One of my holiday snaps, taken while passing through Conwys
"I enjoy your blog and the photos - thank you for taking the time to share it.
Based in large part on what I have seen in your blog, I am in the process of converting CCN to miniatures. My game mat is from HOTZ, and is 4" hexes. A few questions, if I might:
1. I'm planning on mounting my lads on 3" x 1.5" bases for infantry, 3" x 2" for cavalry, and 2" x 2" for artillery. I haven't decided how to account for "block loss"; what do you do?
One thought is a small laminated label with boxes that I can "check" when a casualty is taken.
2. The rivers - did you make them, or are they commercial? Did you have to cut the pieces down to fit?
3. Going into square - how do you represent that?
Again, thanks for your efforts!"
Thank you Dave for writing and in answer to your questions.
Spaniards on the march
I'm not a fan of casualty caps or rosters. I've written about them before and you can see how I do it here. I'm not convinced that my system would work for your setup, though I think it depends on what size the figures are and what you prefer yourself. Lee's "Napoleonic Therapy" blog is also a good source of ideas.
The dreadful rage of water in mine ears
I make the river myself, using MDF cut to size by those obliging chaps at Products for Wargamers. For value and speed of delivery, I can't recommend them enough. I would spend the money on the MDF rather than trying to cut it yourself as trying to make sure that everything is the right size is a purgatory.
You can see my efforts here and here.
I will have to update these posts, as I've found with time that the PVA warps the wood and becomes cloudy. I have tried and have been reasonably successful with using Citadel 'Ard Coat instead and just painting a couple of coats on. Thank you for bringing my attention to these.
A Portuguese battalion, wreathed in gun smoke, forms square
My figures are based singly (I hate rebasing, it is soul destroying) and have magnetic material mounted on their bases. I then put them on a metal plate and arrange them as needs be. Usually when forming square, I just take some of them off and arrange them in something like a square formation. This usually only happens a couple of times per game, so it's no great hardship. I have been toying with the idea of dedicated square bases.
The Battle of Albheura by Woolen
In my minds eye, I keep seeing images like the one above, but I don't think it would be practical really. A small diorama base, with flags and pennants flying would be wonderful, but I think with other armies to build and lacking unlimited money, they are very unlikely to ever appear.
I hope these have answered your questions.