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Comparisons and choosing miniatures
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Need carts drivers?

From Campaign Games miniatures came Austrian Jägers command and Brunswick too (looking roughly the same/ Korsehut wearing lads). Landwher in 18mm and engineers can be done from the same stock of pics. I needed the officers to have variants for the Landwehr, so the numerous horn blowers lost rifles, horns and extra pay becoming modest rear area guys.

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AWI British in hats (campaign types)

Mixing up the slightly bigger Old Glory and Blue Moon brits in cut coats and slouch hats. Some Peter pigs could be added to Blue Moon units , not to Old Glory ones, the sizes difference too striking (and the muskets would no be tailored hey?).

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Injuns

All three brands of Iroquois/ 5 nations  and co. Less trouble with sizes as used in looser groups and the smaller ones will go to  groups of "young warriors" together with some veteran older irregulars, minifigs and you name it nimis I had in the  80s(!!) waiting patiently knowing the North American Bug would catch back one day or another.

OF RUSSIAN (or “eastern”) HOUSES

or of the minor shaking of details when living with a Russian...

...You set up a nice "Russian" battlefield, proudly getting out your stock of houses, patiently collected over the years from everywhere you could. After all, a big table needs a lot, even if less "east" than usually if, say in Austria. Then she comes down to the game room and starts commenting. And you know she has been everywhere there, over the last 30 years, she know a lot and has a great attention to details. And then things get complicated;) as you get this kind of comment:

"Russian log cabins mostly have 3 windows façade. Hard put you ‘d be to find some with one or two only. "

"Entrances, traditionally, are almost never from the main facades, always from the side. "

“None of those houses are for living. Only maybe half shed from very poor 19th century. " 

And I have been to a number of reconstituted villages, to a number of ancient wooden houses here and there and seen pictures in museums and I know she is right. And of course modern adaptations, you can see, are most often far off from what one needs for 1812 and even 1941. She searches YANDEX the Russian stuff, rather than Google and finds examples.

https://yandex.ru/images/search?pos=67&p=2&img_url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.pinimg.com%2F736x%2F69%2Fcb%2F48%2F69cb48f46d377595244333814bfee0cc.jpg&text=%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%B1%D1%8B%2019%20%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%20%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE&rpt=simage

And I defend our houses, our game suppliers: "You cannot show everything at that scale compromise with the ground surface, but some things could be right."
NIET we visited several: 3 parts one for animals, one for summer and one winter. Objects to those recently
painted:
http://www.timecastmodels.co.uk/range_2/range_2.html
Modern houses maybe. But too many windows on the door side. This one getting painted, with two useful sheds...

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A simple house

This one is good 1812- WW2. It has a little internal courtyard, gate front and entrance sideways inside. 
Plenty more. and here...
The whole Russian search for traditional rural houses (center /west Russia, Karelia-North or South-Ukraine would be different).

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Pictures from the time of Touguniev taken in "his" museum. He describes these in his books too.

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From a little town. Usually each is part of an enclosed area, with service buildings and gates.

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He says poor people have thatch and better off wooden planks. Talking about the Kursk/ Orel region.

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And yes then we can enter another can of worms as, guess what not everywhere do they have the same.

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Ukraine/ south has more wattle walls covered with clay; whitened.. 

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Richer, from a reconstituted peasant village/ museum.


"Twilight of the divine rights" 30 years war surge.

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OPENING THE 17TH CTY DRAWERS

Now that I have a rule...
By fire and sword works at a 1/3 rough level of scale than what I plan for TWODR. All existing bases are 4 cm front, It leads itself towards a center of several pikes and sides of musketers. A 12cm front will do. 

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Not enough by far!

3 ranks mostly for brigades and tercios, and 2 plus command behind for the regiments. It would look right. No way to have a tiny pike center. 

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100s more needed...

We are in early Spring 20, time of the Great Mess of confinement and virus threat.. the resupply arrived earlier, but for the new Eureka few to finish the Scots and add variety. For the cavalry I had to do many Kuirassiers for the Imperials and lots of commands,.

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Mix and try

 Minis from Old Glory (bought cheap from one of their big occasional discount),  Wargamer.pl left over, new Bluemoon, the few scores of Tottentanz (las before they stopped), a few Donningtons, and Khurasans. 
Left over from the over ordered commands... tempting later to have more infantry.

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Horses...

The horses are a trouble, most cannot be exchanged, using different sytems for the guy to ride; Old glory (small!!) B Fire and S, though not the same size could be swapped. Some Blue Moon ended up on Ab horses. Some Khurasans on smaller ones (they have huge ones). Overall it does work with a bit of efforts.

