Saturday, January 12, 2013

How much is Enough?

The Artillery
 Today was a nice sunny morning, not too hot and with a nice breeze blowing. It was time to undertake part one of a review of my Spencer Smith plastic armies for the Empire and the Duchy of Alzheim.
The Light Brigade
 Pictured here are the forces that I currently have in hand for the Empire. However, there are others on the way from the UK for both the Empire and Alzheim.
de los Rios leads off
 It looks like the Empire has something in the order of nine and a half line infantry units, two light infantry units, a heavy and a medium cavalry unit as well as a pair of light cavalry units. In addition, there are two gun batteries at the Emperors' disposal.
Salm Salm Salm to the fore
 Alzheim disposes ten-and-a-half infantry units, four units of dragoons, three batteries of artillery and a single light infantry unit.
The new boys - awaiting an identity!
 Now, as far as I can recall this would be about right to handle almost any of the Grant family scenarios (although I might on occasion come up a bit short for cavalry) and anything at all from "Charge!". I think Mollwitz, Lobositz, Fontenoy and anything else are at least within reach.
The Heavy Brigade
The only thing that concerns me is the cramped confines of my gaming table. As you can see here, somewhat less than all of the Empire army comes pretty close to filling one of my table-halves.

I'm starting to think that it's time to stop building and to start gaming.

OK, I need to base everything consistently, but that's another post.


Stryker said...

An impressive array! I guess the time to stop is when you can't fit any more on the table, or maybe that's the time to move house?

Bloggerator said...

Or to build an extension with a proper wargaming room, of course.


abdul666 said...

Old School eye-candy in the pipe-line!
Unleash your imagination for names, Alzheim itself being imagi-native.

Fitz-Badger said...

Excellent and grand armies!

Let the games begin!

Or to paraphrase a movie quote, "I think we're gonna need a bigger table!"

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Fantastic armies there. And in reply to your question, too much is NEVER enough! How about some uhlans or support units next?

Best Regards,

Von Tschatschke

Bloggerator said...

Stokes, I think I'd like to do some more cavalry for each side - bring them up to around 6 units each, although I have castings to take them up to 10 or so. I'd also like to build a couple of mixed legions - a troop of dragoons, a troop of hussars, a company of Grenadiers and two or three of fusileers. That sort of thing.

Ross Mac said...

By all means paint more, but more (but wat on the ancients till I get sorted and take pictures). After all one day the kids will leave and the missus won't mind if you knock out a few walls.

However! Don;t wait until your done to get some games going. Once you have a critical mass, play 1 of not 3 games for each new unit!

Bloggerator said...


Agreed - I think we could say the critical mass was there. I'm spending the next week basing and then i'll finally get onto playing with the little beggars!

Looking forward to the pix - no more Ancient Greeks here until Garrison get going again in the Northern Spring. In the meantime I'm working on a phalanx of 30mm Rose Greeks.



tidders2 said...

Lovely units you've assembled; I've more units than will fit my table in 28mm 18C and just enough space for my 42mm 18C - always more in mind doing some reworks but tending towards Friekorps and support units.

-- Allan

Phil said...

Great looking army!

Unknown said...

Really Impressive army, I admire your commitment to your hobby, buy ohh all that painting.

Extremely well done.