Attached are the pictures of the first two units for my Honours of War project. 1 Austrian and 1 Prussian battalion.
These are 18mm Eureka figures. I must say they are a joy to paint. I'm waiting for the flags to arrive from Mavericks Models so technically they're not 100% completed.
This is actually the start my fourth SYW project. I began about 30 years ago with a mish mash of Old Glory, Essex, minifig and probably 2 or 3 other 15mm manufacturers. At one time I had over 2,000 15mm figures for the Prussian, Russian, Austrian, British, French and Swedish armies to use my home grown rules.
Through a number of moves and a period of about 8 years where I gave up the hobby, I lost the rules and sold off the figures.
I got back into the hobby with Might & Reason and built French, Russian, British and Austrian armies in 6mm. I also started building armies in 10mm last year for a large scale project I'll eventually complete.
I bought the HoW rules when they first came out but since I was into other projects at the time I didn't do anything with the rules. When I re-read the rules over the Christmas break I was struck by how much they reminded me of my old set of home grown rules. Not necessarily in the mechanics but in the scope and level of detail. That renewed my interest and I decided it was easier to start anew than it was to rebase my 10mm armies.
Lovely work Shecky. I'm also a big fan of Eureka 18mm SYW range. I use them exclusively. All my pics on this forum are Eureka Mins. 20mm appears to be the go-to scale among forum members so it's nice to meet a fellow fan of 18mm. It's only 2mm difference after all! Also helps that I live around the corner from Eureka Min's shop. Such luxury. I get all my flags from the Kronoskaf resource site, do some basic graphics work in ppt, re-scale and voila, as you can see, they come up ok. Keep up the good work.
I do like the Eureka miniatures also. When they first came out, I fell in love with them. Unfortunately, I have one crucial dislike - a bit like AB in so far as the bayonets are far too long in my opinion (the same length as the miniature's leg). Otherwise, they are very nice sculpts.
I know what you mean about the six months thing. One reason I'm adding a small number of units to my SYW collection is to enable me to play some games whilst preparing my Marlburian, WWI and mid-C19th armies. I do like to see well produced Austrians.
What a nice unit in this scale. I love the different design of French flags too. Every French army needs some colourfull régiments étrangers in my opinion.
It's always a good idea to paint both sides as you do it.
I'm playing sometimes with 2 brigades per side and brigades of 2 bn.s are a good size when you are starting with HoW. I had some really entertaining small games like this: honoursofwar.com/thread/235/bridge Always good to learn the rules.
I'm quite lucky with the Marlburians in that my main opponent has a reasonable sized French army, plus Austrian and Danish opponents. Consequently I can get games in and add my British as each unit reaches completion. This is my first British army since painting Crimean troops in the late 60s (blame David Hemmings).