BACCUS ARMY GIVEAWAY
Report by Scott “Shinobi” Kirby
WILLIAMITE ANGLO-DUTCH (Spanish Succession)
was one of the lucky few who obtained a free 6mm Army Pack from Baccus as part of their TMP (The Miniatures Page) contest.
I was also lucky in the fact that the army I received were the Anglo-Dutch (I always have a soft spot in playing armies of
my own country).
Baccus 6mm Homepage
I saw the Baccus announcement on TMP, the first thought that went through my mind (as I’m sure was common with the other
winners) was… “A free army……… nice!”. The second
thought was… “6mm……… that’s bloody small!”.
The third thought… “War of Spanish Succession……. When the heck
from Baccus said that he wanted people who had not experienced 6mm to take advantage of the offer and have a go. Whilst not
a 6mm ‘virgin’ my experience of painting 6mm has been a grand total of six… yes, six World War 2 infantry
figures (figures, not bases / elements) and a few tanks in 6mm… so I suppose I’m pretty close to being a 6mm newbie.
terms of the historical period that the army is taken from, I had absolutely no idea as to which era it belonged to. After
a little searching on the net, I found that the War of the Spanish Succession happened in the early 1700s and involved a number
of armies including the Anglo-Dutch and their arch-rivals, the French. Now, I have previously looked into Napoleonics as a
new gaming project, but have always been put off by the complexity of the uniforms and also the scope of the project in terms
of figure quantity. I must admit that after my quick research on the War of the Spanish Succession, I had the same feelings.
however, states that 6mm is a solution to these feelings, in that the figures are not meant to have such complex paint schemes
and the overall look of the army is the aim. “OK”, I thought, “let’s see if that’s the case”.
|Williamite Anglo-Dutch.......... Baccus style!
the package arrived, I eagerly opened it to see how daunting a task lay before me. Holding the figures in my hand, the small
size really does strike you… they really are tiny! Looking closer, I was amazed at how much detail Baccus has managed
to sculpt and cast on them. They really are superbly detailed miniatures, not really what you would expect on something so
did raise a question though: “If the aim of 6mm is to provide a mass effect,
and where the complexity of a paint scheme is deemed not so important… is it really worthwhile in producing miniatures
with this amount of detail?”
don’t get me wrong… I think the figures really are excellent sculpts, but I do question whether such detail is
necessary in such a small scale. For example, when I see details on a figure, I feel that I should paint the details…
not really the general suggestion when painting 6mm figures.
next thing I noticed were that because of the size of the models, some of them had broken parts. All of the miniatures were
still attached to their bases, but there were a number of horses with broken legs and with legs missing, some infantry with
broken legs and muskets, and infantry standards with standard poles badly bent and cracked. Now, again, because of the small
thickness of these parts, and the fact that they had been shipped from the UK to hot and humid Malaysia, this should have been expected. A little bending and small amounts of superglue had the
broken legs fixed, but the standards required a little more work. An e-mail to Peter brought a suggestion of just using superglue
to fix the broken standard poles back… but from my experience in gaming, I wasn’t sure that this would prove strong
enough to withstand handling during games… so I cut the poles off, filed the standard bearer’s hand slightly and
fixed a short length of wire in place.
|New Standard Pole
GUIDE, INFANTRY FLAGS AND ARMY LIST
with the army pack was an A4 sheet of paper that I really liked, and feel that other manufacturers should consider offering.
The document was colour printed and had very clear diagrams of uniforms for painting reference along with the units they represent.
Infantry flags were included for these units; all that was needed was for them to be cut out, fitted to the standard poles
and lightly varnished to provide a little more resilience.
document also has an army list for use with De Bellis Renationis (DBR), listing all elements in the army pack along with designations
and points. I should point out that the army list provided for the Anglo-Dutch is slightly wrong, and the army pack contains
118 AP rather than the 103 AP as stated. It also includes enough figures for 13 elements rather than the 12 stated.
is also a question about the number of mounted troops included. According to the DBR rules, there should be 8 figures per
Horse element, but only 6 have been included in the army pack. Well, after basing them up, I feel that 6 is a perfect number.
