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axabrax Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

A friend has figures for the ACW in this scale and I may jump in too, although it will be my first foray into anything so small since Epic 40K. Trying to get a sense of whats's out there and the best quality. So far I've seen:


- Baccus
- Irregular
- Adler


- Leven
- Stone Mountain

What am I missing? Who's products are the best in terms of quality and detail?

Many thanks for the input!


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

I think Adler are the best 6mm ACW figures available. And I am prejudiced to our terrain items.


Disclaimer – We cast Adler figures for the US market for many years, so I am very familiar with them.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

Heroics and Ross also make ACW figs – and they are very good – but they are closer to 5mm than 6mm

Baccus are very nice, and I have to agree that Adler has some of the best 6mm figs – pretty much for any period they make – on the market

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

Adler and Baccus are similar in height and can be used in the same game without much problem. H&R and Irregular are much smaller, 5mm or so and are noticeably smaller than Adler and Baccus.

My preference is Baccus for line troops and Adler for mounted and artillery.


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

Rapier miniatures makes them as well, they are comparable to Baccus in size and sculpt.

I will however say that Adler is my favorite, but I have plenty of Baccus and Rapier.

coopman01 Jan 2018 2:03 p.m. PST

Baccus infantry are cast in easy to handle strips of 4 figures each. Handling individual infantry figures in this small scale is a PITA, IMO. The strips make them easier to paint too. You can glue the strips to craft sticks and prime/paint them.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 5:13 p.m. PST

I just ordered from a new outfit out of Poland. Just got the package and they look great I have a few test strips up on the painting table for this week.

GM Boardgames

As for terrain a number of my Simply 6 buildings are suitable for the ACW:


axabrax Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 6:42 p.m. PST

Thanks for the advice Gents. I saw some of the GM Boardgames stuff on ebay and was wondering, so I'll be curious to see how yours turn out Crispy. Wish Adler had more pics but the recommendations here are enough for me to buy some.


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 6:29 a.m. PST

Have you seen this stuff?

IMO superior to Stone Mountain & Leven.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 8:18 a.m. PST

Also check out The Wargaming Company. He reps the new Battlescale 6mm and 10mm stuff here in the states.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 1:16 p.m. PST

IMO superior to Stone Mountain & Leven.

I take back my comment re: Leven. A friend showed me his Leven stuff & it's excellent.
See here:

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 8:57 p.m. PST

Battlescape is another good source for 6mm buildings


Also Total Battle


steamingdave4704 Jan 2018 11:03 a.m. PST

I have Heroics and Ros (which I regard as " true" 6mm), Baccus, Adler and Rapier. For me, Adler are poorly proportioned and the metal is rather soft- muskets bend all the time- but are nicely detailed. I would also scale them at around 8mm. Baccus are a little smaller, detail is OK, but they are not my favourites. Rapier are nicely detailed and paint up well. I will probably buy more, but H+R are my favourites, easy to paint, proportioned like humans and with a nice range. I did have some Irregular, I think they were figures from the late '70s or early 80s and they were, in my opinion, just blocks of lead with the merest suggestion of figures. They may have improved since then.

Glenn Pearce07 Jan 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Hello axabrax!

In 6mm it's really hard to establish the best in terms of "quality and detail". As they are all designed differently to meet different customers expectations. In other words every manufacturer is after a different kind of customer to some extent.

As you have seen so far every manufacturer has its supporters and they all have good reasons. Also keep in mind that every individual has their own standards of best quality and detail.

There are a lot of other things that you might want to consider as well, such as what rules will you be using and how will you base them. Baccus sells both and they were intentionally designed for 6mm. Their popular basing system is also used for other periods as well should you ever think of moving into other periods. So you never have to worry about basing again.

Ease of painting is another feature you might want to think about. Baccus has a uniform pose with defined paint lines that almost guides your brush. They simply paint up fast and look great no matter what your skill level is.

Common weak points in 6mm are muskets, bayonets and swords. Baccus has designed most of their ACW muskets and swords close to the body which gives them extra strength. They also have no bayonets.

The detail in Baccus is simply world class. Some of their regular infantry strips have different hats and some also have beards! They have more detail then most of us can paint.

Baccus also sell their figures to match their basing so you never have to worry about extra figures, etc.

Almost everything that you will ever need is sold by Baccus, figures, bases, basing material, rules, flags, uniform information, brushes and some scenery. They also have a forum to answer any of your questions.

So in my opinion Baccus is the best in "quality and detail". Order some samples and see for yourself.

Best regards,


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