|For Maria Theresa!|
|Austrian SYW battalion in 28mm|
|The frontage for each figure is 15mm|
But the Seven Years War is really neat. Linear fighting (none of those savage, peasant fuelled revolutionary columns), elite officers, polluted and incompetent officers, tricorne hats, crazy gloves, pimped up cuffs and collars, neck scarves, fancy hair, halberds...and poltroons. Poltroons! And the Hungarians - bonkers! And lots of grenadiers with mitres. Mitres! The period has a lot to offer. The Space Marine-like shooting abilities most rule sets attribute to the Prussians are pretty annoying but the whole spectacle looks amazing on the table. Conscript Brian H. has a 15mm scale collection of Seven Years War figures that are, quite simply, jaw dropping to see, and when he brings them out for a game its an event for sure. Although the damn Prussians will win...
|BEFORE - painted originally as an 18-casting unit, just one flag|
I cannot match Brian's skill with the brush, but I have dabbled with the Seven Years War before. Back in 2009 I painted up a few 6mm Adler castings. For Christmas that year I received a pack of Front Rank Austrians from this period. At the time I was reading up the "Might & Reason" rules by Sam Mustafa, so I started to paint them up for fun in line with the basing for that game.
|Another BEFORE photo - note the fade on the flag|
|AFTER - increased to 22 castings, with a second standard bearer and mounted officer|
|Poltroon - awesome! Keep that line straight!|
|Mounted officer dressed to the nines.|
|Front Rank castings are certainly "well fed", but have lots of nice detail|
|A solitary unit...for now...|
So these lads will sit on the shelf and look nice for now. We'll see if/when I come back to the Seven Years War, and in what scale...