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repaint02 Feb 2017 5:46 a.m. PST


I am in a painting frenzy (got Napoleonics 15mm, 6mm on the painting table and finishing Bolt Action 28mm Soviets).

I am looking for a 6mm Ancient or Medieval project for Art de La Guerre. I'd be painting both opposing armies.

Any interesting project you could suggest? I'll go very likely with 6mm Baccus.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

In Ancients Baccus does have a very complete line for the Romans – including an army pack – as well as for the sundry and many opponents they had, including various barbarian hordes

kodiakblair02 Feb 2017 7:15 a.m. PST

Go for the most colourful pairing you can think of.

Late Roman Persian war could fit the bill,plenty colour and elephants too.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 7:44 a.m. PST

Here's some 6mm Wars of the Roses inspiration for you:

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

I was also going to suggest having a look at the Rather Large Towton Project. Frankly the photos don't really do it justice, seeing it in the metal was mighty impressive!

Late medieval armies, such as those in the Wars Of The Roses, are very colourful and have loads of flags and banners.

Early medieval/dark ages armies also look good in this scale. Plenty of colour again, and the small size of armies allows a very generous ratio of figures to men. The Norman invasion of England is an interesting subject. The fighting didn't finish with the Battle of Hastings, but carried on for several years with pockets of resistance all over the place. Your armies can then be used as the basis for Normans in France and Brittany, Normans in Southern Italy and Sicily, early Crusaders, Vikings, the list goes on!

Baccus does some great figures for both these periods.

repaint02 Feb 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

Indians vs greeks? Late Crusades?

Having 6mm elephants sounds fun actually :)

Great War Ace02 Feb 2017 7:24 p.m. PST

I cannot help. 6mm is not inspirational. Figures-speaking.

But period, or armies, I would recommend crusades. Two hundred years of facing off with Muslims vs Christians; Muslims and Christians vs Muslims and Christians; Muslims vs Muslims; Christians vs Christians. Byzantines vs Crusaders. Byzantines vs Turks. Crusaders vs Mongols, Turks, Egyptians. Mongols vs Turks and Egyptians. Egyptians go through Fatimid, Ayyubid and into Mamluk "dynasties", with the armies changing quite a lot. Small, medium and big crusades show up in the Levant, changing the entire military landscape. Jihads become more common in response. Even before the Mongols arrive, the Khwarezmian horde arrives en masse (fleeing the Mongols, actually), menaces Damascus, trashes Jerusalem and enters Egyptian service. And then we have Crusader and Muslim vs Egyptian and Khwarezmian, with a defeat of the Christians equal to Hattin. The scale of conflict includes small endemic raids, mid-sized campaigns to besiege single fortresses or towns, and massive battles every generation or two, especially when the major crusades show up.

The armies are very pretty on all sides. The politics and religious divisions ridiculously unstable. The outcome not inevitable in the first few decades of the 12th century, leaving scope for changing history. Have at it!

repaint02 Feb 2017 8:38 p.m. PST

Hi Great War Ace,

I am thinking more and more Crusades. I have already armies in 15mm that I like very much.

I will go probably later crusades with the orders.


Personal logo Baccus 6mm Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 2:17 a.m. PST

'6mm is not inspirational. Figures-speaking'

I would, of course, disagree vigorously, as I trust would many others…

Great War Ace03 Feb 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

Well, yes, I can see that! ;)

BigDaz Inactive Member06 Feb 2017 2:54 p.m. PST

'6mm is not inspirational. Figures-speaking.

I totally disagree IMHO. All our clubs Ancient armies are Baccus 6mm and we use ADLG rules for some great games. I love 'em!

Pattus Magnus Inactive Member07 Feb 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

A fellow who goes by the name HarryHotspur on TMP has a very inspiring collection of 6mm ancients and has occasionally posted pics. If you can find those, they're a pretty good benchmark for how 6mm armies can turn out.

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