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forwardmarchstudios17 Jul 2017 10:20 p.m. PST


Hey everyone,
After receiving quite a few questions about how to paint SLS nylon, I thought I'd better post a quick how-to on painting my figures. This is Part One of what will eventually be a multi-part series on painting my 2mm line of Horse and Musket miniatures, which are printed on demand by Shapeways. I'm about to start moving into the Renaissance as well, but these techniques will work just as well for that era too (except you'll be using a lot more brown and grey, I would imagine!).

You can also check out my store here:

boy wundyr x Inactive Member18 Jul 2017 8:15 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tutorial!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

Good Info, Thanks!

forwardmarchstudios19 Jul 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

Glad you guys like it!
I'll be doing Part 2 later this week or on the weekend.

In other news, the GNW pike blocks printed up fine and are on the way here. Examples will be up shortly after I get my hands on them.
Some other new models will be available this weekend as well, and at least two of my special projects…

laretenue21 Jul 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

Please forgive me going slightly off-topic, FMS, but those luvly terrain pieces on your store pages … what are they in millimetres? See, I've got some stuff that's notionally 3mm, other bits that are notionally 2mm, some that's even I:1200 .. if I'm cunning much of it can work together (with 3mm troops in Grand-Tac settings, you may recall. But at Shapeways prices, I cannot order blind … PLEASE: what are the exact dimensions?

forwardmarchstudios23 Jul 2017 10:22 p.m. PST

HI laretenue,

Sorry, I've been super busy the last few days with all kinds of upcoming school-year stuff.

There are some size indicators on the Shapeways website, but they are obviously not always useful. What I really need to do is get one of those rubber cutting mats with mm grid on them and take pictures of all the figures.

But, as a quick guide:

The regular "German" buildings are all based on a 10mm square footprint. So the street pieces are [# of buildings X 10mm]; this is true for the corner pieces and the straight street pieces. The two-story houses and the L-shaped houses are also on 10mm footprints. The windmills are 10mm square and about 20mm high. The church is 30mm x 15mm x 24mm (Length, width, height). The barn is about the same but not as tall.

The bridges are large. The wooden bridge is 123mm x 22mm x 10mm. The Stone bridge is the same; the one with towers is 32mm tall. At my figures scale, that means the bridges are 115 meters long. Or, about the width of a 450 man battalion in line. Of course, this might only span a small stream and the banks and uneven ground on either side; it could also span a very large river in a major town. Just from memory, I think these bridges are about the same size as those closing the Seine, but not quite the Thames.

I'm trying to figure out exactly when I want to do an announcement on these things, since I'm still in "soft-release" mode at the moment. I have one more batch of proofs coming to me in the mail for the GNW. I think that I should probably finish up all the basic troop-types for the headgears before I go fully live: tricornes, bicornes, kepis. The models these appear on are the generals, the arty and support, and the cavalry. I really want to get all three options in, because those will give you acceptable options in every epoch of the H&M era. Right now the Napoleonic era is done to a reasonable degree. I'm not going to add too much more; that would sort of defeat the purpose of the range, which is to model field formations more than individual units. What I really want to work on more are the buildings and the bridges. Plus my new top secret project….

Anyway, I hope this all helps. I do want to get some smaller bridges out there, which would work for games like VnB, GA, and Blucher. The ones on my website now are about the largest you would need if making scale models…

laretenue24 Jul 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

Apologies, FMS. I can now see some vital statistics on the Shapeways page. But thanks, this is just what I needed to know.

Bu**er it, I'm going to need to buy some of these now …

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