Monday, August 27, 2007

Mustering the Forces

OK, I was mucking around with the whole of my French infantry tonight and was pretty impressed with how they look en masse. What you are seeing here is the result of about two and a half years' work; nearly as long as I've been a member of the Old School Wargamers Yahoo Group.

May I take the opportunity to thank everyone who might visit this place for their inputs - especially Stokes, Jeff and Alte Fritz - who have long been regular and supportive contributers, and to acknowlege the role that OSW has had in giving me the inspiration and ongoing encourgement to keep both this blog and this project going.

My most sincere thanks to you al,l and I genuinely hope that we all keep in touch, sharing ideas, stories and perhaps even having a few laughs on the way.

Thank you.
Now, I've got some Croats to paint, so I'll be back later...


MiniWargamer said...

Ah, yes, the old photograph them using a mirror to make them look more numerous trick! ;-)

Looks good -- I am envious as I have only about half that painted (and I won't tell you how much more to paint!)

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hi there Greg,

Wow and double wow! My jaw is dropping as I look at the photos of your French forces all lined up. To say they are beautiful is an understatement I think. Very impressive work. It looks like the rest of us will have to get off our you-know-whats and get painting!



Bluebear Jeff said...

Very, very impressive!

How many total figures do you have in these French forces? A very impressive turnout indeed.

And, on behalf of all of us, we thank YOU for the ways in which you've inspired us as well.

-- Jeff

Bloggerator said...

Hi Jeff,

There are 314 figures on show there (some of my regiments - especialltly the Gardes Lorraines are a bit below strength); there really ought to be something like 336 plus extras for gunners and Staff.

Having them all out together for once brought forcibly home to me the amount of table you'd need to fight them and still leave some room for maneuver. That first line is about six feet long, the second is about four feet. The two lines are seperated by more than 12 inches, too.

I'm imagining that once I add cavalry, the rest of the artillery and throw in some light infantry on the flanks that the line might extent to nine or more feet.




marinergrim said...

Excellent work.

Table size is always difficult. Even the 18feet of the largest table in the Grimsby club is insufficient for both the French & Maritime Powers to deploy in two lines, hence the third line appearing in most of our games.

Bluebear Jeff said...


If you haven't seen some of the WSS game pictures on Paul's "Grimsby Mariner" blog, you should seek them out. Some of those games are amazing!

-- Jeff

Der Alte Fritz said...

Very impressive sight Greg. It seems like only yesterday when you started painting the RSM figures. Thanks for being such a big champion of the RSM range. Your comments, painting efforts and blog have done much to revive general interest in the range.

Bloggerator said...

Theirs were the very first toy soldiers I ever painted, you know!


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hello Again Greg,

Well, apparently I'm like a schoolgirl with a huge crush on some fellow classmate -- I just never seem to tire of gazing at those long lines of RSM figures! Please do post some photos of them engaged in battle on the tabletop at some point in the future.

Best Regards,


Gallia said...

Bon Chance pour votre armée Gregorie! Trés bon et magnifique.
Good luck with your army Greg. Very good and magnificent.
Three ranks cuts your frontage by 1/3 BTW.
Votre Serviteur,
Bill Protz

Bloggerator said...

Grace, mon General, mais, mes armees ont trop profond en trois lignes, je pense... je suis tres desolee...

Nevertheless, I'll give it a try and photograph the results.


PS - pardon the bad schoolboy French (especially to real Francophones) but I've not been anywhere near the language for about 25 years!