SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007
I had hoped to get these on the site last week, but hey life
gets in the way once in a while. So, sorry for the delay
in the updates. My wife was out of town this week and I
had planned to get a lot of painting done, but was sucked into
the ROME series. Here is what I did accomplish.
These are the first troops that I have been disappointed with
since I started this project. I think they look fine
up-close, but from table distance they seem a bit "blobby"?
I had hoped for more contrast between the yellow and the white
edging. Instead I think it is hard to discern the
difference from a few feet away.
You can not tell the difference between the buff
gloves and the yellow cuffs. The yellow and white in
general is not readily identifiable from a distance. I
have learned from this unit that I will have to be more careful
in the units that I choose to represent in the future. I
have already canned a planned Dragoon regiment based on what I
learned with this unit.
|INTRODUCING NOT BY APPOINTMENT
This website has been one of my best finds in a long time, since
Kronosaf in fact. I am head over heals for this site.
I'm sure anyone who actually reads the site will remember me
lamenting in the beginning of the blog about the lack of online
plates and my mission to secure some blank ones so I could start
producing my own. Well, not two months later come "Not
by Appointment". Here is a guy with drafting skills
that has an interest in SYW uniforms, an eye for detail, and the
determination to get it right. And better yet, he will
share the work with the rest of us.
This site is a real boon
for those "imaginary" SYW countries out there trying to flesh
The man is pumping out uniform variants quicker than I can
check back to see what's going on. Drop him a line, he
seems a great bloke from our correspondence. I will update
the links pages to include this fine site.
Artwork by David from Not By Appointment
I come from a small town in the Midwest where there was one
hobby store, and after a five minute walk around, you knew
everything in the store. So there was never really any
reason to stop in unless you ordered something, because you knew
what was there. So, I have been a mail order guy for these
last three years.
Traveling to Boston this last week, I went by the
Hobby Bunker to visit a real hobby shop. This place
was amazing. I encourage anyone to stop by and have a look
and support this business. There are very few places like
this left in our internet equipped world. This place had
it all and with a strong emphasis on historical miniatures of
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2007
I have finished my first dragoon unit recently. These guys
were fun to paint, but unfortunately the only sculpts that I
have run across in the Prussian range that haven't been
re-sculpted in the new style. So they still have the
cartoonish tricorns. If I had it to do over again, I would
have used the Austrian Dragoons and just painted them in
Prussian colors, as they have been resculpted in the newer and
vastly superior style. Another thing that stood out with
these models, was the high percentage of miscasts. I had
about five miscast horses legs out of the 33 models I look at to
make this unit. I am also attributing this to the older
I'm still very happy with them as a unit.
SEYDLITZ HAS ARRIVED
I have painted a new commander for the army. I wanted to
start doing some accurate commanders. The Baccus range has
a great little pack of SYW Generals that are generic for all of
the armies. The Prussians had general officers that were
also Chefs of regiments and they dressed in the uniform of their
particular regiment. So the general officers will need to
be in cuirassier uniform or hussar uniform as well as infantry
|My first attempt at a general officer that is not from the
generic pack is Seydlitz as I was already painting cuirassiers.
He was the Chef of the 8th cuirassier regiment, so that meant
black facings which was fine, but I ran into problems with the
saddle blanket. It is white with silver lace, and I don't
think the lace shows up very well against white, not enough
contrast. Not quite as impressive as I had hoped, but it
is a welcome addition.
I have plans for a hussar commander when I paint them
|NEW ADDITION TO THE MODELING TEAM
In a previous page I documented how I seperated the
individual figures from the others on a strip. It
took a few steps and a few pictures to demonstrate.
I didn't think it was to involved of a process.
Then someone either emailed me or posted on a message
board, that all he did was clip them. I thought
"Well, that's fine, but my way isn't a chore really, it
just looks that way."
While separating the dragoons for painting, I think I
had four casualties while performing the operations.
So I decided to give these "clippers" a try when I saw them at
the Battle Bunker in Boston. Now, I was flush with cash
(read more than $5 in my pocket) and couldn't find enough to
spend it on due to my daughter constantly playing with things in
the store and having to run blocker for her. So at
checkout, I saw clippers on the wall and bought them.
Unfortunately, they were a GW product. Now, normally I
won't buy anything from GW on principle, hey I started there but
have progressed since then. I spent around $15 on them and
literally the next day saw the same thing in a hardware store
I separated my hussars with them and it was a dream,
no casualties even. So, moral of the story in two parts:
- buy clippers if you are working in 6mm and don't have
- avoid GW products like the plague!
THE THIRD DRAGOONS
I finished my second unit of dragoons last night. The 3rd
Dragoon Regiment, an nice pink faced unit. Overall they
were fun to paint, but I ran into a little problem with the
basing. I think it could be placed into the "No one will
ever know but me" category, but I'll show you.
are based on a very small slant, and towards the back of the
base as opposed to in the middle. Again, I know that no
one else will care, but it kinda' bothers me. I
try very hard to get them on the right place on the base
as I think that basing a figure well really makes a
difference in presentation.
I'm still very happy with them, so here is the unit
in all it's glory.
3rd Dragoon Regiment
|HUSSARS AT THE READY
I have been hard at work understanding hussar nomenclature these
past few weeks. I think I have it all down now, except for
the difference between a pelisse and a dolman. Every book
seems to think the difference is pretty evident, but I just
can't grasp it. It seems all of my references show both in
a picture, while stating that they were never worn together
"while on campaign."
