Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A paper army...


Not much in the way of blogging from me over the last few weeks.  Work and other stuff (gardening, football, napping) took up more time than expected although I have played several excellent games at Eric the Shed's.  Incidentally Eric's excellent blog recently crashed through the 1 000 000 views barrier!  I have a long way to go...

In the meantime I have carried on cutting and sticking like a manic 5 year old, working through several sheets from the wonderful Jacobite '45 Paper Soldiers book in the Battle for Britain series by Peter Dennis.  This is remarkably therapeutic and something I can dip in and out of in a spare moment or 2.

I decided to focus on putting together the Government army and have now assembled 9 regiments of regular foot (3 groups of 3 with different facings), Government Highlanders, Government Militia, 2 cannons and 2 units of Dragoons.

They look very impressive en masse.  Time for a break from paper I think and back to work on the Test of Honour Samurai before going back into production on the Jacobites later in the summer.








14 comments:

  1. They look very good...surprisingly so for paper miniatures.

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  2. Curious: approximately how many figures are in each book?

    Thanks!

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    1. The book has 29 pages of figures and terrain. Each page generally has a troop type (e.g. Line Infantry, Hessians, Highlanders etc) and covers everything you'd need for the campaign. There are also models for several buildings. You are encouraged to copy or scan and print as many as you need.

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    2. They're designed to be copied, rather than cut out of the book (the pages are double-sided anyway, so you would immediately lose half of them if you just cut the pages out). I got them copied at a stationery shop, meaning high quality copying onto exactly the right weight of paper - and they still only worked out $3-4 a unit. So, in effect the answer to your questions - the number of figures is only limited in your photocopying and cutting them out!

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  3. Nice work. I’ve befn meaning to do some work on paper soldiers for a while - but sadly there aren’t enough hours in the day.

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  4. The figures look excellent , a great way to bring units quickly to the table. Just a thought, I would mount them on Artists Mounting Board it’s available in shades of green.

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    1. I took the simple option of using the basing method from the book...the figures come with an overlap of paper which wraps round a piece of card. Not quite as pretty as mounting board but quicker.

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  5. They do look rather nice I must say!

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  6. Excellent stuff - how much is the average stand in pence;-)

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    1. I haven't worked out an exact cost but so far I've bought a pack of heavy gsm paper for about £10 and haven't had to replace any ink cartridges. I reckon I have produced 432 'figures' plus 2 cannons and crew.

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  7. I just don’t get paper but it is hard not to like those, and a great job.

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    1. I hadn't been sure about paper at first but I must admit I'm a bit of a convert :)

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    2. I did mine initially as a sort of 'doodling' project ... I just wanted to see what these paper figures were like, and wasn't taking it too seriously at all. But then I got hooked! I still love my lead figures, of course - but paper figures and terrain have now become another branch of my hobby.

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  8. Very nicely done, my fellow Jacobite Rebellion paper modeller! I agree with what you say about the therapeutic effect of cutting out - it's almost zen-like, isn't it!

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