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BACCUS ARMY GIVEAWAY

 

Report by Scott “Shinobi” Kirby

 

 

WILLIAMITE ANGLO-DUTCH (Spanish Succession)

 

 

I 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

 

 

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

 

When 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 was that?”.

 

Peter 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.

 

In 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.

 

Peter, 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”.

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Williamite Anglo-Dutch.......... Baccus style!

FIGURE QUALITY

 

When 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 small.

 

This 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?

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Infantry Strip

Now, 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.

 

The 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.

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New Standard Pole

PAINTING GUIDE, INFANTRY FLAGS AND ARMY LIST

 

Provided 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.

 

The 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.

 

There 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.

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Ready for painting

PAINTING: INFANTRY

 

Right… now to the fun part, painting the little ‘uns!

 

Paint reference: DC = Delta Ceramcoat, VJ = Vallejo, GW = Games Workshop

 

I 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.

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Undercoated Army

When 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.

 

The 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).

 

The 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.

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British Infantry

For 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.

 

The neck ruffs / scarves were painted Seashell White (DC) for all except for the Dutch infantry whose ruffs / scarves were painted Black (DC).

 

The 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.

 

I must admit that I quite enjoyed painting the infantry!

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Dutch Infantry

PAINTING: CAVALRY

 

The 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!

 

The paints used followed pretty much the infantry with a few changes dependant on the uniforms of the units.

 

The 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).

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British Dragoons

All 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.

 

The 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).

 

The 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.

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British C-in-C

CONCLUSIONS / FINAL THOUGHTS

 

The 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.

 

I 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.

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The finished Anglo-Dutch Army

My 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).

 

Am 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.

So 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.

 

My 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.

 

I would like to thank Peter and Baccus for this opportunity, and congratulate them on their positive approach to marketing of their very good products.

 

I 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.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Scott “Shinobi” Kirby.

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