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Factory line...days and days

Also needed bigger cannons, loads of infantry. Some I did one single big bases. The pb with big bases, they look ugly on hill and in some terrain (fortification), but they are a joy to move around. It might be that I will magnet the infantry, but I loath the extra pedestal 3mm of base.

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Pikes, finger friendly

Then came the toil of 80 pikes... I have some of the soft (seen in fog?) metal ones, then many Polish dangerous ones, then I dug out the box from the 80s (!!!) at the time when I had ECW armies. Plastic rigid kitchen brush "hair". the right size! Please manufacturers for supermarkets, you have forgotten the use for pikes?
Flatten the top, cisors cut to  a point.

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300 more

Most of the new stuff is does with 3x3 horse men, or 8big Khurasan types on a sigle 12cm wide base, or 8 Croats of two 6 cm bases. Seems I need only two units.
Infantry first ranks of pikes gets 4 to look "piky", then 4 including two flags then another 3 pikes. It makes for a decent looking unit center with the flags "like on the pictures" in the museums. I recently had a dose at the Vienna arsenal. 

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Flags...

On picture a sample of the unusable polish made flag, note that they did not reverse properly the letters. I had to do it scanning and work. Most of their flags (which LOOK great) are not good for the period; intended for 20+ years later. I have books on 30yw flags...so I did my own. One day will publish them. Days of suffering on the computer.

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Too short boys

Historical infantry flags are 1.8 to up to 4 meters high! people who like big flags can do them for this period and be right (for a change). But then manufacturers for some reasons mostly put small flag poles, or soft pre broken ones or both. So some of themy chaps had a surgical op, cut drill and stiff metal pole.

The armies on parade

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Later plenty of them, and accurate.

I opted early on for the "mess" school of dress for the 30yw: seems no one agrees much on "uniforms". The new Helion magnificent books, tell of some (but who knows if they did carry on more than a few years?) who did. Tradition tells some swedes probably deserve them. "Bordel" looking veterans, Have that admirable quality: they can be remixed and used both sides.

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Exchange

So many of the troops that can be non descript, have flags that are not stuck. It allows for fine tuning units numbers and keep myself satisfied that no Protestant ever carries an Imperial flag etc. The cavalry as many were already doen for BY Fire and sword (and stay so) are so far a bit less historical although all the new ones are right. It looks that many of the cornets we actually do not know.

WOFUN 18MM FLATS 

Received Wofun flat plexiglas figures. Magnificent design from the excellent Peter Dennis soon to be too.
Pics show them, including side by side with Old Glory hussars, Boki Gd cossacks, Lancashire Grenzer.
As you can see they mix well. Look obviously odd from the side. I might paint the external sides a bit. It might help the infantry, but sideways the cavalry is hopeless.
As they are only marginally pricier, or even cheaper, than unpainted figs from the UK (they come from Rumania-hurrah for the new world!) I was going to use them for non Identified units on the table. Together with greyed ols remanats of metal figs. Better than counters. As we always have some of the generic types (no different flags etc.) like Russian Jägers or French line, facing ahead on the table, these guys could very well be alongside the “normal” figs. And what a time saving!
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SEVEN YEARS WARS AND MORE 

Bleu Moon, Eureka, Lancashire, Old Glory, Essex meeting on the painting table.

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Want at the end, a brigadier for each unit for the 7YW, nice, and used as a counter to show morale hits and pursuits.
The big Prussian fellows at the rear are Eureka. A long overdue Prussian rgt. finally finished with 3 lancashire  figs to join their Old glory colleagues. 

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Eureka general, 3 lazncashire grenadier to finish Fehrenteil Reichs rgt in Oldglory. An Eureka drummer finished the base of 3 very ancient Old glory grenandiers. 

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An Irregular minis between two  Lancashires behind a command stand of ex prussians Blue moon to do my first Saxon Kuirassier. Not as neat as OLd Guard Painters minis  command, but cheaper;)

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Saxon cheveau-legers; lancashire games the only one doing them with the mitre. probably a mistake and should re od to have one stand of mitre in each of my two regements., but no t urgent. 

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The other half of my saxon battery. A bunch of commanders for the Reichs allies, saxon, Württemberg etc..

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To compare sizes. Blue moons on Khurasan horses (not here), or big Ab could be the smaller guy with Eureka and d co. One can also cheat witl having higher bases and grass, muddling height differences.

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Prussian artillery, mostly Old glory but with 2 others. Two Wofun whose bases where broken. The Cossack could be 7YW too.  A few odd horses fro dismounted dragoons, or camps. (30yw-7Yw...)

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