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JimDuncanUK19 Aug 2014 2:04 a.m. PST

The next step in my 10mm (actually 12mm) Peninsula project.

Have a look.


Step one was at:

TMP link

Feel free to comment.

steamingdave47 Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 3:46 a.m. PST

I think the 40 mm frontage is ideal for this scale. I am currently planning Crimean war forces and after a lot of thought decided to go for this frontage, but I was thinking 10 figures to a base for infantry and 4 for cavalry- I wanted to get that massed, "thin red line" effect.
Was there a reason for the deep bases? Not familiar with the Thomas rules, so not sure why they are so deep. General feeling about base depths us that they bed to be as shallow as possible, unless your rules are of the " area of influence" type.
Anyway, it's a nice project, the figures are looking good. The painting method you mention is one of my favourites for smaller scale, as it gets figures in the table quickly, but they still look good.

JimDuncanUK19 Aug 2014 4:54 a.m. PST


Part of the reason for the deep bases is that it helps protect vulnerable parts like bayonets as well as encouraging players to pick up the base and not the figures.

If I had more time and more figures to play with I would perhaps do a bit more work on unit depths and their corresponding base sizes but I want to use what I've got and get some gaming done.

steamingdave47 Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 5:44 a.m. PST

Good practical points re base depth Jim. Would also avoid the streaming horse's tail problem, I often find I can't line up two lines of cavalry in my storage boxes because tail of one sticks into head of one behind. May have to rethink. Trouble is, being a bit tight, I was intending to use some strip material I have, which is only 25 mm deep.

JimDuncanUK19 Aug 2014 6:06 a.m. PST


I make my own bases from plastic sheet. This allows customised sizes.

I get mine off eBay but I suppose any decent modelshop will carry it.


flipper Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 7:17 a.m. PST


Jim, if you like the Neil Thomas Nap book, you might like his latest one that is due in a few days:



Jeremy Sutcliffe Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 7:24 a.m. PST

Not Napoleonic but still H&M but I'd do Naploeonic the same way.

10mm Malburian.

Units of four 30mm x 15mm bases with two ranks of three figures.


JimDuncanUK19 Aug 2014 7:31 a.m. PST


Haven't played these rules yet but I do have several of his other books.

JimDuncanUK19 Aug 2014 7:32 a.m. PST

@Jeremy Sutcliffe

I am doing NOT-7YW in 10mm as well, will report in due course.

normsmith Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 8:13 a.m. PST

I used Neil's rules with the Command and colors game parts and did a quick conversion sheet; here is a link

LINK link

My own 10mm napoleonics (Pendraken ) are on 40mm bases with two ranks and a 'shoulder to shoulder' 6 men per rank.

JimDuncanUK19 Aug 2014 8:28 a.m. PST


Thanks for that Norm.

I'll give your blog a good follow up!


138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2014 10:34 a.m. PST

I use 20mm x 15mm with 6 figures some figure 20mm x 20mm for depth.

Cavalry on 25mmx20mm

Jeremy Sutcliffe Inactive Member19 Aug 2014 10:55 a.m. PST


I know you are not doing 7YW or WSS but I said that if I was doing 10mm Napoleonic I'd base in the same way.

JimDuncanUK20 Aug 2014 1:31 p.m. PST

My reference to 'NOT-7YW' is a pointer to my imaginations collection based on the 7YW.

In my imaginary period the British king dies and leaves each of his 3 sons a kingdom each. The oldest grabs England, the next Scotland and the youngest has to make do with Wales as a 'bastard' son claims Ireland. Then there is a French cousin who interferes.

It's all good fun really!

shaun sullivan Inactive Member10 Jan 2018 10:59 p.m. PST

new to wargaming coukd anyone recommend some realy simple 10mm 6mm rules napolionic. I have a 4ftx4ft table if that maters.also intrested in solo rules.

1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 11:04 p.m. PST

OMG. 10mm have scale creeped to 12 mm? How long to I have to wait until I can use my old true 15mm for "10mm"?

grahambeyrout Inactive Member11 Jan 2018 6:32 a.m. PST

I have a Napoleonic 10mm army, and have been gratified to find that I can just about use some of my smaller Minifig 15mm strip figures from 1974 alongside it, notably my French cuirassiers. They are bigger than my Pendraken 10mm but not a lot, and anyway being cuirassiers they are meant to be.

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 5:19 p.m. PST

Hi there

Part of the reason for the deep bases is that it helps protect vulnerable parts like bayonets as well as encouraging players to pick up the base and not the figures.

A good plan, I like deep bases for this too, with a bit of planing even your most animated figs can be organised to not overhang bases and thus avoid handling/battle damage.

David F Brown

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