painting service.  As these figures are 10mm I wanted to find someone specialised in 10mm and so who better to advise I thought than the people who produce the figures Pendraken.  Leon replied to my email the next day and sent me some email addresses for the people who paint their figures so who couldn’t be better I thought.

After emailing all of them and talking to them I picked Nik Harwood.  I have no idea how to start painting 10mm, 15mm is a problem for my eyes these days but from the links Nik sent they looked perfect and better still I found his advice and prices to be excellent, a perfect choice I thought.

A series of emails went back and forth with Nik.  The figures that I’d bought off of Pendraken went over to Nik along with a KR Designs case so that they can be packed away and shipped back all nice and safe.

When they arrived Nik went though what I’d got and advised me of what units they would make and what figures would fit on what bases etc.  He was also great in advising me that I would be short in certain units and so they’d need to have less figures per base.  I didn’t want this so a quick email to Leon at Pendraken and I ordered a few more packs and had them sent directly to Nik saving time and postage!  How great are Pendraken for doing that?  I also added onto this small order a series of flags so that Nik had enough.

Once Nik had all the models he did continue to communicate asking questions such as regimental preferences etc.

Here are some pictures of what was sent to Nik.  As you can see there are no fancy boxes with masses of space, these are in those heavy duty grip seal bags.

You should also be aware these are 10mm figures, tiny, far too tiny for my eyes to make a reasonable job.  So you get a lot of figures for your money.  I think in total I’ve paid around £65 for this army for the figures and bases.

Nik has kindly kept me informed as to his progress but also give me a link to his painting diary that he’s created for this commission on the Pendraken Forums.  You can find his diary here.

Here are the latest pictures he’s sent me (these are repeated on his forum page).

I shall sign off now but I’ll post an update to this in a few days when I’ve had a chance to take a look at the progress Nik has made.  I am very much looking forward to seeing this army complete, it will be the biggest one complete that I’ve got painted (in figure count of course as a vast majority of my figures are all 28mm which take quite some time (for me) to paint).  Reminds me, need to continue with my Vikings.

So keep checking back if these things interest you and if this really does interest you then think about picking up the rules (and cards) and of course some miniatures.  Here’s a link to Pendraken for the French SYW army pack.

Cheers
Colin

Comments (7)

  1. Wargamin…, makes me want to start up Battletech again.

  2. Oh and Orcs in the Hills and Fire Away, Napoleonics but re-envisioned with fantasy races, brilliant mechanics and very tongue in cheek.

  3. Napoleonics is just a period in history when Rifles started to replace muskets and battle tactics such as the square to repel cavalry was used. The colours of the uniforms, the large numbers of infantry in huge columns etc. Not sure you can get that with Orcs. But be interesting wouldn’t it. Pick up the Black Powder rule set and apply that, or better still Maurice has the basic rules that you can use, but it’s also got a campaign system where you can make up your own countries etc.

  4. It took the ‘sharpe’ Napoleonic years and countries involved and assigned them fantasy races, the french were elves, Prussians dwarves, english orcs and irish black (bog) orcs, was skirmish based so no mass armies just 20 – 25 individual units a side, never got into the whole super tiny mass armies thing, if their were more than 50 things for me to shoot at i got a headache.

  5. […] week or so ago I posted the first part of the SYW French army that I’m having painted by Nik […]

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

  7. […] 4 already?  Seems so, and it’s quite logical as the previous posts are named as Part 1, Part 2 and Part […]

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