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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 7:12 p.m. PST

Probably a silly question, but I am basing my 1/72 Franco Prussian figures and I am wondering whether they should be in "Napoleonic" groups of figures doing the same thing, or mixed up like an ACW firing line. The latter looks better for a skirmishing firing line, but the former would look good for the Prussian attack columns.

Perris070711 Sep 2021 8:02 p.m. PST

It's actually a good question IMHO. I based my 15mm troops in mixed poses because I like the look, but I did try to keep some bases in skirmish order with loading, firing, and defending poses while the others were in advancing or charging poses. You could do whatever appeals to you. I think both options have their appeal.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 8:26 p.m. PST

I use similar figures so a battalion is either mostly advancing or mostly firing.

You can see examples here:




But it also depends on what figures are available.


Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 10:51 p.m. PST

Ditto. I use OG15s so I have a good mix of figueres. I have firing bases and active bases, looks better to me that way.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2021 1:38 a.m. PST

I also try to organize figures into advancing or firing bases, but I do like slight variations in pose on each base. That's how the period paintings look.

- Ix

Perris070712 Sep 2021 10:05 a.m. PST

Yellow Admiral hit it on the head for me about the period paintings which are some of the best military art of all time!

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

I totally agree about the period paintings. I think that, looking at them over the years, they are what finally encouraged me to collect one more period. BTW, Édouard Detaille enlisted in the 8th Mobile Battalion of the French Army when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870. So he actually experienced the combat he later painted.

Perris070713 Sep 2021 12:39 p.m. PST

Hard to beat that for historical accuracy in art.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 10:37 a.m. PST

I'm just starting out in 28mm FPW but advancing Prussians and Skirmishing French seems to capture the historical flavor of the battles the best.

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