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Basing

This is a short tutorial on how I base my historical miniatures.

Once I am finished painting the unit I paint the base of each miniature earth brown

Glue the miniatures to the base

Cover the base with Vallejo Earth Texture

Scatter some small stones and gravel on the bases while the earth texture is still wet, push the stones into the earth texture if necessary. Leave to dry overnight.

Trim excess earth texture off the edge of the bases.

Make a thick wash from a cheap dark brown paint

Cover the base with the paint, some of the earth texture will show through the dark brown paint. Leave to dry overnight.

Drybrush with two, or more, lighter colors. I use Desert Yellow and Iraqi Sand, but any color will do.

Cover the base irregularly with watered down white glue, its not supposed to be runny.

Cover with static grass, I use 2mm Mini-Natur Frühherbst and a static grass applicator, but just covering it with static grass , turning it over, and lightly tapping on the bottom of the base works fine. Since I am basing 4 troops in this example I want them to be able to combine as two regiments or a horde so I make sure that the grass on the bases fit with each other.

Its not necessary to be 100% accurate.

Finally I add some leaf litter to break up the base even more.

And here is the final result.

The miniatures are 28mm miniatures from Perry Miniatures, and the flags are from GMB Design.

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Prussian Fusilier Skirmishers

Prussian Fusiliers from the West Prussian Infantry Regiment #6.

Miniatures are 28mm Calpe Miniatures.

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Prussian No.4 Hussar Regiment

Having painted up the Chasseurs à Cheval for the French I wanted a cavalry unit for the Prussians. I settled on the No. 4 Hussar Regiment because of the brown dolman

The miniatures are 28mm miniatures from Calpe Miniatures

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Movement Tray prototype

A 3D printed 100x50x2mm movement tray prototype for use with Sharp Practice.

The movement tray is lined with a 40x80x0.5mm metal sheet, and the bases are magnetized so the miniatures won’t go anywhere during play.

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Prussian Artillery

A 6-pound Prussian Foot Artillery Battery

The miniatures are 28mm miniatures from Calpe Miniatures.

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Prussian Reserve Regiment No.11

I needed to paint something other than French uniforms, so I painted up a reserve infantry battalion from the Prussian No. 11 First Silesian reserve regiment. I chose the this regiment to get the grey reserve uniforms and yellow facings to break up the dark blue of the regular Prussian infantry.


28mm Calpe Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs

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French 25th Chasseurs à Cheval

I wanted some cavalry to use in Sharp Practice so I decided on a unit of Chasseurs à Cheval.

The miniatures are 28mm plastic Perry Miniatures.

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French Line Battalion

The miniatures are metal 28mm Perry Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs

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Prussian and French Officers

The miniatures are 28mm from Calpe and Perry Miniatures

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Prussian Infantry Regiment No. 6

The first and second battalions of the West Prussian Infantry Regiment No. 6

The miniatures are 28mm Calpe Miniatures, flags from GMB Designs