One of the key things for me is the motivation to paint. I think I have said before that this blog has been great for keeping me focused, If I look at a pile of lead I get easily distracted, doing a figure here and there for various projects. With this in mind I tend to have 2 or 3 different types of figures on the table at once. This keeps me interested and I can trick myself into not being over faced by 40 or so red coats for the next two battalions of Saxons for instance.
This also means that every so often I open the box where I stick the painted figures and find I have the majority of a unit complete and become very motivated to do the last few and get them on here.
So I thought this might be a good time to share what's in the painted box and how that fits my plans for the next couple of months. Most of which is aimed towards getting the figures on table for another small battle. With Dave now working his way through the second batch of 4 battalions of Russians along with some horse and Mark well into his 10th and 11th units of Danes, I really need to get some more Swedes complete in order to avoid being swamped. I also wanted to focus on Poles and Cossacks to bolster the Swedes.
Our next game is more of an alternative history, The Saxons, Russians nd Danes all fought together against the Swedes in Northern Germany as part of an allied army later joined by Hanover and Prussia, but after Poltava the Polish and Cossack allies of the Swedes were defeated in Poland before they could join up with the Swedish Garrisons. To allow us to get more troops on table for now we will allow the Cavalry forces of the Poles and Cossacks to break through and join the Swedes, giving them a fighting chance.
The images are from the excellent web site http://www.tacitus.nu/ which I find really useful, I hope they wont mind me sharing them here.
So the first figure for my next Tremanning battalion, very plain but the yellow offsets the grey really well, along with the Upplands unit this will add a slightly different dimension to the blue and yellow of the Swedes. Only one done but they are quite simple so I hope to get these done reasonably quickly when back painting the rest currently languish on the table primed up and waiting for their undercoats of grey and orange.
I currently plan to add 5 units in the immediate future 2 Liv Gardet til hast, 2 Liv Gardet Dragoons and one Livonian Adelsfana (grey faced yellow). I am doing each unit of 9 figures, effectively as a double squadron which seems to be how they were brigaded and is similar in compostion to how foot regiments had 2 battalions. Larger regiments of horse seem to have had their double squadrons split on different wings of the army quite often. The Adeslfana regiments tended to be a bit smaller so will only get one 9 man unit. This will take me to 8 cavalry, I plan at least 10 so yet to decide the composition of the rest, possibly adding schlippenbachs dragoons in.