It has started to bother me that my pike blocks are three figures deep, plus an additional rear command rank, while my musket wings are just two deep. This was discussed in a couple of comments on the last post, 'Big Andy' pointing out that he thought it odd that Peter Gilders original Kings Lifeguard - which he now owns - had the deep pike block and shallow musket wings, and suggested this was because that's the way WRG rules are set up, you get a melee bonus for additional pike ranks 'Each supporting rank of pikes 2nd to 6th +1' while musketeers can only fire the first two ranks. Thus, if I was to add a third rank of muskets, the units would appear more historically accurate but there would be no advantage in terms of game play, something of a dilemma given the number of additional figures I would need to paint!
A quick Google search for Andy's 'Gilder' unit produced this wonderful image, and it actually shows the musketeers deployed three deep! There is no doubt in my mind that this looks far better than my own shallow musket wings.
|Note the additional rank of musketeers at 'present'. Beautifully painted by Peter Gilder himself in 1978?|
|As suggested by Rob, looks much better, but I think just 3 ranks of 4 muskets will do the job.|
|Does look so much more like the engravings/ woodcuts with the massed Battalia drawn up in equal depth.|
Lord Brooke's Regiment will be the first to get this treatment, just 6 musketeers painted so far but I have all the figures for the full unit on order from Ian Hind. I'll order all of the additional musketeers I will need and then get stuck in to re working the other units.
|Psychedelic Warlords - an old Hawkwind favourite of mine! Lord Brooke's Purplecoats.|
On a side note I painted the Essex Command figure that I mounted on a Hinchliffe Horse and he really does scale in rather well with my Hinchliffes, slightly larger face but nothing that will bother me so I might do a few more down the line.
I would appreciate any comments/opinions on the above formation issue?