The wonderful thing about our North Star 1672 range is that the figures will do for many different nations armies in the period 1665-1680. This is because it is a time just before uniforms, and the figures are all dressed in the fashions common amongst soldiers throughout Western Europe.
This of course includes Britain. The years covered by our range is called the Restoration Period in Britain as it was the time the monarchy, represented by Charles II, was restored after the English Civil War. It was also the genesis of the British Army. Britain, tired of soldiers and war, had disbanded much of it’s forces after the Civil War and Oliver Cromwell’s reign. With the return of Charles II to England in 1660, the units still under arms swore allegiance to the King and became the senior units of the British Army.Some of the infantry regiments: Coldstream GuardsGrenadier GuardsScots Guards1st Regiment (Royal Scots)2nd Regiment (The Queen’s)3rd Regiment (The Buffs)Army Listsst
BASING FIGURES FORDEATH IN THE DARK CONTINENT” by Chris peers
28mm infantry, with varying depths to accommodate cavalry and artillery, and this is what I assume you will be using. There are also recommended numbers of figures per base, but these are by no means written in stone, and in my own armies I have happily bent these particular “rules” to suit myself. There are several reasons why you might want to do this. One is purely practical; a tribal army consisting of a lot of bases which are individually cheap in points is quicker and cheaper to produce if you are prepared to reduce the number of figures needed. This is especially useful if you are using plastics, which tend to come in boxes of 30 to 40 – annoying if you have to buy an extra box because you are short of a couple of figures. To be honest, in a period where fighting was generally done in very loose formations, bases with fewer figures than normal also often look more realistic. This is especially true for tribal types who fought in no particular order at all, taking advantage of cover and often remaining completely hidden until the last moment. You can assume that the missing figures are “really” there, but are just temporarily concealed behind a bush or something!Another advantage of varying the numbers on a base is to provide room for landscaping, or for features which help to identify a particular unit in armies which did not have uniforms. The men in my Ila army, for instance, have no shields and so
When I decided to write “Death in the Dark Continent”, one of the biggest changes from my previous African set, “In theHeart of Africa”, was the switch from singly based figures to larger multi-figure bases, There were several reasons for this: large armies were now easier to move about, and of course differences in troop types and fighting styles could now be incorporated, distinguished by varying numbers of figures of each base. Just as important, though, was the opportunity to produce some diorama type bases decorated with suitable vegetation etc. and to evoke the exotic and rather threatening terrain of tropical Africa. Having gone for multiple bases, though I decided to go all the way and make the base, rather than the individual figure, the basis of the rule mechanisms. So, for example, all shooting and hand-to-hand fighting is between one base and another, and it is bases – not figures – that are counted in combat and removed as casualties. So the figures attached to a base are only there for aesthetic reasons and to indicate the type of troops it represents, and it does not matter in practice how many figures there are, or in what formation, as long as you explain to your opponent what you are doing. Neither are the exact dimensions of the bases terribly important, as long as both sides use the same – or approximately the same – frontages. However the rules recommend 60mm x 30mm for
Below. “The most distinctive feature of Ila warriors was the extraordinary hair cone or "isusu", which was allegedly designed to allow the members of hunting or war parties to see each other over the tall grass of the Kafue floodplain.” Here the Ila's bases are loaded with scenery and animals! See Kevin's basing article for details.