Day: July 17, 2012

Painting and Organizing and Such…Pt 1

Well, now that I am off to Mars as it were, it’s time to get the troops painted and organized. I’m choosing a 1:10 figure to actual troops ratio. I am going to organize them according to the “Soldiers Companion” by Frank Chadwick. This is a fine set of rules for company level skirmish gaming that was first published in August of 1989.
The units themselves are organized into 20 figure infantry companies and cavalry squadrons and 3 gun artillery batteries. That would make each cavalry and infantry unit equal to 200 men (or Martians). The only exception to this were the Americans who were organized in 10 figure units which equaled 100 men. This was the standard size for an American infantry company. However, it was also the standard size for a British company as well. To this day, I am still not clear on why the US was singled out in this manner. However, I decided to go ahead and use the actual company strengths for the infantry companies of various nationalities.
So now, the British, the US, and the French will all have 12 figure companies. The Germans, however, can field a company that is double that number(24). It will certainly look most impressive on the battlefield. I leave the Canal Martians at 20 figure companies. Well, enough of the paper pushing as it were…here’s what’s on the work table

Here is the first figure. This is a Canal Martian Legionary Officer. Along with his traditional sword, he also carries a modern revolver made on Earth. The light blue color is the color of the Oenotrian Empire’s 15th Legion.
Martian Colonial Infantry NCO. This could also be an Infantry NCO from the Tossian Empire…and it probably will be.
A stalwart British officer. He’s actually wearing the 1908 issue uniform and gear but hey, this is Space:1889 so things should be a little more modern. 
And of course the Colour Sergeant.
Some of the “lads” as well. 

Well, I think that will do it for now. Stay tuned for Part 2 in which the Germans rear their ugly heads!