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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2020 9:02 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?

YouTube link


Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2020 9:16 p.m. PST

Turn switch; pull cord, away you go….

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2020 9:24 p.m. PST

Ok I looked; I left… you really don't want to know…
some of the graphics tho (looking at the Russians link) were frankly pathetic unscaled, low-res ripoffs and worthless.
If he's serious, surely its time to step out of the shadows and use a name for credibility.
OK, I'll Bleeped text now…

John Edmundson01 Dec 2020 9:28 p.m. PST

I was going to say, "go early", but he beat me to it . . .


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 1:30 a.m. PST

This is just "How to buy etc" and assumes anything other than 28mm, forget it. I flashed through it, purely for content, hoping for painting tips, specialist units or the rarities (eg 3rd Silesian Landwehr Cavalry). I may therefore have missed it, but I saw no mention of Calpe (the ultimate for Prussians in 28mm) or Front Rank (new to this I admit)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 11:36 a.m. PST



Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 2:01 p.m. PST

How to Start Napoleonic Prussians? You'll need a spray can of grey paint and a lot of 'rout' markers.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 2:41 p.m. PST

To quote Michael Caine;

"Not many people know this"

But you would need a lot more dark blue than Grey, for Prussians.

and as for Rod Steiger's "Prussian Black", very few and far between.

But I do admit they are not the most colourful army (well for 1815 anyway) and I am lucky. I am only doing cavalry!

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 5:27 p.m. PST

The 24th Regiment has to be the most boring uniform evah. Grey jacket faced grey, grey shoulder straps, grey trousers, grey gaiters, grey schirmutze, grey facings, backpack and blanket roll. Grey leatherwork, grey musket, grey metalwork.

These guys clearly didn't get the memo and thought they were in the ACW.

John Edmundson02 Dec 2020 9:59 p.m. PST

When I saw that it was just an ad for a few manufacturers I gave up. I'd hoped for an interesting discussion of army structure, how to use it, strengths and weaknesses, history, photos of the troops laid out in brigades etc, but no . . .


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2020 11:41 a.m. PST



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2021 2:52 p.m. PST

Those looks good!…




Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2021 3:22 p.m. PST

That's them. That's the 24th. See my description 4 posts up.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2021 3:32 p.m. PST

Tango, don't try and recover your credibility now___ troll

Robert le Diable13 Feb 2021 6:18 p.m. PST

Coincidentally, I've just finished basing a 6mm representation of this unit which I painted several years ago, using a method not unlike that described above. Lost it until recently. Then I swept underneath an arm-chair. Found it.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2021 5:21 a.m. PST

Yep, flawlessly camouflaged against household dust.

I had the 24th once made using Prince August 25mm castings. There was a Prussian figure in their range that PA called "Guard" infantry, but there was so little detail on it you could just overpaint the coat tails and you had reserve infantry.

To paint the 24th, I sprayed them in grey primer then went over them with a grey wash followed by grey highlights. I picked out the greatcoat roll in grey with a grey waterproof sleeve. As they were now looking a bit blingy, I toned them down with a splash of black for the fusiliers' crossbelts. The brown muskets and red-brown musket slings needed calming down a bit so I made sure to do the musketeer crossbelts etc in a sort of off-white. I forget how I made this off-white shade but I think it was by adding some black to the white, to make this elusive, nameless, not-black / not-white shade.

Really made them pop on the table.

Robert le Diable14 Feb 2021 7:18 a.m. PST

With a tastefully understated elegance such as that, the red cap-bands must have seemed positively vulgar. I would respectfully urge restraint.

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2021 12:45 p.m. PST

getting Prussians started?

I am reminded that it is often said that Karl Marx was a famous philosopher, but no one ever remembers his sister Onya, who invented the starter pistol.

Bill N15 Feb 2021 5:37 p.m. PST

I frequently stream wargame videos while painting, so I have heard a number of his videos. I do not remember the Prussian one.

For the right kind of person I think his videos do have their merits. People who hang out on the Napoleonic board of TMP are not that target audience. His audience is people just starting out with limited funds who want to get the most bang for their buck, and who want to be in 28mm. Given those limitations it is not a surprise that he leans heavily on certain plastic figure makers. I don't believe the Wargames Atlantic figures were available when the video was done. Given his limitations his choices are arguably correct.

I say arguably because first off he even says there are other ways to go. There are decisions he makes that I don't agree with. And yes the correct answer to the question How to start Napoleonic Prussians is "Start early".

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