If I were to tackle such a project, my interest and objective points toward large scale actions recreating full battles. Given that criteria, a regiment as the basic building block or Basic Maneuver Unit (BMU) made sense. Perhaps a battalion-level project would be doable? Given this criteria, 28mm would be too large for that train of thought. A project in 10mm seemed most appropriate for what I had in mind. After seeing Old Glory's 10mm range of SYW figures, thoughts turned toward the 10mm Old Glory approach.
That direction took an abrupt detour when I saw a recent advert for Van Dyck Models & Figurines.
|Van Dyck Models & Figurines|
When the package arrived and figures unpacked, I was astounded at the quality of the little figures. Beautiful sculpting and such delicate proportions. The marching infantry have several variations including different heads and hairstyles. To better highlight the features, the figures were based and a brushing of Minwax Tudor stain applied over the unpainted metal. The result is eye-catching as seen in the photo below. The stain brings the intricate sculpting to the fore.
I placed a US one cent piece upright on the base behind the line of figures to provide a sense of scale. Figures are about 12mm from sole to eye. Tiny but so fine!
With enough figures ordered to field two stands of 21 figures each, I set to work. Since the figures are sculpted with the ventral pouch, two regiments of French infantry were chosen as tests. The regiments selected are Montfort and Foix.
Is this the start of new project? Too soon to tell but I really like what I see. Painting lace on hundreds if not thousands of 10mm tricornes, however, seems daunting. With only a few packs available in the Van Dyck WSS range, I likely have plenty of time to decide while the range begins to fill out.