Saturday, 17 April 2010

First pics of Spencer Smith units

Well, the post title says it all...

First of all I would like to clarify that Jan, the former CinC of the miniature armies about to be presented to you didn't help me identifying the units. The reason is simple: I really enjoyed the challenge going through the process of studying my meagre reference works and finding which units represented what regiments. So, Jan, when reading this and finding fault with my conclusions...be gentle when commenting.

Remember, these pictures -and others coming soon- is in honour of Jan's work and of his amazingly unselfish act of giving overall command of his 7YW armies to me. Jan, I salute you.

-Regiment LA MARCK, also known as KÖNINGSMARK
This German line infantry regiment in French service ranked 66th during the Seven Years' War.-

-IR.16 KONINGSEGG
This is the only Austrian regiment I could find having violet facings.-

-Regiment ALSACE.
Another German unit in French service, ranking 36th.
As with LA MARCK, the ordonnance flag colours confirm the identity of this unit.-

Please keep watching this space as more units pass inspection...As ever, your comments, remarks and suggestions are more than welcome.

Happy gaming
Pjotr


14 comments:

  1. Hi Peter,

    Absolutely love these old figures! Thanks for posting these photographs.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  2. Beautiful little figures! Best wishes to you on your endeavors!

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  3. Very well done. Your troopers have an engaging style about them and would certainly do Mr. Charles Grant proud. Great job! - Mike (St. Maurice)

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  5. A very attractive series of units. I often find the 'toy soldier' look more eye catching that the more modern metal castings 'realistically' painted up. I look forward to seeing these guys in action.
    Cheers,
    Ion

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  6. Lovely work, and truly Old School.

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  7. Mmmmmm! Nice, neat, and complete! Good work!

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  8. These are great,it would be a shame to strip the paint and repaint them though.Just use the units as they are and build your armies around that size of units.

    "Charge" would still work with them I'm sure, you could maybe try them out for a small "Blasthof Bridge" trial game and see what you think.

    Wonderful gift though,I look forward to seeing the rest of them.

    Paul.

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  9. I've found that Koenig Krieg, which uses 12 figure battalions too, is easy to adapt to 25+ size figures too.
    :)
    A

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  10. Just to second what Paul said - why spoil a perfectly lovely paint job? France often brigaded its German regiments together, so Alsace and La Marck could form a "Charge!" unit at half strength, unless you have any more of the bluecoats?

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  11. Thanks for all the concern about stripping the paint on the models. I think I have found the solution -your comments sort of tipped me of- for reorganising the units. I think I can easily amalgamate several similarly uniformed units just by changing the facing colours. Or in case of the German units (of which there are three), by repainting just the trousers and facing colours. This should give me three or four 30+ sized infantry units. This way most of the original paintwork will be left untouched...I think I'll have to identify which units have cultural and linguistic affinity to ease amalgamation.

    Pjotr

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  12. They are really lovely figures... and to repeat a popular phrase "If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it"!!

    Matt

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  13. I'm inclined to agree with some of the later posters, and suggest retaining the present unit size, and instead of a 1:20 figure scale (say), go for a 1:50. If you are into campaigns you might find the larger size of the armed forces represented makes for something a bit 'extra'.
    Incidentally, the Katzenstein campaign (see via the EvE blogspot) uses 12-figure units, and they look fine (and a sprightly campaign is presently being waged by these fellows...).
    Cheers,
    Ion

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