Sunday, November 24, 2013

Spanish in Cuba 1898

Spain Cuba for the Spanish!

A project started years ago and then abandoned may require further consideration.  The Spanish-American War project began as a joint project at least 15 years ago.  One of my gaming buddies had always had an interest and ties to the American forces in the Spanish-American War so wanted to field an American contingent.  I agreed to field some Spanish for small unit actions.
Old Glory Spanish
I built up about eight Spanish units along with a couple of guns.  We gamed with the figures on a number of occasions but as often happens, a relocation brought an end to the project.  Luckily, another gaming buddy showed an interest in the period and he began collecting U.S. forces for the conflict.  Again, relocation put a hold on the project while he was deployed overseas.

Having finally given up on the project,  I put the figures up for offer.  Another gaming buddy took the figures and held them for a year or so before finally deciding to return them.  While the collection was away, I painted a few more figures that I had laying around.  Now with the Spanish back in house, I need to decide what to do with them.
Spanish Collection
First thing I did was run a few figures through the dip.  The dip tends to bring out highlights and gives the figures a more campaign look.  In this case, the relief on the helmet band was nicely raised.  I like that effect.
Sample before dip
Sample after dip
With too many figures for single stand movement, I need to settle upon a new basing scheme.  My thought is to base these figures three per 60mm x 30mm stand and see how that looks.  This basing scheme should work with many rules sets especially Field of Honor. I may change my mind but this provides a starting position.  

Now, what to do with my languishing 1/1200 Spanish-American War naval collection...

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    1. Thanks, Christopher. At this point, it is very much a work-in-progress while I figure out what to do with it.

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  2. The dip really brings them to life. Good luck with the period.

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    1. Thanks, Sean! Not quite sure what to do with these yet but since they returned I must be meant to keep them.

      Appreciate your comments.

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  3. The Velas brothers have run a great attack upon San Juan Hill scenario (using Piquet: Din of Battle) a number of times over the years...

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    1. Peter, I would be interested in seeing that. Do you have the scenario information available?

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    2. No but I can ask the bros Velas for same if they still have it...

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  4. Very nice! A period that I know very little about!

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    1. Thanks, Ray! Stay tuned, we both may learn something!

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  5. Very nice, I am going to have to paint up a Spanish Marine unit for the Congo. Why not? Right? Your figures look great.
    Last Stand Dan
    http://laststanddan.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome, Daniel!
      Why not Spanish Marines for the Congo, indeed! I look forward to seeing them.

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