I have inventoried my collection:
80 Pike and Command
10 Mounted Dragoons
1 King Charles II
That's 65 Horse 270 Foote and 4 Guns. Wow! That is a lot of nicely painted lead sitting idle. I have a few figs left over but should not need to paint much to get the project going. So far I think all I need is a Horse officer and 2 Foote escorts to fill the role of Parliamentary Major General.
I sourced some 3mm MDF board in 2x2' sheets. I cut this up using my jigsaw. The bases are only roughly square but fit together into units well enough. Foote go on 60mmx60mm. Cavalry go on 90mmx60mm. I sanded the edges of the bases.
Step One - Soak all the bases. They army was originally based on picture framing card stock and topped with plastic wood and flock.
Step Two - Seperate from the bases and organize into units
Step Three - Clean off the glue from the figure bases and and make sure they stand up straight.
Step Four - Slather the base with spackle, mount the figures and then sprinkle with sand
Step Five - Dry 24 hours and paint the base with a brown wash.
Step Six - Dry for 24 hours and dry brush light brown.
Step Seven - Flock and spray with matt lacquer
Step Eight Game on!
This was a bigger job than I anticipated. Good thing it was long weekend. I had a session every morning and night for three days and finished on the 4th night. I still need to flag up the new units and buy another base for the Parliamentarian general.
I have not used this basing method with 28mm before. The spackle has a more difficult time holding the heavier figures. I have had to super glue about 20% of them after they were mounted. I am liking the new look and will get a game on the table ASAP.