We were talking about my recent Black Powder ACW game and it brought up basing standards and aesthetics. Eventually the subject of Napoleonic and SYW basing came up and I lamented the fact that my battalions are probably better off with 6 to a stand.
At the time of our conversation, I firmly rejected this nomenclature, having put enough work into basing and rebasing these blasted 15mm guys. Until this morning... Suffering from a guilty conscience, I set to work with yet another Horse & Musket rebasing project.
I started ripping old troopers off their 4 man bases and making new 6 troop bases. You can see the finished product. I do like the look of 5 or 6 stand units however, and will most likely paint up an additional stand to go with each of these battalions. That will give me battalions of 30 figures, and they look much more densely packed, which is what Napoleonics ought to look like...
|Foreign Battalion waits to be based.|
|Southern Living gets a makeover...I hope the Mrs wasn't too keen on reading this one. Jennifer Garner has a glue and flock problem now...|
|A comparison. Some French Army units in Bicornes on the left. On the right - the new battalions of the Grande Armee.|
So what do you think? A welcome and necessary change? Yes, and more work for me! Truth be told, 6 more troops per unit won't hurt anyone. David was right (as usual). I just don't have enough figures actually painted to do what I want. Time to get cracking!