The crucial element of drill instruction is breaking the recruit down into his most basic element and then rebuilding him into the soldier he can become. Here we see the soldiers being clipped from their framework for individual attention.
It is at this point that each individual element of the army, soldier, cannon and horse must be examined and every detectable imperfection removed.
Reduced to his basic form, and freed of flaws, the soldier must then be built back up. We begin this at the base, bonding him to his support with the strongest possible join.
This particular bond is binary, using an epoxy and hardener in equal amounts. The 30 minute epoxy permits maximum fiddling time to ensure the individually based soldiers rank up properly.
One by one, each soldier to be based is dipped in the epoxy and affixed to his base.
The vom und zum Riesling infantry regiment begins to take shape.
Planning to use the troops with the promising Tricorne Wars rules, we then group the individual soldiers into companies using 1½" square sabots cut from plasticard. Ultimately, we'll mount metallic paper on the sabots and magnets under the soldier bases, but for now we'll secure them with bluetack.
Texturising the bases is an extremely subjective area. I paint a bit of white glue (many people say PVA--polyvinylacrylic--but the white glue one typically buys at the normal discount store is not strictly speaking PVA) with a wet brush, and dip the base in fine sand (I use sandblasting quartz) to break up the smoothness of the plastic base and give more of an impression of earth and ground--later on we'll paint and flock the base as well.
We form the men one more time for review with the texturising complete, and dismiss them for retreat and the night.