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forwardmarchstudios31 Jul 2017 10:18 p.m. PST


Just need the flags…
Thoughts? Comments?

EDIT: These are all on 40mm wide bases, 200 shot/muskets or 180 pike per base. In other words, 1:1 units.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

Looking good- blues and green musketeers might be a bit colorful. If doing the ECW at 1:1 one might want to have ten flags, a pity not to!

roving bandit01 Aug 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

That is a beauty. As a recent 2mm collector myself I am most encouraged by this to see what can be done with them.

forwardmarchstudios01 Aug 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

Agreed- Im going to make some without the flags printed on. People can then add their own flags like on the renaissance pike block I have on my blog.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

Another possibility would be to have the standards in front of the pike block, on a strip, along with some command minis; this way you can swap them out if you want to use the same pike block in a different period (ie both ECW and TYW). What's the frontage of the units?

forwardmarchstudios01 Aug 2017 3:35 p.m. PST

The units are 120, the bases are 40mm.

I've debated moveable command bases- not a bad idea! I wish I had done so from the get-go; the bases with integral flags made developing the line quite difficult, as a single design issue would have to be corrected on all 30 infantry pieces. If I did it again I would just use my Universal Infantry strips: 20mm and 30mm troop blocks on long bases that the modeller cuts to size. Small breaks between the stands of troops either allow scissors to get in or represent breaks between companies. My 30mm troop clusters have exactly 100 figures, so this would be historically correct even at 1:1. Hindsight is 20/20.

Lieutenant Lockwood01 Aug 2017 5:12 p.m. PST

They look great! Long live the One True Scale! 2mm forever!

Sorry…that was a tad…enthusiastic.

Just sayin'……

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

They look intriguing- I'll drop you a line.

Ostrowski Inactive Member05 Aug 2017 4:23 p.m. PST

Great show. Thanks for posting. That said, 2mm is a bit big for my liking.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 5:20 a.m. PST

Looking at those formations, it's difficult to work out how that many musketeers "sought the protection" of the pike when threatened by horse. Anyone care to explain how that worked?

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

That's a pretty cool sight! I have gamed in 6mm for a while, but what really attracts me to the 2mm is the terrain available. The Irregular stuff is so neat.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 8:53 a.m. PST

Looking at those formations, it's difficult to work out how that many musketeers "sought the protection" of the pike when threatened by horse. Anyone care to explain how that worked?

Not sure how they did it during the ECW. But by the GNW the pikes were simply to bolster the aggressive nature of swedish attacks.

forwardmarchstudios09 Aug 2017 3:33 p.m. PST


That's one of the intriguing things about this project; it lets you picture the real nuts and bolts of how these formations fought. From what I gather, what would happen is that if treated by horse the shot would collapse into a ring around the outside of the pike, and the pike would be lowered past the shot. The shot would then fight from inside the protection of the pikes. Since artillery was still pretty crude compared to the coming centuries this was a reasonably safe formation, and might possibly have been able to advance. There's an excellent woodcut on a website somewhere that shows how it worked, but I can't find it now…

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