Saturday, September 5, 2015

Upplands Regiment Completed


Upplands Regiment - Warfare Miniatures (click to enlarge)

I finished the Upplands Regiment today, using the Warfare Miniatures Great Northern War ("GNW") figure range and flag sheets. I also completed the first stage of the basing process: troweling on the spackle compound and dipping it into a box of fine railroad ballast. Once the stands have dried, the next step will be to ink the bases and then add flock and tufts.


Ground level view of the Upplands Regiment. Flags are also from Warfare Miniatures.

Along the way, I decided to increase the unit size from 30 to 32 figures, using the following basing convention:

4 stands of 6 musketeers
1 stand of 8 figures (6 x pikemen and 2 color bearers)

The original idea was to have a 30 figure regiment (2 x 6-figures; 2 x 5-figures, and 1 x 8 figures), but my sense of symetry compelled me to increase the regiment by 2 figures so that all of the non-pike/command stands would have the same number of figures.

Rear view showing the third rank of supernumeraries.
The illusion of a third rank is attained by just placing a few supernumeraries  behind the regiment acting as file closers. It gives the illusion of having a 3-ranks formation.


A side view providing a different angle of the faux third rank, using just a few command figures to sugges a  third rank.

I use 60mm wide by 80mm deep wooden bases (MDF). The extra depth is needed so that the charging figures can be set back into the stand to minimize breakage. It also provides enough spacing to add a third row of soldiers.


16 comments:

  1. Fantastic job with the painting, and the layout on the bases works really well. Uppland was the first regiment I painted for my GNW project too.

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  2. I really love the third rank trying to keep the chaps in line as they advance.

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  3. Very impressive indeed! Really like the large bases and the way you've posed the officers behind the soldiers, pushing the sheep to slaughter. What's up next on the GNW front, the Swedish guards, or perhaps Dalregementet?

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    1. Ostgotland is next because I have a flag for it and enough figures wearing tricorns to finish the regiment. After that, probably a regiment wearing the karpus or some cavalry.

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    2. Jonkopings and the Dalregement are on the horizon too. :)

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  4. Yep. They look wonderful.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  5. Really nice work. They look great.

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    1. Thank you. The figures are really easy to paint and fun to work on, which makes the production really fly off of my brushes.

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  6. Fantastic looking unit! Nicely done.

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  7. I'm impressed! The illusion of three ranks works well.

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    1. Thank you. Your figures are a joy to paint.

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  8. Nice regiment, nice scheme for the 'third rank'

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    1. I'm pleased with the way that it worked out. I borrowed the idea from Ioannis.

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  9. Jim they look terrific. the painted article en masse is a most pleasing spectacle and gives the figures some real quality.

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  10. Glad to see you resisted the temptation to put Graf Bruhl's lt. horse in that "mitre" cap. That was worn only by Saxon Kries infantry; where there was another Graf Bruhl reg't. !

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