After 18 months of no additions to the ECW collection, I decided it time to revisit the project. With most of the ECW figures having been painted and mustered out from The Lead Pile long ago, the project is considered finished. A few bits and pieces linger but no pressing needs remain. Is this true that the project is finished with little need for expansion? From experience, this is rarely the situation.
Digging through the boxes of metal, a box of TAG figures emerged. Ah, I remember these. Seems only one unit of TAG cavalry has seen the paint brush to date. Why not add another regiment of horse? Indeed, why not?
As work progressed on the next nine horsemen, I dug around some more in the pile. Out of the figure stash came about two-dozen musketeers. Now, these are really dressed for the earlier Thirty Years War but they could see service in my ECW project in a variety of roles. But does the project really need more musketeers with no complement of pikemen?
These musketeers could be pressed into service as commanded shotte, militia, or baggage guards. Since there are no dedicated commanded shotte or town militia mustered out in the collection, a need could conceivably exist. Oh, and the figures are beautiful too!
Having never fielded either commanded shotte, town militia, or firelocks/baggage guard in a game, perhaps simply purging these figures is the prudent way forward. Of course, maybe the right scenario has yet to make it to the table?
As my decision hangs in the balance, what would you do? I will count up the responses and see where the issue stands. Perhaps someone will lay a convincing claim to these figures before I push them into the painting queue?
Paint 'em or Purge 'em?
I may have answered my own question...