Saturday, 3 September 2016

Saturday morning rebasing

Well Mrs S and her knit club chums have gone to London for the day and here I am home alone with the dogs. So what can I do? The garden? No it’s just started tipping down so what could be a more suitable activity than rebasing? Yep, time to get those Prussian Jagers onto their new bases and crank up Neil Young on the ipod player.

I was a bit nervous about removing the original individually based figures from their plasticard mounts as I’ve never tried to rebase any of my Hinton Hunts before. The figures were attached with Superglue and I was concerned that they might not come away too easily. I shouldn’t have worried though as by slightly flexing the plasticard I found that the figures would pop off very easily and there were no casualties whatsoever.

So here they are based to the new system, each group of six figures are mounted on 1 x 3 figure, 1 x 2 figure and a single figure base. As I said before this means they can now be fielded as a close order unit for Vintage Leipzig whilst retaining the ability to be deployed as skirmishers in groups of six for smaller games. What do you think – ‘A’ or ‘A+’ class?


lewisgunner said...

Your bases are always so wonderfully square. You must have the eye of a carpenter or Jeweller. Mine are ahem, more approximate :-)

Wellington Man said...

A+ of course, Ian! I use plain old PVA for my chaps. It remains to be seen whether or not this will be sufficiently secure, but rebasing shouldn't be too difficult if it ever comes to that. Half an hour in a plastic tub with some cold water usually does the trick.

Stryker said...

Roy, if you look at them up close they're not all that perfect. I tend to reject quite a few during the cutting process but I still prefer plasticard to MDF.

Stryker said...

Matt - You wouldn't be saying A+ if you had a French command! I was really pleased to find that the Superglue had no ill effects so I will continue to use this method as I find PVA tends to leak out onto the base.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

A++ actually. The vintage painted figures are superb, of course, and the new basing scheme is s great idea.

Best Regards,


Stryker said...

Stokes you are too kind, however if I rated them A++ under my rules I'd never find anybody to play against me!

'Lee. said...

You are never alone with canine companions Ian! Sounds like a nice Saturday morning to me, I like a bit of Neil Young myself, not so keen on rebasing though and have sworn never to do it again, I think that's why all my figures are on individual bases now.

Fine figures as always, and I really don't mean to sound patronising at all, just that I have been following this blog for so many years now that I'm running out of superlatives.

Just found your 'Boer War' blog, will follow with interest, my late Nan used to sing a song to me as a child "The Boers have Got my Daddy" and it's never left me, I can still sing the chorus to this day!

All the very best,


Stryker said...

Thanks Lee - sounds like a scary song for a child, how does the chorus go?

Anonymous said...

Wonderfully painted and great basing scheme, A+


Stryker said...

Cheers Paul!

'Lee. said...


This is the chorus, I still know the melody well, I'll try to see if I can find it for you. My Nan used to sing it with great gusto, I always felt it had a real significance to her.

"The Boers have got my daddy
My soldier Dad;
I don't like to hear my Mammy sigh,
I don't like to see my Mammy cry;
So I'm going in a big ship
Across the ocean wide,
And I'm going to fight the Boers, I am,
And bring my Daddy home again!"

Imagine this in true old musical hall style, rousing chorus!

Right, a Google search found this, boy did it bring back memories, could almost hear my Nan singing it in her sweet voice again.

She actually sang it to me with rather more gusto, as she used to do with other songs such as "When we go down hopping" and the wonderfully double entendre "The old Man had a fiddle". Sounds from a very different era Ian.

Stryker said...

That's great Lee - sounds like you've just given me the name for the rules I am writing!!!

Matt said...

A+ on painting alone!

Stryker said...

Thanks Matt!