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Single figure bases for keeping track of unit casualties.

Litko delivery

Posted by Martin on February 16, 2008

Litko ploygonal bases

Ordered on 30th January; dispatched on 11th February (bear in mind the order included custom bases); arrived on 16th February (having crossed the Atlantic). Now that’s what I call service!

So, as promised, a photo of the custom octagonal and standard catalogue item hexagonal bases from Litko. Both types are in 1.5mm thick laser-cut plywood and both measure 40mm from side to side. The next job for me to to actually make up a real casualty base and my intention is to do a SBS (step-by-step) for this. If you want to join in at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • A painted and varnished casualty figure.
  • A casualty base (obviously, I’ll be using one of these Litko ones).
  • Printed numbers 0 to 7 (assuming an octagonal base).
  • Glue.
  • Gloss and matt varnishes.
  • Your favourite basing materials (I use wood filler from Wilkinsons [a UK hardware store]).
  • Paint for hightlighting and tidying up the edges of the base.

Rather than paint the numbers, I’m planning make up a set using Microsoft Powerpoint, print them out, glue them to the base and varnish them. I’ll include the file as part of the SBS.

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Posted by Martin on January 30, 2008

The other day I mentioned that Litko does octagonal bases but that they didn’t do the 40mm size as standard and they aren’t covered by their online process for ordering custom bases. As you know, this is the size and shape I’m after for my Prussian casualty bases so it was good news when they responded to my e-mail enquiry today.

Jim at Litko tells me that they’re planning to add the octagonal shape to the process for ordering custom bases online but, in the meantime, they provided me with a link to add a 10-pack of 1.5mm thick 40mm wide plywood octagonal bases to the shopping cart on the Litko Web site. And while I’m at it, I’ll order some 40mm wide hexagonal bases too.

I can’t see anything about this link that’s personsonalized for me, so I think it’s OK for others to use it too but I’m going to check with the guys at Litko before I publicize it here.

UPDATE: here’s a link from Jim at Litko that you can use to order this custom item:

10 count, 40mm Octagons, 1.5mm plywood, US$7.14

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Kurmark landwehr casualties

Posted by Martin on January 26, 2008

OOBs for Borstell’s 5th brigade in 1813 show that its infantry elements included the battalions of the 2nd Kurmark landwehr regiment. At various times during the campaign between two and four battalions of this regiment were present. The 2nd and 4th battalions were at Gross Beeren, so that’s where I’ll be starting.

As a gentle easing in before Christmas, I applied the brushes to a couple of prone casualty figures. Here they are, still unvarnished and awaiting basing at some point in the future:

Landwehr infantry casualty #1Landwehr infantry casualty #2

Kurmark landwehr infantry’s distinctive provincial colour was poppy red – so that’s the colour for cuffs, collars and cap bands. And this being the 2nd battalion of the regiment, the shoulder straps are red (colours for other battalions in a landwehr infantry regiment are: 1st = white, 3rd = yellow and 4th = light blue). I used my usual four layer recipe for the red: basecoat of hull red, first highlight (which almost totally covers the basecoat) = red, second highlight = scarlet and final highlight = orange red.

The other noteworthy thing about the painting here is that I’ve decided to depict these battalions very much in campaign conditions – which means plenty of mud. So there’s deliberate painting of mud around the bottom of trouser legs, on the knees and around the bottom of the litewka. Expect lots more mud as these battalions progress.

One of these casualties is destined to be a casualty marker on an octagonal base from Litko (more of that in weeks to come) while the other will grace one of the four bases that will comprise the 2nd battalion itself. And as a final bonus prize, here’s a shot of the original greens that Peter sculpted for these figures:

Landwehr infantry casualty greens #1Landwehr infantry casualty greens #2

As you can see, there are four in the set; I’m saving the other two for the 4th battalion.

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