Saturday, 24 February 2018
Pete F - Pike Toy Soldiers (31 points)
Progress on my Pikeman's Lament army continues - at an albeit glacial pace. Project 6 [ECW] was inspired by a very enjoyable game using Daniel Mersey's pike & shot skirmish rules and an irresistable EBay deal for Warlord's King & Country starter set. At the time I thought maybe some of the plastic could be used for Project 4 [Game of Thrones conversions] - however, the soldiers on the sprues are too flouncy and lacey - there may be a couple of morion heads that would work but I'm going to have to look at more medieval and dark ages types - I'm getting sidetracked.
Here is a half section of Pike. ECW soldiers wore whatever they had or their commanding officer gave them so there are regiments that wore the main colours - red, green, grey on both sides. This unit will have generally green/grey green clothing - with a dash of red here and there - I'm thinking one of my commanders (Royalist) will have red as his colour and the other (Parliament) one tawny orange.
I've been working on a flexible basing system so that these troops can be re-purposed to any ruleset. My ECW friend has a lot of his troops mounted on pennies and inserted in wooden bases but they had a tendency to fall out - I think he may now be going for a more permanent glued solution. I'm trying small magnets drilled into the wooden based and a metal backing to the mdf frame. It's a partial success - the troops grip to the base just fine but the magnets (3.2mm x 1.6mm) aren't quite strong enough to lift the whole base by one of the soldiers. It works fine if you lift the unit by the base.
Although I now have 11 Vallejo greens I still couldn't find one I really liked for this unit - it came out a little too WW2 Wermachty. Never mind.
6 x 28mm foot for a total of 30 points
What a cracking unit Pete and a timely reminder that I need to do some for my summer Witchfinder game. I love the subtle use of colour to link the chaps together and what amazing detail on that face. Your clever basing solution is worth a bonus point so 31 in total to your tally.
Posted by scooba at 1:39 am