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6mm with FoG

Post by karlbown » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:44 am

Anybody using 6mm figures with FoG? I have a lot of old 6mm Romans and Gauls, currently painted but unbased, which come in strips of 6 figures (possibly Irregular Miniatures?) I was wondering whether it would be better to base them on the 15mm standard of 40mm width, or use the 25mm standard of 60mm width and put more figures on each base. Anybody tried either?

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Post by hammy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:07 am

Hi Karl,

I would tend to go for 15mm base sizes and look to get a good number of 6mm figures on each. While 25mm bases will I think look absolutely superb you will need a very large number of 6mm figures per and I think most 6mm players use the 15mm sizes or smaller.

There is a really good website with pictures and info on basing 6mm figures for DBM at http://folk.uio.no/arnsteio/DBXin6mm/

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Post by TodCreasey » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:52 pm

hammy wrote:Hi Karl,

I would tend to go for 15mm base sizes and look to get a good number of 6mm figures on each. While 25mm bases will I think look absolutely superb you will need a very large number of 6mm figures per and I think most 6mm players use the 15mm sizes or smaller.

There is a really good website with pictures and info on basing 6mm figures for DBM at http://folk.uio.no/arnsteio/DBXin6mm/
I considered 25mm frontages myself but as FOG units can be up to 8 bases it would limit what you could play on your table so I'll be using 15mm bases.

Tod

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Post by karlbown » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:50 pm

Yes I think the advantage of needing less space is probably a good reason to stick with 15mm. Looking at the way the strips are I can only get 2 x 6 man strips on a 40mmx15mm HF base, so there are big gaps at the side, but it looks ok. I have enough legionaries for about 60 bgs and enough Gallic warriors for about 45 bgs using 15mm scale bases, with 25mm scale that would be halved.

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Post by hammy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:53 pm

karlbown wrote:Yes I think the advantage of needing less space is probably a good reason to stick with 15mm. Looking at the way the strips are I can only get 2 x 6 man strips on a 40mmx15mm HF base, so there are big gaps at the side, but it looks ok. I have enough legionaries for about 60 bgs and enough Gallic warriors for about 45 bgs using 15mm scale bases, with 25mm scale that would be halved.
Are these the baccus figures Karl? I thought they were on a 2cm frontage? If they are you should be able to get 4 strips to a base.

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Post by karlbown » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:17 am

No they are very old figures with infantry based in strips of 6. Possibly Irregular Minis. I do keep looking at the Baccus stuff though every time I go to a show :-)

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Post by Nick » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:45 am

I am going to use 15mm scale and 4 Baccus strips per HF base

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Post by magedoc » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:23 pm

I have Baccus Republican Roman and Carthiginian based on the 40mm wide bases. I used 16 figures in 2 rows for heavy infantry.

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Post by karlbown » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:02 pm

Thats probably what I would do if I were to start again now!

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Post by hammy » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:42 pm

karlbown wrote:No they are very old figures with infantry based in strips of 6. Possibly Irregular Minis. I do keep looking at the Baccus stuff though every time I go to a show :-)
Right, I think I know the figures in question and they are probably Irregular. Your only option to fill bases would be to cut the strips and that isn't fun.

Basing 2 strips on a 15mm base with gaps is one solution, the other would be do do your bases to a non standard size which will work between your armies but becomes an issue when you look elsewhere for opponents.

Try putting together a BG of Romans and gauls on 15mm bases and see how it looks. I suspect it will look OK.

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Post by Brainsnaffler » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:58 am

I have started putting my 6mm Carthaginians together. They are from Baccus and I have used the 4 strips per Hvy foot base and they look great.

However, I never in a million years realised it would take so long to paint a base of 6mm figures (about 2 hours start to finish)!!!!! Now they are based up though, I think they look unbelievably good and I am so glad I didn't go bigger.

Also, coincidentally, take a look at the Roman Seas buildings for 6mm. They are superb for villages (and I don't work for them BTW).

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Post by TodCreasey » Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:18 pm

Brainsnaffler wrote:I have started putting my 6mm Carthaginians together. They are from Baccus and I have used the 4 strips per Hvy foot base and they look great.

However, I never in a million years realised it would take so long to paint a base of 6mm figures (about 2 hours start to finish)!!!!! Now they are based up though, I think they look unbelievably good and I am so glad I didn't go bigger.

Also, coincidentally, take a look at the Roman Seas buildings for 6mm. They are superb for villages (and I don't work for them BTW).
Are you using the technique from the Baccus site? I am usually 1 minute per foot figure using it which is about 8 times as fast as you took. Having said that yours are likely far nicer than mine.

I have a couple of more things to finish up for Cangames in May but I'll be starting Punic Wars once they are done.

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Post by Brainsnaffler » Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:58 pm

Well, the two hours were taken to paint two bases of four strips - four men to a base so that works out about roughly four minutes per figure.

I think this is a bit longer than normal because I wanted to vary the colour of the tunics on a few random men to differentiate them from the regulations of the Romans and illustrate better the mercenary qualities of the troops, so whilst most have been done with roman chainmail cuirass', some have leather and some have the small bronze chest plates.

I guess some time also has to be allocated to trying to think of what picture to paint on the next shield in the line! :D

I really did think it would be quicker though. Now the real pain starts - Celtic Cavalry!

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Post by Quintus » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:01 pm

It's nice to know I'm not the only slow painter. Well maybe not slow, but certainly not as fast as many claim to be. :)

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Post by Fenton » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:55 pm

Just on a another note about 6mm, has anyone tried Rapier miniatures from Newline Designs?, just wondering what they were like height wise in comparison to Baccus

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