| IN THE BEGINNING...
We should start at the beginning I imagine. Here is how it
April 4, 2007
For the past two years, I have been building a force of 15mm
WW2 Hungarians and US Paratroops. (as can be seen
here) Well, now
I am bored sick of them. Everything is painted three colors in
the period. Green, Brown, and Grey, that's it, yes there are
variations of brown to use, but brown nonetheless. I have also
reached saturation point on researching the units. In short, I
am ready for something new.
|I have had my eye on the
Baccus range of figs for some time now and have been waiting
for the time and interest to collide so I could begin using
them. I have painted some English Civil War and Napoleonic
figures before, but couldn't find a set of rules that I was
Might and Reason, by Sam Mustafa. He designed a
Seven Years War game that also has a points based army
builder. This is extremely important to me as sometimes
I just don't want to research a battle in and out just
to play. It allows the easy creation of "what if..."
scenarios as well. I like the control mechanics of
Grande Armee also and they are the basis of Might and
So, now I have the figures I want to use, I have the
rules that I want to use. It's time for the research and
acquisition to begin.
Baccus is a small company and is generally not widely
available in the USA. There is (from what I can tell so far) a
great little company in Canada that sells Baccus figs by mail,
called Milites Minimus,
where I put in my first order. Stu (the owner) seemed a very
nice bloke to deal with over the email, I'll comment on the figs
when they arrive in the post. I decided to start with Prussians
as they seem to be one side of almost every engagement of almost
every battle that I have read about, and Fred seems to be the
biggest mover and shaker of the period. I ordered the following:
- SPR-01 Seven Years War Prussian Infantry
- SPR-07 Seven Years War Prussian Artillery
- SPR-08 Seven Years War Generals
- SPR-71 Seven Years War Prussian Flags
- NFR-01 French Napoleonic Line Infantry
(for a different project)
Total $28.25 CDN + shipping = $33.30 CDN, not bad for the
amount of figs I'll be getting. This is one big draw of 6mm,
aside from the great look of massed armies you get on the table.
||Well, what the hell does an 18th century Prussian
look like? I'm sorry to say that at this point I had
very little idea. Where do I start? Well, the old
reliable starting place is the Osprey Men-at-Arms
series. With a little digging, I found
Fredrick the Great's Army (2), which is the one that
deals with Prussian Infantry.
I think the Osprey series is a good starting point,
like wikipedia is a good starting point. It is not to be
the end of research, just something to wet your apetite
and tide you over. Perhaps it could be considered the
McDonald's of military research. Dependable and filling,
but you know there is better sustenance out there.As it
turns out, this particular volume of the Men-at-Arms
series is out of print and somewhat harder to find. I
was looking at ordering it from Amazon for 22+ dollars
when I asked about references on
TMP and was told that
Warweb had it, and
it was on sale for 30% off the list price, so I ordered
it for $12.76.
Not much to do now, except wait for the models and book to
It is worth mentioning that I have had contact
with Peter Baccus during the time that this process began, and
he is very helpful and knowledgeable resource. I will be putting
together painting references on my site and submitting them to
his site as part of the project. I am flabbergasted whenever I
begin to look for uniform information on the web and find there
is very little out there. There are a great number of people
interested in these types of things, why is no one putting it on
the web? Any way, gotta start somewhere.
April 5, 2007
2 days into the blog and time to make some changes to the
game plan. Upon further communication with Peter Baccus about
the painting guides, I have decided not to collaborate with him.
We disagree over the need for copyrighting the images. I have a
deep personal belief that these images should be available to
everyone for use as they wish. I see it like this, "Who owns the
color of a coat used by the Prussians in 1753?" I harbor no
hopes of financial gain by making the plates, so there is no
reason, in my mind, to copyright.
My fear is that I will not be able to supply the information
now without the help of a generous artist out there. If you have
skills with paint or any other computer graphics program, please
contact me atI
am looking for a basic black and white outline of the uniforms
that I will be able to fill in as I figure the colors out.
One thing that I forgot to mention is that I have yet to lay
eyes on Might and Reason yet! I am progressing with the faith
that it will be of similar quality to Mr. Mustafa's other work.
I am waiting for an ebay item to pay off before I will have the
funds to order it. 3 days, 10 hours to go!
April 6, 2007
The first hurdle overcome! I contacted the generous and
talented Scott Washburn, through a message board we both
frequent, and asked if he could supply me with the copyright
free uniform blanks for my project and he did so within hours!
So I am full of confidence and inspiration once again. I will
have to fill in the new plates with Photoshop rather than paint,
but not a problem as I have the program.
For those of you who don't know Mr. Washburn, he is a
wargamer who runs a small company called
Paper Terrain. Paper
Terrain, as described on his site, is "a range of paper
structures in a variety of scales and periods. They are
printed on a heavy cardstock and are ready for immediate
assembly and use. Our structures are sturdy, lightweight,
economical and attractive alternative to resin." Once I have
some figures painted and am ready to take pictures of them, I
will be picking up some villages from his store to help make the
pictures more attractive.
I have also received some great
feedback from readers with helpful suggestions and kind words.
Now, will those figures and references arrive soon so I can
get on with the meat of the blog!
No figs or books in the mail today. Tomorrow is Easter
Sunday, so two more days minimum before anything happens.
April 8, 2007
Well, the ebay auction ended and I now have the
funds to order Might and Reason. Ordered from the Warweb
again, and picked up
The Austro-Hungarian Army of the Seven Years War by
Osprey as well. (I made a little more than I expected!)
Time for a new page,
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