I've spent most of mu hobby time this month prepping and priming quite a few batches of figures before it gets too cold to do them easily. Chief among them were these 96 A&A (armorum and Aquila) Phalangites, along with six British Cavalry units, 4 Spanish Infantry regiments, and some wagons. By the way, I see that A&A has a special discount deal for the month of November, so if you're interested in their products, now is probably a good time to check them out!
I have to say that both the sculpts and castings were exceptionally clean - I think there was minor flash on only a small handful of the 96 figures seen above. Attaching the pikes (made from 18 and 20 gauge Floral Wire from Michael's; fortunately I had plenty on hand from building my Renaissance armies), and the design of these figures made it exceptionally easy to affix them to their open hands using Loctite Ultra Gel Control super glue. Gabriel turned me on to this product when I had to make onsite repairs to my Spanish pikemen at Historicon this summer, and I love it. It really does allow very precise application of small amounts of the glue, which is perfect for our needs.
I use Tongue Depressors to glue my figures to for painting (they are in plentiful supply in the office, and very inexpensive). I use clean ones, LOL, but reuse them for painting purposes many times before they are no longer usable. Only a very few of the figures have the shields cast on (see front left, for example). The rest will have to be glued on as well. This leads to a question. Should I glue the shields on now, before priming them? That will make for a much better bond and more secure attachment. Or should I leave them off, making painting the figure and the shields both much easier, at the cost of a less secure bond when they are glued on at the end of the painting process? Decisions, decisions!
It looks like I'll be hosting a big Field of Battle game here the Sunday after Thanksgiving, based upon the Battle of Dennewitz, 1813. Prussians and Russians and Swedes, oh my!