In DBN bases represent brigades not battalions and several bases can be formed into 'formations' which move and fight together offering mutual support, so while a 10 figure infantry base may not look impressive on the tabletop a formation of 5 such bases does have considerable visual impact. At 500 points per side the game is designed to be played on a board just 600mm square, which fits in nicely with my current interest in small space wargaming which is also the inspiration for my 6mm WSS project.
So, I'm off to a good start with 2 British heavy cavalry elements and 2 light cavalry elements and yesterday I painted a Highland infantry element, start to finish over about three sessions. Today I have two French light cavalry elements on the go (3 per base) and at this point (almost 4pm) I only have the horses to paint later. I have still had time for a beer in the garden with my youngest daughters boyfriend Liam ( both are here in lockdown with us!) and a walk with the dog, I'm aiming for a base of troops per day for the next 3 weeks or until I complete 24 bases. I don't generally paint in the evenings.
When the Baccus order arrives I will probably put it aside until I reach my target with this and the 40mm Spanish infantry have also been pushed back for later when I will complete the battalion. This lot aside I have another box of figures due from Old John and will work these alongside the 18mm's a few each week. I know this target based painting does not work for everyone, but for me I find the discipline helps me to keep focused on getting through the days until life returns to some semblance of normality.
I also received a little gift package of metal dollies from Graham Cummings today as I had been playing around with green stuff and asked him where I cold buy some, many thanks Graham, I was really not expecting that lot. I just want to try my hand at basic sculpting to produce some traditional toy soldier style masters, it's something I have long wanted to try and with so much time on my hands why not.
So the race is on, 24 elements for DBN by the end of April. The trusty old painting desk is back up and running again in the lounge, (it was just far too busy and noisy in the kitchen), paints and figures are well stocked up so it's all systems go!
Take care and stay safe all.
|Thanks to Graham.|
|Vallejo spares and extras.|
|Ton's of Blue Moon 18mm's!|
|My perfect set up, what more could I need?|