2 btns + skirmishers. So, here are the first 2 Perry Btns, they will be joined by a 3rd very soon (about 1/3 done). I decided to do a bit of a mixture, so 1 btn is all Greatcoats, 1 in just coats, and the third will be a mix, this will make them readily indentifiable on the table and is a nice simple system with a bit of continuity whilst making every unit different. In order to do this I needed more figures than were in the plastics boxes. I wanted more officers including mtd ones and needed a few more figures generally. There are "only" 2 variations of flank coys in each of the coated and great-coated figures, which is great if you are mixing them all up but a bit weedy if you are an awkward bleeder like me and want to seperate them out. So what you are looking at above is 2 x 36 man units and half a dozen skirmishers. To get this I only used 2 boxes of plastics and then added in extra metals. I still have enough figures left over to get a third btn out of the 2 boxes. Each btn has a metal mtd officer, 3 metal foot officers, 4 metal flank coy figures, 3 metal centre coy bods plus 2 or 3 metal command figures. This way I have at least 2 metal figures per 6 man base which gives them a bit of weight- for those of us who like metal figures it does make a bit of a difference, they do feel a bit better. Obviously this increases the unit cost overall but its still very cheap. Lets see.... 2 x boxes of plastics =£30.00 42 metal foot plus 3 mtd colonels= £49.50 Total = £79.50
Thats enough to make up THREE btns with 5 metal and 7 plastics left over -plus 6 more skimishers. So it works out to less than £25 a btn, which is still a bit of a bargain. The "coated" btn I will end up with a shed load of skirmishers, but they are nice to paint so I'll probably bang them out and they will end up on e-bay. Having sorted out a 3 btn light infantry regt the question is: What to do next? I know what Noels' answer to this question is: "Wurtemburgers!" If I am to continue with more of these, then the obvious next step would be a 3 btn line regt, but that is too obvious, Italians, maybe? Berg? I've already got 4 btns of Swiss, the Westfalians are sorted...suggestions welcome.
2020 painting total:So far about 300 Swiss pike, and 20 handgunners, 5 guns and 4 command stands. plus about 32 mounted crossbows, 60 Gendarmes, 100 Landsknecht pike and 18 skirmishers! I’ve been a blur! i