No plan survives first contact with the enemy…

15 May

… or does it?

Well earlier this year I had serious doubts, if I could paint all the minis for my Möckern game at Leipzig. I did not make as good progress as I would have wanted last year and when the new year came there was the daunting prospect of painting all the big Prussian units for the game as well as three small French ones. So I did a mental calculation, where I would need to be at what time to have a chance for things to work out. So I decided that by the end of May I would have to be done with all the Prussian infantry, so the only units left to do would be three Prussian batteries, one French battery, said three French infantry units (which should paint up faster than usual since they will be wearing greatcoats) and a unit of Prussian Hussars. If the same goal would be achieved by the end of June, I assumed that there would still be a snowballs chance in hell for me to pull it through.

So where am I now. Well as of last night slightly more than half the minis for the last Prussian infantry unit (the Leibgrenadiere) are done. The other Prussian infantry units are done. I finished one of the Prussian batteries ahead of schedule. In addition I finished 35 minis for my 40K Tau army and the new river boards (which will also see use at Crisis) are about 70% done as well.

To me this is looking quiet well, especially when I look at the fact that I hardly did anything in April.

Leibgrenadiere WIP

Leibgrenadiere WIP

For those wondering why their shakos are still in their light grey primer state: I always make sure that there are no duplicate minis on a base. But I also make sure that no two minis on the same base do have the same hair colour. Obviously I can only make the decision, which minis go on the same base, once every mini in the unit is done, so they are still awaiting their hair. And it is a bit easier to paint the shakos after the hair, so therefore they are not done yet. Those looking more closely will see that the skin is only in its base color so far. This is just a matter of taste. I want to make sure that the mini inside the unit have the same skin tone. I found that painting skin can be a bit temperamental in this regard, so I want to do all minis in one go here. The freiwilliger Jäger is completely done, since I painted him when I was doing the Jäger for the Brandenburger. Not much danger of a bad mix on a two mini base (especially when you already know which mini is going to be based together with him).


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6 responses to “No plan survives first contact with the enemy…

  1. Curt

    May 21, 2013 at 01:49

    Very nice work Burkhard, they are coming along brilliantly. I see you are as pathological as I with hair colour, shako covers, etc. It’s a sickness really!

    • Burkhard

      May 21, 2013 at 08:43

      It sure is not normal, but I could not imagine it any other way. And I am glad I am not the only one so inclined! 😉

  2. vonpeterhimself

    May 21, 2013 at 23:42

    Hello Burkhard

    I am quietly confident that all will be well with your Leipzig game.

    Those grenadiers are a bit of a worry though. Surely they should be showing the rest of the infantry how things should be done by keeping themselves and their kit clean, not mud spattered! 8O))

    A great start for what will be a staunch unit I’m sure.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      May 22, 2013 at 12:46

      Thank you, vP!

      I have to say though, that I think they are fine as dirty as they are! War is a dirty business and I would always be sceptical of men in the field who claim to be fighting men, but look like parade ground polished! 😉

      The second half is making good progress. Jackets, crossbelts, backpacks and leather parts are done. Greatcoat rolls, trousers, gaiters shoes and dirt next.

  3. Phil

    June 2, 2013 at 11:00

    Very nice looking troops…

    • Burkhard

      June 2, 2013 at 13:05

      Thanks Phil!

      I had hoped to have them finished by now, but we spend a lot of time painting something big this weekend (the living-room) and at IKEA. 😉


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