Been a long hiatus but the SYW are back on the table. Been wanting to paint these for a long time. Blue Moon 18mm SYW on 25mm x 25mm bases. Cavalry will be on 30mm x 30mm when done. I am pretty pleased with these and I hope you like them.
I do like the way they have been modelled with unfixed bayonets. I am not keen on having every infantryman in an army wandering about with fixed bayonets, and I often think that the figure itself looks better without bayonets fixed. One thing I particularly dislike is a firing line with fixed bayonets.
To be honest it is standard practice for me with all my Horse and Musket period figures. While I do like the look of the bayonets I find that the muskets and bayonets becomes a bit of a spaghetti western and with handling if something breaks it breaks at the hand not the end of the musket. With no bayonet I think the figures are just that little bit more resilient. Similarly I cut off the flag poles and replace with 50mm steel spears.
I have 14 battalions a side for the French and Allies and now have 8 French and 2 Allied done. Got 4 more British prepped and then will look to do some cavalry and artillery.