I’m getting the Lasalle rules soon, as you know, and I’m thinking about doing a Prussian army and a French Guard army to start out. I’ve decided on 6mm scale. I like both the Adler and Baccus models. I have a couple of questions though.
1. Baccus supplies 60mmx30mm, 30mm square and 60mm square bases and presumably the strips are designed specifically for those dimensions. Do you think that those bases will work fine for the Lasalle system? If not, what base size would you recommend? What about basing for the Adler models?
2. Do you have any tips or sources/links that you could pass on to me for painting the models? One of the reasons I’m interested in 6mm is that I won’t have to be lost in so much detail on the models, but I’d still like them to look good. Also, where do I go to find historical info on what the different nations military uniforms looked like? Finally, can you recommend some decent quality and affordable paints?
Great job on your blog by the way. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress on the Avant Guard division. I also post as Peteywa on the Lasalle forum.
Good to see you on here too! On basing, I’d go with the old standard: Use whatever the people around you are using. If any of your friends are currently playing Napoleonics (or you know of any nearby groups that are), find out how they’ve based theirs. Failing that, of ir everyone’s starting up a new army for Lasalle, then decide for yourselves which seems best. Having said that, I think the Baccus Polemous bases are pretty good. Most of my 6mm stuff was based for either Napoleonic Principles of War or Grand Armee, but there’s quite a wide variety of basing out there for Napoleonics. It might be worth asking Sam on the Lasalle forum what 6mm basing he suggests for competitions etc. I’d be tempted to go with the 15mm basing myself, with more figures on there. The Baccus figures come on strips ready to be based, but Adler come on strips all facing the back of the man in front, so you have to cut them and base them up individually, which is a pain, but means that any size basing is able to be used.
As to painting models, when using 6mm, I tend to do quick and dirty for most of the line – undercoat in black (I use gesso), dry brush in white to pick out highlights, then use whatever base colour for the uniforms, use a lighter version of the base colours to highlight further, and then add small detail where possible – plumes and ponpoms etc. I find it easier to work from the flesh to the bottom layer of clothing up to the top layer, but other people have their own styles. For officers and units that I want to stand out, I take more time and care, add more highlighting or drybrushing, try to pick out a greater level of detail etc, but it can be hard to do with 6mm.
For paints, I usually use Reaper paints, as I like the thickness of the paint and they do a good range of colours, but I also have a few pots of Games Workshop ones, some for Flames of War, and a few Vallejo ones. Cheaper isn’t always better with paints, as you might not get decent pigmentation. I always give my pots a good stir before I use them, to get a decent and level distribution of pigment on the brush. I tend to use fairly cheap brushes, usually size 1 brushes, but not the cheapest. The tips should be nice and straight, not all fuzzy (though those ones can be used for drybrushing pretty well), and I replace them quite often (hence buying fairly cheap brushes).
On sources, I recommend the Osprey books – they aren’t always perfect, but they give a pretty solid idea of what should be what colour etc. For online sources, I list a couple on my Uniforms / Info links which are a start. Google “Napoleonic uniforms” and that should get you started, and add the nation you’re interested in for particular uniforms. The Knotel ones aren’t bad for German uniforms (of different German nations), and the online Funcken books aren’t a bad place to start (http://www.darnault-mil.com/Galerie/index_galerie.htm). I’d also recommend asking around on TMP (www.theminiaturespage.com) as that forum is packed with people with vastly more knowledge than I have.
Hi Mike, there are a few of us who usually play at MeepleMart down on Spadina on wednesday nights (the others are part of a club that also meets at Dueling Grounds from time to time too on the same night. If you go down on a wednesday and see people playing some sort of historical wargame, they’re almost certainly part of our crowd. Say hi and you’re in. 🙂
Do you know where Field of Glory/Impetus/Napoleonic Principle of War are played frequently? I am in the Chicagoland area and am the sexier gender so an open-minded group. I know there are none at Games Plus. As much as I enjoy quick skirmish games, I prefer ones that are richer in historical flavor and do not mind the game length. Once again I think my scale may hinder my options. Thank you in advance for any group information you can provide.
Never mind. I’ve just been informed of a local group for Impetus, but unfortunately, I prefer public meeting places such as an FLGS. Thank you for your work on this site. Now back to more painting for Saga for the rest of the year.
The only other one that I can really think of is the guy who runs http://altefritz.blogspot.ca/ who has always seemed a decent bloke to me. I’m afraid I don’t know of any clubs in Chicago otherwise. I’d suggest asking on the Honour forum too (Sam Mustafa’s rules forum, at http://www.sammustafa.com/honour-forums ) as people there might be able to help.
Thank you for the HMGS Midwest link. I have signed up for membership at Little Wars 2015 and hope to meet Fog/FogR/Impetus/Maurice/LaSalle/NPOW players in the future. At the moment, I’m trying to get some Slaughterloo acquaintances to play Lion Rampant.
I do not remember if you are very familiar with Lion Rampant (Osprey) or if War of the Roses is an interest period of yours. I am planning to do War of the Roses — first St. Albans, Hertfordshire May, 22, 1455 using Lion Rampant rule for a fun game. I did a quick research and came up with very simple army list. You seem to be a well verse historical gamer so I thought I would cheat and tap you for help. Would you be interested in looking/correcting my army list?
My 2015 project is Saga then 2016 will be War of the Roses. Somehow I have to fit in a Maurice game between the two — maybe at a convention. No, I do not have a blog and I prefer not to have one. Well, I will now concentrate on my Saga project. Best wishes to you. I will check back in a few months to see if you have an ECW variant posted.