Sunday, 8 January 2017

ECW pike rebasing...again...sigh...

What is it with me and my ECW collection?  How many times will I rebase the darn thing?!

Well, OK, this rebasing (the fourth, or is it the fifth time?) is only the pike elements and not the entire collection.  I made the visual/mental error in thinking - regarding my own predilections - that the pike should remain in a regular formation of even ranks and files.  But this basing contrasted with the rest of the collection - another visual "unifying" predilections kicking in, I guess - so I finally decided that the circular basing would indeed work also for the pike.  I had to order for new mdf bases.......

Here is a comparison of the two styles:
old (in rear), new (in front) and hopefully the final basing of these units painted almost thirty years ago!
As the poses of my old pike units do vary considerably, the irregular pattern now does rather compliments than distracts - in my jaded opinion.   More skirmish-y look also, which is the feel of the rules (a Lion Rampant version or the newer Pikemen's Lament).
the 'old' basing to the left, newer to the right
I have the 12 pikemen glued onto four bases with a 4 figure, 3, 2, and 1 figure base of different sizes/shapes to allow for any varying number of casualties to be removed.

The interesting visual perception, for me at least,  is it having a much "tighter" formation with the newer circular bases even though the width is but ten percent shorter than the older square style.

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  1. Looking good, Doug. I discussed Bill's rebasing activities with him yesterday and now y'all have me considering it. I could see basing my 1672 stuff for Pikeman's Lament.

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  2. David,
    You might also look at today's "Dalauppror" blog post entry which he explains his basing system from which I have copied. Thanks Mr. Leck for the inspiration. (he is the co-author of PL and he follows your blog BTW)



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    1. I've made up some bases out of plastic. I have the BIG Renegade ECW figures, so 25-30-40 is a bit too tight a fit. I made the plastic ones 30-40-50 for foot. They're rough circles with nicks and notches. They look a bit like the Loose Files and American Scramble bases we did so very long ago.

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  3. Doug,

    As David mentioned above, I have converted my individually mounted ECW figures (and Napoleonics and ACW too!) to Mr. Leck's 3-2-1 basing system. I like the way his system looks and it makes it seem more skirmishy. Did I mention I hate re basing?

    This gives me 2 pike, 3 shot and 2 dragoon units per side. Ever since your Tersey campaign last summer I've been looking forward to a game.

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    1. Bill, my pike are now re-based and so ready for the Second Tersey campaign! I must get on that shortly.
      Cheers

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    2. Tersey Campaign? What is that, prithee?

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    3. my imaginary English Civil War campaign using a variant of 'Lion Rampant'
      Three clashes of the campaign are posted:
      https://dotsofpaint.blogspot.ca/2016/07/the-tersey-campaign.html
      https://dotsofpaint.blogspot.ca/2016/07/calways-returna-tersey-campaign-game.html
      and
      https://dotsofpaint.blogspot.ca/2016/08/tersey-campaign-battle-of-manor-field.html



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  4. Just another support for my view of using magnetic bases for everything.

    I could re-base them all in a matter of a few hours.

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    1. Won't do for me I'm afraid, as I am allergic to magnets. Nothing but good card or wood for this old sod.

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    2. Allergic to magnets, good one. :)

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