Wednesday, 8 May 2019

'Bring out ya dead!'

Something that I've never had enough of in my miniature forces are casualty markers. I know that some choose to use dice in calculating the 'wastage' from combat in their units, but I reckon that distracts from the aesthetics of a well-presented wargame. To rectify this, I've recently purchased a bunch of War Bases MDF casualty counting-bases which are perfect for mounting 28 mm figures. These circular bases cater for up to 12 casualties per unit and look great on the table next to engaged troops. At this point I intend to have one of these casualty bases for each individual unit in all my 'Horse and Musket' armies. I highly recommend them. All the figures are from Front Rank.
SYW/ FIW British casualty markers

British and French casualty markers for my Peninsula armies
42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) casualty for the mid 1740s period. Note the buff sleeve facings which changed to Royal Blue in the late 1750s

French SYW/ FIW casualties. The blue coated figure is for the Royal Ecossois, while the red coated figure is for Lally's regiment of the famed Irish Brigade. I'm currently painting up this regiment, which has a special significance for me as one of my ancestors led a picquet from this unit at Culloden...and survived!   

Another recent purchase is a couple of Teddy bear fur terrain mats from Killing Fields in the US. Previously I wasn't sure whether I liked the Teddy Bear fur effect until one of the other Southern Strategist hosted a 28 mm game that changed my mind. They even come with complementary combs to gain the desired effect. The standard size is 7ft x 5ft  size and they weren't cheap to post to NZ, but I'm sure I will get years of use out of them.

Until next time!    


  1. Very nicely done casualty markers. I am still not sure about Teddy Bear fur - a friend has some dark ages buildings with this fabric as the thatched roofs and I don't think its very convincing. Will look forward to seeing your deployed on a gaming table to see how it looks!