Clibinarium - It may have seemed for quite some time now that all has been quiet on the Warfare Miniatures front, without news of new releases or development. But things have been progressing steadily under the radar on the first part of our new venture into the Great Northern War; the army of Charles XII.
Over the Christmas period a lot of work went into the preparation of doll figures, indeed I got a bit carried away and produced nineteen dolls, rather than the projected fourteen. However careful work on the dolls is essential and the more there are the greater choice it gives me as the sculptor in the later stages when masters are being prepared. The dolls went off for casting up and came out quite nicely, though a few had flaws and are being recast. In any batch of dolls some flaws are unavoidable, that's just the nature of the casting process.
Our basic approach with the Swedish foot is to produce three types of pose; Marching, Standing and Charging. The last in particular being indispensable for portraying the aggressive tactical doctrine of Charles' army. When we get on to the Russians they will likely be Marching, Standing and Firing, the latter to illustrate the Russian answer to the Swedish charge. Within the three poses we are providing figures in karpus and tricorn. I have decided to alter the style of the karpus slightly between the poses, but the different packs within that pose type will have the same style to make the units consistent.
Below are some Work In Progress pictures of figures currently on the workbench, but soon to be sent off for casting. Please bear in mind that there are certain bits that aren't quite finished on these figures, but they give a decent impression of what the eventual figures will look like.
Note that these karpus wearing figures have a slightly different style of karpus than the charging figures..
I hope you like the figures in prospect. Its a relief of sorts to finally be able to show pictures of work that's been going on for a few months now. At the moment there's quite a lot of other figures on the workbench but they aren't quite ready to be shown yet. There should be more to come in the next few weeks, then on to the horse.