Welcome to my blog, wherein I indulge my fondness for wargaming miniatures.
I do see that the Rossnar look a bit more like period illustrations but I like the Schmittdiel better. That would be a good pose for wargaming if you sat behind your army but I can see why they went with profile cavalry, really hard to do convincing fore and aft ones, and I agree that the mix of front on and side on figures is awkward. All side on should work really well for solo games where one could sit between the armies rather than behind them. Beautiful painting as always.
Hi Steve, Giants...now Niners? I have been following your work in flats of late. Really fantastic. I agree with Ross, the Rossnars do look like illustrations from the period. Really, really beautiful. John B.
Thanks, Ross. Good points. Yes, it would seem to work well for the players to sit behind their flat armies, except for the horse problem. I completely agree, flat cavalry viewed fore/aft just can't properly convey the dimensions of a horse. One of the old German toy soldier makers (don't recall which) had a novel solution to that problem. The cavalry was assembled in pieces, a flat horse's front & hind quarters attached to each end of the horse's body represented by a simple cylinder shape, with the flat rider seated in the middle. Sounds odd, but it was surprisingly effective. But I do think 3/4 profile might have been an acceptable compromise for Schmittdiel. As for Rossner vs. Schmittdiel, I think the big weakness of Schmittdiel is the faces. Most of them are kind of ugly and difficult to paint convincingly. Regards,Steve
Thanks very much John, and good to hear from you. Yeah, Bay Area is on a roll, even the Warriors have forsaken their usual role as punching bags for the rest of the NBA.Glad you're enjoying the flats. I've got some things in the pipeline for the WSS French, but for the meantime I started painting another great old 40mm Heinrichsen set from the 1880's, "Prinz Eugen" (Turkenkrieg, 1717).How's your mid-19th Century project coming along ?Regards,Steve
So beautiful - truly works of art. Best, Dean
Thanks for the kind words, Dean. I'm glad you like the figures.Regards,Steve
Those are absolutely delightful, Steve. The Austrians in white and red are splendid!
Thanks, Simon. I suppose the red neck cloths could be disputed but it shows manye regiments that way on the Hall CD depicting the Austrian Army of the WSS. Regards,Steve
They absolutely lovely. Like a fine painting. Best< Dean