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Arteis0211 May 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

I've decided to try something different paper armies! For the last couple of years I've been keeping my eye on the rapidly growing range of books that Peter Dennis has been pumping out, each one covering a different campaign using 2D paper soldiers and scenery.

After having enjoyed so much making some Dutch houses out of cardboard recently, I finally decided to give Peter's paper figures a go. So I ordered two books to try out, covering a couple of periods I've always fancied, but couldn't face starting to collect and paint from scratch: the Jacobite '45 Rebellion, and the American Revolution.

I've posted a review of the two books on my blog here: link

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

I am very tempted by these as well. Keep us posted on your project.

lkmjbc311 May 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

Peter's books are true treasures. I have the ECW book. Every gamer needs to own one.

Joe Collins

ernieR11 May 2018 9:07 p.m. PST

very interesting !
i hope you'll do a follow up to tell us how you like the rules and if there's any historical background in the books .

coopman Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 7:03 a.m. PST

I have a few of these books. They consist of the paper soldiers, the instructions for making them and the rules set. You'll have to get your background info elsewhere.

Arteis0212 May 2018 1:40 p.m. PST

There's a page with a brief background of the armies themselves. Another page gives an annotated list of further reading sources that the author recommends.

Belisarius12 May 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

I have five of them. I am waiting for the War of the Spanish Succession on. I have wanted to do that period for years, but did not want to paint.

Arteis0215 May 2018 1:18 a.m. PST

An update to my blog: I've now completed my first ever paper regiment. 112 figures under four hours go to whoa!

More info here: link

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Arteis0218 May 2018 2:18 p.m. PST

I now have highlanders too. Only two two-hour sessions of work from start to finish! More pics here: link

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alphus9919 May 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

Pic of large battle set up with Seven Years War figures (I think sorry, not my period) at Salute this year.

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The author himself was there and is a splendid chap :)

Arteis0219 May 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

Very impressive, Alphis99! Even at the slight angle your pic was taken, they look great.

These must be figures from Peter's forthcoming 'War of the Spanish Succession' book. Zooming in on your photo brings up a wealth of detail of this exquisite Franco-Bavarian army.

Arteis0219 May 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

I started this new unit only a couple of hours before the Royal Wedding so I could work on it while watching the event on TV … but I had finished the 100+ figures before even the bridal party arrived at the chapel! So I had to watch the whole wedding without anything else to do (luckily it was pretty impressive to watch, anyway!).

PS: This is the way they look if you don't flock the bases. These will be all flocked later today. The officer on the right was a late addition – I simply glued a little base to the main base.

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Arteis0224 May 2018 12:06 a.m. PST

Another update: link

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Tom D130 May 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

I have the Wars of the Roses. I find it useful as a painting guide for my three d figures. And the rules are clear and relatively simple.

Last Hussar01 Jun 2018 4:24 p.m. PST

How do you find the cutting. I did my own a few years back,but the cutting round the top of muskets annoyed me

abert6904 Jun 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

Any suggestions on the best way photo copy the pages in the books?A home printer,the local library or somewhere like Ryman's?The best printer/copier settings to use and the best type of card?

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