To add to my reply above, action poses certainly aren't frowned upon in historical wargaming. Cavalry posed mid-charge are pretty common for example. There is probably less of a flair for the dramatic than you get in Warhammer 40K though. Napoleonics are probably worse at this than many earlier periods because of the existence of evidence of soldiers' poses in action in the form of drill manuals. Combine that with the pursuit of historical accuracy common to all historical wargaming and you get a lot of little army men posed very similarly.
In other news, back to flags. Warlord Games customer support gave me a very prompt and helpful reply: just snip off the pointy bit. It's there because the flag staff doubles as a spear in some of their other kits.
Oh, probably for lancer units. That makes sense now.
Yup. They do other historical periods too like Renaissance and Roman Empire, so plenty of potential uses for pointy sticks.
In other news, I received a shipment of N45 nickle-plated neodymium magnets this week for magnetizing the bases.
I ordered 200 of them. Sounds impressive but they're tiny at only 4x1.5 mm. I borrowed the oversized pin vice from my dad because my own doesn't fit drills larger than about 2 mm.
I daresay the magnets are working! Yes, the models are in fact upside down. No 28mm Yorkshiremen were harmed in the making of this picture.
How many magnets you need depends a lot on how flush you can make them with the base. The base on the left was my first attempt, in which I unwisely used a power tool. I drilled down too deeply without even realising my error, and the result was that I had to drill a third magnet hole by hand. The pictured bases are about equally supported by their respective magnets. Both bases can comfortably support four plastic models upside down against a smooth metal surface.
Through trial and error I've arrived at the following numbers, assuming flush magnets:
- 40x40 mm base, 4 plastic models: 2 magnets
- 40x40 mm base, 3 plastic and 1 metal models: 3 magnets
- 40x40 mm base, 2 plastic and 2 metal models: 3 magnets
- 40x40 mm base, 1 plastic and 3 metal models: 4 magnets
Four magnets under one base is not ideal because you have to pull rather hard to get it unstuck. If you're not careful you risk damaging the models. I'm still happy with the results so far. The magnets should help keep the models safe during transportation.
Next up will be assembling more minis!