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Inkbiz Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 1:48 p.m. PST

Hi Gents,

I hope this finds everyone healthy and content after a Merry Christmas.

Well, to anyone who has been following my little project since the turn of the century, I'm happy to finally post some images of the master sprues for my 4mm Napoleonic figures.

These are pics of the first code, a set of figures that represent the rankers, NCOs, and officers of a French Fusilier Company. The basic ‘company' packs will consist of 120 rank and file including 8 corporals based with the privates, as well as 4 strips each consisting of 6 sergeants (with and without marker pennons), 3 officers, and 2 drummers. Enough figures and supernumeraries to base from a 1:1 up to a 4:1 representation of French company.

As far as the nitty gritty with the size, it's been a battle trying to get to a 1:500 scale. At this size every tenth of a millimeter affects the ratios, and I'm somewhat saddened to say that they come out closer to 1:350 than 1:500 (the difference being roughly 1mm in height). I just couldn't maintain the same look and proportions at the smaller sizes, and the molding/casting was nearly impossible. I find that the fusiliers measure 4.7mm from toe to top of head, 1.5mm across the shoulders, the musket about 4.3mm long, and the base measures 1.8mm wide by 2.0mm deep,. Scaled up 350x this gives us a musket length of 1500mm/59inches, a shoulder width of roughly 525mm/21inches, a base of 630mm/25inches, and a height of 1645mm/5feet4inches..which, cool enough, is the average recorded height of 3500 french infantry fusiliers. So, despite being larger than the 1:500 I was hunting, these guys are very nicely to scale at 1:350. Which means that formations will be to scale. Which, to me, is really going to be fun to see on a tabletop.

Ok, here's some pics, I hope you like them..

Here's the fusiliers:







Officers… that sword is literally a few tenths of a mm wide:



My quick question is regarding the strips. The fusiliers and corporals I'm going to snip off the sprue and base in strips. As per my caster I can't get more than 5 figures based per strip, shoulder to shoulder. So for packaging should I just leave it at 5 per strip and call it a day, or do a mix of strips of 5, maybe a few strips of 3, 2, 4, etc? What do you guys think?


HistoryPhD Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 2:10 p.m. PST

WOW!!! Those beat O8 all to h***!!!

Inkbiz Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 2:23 p.m. PST

Oops.. ok should be working now..

Battlescale Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 3:07 p.m. PST


HistoryPhD Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 4:30 p.m. PST

And what will the price be for these little gems?

SJDonovan Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 5:51 p.m. PST

Hi Bob,

Your work just keeps gets better and better. In answer to you question I would go for five figures per strip and leave it at that. If you go for lots of variations it will become confusing and complicate the sales process for you when you make the range commercially available. It will be much easier to fill an order of 50 strips of five figures than one of thirty strips of five figures. twenty strips of three figures and twenty strips of two figures.


Grinning Norm Inactive Member26 Dec 2012 5:52 p.m. PST

I guess for packaging most will be perfectly content with strips of five, as I don't really think anyone is going to be fussy about one or two spare officers or so.

But so cool. Really, really amazing.

EagleSixFive27 Dec 2012 4:15 a.m. PST

I would keep it consistent at strips of five for infantry. Looking forward to seeing cavalry and artillery.

Macunaima Inactive Member27 Dec 2012 6:01 a.m. PST

I love them, but…. I'll be sticking with O8.

O8's already got pretty much everything you need for a basic Napoleonic army out on the market.

eldorado27 Dec 2012 11:55 a.m. PST

Actually I like where the size of these ended up. Looking forward to them.

Sticking with 5 per strip would work for me.

Rapier Miniatures Inactive Member28 Dec 2012 3:03 a.m. PST

Do it in strips of 5 for everything, when you are picking and packaging you can thank me.

Albino Squirrel28 Dec 2012 5:57 a.m. PST

I think 5 per strip, with a frontage of 10mm per strip, would be perfect.

Eatloaf Inactive Member30 Dec 2012 10:03 p.m. PST

Hi Bob,

For all of your jibber jabber I don't see where to send my money.

But seriously, in the least you could have a way for people to submit their emails to get notified on progress. I, for one, won't necessarily be keeping up with these forums to catch the release notice but would definitely be interested in a few brigades' worth of these little Bleeped texts upon availability.

Anyways, They look great. Good luck to you.

Kyn ell Inactive Member30 Dec 2012 11:02 p.m. PST

Bob: I don't do Napoleonic gaming, but they are lovely! top class dude, they really are among the best I've seen around that size!!
Well done!

Inkbiz Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 2:31 p.m. PST

Eatload, good point. I'm planning on posting something on the 'News' section of TMP's home page just prior to their release, but certainly I'd be happy to start putting together a little email list for anyone interested.

If so, please feel free to leave me your contact info at:
Bob dot passamenti at gmail dot com

As well, for the initial batch, I'll be painting up a number of figures to give to the first few people who pick some up. Just to show that straps and piping on a 4mm figure can, in fact, be painted. ;)


MichaelCollinsHimself07 Jan 2013 4:06 a.m. PST

I was making a note of your figures` dimensions – have you considered a name to trade under – is it to be "Inkbiz"?

MarbotsChasseurs07 Jan 2013 6:27 a.m. PST

Great looking figures. I am very excited for these and cant wait to buy a few regiments. Do you think you will do legere regiments? I would like to do Davouts Corps in 1809.

Also do you have any new pictures of your skirmishers and the walking wounded you posted in the past.

I cant wait to see 1 to 1 regiment going through all the evolutions of the drill book.


Inkbiz Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 7:37 p.m. PST

Mike, most likely something like 'BP Sculpting', or similar use of my initials or name. I want to branch into a 1:200 range, as well as some other time-periods, so I'd have to keep it more or less generic, I assume. I'd be curious to see how a larger scale would look based for your rules.

Michael, thank you. I'll be doing legere as well, but at this scale there'd be little to see other than a slightly smaller height and a change in footwear. The vision of a 1:1 regiment has been exactly what has been driving me all these years, I appreciate your enthusiasm. And speaking of years, it's been years since I did those first sets of walking wounded..I'll be resculpting those after I get the artillery cast. The skirmishers should be ready for pics in another 4-5 weeks.

Thanks to all for the kind comments, and I look forward to finally sharing the completed project with you.


MarbotsChasseurs07 Jan 2013 7:45 p.m. PST

Thanks for your response. I saw your older grenadier pictures I am guessing those could be used as legere chasseurs. The epualette would just need green for chasseurs. I would love to recreate the 9th legere since it basically has all the names of the ncos and officers. Since you seem to be making all the different grades of ncos and officers this seems possible. Incomparable is such a great book really makes you want to be part of the 9th legere.

Thank you for your hard work


von Winterfeldt08 Jan 2013 4:02 a.m. PST

There the fusiliers of Inkbiz have very short coat tails (Indicating alas Bardin style uniform) – they could be painted as light infantry as well.

The Incomperable is also a very nice re-enctment unit as well.
They looked like this in 2006


MarbotsChasseurs18 Jul 2013 11:27 a.m. PST

Hey Inkbiz how is everything going with this project? Have you started on the elite companies and HQ company?


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