I have been working out how best to put my infantry in position without attaching them to the main scenery boards too soon. I have designed the following system which I hope will work. First, I have taken some tin foil of triple thickness to create a malleable but strong surface. I have temporarily attached it to a piece of card. When the time comes it can be slid off and placed on the scenery board like a transfer. The foil has been coated in coloured wood glue and grass attached.
The troops can then be put in position. The first unit to go through this process are The Glosters. Lady Butler's picture of The Glosters at Quatre Bras shows the regiment in Belgic shakos, but in fact the 28th still wore the old stovepipe shako with the Sphinx back badge.
1/28th were in Kempt's 8th Brigade under command of Sir Charles Belson KCB.
Building an army in 20mm raises the age old question: what is 20mm? I have decided that there is actually no answer - it all depends on whether you measure from the top of the head, the top of the headdress, or the top of the plume (not to mention bottom or top of the base). Because my diorama is set to be quite large, I have chosen to segregate my figures according to size. So these Glosters tend to be the larger sort of 20mm and many might say they stray towards 25mm. They consist of the short lived Falcata and NapoleoN, some S Range, a few Les Higgins, Call to Arms and Italieri. One or two Strelets officers are in the mix.
There are about 350 in four ranks. Hope you like them.
An aerial view. This makes the square more square than it actually is - in fact it was more rectangular.