Friday, October 8, 2010
Mustering the Tercio - Part 1
Now that that decision has been made, I have commenced work on building my first Tercio with the Testudo miniatures I recently purchased. For a FoG Later Tercio, a total of 9 stands are required, 3 pike ones and 6 musket ones. My Testudo figures are on the large size, so I will be placing only 3 to a stand (also a money saver), for a total of 27 figures per battlegroup. I'm still getting up to speed on the rules, but several advantages this formation has are that it is immune to flank (but not rear) charges, shoots with 3 dice to the side, the odd number of bases makes the tercio more difficult to auto-break, and it also starts out requiring a total of 3 shooting hits to be made on it to force a cohesion test.
What I am planning to do here is to document my progress in constructing the Tercio, along each step of my process in bringing it to a tabletop, wargame standard, ready to play with. Up until now, I have cleaned and assembled the figures, white-glued them to Popsicle sticks, primed them with a flat, brown spray paint coat, and then given them a somewhat heavy white drybrush. I like the combination of the brown paint and white drybrush because I think that it helps to keep shading in the figure recesses, highlights on the raised portions, and is forgiving of any small spots where a bit of painting gets missed. In addition, the drybrush is an aid to my aging eyes for picking out details while painting.
Below is a photo of the pikemen in their primed and drybrushed condition:
And here is a photo of the musketeers:
Next I will block paint colors onto the figures, and once I finish that step, I will then post the results as "Mustering the Tercio - Part 2".