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alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

Any suggestions for using 6mm figures in BP?

Would it be best to treat a base of, say, 3 or 4 figures as a single 28mm figure?


Wretched Peasant Scum Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

BP doesn't use a figure count.
Units are Large, Average, Small or Tiny.
It's up to you and your opponent(s) to set the standards for those.

So an Average unit might be 20 figures (or 60 6mm) or it could be 30 figures or 12. It's meant to work with any collection. Opponents can even use differing standards as long as frontages are roughly similar.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

It's all about the bases. If space is not an issue, you can load up large bases with 6mm figures. If space is an issue you simply use smaller bases with less figures.

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

We use 30x6mm figures per 40mm base for line infantry and 20 figures for light infantry, 4 bases per regular-sized unit or 6 bases for a large unit. You can see some of this here: link or in my related battle reports.

Personally, I wouldn't bother mounting 6mm figures fewer than 10 or so to a base; I'd want to go for the mass effect. But it's your game – you can do whatever you like!


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 12:02 p.m. PST

+1 Jericho Smith

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 6:24 p.m. PST

I make my standard suggestion: before you go too far, base a few experimentally for visibility and ease of handling. Almost everyone can handle a 1" base 3mm (1/8") thick, and when no one is camouflaged, an inch of castings are usually identifiable even in 5mm. Below that--smaller bases and fr castings--you can lose people. Check to make sure your regular players are going to be OK.

womble67 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

I've collected some Black Powder Rules Amendments which may be of some help. Downloads are at the bottom of the page.

Take care


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

We have played Black Powder using our 6mm Napoleonics mounted on standard Age of Eagles stands (we use 9 infantry per stand, 6 cavalry per stand), 6 stands for a standard unit – works well and as Robert astutely notes they are decent sized bases

alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 1:53 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the helpful replies.

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