Sunday, 6 August 2017

The 6mm Solution

Regular perusers of this blog will have noticed a slight trend forming (ok two slight trends but I'm ignoring the 40K bit for now), the appearance over the last year or so of 6mm Napoleonics.

Up until now I have pretty much stuck with 28mm with the exception of some 15mm for Flames of War. But I have limited space to campaign, at a stretch I can set up a 12X6 table in the room formerly referred to as our garage (I know this is riches to many) but even at that size it's not going to be able to be transformed into Borodino or Austerlitz at that scale.

And that's before I get to thinking aout the figures required and the time needed to paint them - a constant source of moaning on these virtual pages.

So, I finally came to the conclusion that much as I love the pomp and well turned heel of the modern 28mm figure, if I want to recreate conflict in the grand Napoleonic manner then I would have to think small.

About 6mm in fact. This would give me a reasonable groundscale to fight the most famous Napoleonic conflicts at home.

28mm Perry French Infantry and 6mm Baccus Russian cannon
Now I needed an excuse to get another mountain of lead past the better, smarter, purse-string holding half (a bit of indiscriminate flattery just in case she happens upon this article). Don't get me wrong the better half is very supportive of my hobby, partially as it excuses her dalliances with all things cross-stitch but mostly as it keeps me in a small controlled space where interaction with her friends and our neighbours is minimised, along with all the associated embarrassemnt that brings. The better half's main concern was,like most in the hobby, I spend much more time buying and painting miniatures than I do actually playing with them. Things get painted and then boxed away on a shelf without a chance of every answering a bugle call or more likely just get shelved and left unbuilt.

So I made a deal, I would indulge this diversion if I could purchase pre-painted units. I identified a couple of painters on eBay and after getting samples settled on one. This has proved a good way to build the collection, for a modest (in hobby terms) outlay I can receive a few ready painted battallions and all I have to do is base them and get them on the table.

Part of a Waterloo test set up in the garage. Figures Baccus, cloth  Cigar Box Battles
Tricky bit over I thought; basing them, that sounds easy, then I made the mistake of looking on TMP for some rational deabate on the subject...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

June Progress

A little reversal in June, some progress made with the completion of a long shelved Roman project but there were more GW purchases (are there any help groups out there?) and a collection of figures for my top secret Donnybrook project (which believe it or not is even sadder than the 40K addiction - if you don't believe me stay tuned!).

32 1st Century Romans including a scorpion.

10 Astra Militarium Steel Legion
31 Donnybrook BS project

Monthly Trend: -9
Yearly Trend: +34

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dumfries March 2017 Part 1

Another weekend of mayhem, musketry and in my case catastrophic die rolling. This time  Barry and Bob of the League of Augsburg had a little vacation in mind for my Huguenots. It was time to pack the sun screen and get those yellow fever shots - Jamaica was the destination.

The first game was a short affair that didn't go very well for the Huguenot's or their Dutch West Indies Company allies. Against them were some Jacobite forces lead by the infamous Kirke.

Time for a nice walk in the jungle
The Governor's forces await the Williamite onslaught
The long and winding road
The Dutch West Indies Company encounter some hungry locals
Not all the fauna were quite as interactive
There was only one cavalry detachment on the board and although of dubious quality proved highly effective
The Huguenots fail to take their objective and are reduced to trading volleys
This was just the warm-up engagement, there was more to come with heroism, treachery and Haitian pygmy death cults...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

6mm French Imperial Guard Horse Artillery

Flitting quickly between nations on the 6mm front. Here is a battery of French Imperial Guard Horse Artillery.

Now the question is should I invest the time in putting together some limbers? They'll look good but will they be used?

All figures are Baccus.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

6mm Prussian Uhlans

These are the first 6mm cavalry I've done. Quite enjoyed painting them not least because they were quick to finish and base.

They represent the 1st, 2nd and 3rd regiments all of which were part of Blucher's force during the hundred days. For the 6mm painter the only fundamental difference between them is the colour of their pennants.

Still got another five or six units to complete.

All miniatures are Baccus.

Monday, 12 June 2017

May Progress

More cheating this month with a few 6mm cannon and crew being finished off. I also based a large number of 6mm Russian Napoleonics (somewhere in the region of 186) but these don't count as I didn't paint them but purchased them off EBay.

Purchases were limited to 5 more Warhammer 40K (I need counselling I know) and I managed to avoid a major blow out at Falkirk due to fixture congestion requiring me to look after the twins (still not old enough to paint detail, but maybe I could get them undercoating soon; they are at the age where the mess is the main attraction).

20 French Imperial Guard Horse Artillery (6mm)

5 Astra Militarium Tempestus

Monthly Trend: +15
Yearly Trend: +43

Sunday, 14 May 2017


With big changes afoot in Warhammer 40K, will there still be a need for the Deathwing?


All GW's finest.