Yeah, send an email to Solway and I'm sure he'd be happy to help if you want to tweak things. I asked him for some different flag options on the sheet when I bought an ACW one a while back and he was only too happy to help.
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I think I will probably end up doing that. Cheers mateWell , I managed to prime all the troops this weekend and appled a grey base coat on them. I have deliberately painted them in various shades of grey as I don't want them to look too uniformed. I finished last night by apllying a very watered down wash( Citadel Devlin Mud) with flow enhancer mixed in to help pick out the details on the models. I will commence some painting tonight.Brian at the store has confirmed that my Scots Batallia box is on its way and should be ready for me to pick up from the store. I will then have 4 battalia which I will organise the Swedish way on the battle field ie one batallia in front ,2 battalia forming a second and strong line and a fourth forming a rear line ( in reserve) .To support this I intend having 2 regiments of Scots Lancers on the wings and a unit of Dragoons. There wiill also be many artillery peices inter dispersed throughout the formation. Points cost who cares!
Colonel, how refreshing it is to read those last four words (Points cost who cares!). You have made my day. Why do we have a points cost?I remember wargaming when you had an army that represented an historical army. It was (usually) by reference to figure scale, which on the rules we used for Pike & Shot was 1:25 and was usually 1:33 for other periods where armies were larger. If the army you were modelling was large and well-equipped, so was your miniature army. I can see the relevance of points for a tournament style competition but otherwise what's the point? History isn't like that.The immediate cause of my stopping gaming was when I was told that to recreate Chancellorsville was unrealistic because it required a confederate army half the points value of the union side to divide its forces and send about half that low points value force against a union force four and a half times the size. The morale rules wouldn't allow anything so unrealistic. It's a good thing no-one told Lee and Jackson that!
I'll be honest with you, our club is that laid back there are many of us, including the Club President are not too bothered about points ( just bring what you can carry!).Probably why I am biased towards the PIke and Shotte supplement.Real life generals don't bother about points and if either of them thought they couldn't win, the battle would never have been fought in the first place. I suppose thery arn't fighting for fun either like we do!Have fun !
I heartily agree regarding PVs. The dullest and least satisfying games I have ever taken part in have been equal points, encounter type games. Yawn, yawn. I suppose they may help people to play a pick-up game in the "some of mine versus some of yours" style, but on the whole I'm glad that BP and HC are putting forward the surely more traditional toy soldiers approach.Recreating the actual battles give a lot more appreciation of generals (such as Lee) who had to be far more than army-list-pickers, as well as the poor foot-sloggers who didn't have the opportunity to alway be evenly matched with their opponents.
Point Values may have something to do with tournaments. Possibly introduced or if not, the desire was ignited by GW, to ensure that sides were "equal " for tournament gamers, who I believe could well be in the minority as I always thought that the casual gamer well outnumberted the tourney types. No offence to our US members, but they appear (or give me the impression) that a lot of US players design armies with point values in mind and tend to take the gaming side far more seriously.If point values float your boat then fair enough.Most of my friends are more into the modelling side and the gaiming side is just something to do with the "toy" soldiers after we have finished.It would be interesting to see what percentage of commissions are destined for US customers.Any way time to go home after a long day at work and to start painting my troops.
Whilst the Mrs watched her soaps last night I did manage to do some painting. I painted 10 soldiers a mixture of pike and musketeers. They are now ready for the application of the Army painter shader.I have selcted the dark shade for the blue hats and strong shade for the rest of the miniature.These will be my test case minis and it will be intersting to see if I have painted them bright enough prior to the appllication of the shaders.I will find this out this evening.
It appears this thread is turning into a bit of a blogg.Anyway, I applied dip (dark) to the bonnetts and strong to the rest of the models. Using my technique of a clean brush dampened with brush cleane,r I "cleaned" away the shader where I didn't want it to be, which when varnished will leave the impression of blended highlights.These will be varnished tonight .I regret I cannot post any pictures as I am using the work's PC. If you want to see examples of my painting then ask Brian if you visit his shop as some of the models that are on display belong to yours truly. These have been done using the above technique.
Finished varnishing and looked at the results the following morning. Apart from one or two shiny areas which I willrevarnish I am delighted with the results.Should be picking up my Scots Batallia Box tonight/tomorrow night as Kristen from Warlord had ensured it was packed and ready to go with the rest of the consignment to Brian's shop.Can't wait!
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That is cool. I enjoy the updates. Pity about the picture situation as I would love to see your progress, but I totally understand (I do quite a few posting from work, that is at least until the block this site like most other social sites!) . Enjoy your Batallia.
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