Friday, October 3, 2008

Eureka Saxons - In Progress

I have had some of Eureka's Seven Years War Saxon infantry figures ever since they first were released to 100 Club members. These figures are very well sculpted and have good proportions.

With word from the organizers of the MilleniumCon "Big Battalions" game that the Imperial troop strength was lagging significantly behind that of the Elector, I moved my Saxons up in my painting queue. And I'm glad that I did, because they are very easy to paint. There is sufficient detail cast onto the figures but it is not so exaggerated that it appears grotesque. The infantry are minimally equipped, with just a cartridge box, water bottle, and sword/bayonet scabbard.

The mounted officer will be turned into the ruler of my Saxon imagi-nation, Duke Siegfried von Sachsen-Wachsenstein, who is a Feld-Marshal Leutnant in the service of the Empress.

Here he is as a work-in-progress. He wears a light gray coat (his duchy's uniforms are a hold-over from the Saxon uniform colors of the War of the Austrian Succession), with yellow facings. His saddlecloth will eventually be bright blue with plenty of gold details.

Eureka makes three infantry types - musketeers in the standard tricorne, fusiliers in the "Prussian" fusilier hat, and grenadiers in the mitre helmet. I have a battalion of 24 musketeers, a battalion of 24 fusiliers, and their converged grenadiers (numbering 12). There are also enough gunners and extra figures to allow me to man a 6-lbr "position" piece and a 3-lbr battalion piece.

Also pictured in-progress is the Musketeer Battalion Kreis von Schlichting in their light gray coats with dark yellow britches, yellow smallclothes, and yellow facings. I mount the figures on flat headed roofing nails using Elmer's white glue. This gives me a very flexible holder and the figures pop off the nails with minimal effort once they are completely painted and varnished.

Here are 12 of the Fusilier Battalion Kreis von Pflugk mounted on their painting nails but without any priming yet. They will also have light gray coats but with bright blue facings.

More pictures to come as their painting progresses.


Bluebear Jeff said...

Looking good. I like the amount of detail on the general's figure.

-- Jeff

old-tidders said...

Are these Saxon figs avaiable from Eureka from their main catalogue ??

-- Allan