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boyinblue1 Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 12:11 p.m. PST

I just posted some pictures on my blog of the Eureka 18mm SYW Prussians I painted and based for Piquet: Cartouche. Enjoy!



Frederic V Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 12:49 p.m. PST

Nice painting job.
I'm just disappointed to see so much space between each miniatures.

boyinblue1 Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 12:56 p.m. PST

Do they look too spread out? I could probably cram in an extra file per base.

DOUGKL28 Jun 2012 1:41 p.m. PST

Nice work.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2012 1:58 p.m. PST

Those are really nice and I too agree that putting them closer together would look even better.

boyinblue1 Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 2:24 p.m. PST

Well, darn it, I guess I need to order some more. ;)

boyinblue1 Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 2:48 p.m. PST

Okay, let me ask another question. When it comes to my command stand, 2 ranks of 4, should I put the 2 standard bearers in back and the officer and the drummer in front? Should I add an NCO, or would that be a good figure to have out on the flanks?

Ken Portner Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 4:51 p.m. PST

Are the blue coats too light a shade? I'm no expert, but I was under the impression that the Prussian coat was darker.

DinOfBattle228 Jun 2012 5:18 p.m. PST

Nice painting Dave, but I agree with the others. The blue is not dark enough for Prussians and there is too much space between the figures. You should have about two 15mm figures per inch of frontage.

boyinblue1 Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 6:55 p.m. PST

You know, the color issue is interesting. I gave you guys close-up shots which bring out the detail, but really increase the effects of the highlights. If you were to look at the miniature from a player's typical distance, it makes the miniatures look blue rather than black. I've found that the smaller the scale of the miniature, the brighter the highlight color needs to be for the eye to register it from a proper tabletop distance.

boyinblue1 Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 7:12 p.m. PST

The colors are pretty close to the pictures in my German language copy of "Die Infanterie-Regimenter Friederich des Groken". Maybe they've faded during rigorous campaigning. These are the veterans of Leuthen, not Prague!

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2012 8:43 p.m. PST

I thought they looked fine.

I've always liked the uniformed musket eras, but everything has to be spot on or the sticklers start sticking. So I stick to ancients were every one but the King wears rags.


Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2012 10:09 p.m. PST

don't worry about the blue,and I am an expert on the period.. Prussian blue as such wasn't invented till after the SYW and the lightinh seems to brighten things up,,and then there is the question of "scale" colour,I am more concerned that you have your flags incorrectly placed..which ruleset are these for,,

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2012 11:42 p.m. PST

and a bit more close order may be a better effect..

Voltigeur 1960 Inactive Member29 Jun 2012 8:36 a.m. PST


Eureka produce very nice figures and your paint job does them proud. Great figures to paint. I have a few myself.

Hopefully your blog pics will encourage people to buy them (especially Austrians since I like you have Prussians) and if they choose to post pictures of them they will be treated with a little more generosity of spirit than you have been.

Not that you need me to say so but keep up the good work!


Perhaps you might explain your point about the colours since I'm sure it would be of general interest.

boyinblue1 Inactive Member29 Jun 2012 9:14 a.m. PST

Not to worry! I actually have no problem accepting critical advice. My sense of self-worth is not invested in my little men! :) Thanks for the kind words. I've actually rebased them and I switched the flags in position per the Cardinal's advice. Apparently, in the 1st battalion, the leibfahn (white flag) should be to the right of the regimental colors.

Voltigeur 1960 Inactive Member29 Jun 2012 9:20 a.m. PST

It goes without saying but you're welcome.

boyinblue1 Inactive Member29 Jun 2012 10:35 a.m. PST

I made some of the suggested changes.

TMP link

Cincinnatus Inactive Member30 Jun 2012 8:12 a.m. PST

Now it makes sense. I clicked on the first link and saw nothing really wrong with the way they were based. I thought these guys were being way too anal about it.

Now I see the pics on the site are the second version.

Royal Marine01 Jul 2012 1:49 p.m. PST

I just thought the Prussian blue had faded in the sunshine and heavy campaign wear. They did spend a lot of time at war. Uniforms do,that when you go to war, mine had many times! Great paint job.

urbinoprince2 Inactive Member13 Nov 2012 3:28 p.m. PST

I too am thinking about the issue of scale and spacing. Appearance or beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I agree 2 15mm figures per inch looks great. Some rules rules compress it more, say 3/8 or 7/16 per figure. What is important is how the rules work,interaction between the arms, etc. If you have units with the same mounting, it all looks ok and it works. What is more important is that more space protects the figures and allows for scenic dioramas. If you use more space, the table size is reduced for flank marches and so forth. One alternative way is to compress the figures on the stand and use the larger base. It may not produce the shoulder to shoulder effect of a line, but the figures are better protected and the stand becomes more of an entity/element to itself. BTW, I like the figures!

Vasiliy13 Nov 2012 11:46 p.m. PST

Excellent work!

trailape Inactive Member14 Nov 2012 12:58 a.m. PST

Very nice.
A tip of the hat mate.

Paint Pig Inactive Member14 Nov 2012 6:44 a.m. PST

The colour is fine and the spacing should be suitable for you and your budget. I imagine that if you have lit the figures properly for your photo's that in real life they are probably darker anyway.

It is worth remembering that a lighter colour doesn't mean brighter colour, the lighter colour in this instance is also quite saturated (very blue if you like). It is worth playing around (mixing) with your paint and look at the results as you lighten and darken colours. Taking notice of clothing people wear and what it looks like as it changes due to the light is very useful too, if you want to be pedantic that is.

Damn good show ol'boy look forward to seeing more of your work.


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