I am currently putting together a Prussian and Hanoverian army in 2mm for the battle of Langensalza 1866. I am putting 3 infantry battalions on a 25mm square base. This is exactly the same size that I use with 10mm figures in Honours of War. In other words, it's the base size that's critical rather than the size of figure, as this helps to determine your unit frontage. Whatever base size you decide on put as many 2mm figures on as you can. I'd be tempted to represent two battalions, one behind the other, using a mix of Irregular bases with and without flags. 2mm would also allow battalion guns to be clearly depicted.
Supreme Littleness is about to produce a 10mm scale fantasy farm in MDF. I had a look at this and it would also make a beautiful 10mm scenic item for the SYW. It is half-timbered central European looking. The company already produces some other 10mm Central European buildings and accessories, and although this is listed as fantasy it will make a great addition.
Hi Ivor, sounds like it was a good game. Have you tried puffs of cotton wool, or similar, to mark who has fired. Down the Liverpool club the recipient of the fire usually says, "Smoke 'em!" to remind the player to mark his unit.
Thanks Keith. The rules have proved very popular down the club, and I am hoping to get one of the members, who has armies for the '45 based up the same as me, to give the rules a go using the '45 amendments. Another of my regular opponents got his own set of rules as a Christmas present and it is he who will be christening my new table Now time to order some leader markers from Warbases.
WO issue 30 has an AAR of a Prussian flanking attack which may prove useful. In this instance the game was fought using Age of Reason but the map shows the appropriate number of units and the reason for the battle taking place is clearly laid out.
Ivor, re. the quality of 10mm figures. I first bought 10mm in 1992, all of which have since been sold on as the quality of sculpting seemed to take off after about 2000. Although the Pendraken SYW range is one of their older ranges, these figures appear to have stood the test of time and paint up well. However, their latest offerings in the AWI and LOA ranges are absolutely outstanding, and from a photo could very easily be mistaken for 15mm. Slightly larger are the 12mm figures from Kallistra. If I were starting WWI now I would go for their range. Compared to when I started wargaming, as a freshly minted teenager in 1966, the wargaming community is fantastically served today.
Ivor - the dark green is indeed Liquitex spray, whilst the sand/tan is Humbrol acrylic.
Snowcat - Indeed I was trialling. The 6 to a base figures are Austrians, the first I painted, from the Pendraken army pack. I was tempted by the offer of 6 packs for the price of 5 by Old Glory UK when it came to the Prussians. I liked the way the figures were moulded in five to a strip giving a real SYW close order look. Further, the strip is just under 25mm long so fitted my 25mm square bases. As a result I began putting more Pendraken figures to a base, but could only get four onto a 25mm frontage base, Nevertheless this gave the impression I was looking for. Eventually I would like to convert all my Austrians to 8 to a base. I only have OG Prussian musketeers (the other OG figures being cavalry and medium artillery) so fusiliers, grenadiers, staff, transport and additional artillery are almost all Pendraken (I have a very small number of Irregular figures as well - mainly limbers and Croats).