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Jonnathon Inactive Member04 Feb 2017 9:29 p.m. PST

Want to game this period. What figures would you recommend for each scale and which scale do you prefer. Comments or pictures of you figs if possible.
Thanks J.
PS Rules recommendations if possible as well.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

I have Baccus 6mm and others in 10 and 15mm for GNW. With Baccus, they package their units to match their Polmos rules series, so when used together, you are well catered for, IMHO.

Best is to have someone that lives close, can game together and is willing to follow your lead as to scale, rules and figures to use. There may be some locals that already have taken the plunge so figure size and rules choices have already been made and increased chances of finding opponents, locally.

Good luck on your project. I really don't feel there are many "bad" choices since all choices are highly personal- do whatever you find the best for youJ.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2017 7:26 a.m. PST

I have no experience with GNW in any scale except 28mm.

Put Pendraken generally does great 10mm. Baccus does good 6mm. With great value. Baccus does, swedes, russians, danes and saxons.

My main complaint with baccus is all infantry are matching/standing.

Bluemoon are popular 15mm.

When it comes to rules I can holeheartedly recommend Beneath the lilly banners. Soon there will be a 3rd edition.

Per Broden Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2017 8:45 a.m. PST


I use Baccus 6mm and there are pictures on my blog of some current and past things I am working on. The follow posting is a good start from a Great Northern War (GNW) perspective.

A little bit on the period and different rules I have been using and some considerations with regards to rules that are important for the period and this particular theatre. I hope it is of some use in your search for the right thing for you. All the very best. It is a fantastic period to wargame. / Per

steamingdave4705 Feb 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

Ftiend in our club uses the Pendraken ranges for GNW- they look good and, IMHO, are the ideal compromise between adequately detailed figures and a figure size small enough to refight the " big battles" . We use the Twilight of the Sunking rules, recently revised and published by Pike and Shotte Society.

Stever04 Aug 2017 3:01 p.m. PST

The Pendraken ones are a little dated with some of the old poses that have been greatly improved on over the years. . I actually funded the line many years ago and given the new research the line could expanded some to make it very attractive. Given the recent surge in interest in GNW I would think Pendraken or maybe Lancer would take the plunge.

Glenn Pearce05 Aug 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

Hello Jonnathon!

I prefer Baccus6mm, one look at Per Brodens site says it all. Baccus has everything to support you as well, bases, flags, painting guides, army packs, etc. It's a one stop shopping experience. The figures are cheaper then larger scales, faster to paint and generally will allow you to scale your table to cover a larger area.

Once into Baccus figures you can also easily slide into other periods and retain your terrain scale. It's simply a win, win decision.

Best regards,


jambo1 Inactive Member06 Aug 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

I was going to do it with 10mm Pendraken but shelved the project, if I was doing it now I would go down the 6mm Baccus route.

cae5ar07 Aug 2017 4:45 a.m. PST

We fell into 10mm after one of our players converted some old plastic Risk figures and we were casting about for the nearest scale to match. We settled on Pendraken and have never looked back. Steamingdave47 sums it up well as the "ideal compromise" and, in my opinion, why go smaller? Examples here:



Glenn Pearce07 Aug 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

"why go smaller"

Perhaps for three very important reasons.

1) You will save a bundle of money.

2) You will save a huge amount of time painting.

3) The scope of your battles and or the size of your playing area will increase. Critical if your planning on playing big battles.

Some other valid reasons.

1) Require less storage area.

2) Are easier to transport.

3) Some 6mm figures are actually very close in size to some small 10mm figures.

4) 6mm is a very popular scale so your more likely to find other players.

5) If you go with standard Polemos basing (60mm x 30mm) you can buy them pre-painted on ebay, etc.

6) Although compatible with any rule set there are rules actually designed for 6mm.

7) 6mm has it's own convention in the UK.

8) The detail on Baccus figures is simply amazing. But the scale is forgiving so you can paint at your own skill level and still produce quality looking units.

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