If you follow the DBR recommendation of 8, the base would look crowded. To differentiate between Horse and Dragoon elements,
I have based them in line for Horse, and randomly for Dragoons.
|Ready for painting
now to the fun part, painting the little ‘uns!
reference: DC = Delta Ceramcoat, VJ = Vallejo, GW = Games Workshop
started off by fixing the infantry strips onto short lengths of cardboard, using small dabs of PVA glue. The strips of cardboard
allow easy handling during painting. I then undercoated the figures with Black
(DC). I always brush paint undercoat, since spraying always leaves areas that have to be brushed afterwards, and also the
heat here makes people want to stay indoors as much as possible! Peter recommends dry-brushing the figures after undercoated
to provide a lighter surface to paint on and also to make details more obvious… well, I’m not that good at dry-brushing
(I always seem to put too much or too little paint on the brush) so I decided to omit this stage, and proceeded straight to
the detail painting.
painting figures, I always paint ‘inner’ areas first… by this I refer to those areas that are sunken, recessed
or in hard to reach areas. So with the infantry, I painted the flesh areas first with Flesh
Tan (DC). This is a light flesh colour that I felt was necessary due to the size of the models and if I used a darker
or more normal shade of flesh colour, it may not be so obvious in such small areas.
hair and wooden items were next, since I painted them both the same colour, Snakebite
Leather (GW). Following this was the socks, which would have proved a problem if I had left them till later. As I painted
the socks, the brush did leave some paint on the jackets, satchels and weapons of the figures due to the minimal space for
the brush to maneuver. The socks were painted Seashell White (DC) for most of
the figures (British and Dutch Guards), but the Dutch Foot units’ socks was painted Rain Grey (DC).
belts and satchels (pouches) were then painted using Bambi Brown (DC) which, despite
having a silly name, gives a nice beige colour. I then turned my attention to the jacket main colours.
the good old British I used Blood Red (GW) as the main colour, with Sunburst Yellow (GW) and Bambi Brown (DC) for the trims of the two
units. For the Dutch I used Ultramarine Blue (GW) as the main colour, and Blood Red (GW) for the trim. I used slightly brighter colours for the uniform and trim for the same reasons as
for their flesh, in that at this scale, brighter colours would be more obvious.
neck ruffs / scarves were painted Seashell White (DC) for all except for the Dutch
infantry whose ruffs / scarves were painted Black (DC).
final touches were to paint the musket barrels and bayonets, and the hats with Black
(DC). The musket barrels and bayonets were then painted Silver (GW), and the lacing
on the hats Seashell White (DC). It was only as the white lacing went onto the
hats that the figures really stood out.
must admit that I quite enjoyed painting the infantry!
cavalry figures (horse and dragoons) proved to be less enjoyable to paint than the infantry. I’m never very keen on
painting horses even at larger scales!
paints used followed pretty much the infantry with a few changes dependant on the uniforms of the units.
horses were painted with Bestial Brown (GW) as a base coat, followed by a highlight
of Snakebite Leather (GW). The tails and manes were painted Black (DC). The blankets were painted Stone Grey (VJ), with satchels
/ pouches painted Bambi Brown (DC). Some stars and lines were painted on the horses’
noses with Seashell White (DC).
the British mounted units have Blood Red (GW) uniforms with Emerald Green (GW), Bambi Brown (DC), or Sunburst Yellow (GW) for the trims. The Dutch mounted units have Rain
Grey (DC) uniforms, with Crimson (DC) trim.
neck ruffs / scarves were painted Seashell White (DC) for the C-in-C unit and
the Dragoons. The other Horse elements had ruffs / scarves painted Black (DC).
C-in-C horse has been painted with Rain Grey (DC) highlighted with US Bluegrey (VJ) to make the element obvious as to its importance.
/ FINAL THOUGHTS
army has now been painted and based, and I am very impressed with the look and quality of the figures. Maybe the amount of
detail is not really necessary for this scale, but this detail really makes the figures stand out from other manufacturers,
and draws many positive comments from observers.
would have preferred to have four strips of infantry per base to give a nicer ‘mass’ effect, but decided to leave
them as the army pack contents with just two per base.
|The finished Anglo-Dutch Army
overall feelings about painting 6mm… well I must admit to having fun. A good looking army can be obtained without having
so much detail painted onto each figure. One problem I did face was that I couldn’t paint them for long periods of time.
After an hour or so I had to take a break, allowing my eyes rest (due to work, most of my painting time is late at night).
I a convert to 6mm? Well, I will admit that this scale will be an option for my future armies, but I must confess to enjoying
having large models on the tabletop, and painting details on larger models. But this scale does have some benefits, and for
armies / periods that would normally have complex uniforms, this scale would attract me.
I would say that Peter has obtained a partial convert. I plan to get a 6mm Louis XIV French army pack to fight against my
Anglo Dutch, and having DBM armies of Egyptians and Hittites in 6mm is a definite possibility for the future… but I
think that most of my gaming and painting will still be in 15mm, 20mm, 28mm and 54mm scales.
Anglo-Dutch army will be placed in the display cabinet of the local games shop, so maybe it can help to attract more people
to this scale.
would like to thank Peter and Baccus for this opportunity, and congratulate them on their positive approach to marketing of
their very good products.
would also like to mention that Peter provided fast, friendly and helpful feedback to questions, something that always pleases
customers and helps to obtain further business from them. Definitely a company I would recommend to others.