Paul at Tumbling Dice was as good as his word and the day after the email saying they had been dispatched, a padded envelop dropped on the mat at Chateau Steve the Wargamer.. ordered lunch time Thursday and in my sweaty hands by Saturday lunchtime.. not bad!
So with time to spare the bag was opened for a more detailed look this morning, and the first thing that struck me was wow, these are nice! Second thing that struck me was the sight of the somewhat macabre little bag of heads that came in each ziploc (the figures come with separate heads ). In the case of the pike men, they are cast with open hands for either your own, or the supplied soft metal, pikes. Third thought, though, was that it might be a bit of struggle to go with my planned basing..!
I had envisaged 30mm bases for this project as all my projects are based on either 30mm or 50mm squares. 50mm was clearly going to be too big (not only in width but also depth).. a regimental frontage of 20cm is big, but not only that, two ranks is a bit thing on 50mm depth, and I'm really not sure I want to go to 3 ranks (even though it is far more realistic for the deployments of the time)..
So first experiment was with the 30mm square bases.. not six per base then (what was I thinking..) but four per base - click to embigen - these are from packs ECW2 (musketeers on the wings) and ECW4 (pikes) all of these are early period English Civil War, so far more armour than there would have been later, and you'll also note the musket rest which was also discarded fairly quickly as the wars progressed.. The drummer and officer holding sword aloft (lovely figure!) are from ECW31 (the command pack - which comes with moulded flags)
...bases are large and were all clipped to get them on the stands.. the musketeers firing bases are big though, and squeeze the available space to the maximum..
So... time to take the experiment further and the next logical step is 40mm..
..better! Still no room for 6 per base but much better.. it also allowed room to fit an ensign/standard bearer so the command stand in the middle has five figures..
...or, I have a separate smaller command stand in front, allowing an additional pike on the central base (replacing the drummer), but leaving the ensign in the main body..
..that's it I think..
...better get an order in for some 40mm square bases as these lot are already on the painting sticks ready for undercoat..!
By the by, I'm going to use Edgehill as the source for my units, and these guys are destined to become Charles Gerard's Regiment of Foot, this regiment served in Charles Gerard's brigade under the command of Sir Jacob Astley .. the following borrowed from Iron Mitten's blog page [clicky] simply because it is a lovely, lovely, picture.. he's a talented bloke and I hope he doesn't mind!
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