Forgot to mention that the figures are already on 40mm frontage so the same as using metal 15mm's (the norm) rather than 60mm frontage for 25-28mm models per the Fog rule book. The bases are a little deeper than recommended for metal models but any gamer can work around that. Unlike Kings of War which is all about getting over the top or hitting flanks this is the historical frontal assault and slug it out until you break the cohesion of the enemy.
Just dug out my copy of Bloody Barons [BB] - annoyingly Martin favours 30mm frontages but on page 65
...If 25mm are used then the base size should increase to 4cm x 4cm. The measurement in these rules should increase by 50%..... Bow range goes up to 18"
Which is handy as that is the frontage I'm using. Pity I can't just square off against @elmo piggy forces
Then I looked at the sample 600pts army in BB (requires 61 stands) which is a lot bigger than the recommended 40 for FoG. 50% if your still reading this
Note: in FoG each battle group / unit is of the same type i.e. Bow or Hand-2-hand whereas in BB they're mixed, 1 x command, 2 or more Hand-2-hand, 3 or more bow : but the troop quality of that unit has to also stay the same.
in the BB book there are 17 battles with suggested table layout and forces, so putting on some battles should not take hours of research.
At least my project will be printed and easy to expand. Back to the cutting out table for me.
Q. Is it quicker to cut out than paint? My answer: May not be any quicker (if your an organised painter) and sticking to 4 colours and a wash, but it is keeping me more motivated to get an army done. Also I don't have to explain vast expenditure to Smaug.