One thing I think is kinda' funny about
Hussars is that every nation tried to dress their Hussar light
cavalry very much the same. Why is that? I know most
of the original Hussars were Hungarian, fine enough that
Hungarians dress like Hungarians. But why would say French folks
dress like Hungarians? Just because they serve the same
purpose on the battlefield they don't need to dress a like.
It just seems kind of funny to me. The uniform doesn't
seem like it serves the purpose of reconnaissance and pursuit
better than, say a dragoon uniform.
I think it may just be
a difference of an 18th century mind and a 21st century mind.
I can't imagine the same thing happening today, and would love
it if anyone could send me a modern example. I think one
thing stopping this type of situation happening in today's
world, the fact that very few foreigners serve in national armed
forces (with exceptions like Britain and the Vatican) But
again, these situations aren't like having soldiers in country
A's army, from country A, dressing like soldiers from country B.
Don't get me wrong, I love painting them and I'm quite happy
that things worked this way during the 7YW. Here is my
work in progress.
MORE GUEST PHOTOS
I have had some great photos sent to me from Tom Primrose and
more good stuff from Paul Finlay. I will put them in the
Guest Gallery for your viewing pleasure.
Please feel free to
send in pictures of your well painted SYW 6mm figs to go up in
A small sample:
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007
I have given the site somewhat of a makeover this week.
I spend a lot of time looking at this site and I needed a
little variety in my life. I have tried to keep it
very readable, please let me know if you do or don't like
it. Not that I will change it, but I'd like to know.
- The Anatomy of Victory
I have just finished reading Brent Nosworthy's fine book
The Anatomy of Victory. I felt it was
important to start with this book as I wanted an
overview of how battles were fought in the period.
I had no idea before starting this project what a
true 18th century battle looked like. It would
be hard to game a period that you didn't know
anything about. After all, we are here to
recreate a certain style, aren't we?
So, my goal
was to learn about battle in the 18th century, and
this book delivered in a big way! It begins
with pike and shot tactics and takes you through to
the beginning of "Napoleonic" tactics. It is
divided into three sections.
- Linear Warfare
- Evolution of Tactics and Grand Tactics
- Doctrine and Training in the SYW Period
|I could have only read the last section, Doctrine and
Training in the SYW Period, and been very happy. But I
started in the beginning and read it cover to cover and feel
it was a worth while decision. I think most gamers
would do the same. Mr. Nosworthy is an excellent
writer and brings to life what could easily be the most hard
to read subject imaginable, discounting text books.
He adds a good deal of diagrams in the back of the book,
I would love to have seen more. If I had a complaint,
it was that the diagrams were not referenced in the text.
You have to remember to look and see for yourself.
Many times I would be reading and the situation would go
like this. "The first and third platoons moved across
the fourth and second, but only after the eighth and
twenty-third has started going in the opposite direction,
blah...blah...blah." (Well not exactly, buy you get
the point.) Then I would check the diagrams in the
back of the book and everything would be made clear.
The book is pretty much divided between Prussian
developments, French developments, and "Everyone Else."
It was hardest for me to get through the large sections
about the French, simply because I'm not really interested
in them. Nothing against the French you see, I'm just
rather hear about Austrians, Russians, and Prussians.
By reading this book, you will understand why men would
dress in lace and stand 40 paces apart and fire muskets at
each other. It also covers the best ways to fire
muskets and throw the most lead. The evolution from 30
rank formation to 3 rank formations, and many, many more
interesting things that you might not even know is
Overall, I can't recommend this book to the beginner
enough! It is a must read to get acquainted with
linear warfare. I enjoyed reading it and look forward
to finding time to read more from the author. He also
has a book on "Napoleonic" tactics that is tempting, but I
have too much to read for the SYW for that now.
I had the chance with my first unit of Hussars to try some
different colors of base coats. With the first unit,
the 9th Hussars, they have a completely black uniform and a
black base coat, a match maid in heaven. I painted
them so quick that I thought I must have missed something or
done a half-assed job on them. But I think the reason
is that a very tedious step had been removed. Putting
the main uniform color on a model, to me, is a very tedious
step, you have to make sure you get such a large surface
area and don't miss all the nooks and crannies. I much
more prefer lining things and doing the detail (lucky for
I then put a gray base coat on the second unit I am
painting, the 8th Hussars, and they have gray horses.
Here is another tedious step removed, even though I did use
a different color of gray, I didn't have to worry about
missing a spot as they are close enough, I managed to
lighten the color with very little hassle. Great!
I recommend that you try and find a spray paint to use for
base coating that is used on the finished model. It
can be tough, as you want to touch it up, so the color has
to have a corresponding acrylic that you have access to.
The spray should also be a "flat" color, or so I have been
I am using generic Wal-Mart "Color Place" paints and
they come in flat gray, black, and white colors. And
all for $1.09 to boot. I think I will try base coating
in white for my Prussian Infantry when I get to my
THE 9th HUSSARS - "TOTAL DEATH HUSSARS"
Here are my first Hussars, the 9th Hussars. I
struggled a lot with how to base them, 7 in a line like my
other cavalry, or loosely like irregular cavalry. This
is an issue because they used closed order tactics like
heavy cavalry and skirmish tactics. I asked others how
they did it on a few forums and got no real opinions that I
could use. It seems many people are forced to use
straight lines due to size restrictions or use loose order
to tell units apart. But no one gave me an answer that
said, "I do it this way because they fought like so..."
which is what I was after. So I decided to use 5 on a
base in loose order. Here are the
The 9th Hussars
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