|Selection of 10mm Franco-Prussian war figures - mostly from Pendraken, but a few from Magister Millitum.|
When I dive into a period, I tend to overdo it. Different scales of games give both different gaming options on the table (bigger battles vs. smaller skirmishes) and different painting & collecting challenges, a chance to experience a different "look". One big draw for this period is the marvellous uniforms, I just love painting them, and only 28mm-sized castings, in my opinion, truly do these great uniforms justice.
At the same time, 28mm-sized figures bring a number of gaming limitations, namely a very limited ability to represent the main battles on the table. The key encounters in the Franco-Prussian war were very large, multi-corps-per-side affairs. I could settle in and paint only 28mm figures from this period and nothing else for years and still not crank out enough castings to represent all of the units for a major battle. And even if I did that anyway, well, no regular table would give a chance to hold all of that stuff for a game in 28mm - it would have to be huge.
So while I am excited to do 28mm "Black Powder" games (which would represent small parts of much larger battles), the only chance I will ever have to try to give the fellows a truly large battle will go to the smaller scales - 10mm or 6mm. I'm still primarily interested in 28mm, but I puttered around trying out both 10mm and 6mm in between painting rounds, but found that in this case 10mm was the winner, in particular the sculpts from Pendraken.
Last spring I painted up a few units of basic 10mm infantry to try and get a feel for painting in the scale, and just to see if I would enjoy it. I did! Now, with Curt's Painting Challenge under way again, and since I have all of the paints I use for Franco-Prussian War figures handy, I have been working on more 10mm stuff. I have been painting it sort of "on the side of the table", doing a few here-and-there while something else dries etc. After a few weeks of this now, I thought it would do for a submission, particularly as I don't have anything else to show for this week...
I am intending to try the "1871" rules by Bruce Weigle. While some of the rules mechanics seem a bit bolshy to me (simultaneous movement? uh...ok...) the books themselves are a must-have for anyone interested in the period, as the research and planning he has put into the scenarios and force lists alone make these so, so worth your time.
In the basic "1871" rules, one base represents a battalion of infantry, two squadrons or cavalry, or one artillery battery. Command figures are mounted one, two or three to a base depending on seniority. For bases I just used the handy "Flames of War" sized ones I have from Warbases, as they were on hand, and I have a lot of them already!
|Prussian artillery, three batteries - sculpts from Magister Millitum|
|Prussian artillery, three more batteries - sculpts from Pendraken.|
|Prussian Dragoons in 10mm - figures from Pendraken.|
|Two bases together represent a regiment|
|Tremendous sculpts from Pendraken. Outstanding quality.|
|Mounted Prussian officer from Magister Millitum - a fine sculpt, but I do prefer Pendraken's work in this area.|
|Prussian Jagers in 10mm|
|A splash of green among the green.|
|French Chasseurs in 10mm.|
|The single base will represent a battalion in the "1871" rules.|
Thus, while 28mm will remain my main focus for this period, doing a few 10mm figures here-and-there throughout my painting sessions has been fun and I plan to continue that throughout the Challenge this year. With luck, it will bring a few more units like this to the table.
And will I try painting this period in 15mm too, just to see what it looks like? Yeah...probably...I'm bad for that...
This gave me another 74 points toward my goal of 1200 "points" of painting in Curt's Painting Challenge. I'm almost half-way to my goal!