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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #4615 by FrenchricusRex



Hello All,

It was a nice early-spring day here, so I thought I would take the opportunity to snap some photos of the first steps of my Commands & Colors: Napoleonics miniatures project.

A little background:

I began the planning process for this project about 3 years ago, while in the midst of procrastinating on a term paper for an Introduction to International Relations class (at the time, I was a college sophomore). The planning process took quite a while. On reviewing how other people had done their miniature "conversions," it became clear that there were several viable options. I will share with you my reasoning for my decisions here:

Scale: 6mm (Adler Miniatures)
I went with 6mm because it allows the armies to "feel" more like large forces. I experimented with 15mm and even 3mm troops, but once I painted up some 6mm troops from Adler miniatures, I knew it was the way for me to go. I tested some Baccus miniatures here, and they are alright, but I personally proffered Adler. I think they are a bit slower to paint than Baccus, especially if you go for the little details, but I think the effort is worth it.

Adler Miniatures: link
Baccus 6mm: link

Unit Format: Single Stand
Plenty of people use multiple bases per unit, each base representing a block. Makes perfect sense. However, I noticed (through playing with friend who has his armies based this way) that it puts wear on the figures, and that it can be a little slow to neatly setup/breakdown. Of course, it is also easier to move units around when they are on a single base. I do rather like the visual impression of a depleted unit, down to only 1 or 2 blocks, but I think the trade-off is worth it. I use dice in dice frames to count the strength. After all, when playing on vassal, we are only presented with the numbers!

The dice and dice frames are the 7mm size from Minibits: link

Base Size: Various
The bases are actually of 3 piece construction out of 2mm MDF. On close study of the attached photos, I am sure it will be clear how I did it. The end result is a 4mm thick base (easy to handle) with a 10mm square tab at the back-right, onto which the die frame is mounted. That way, the die will "travel" with the unit. The actual size of the base is dependent on the unit type, how many blocks the unit has at full strength, and the "drill" of the unit (2 or 3 ranks in line).

The bases are from Warbases: link

Starting Army: Dutch-Belgian
I decided to start with the Dutch Belgian army of 1815. It is a cool army with an interesting history. In 6mm, it is really a matter of getting creative with French, British, and Austrian troops. Adler helps with this, since in their catalog they list the proper sculpts to use for the various units. That being said, I wanted to start with them because I figured that if I screwed something up - I wouldn't mind so much, since its an army I won't be using much. Although, I am personally very happy with how they came out!

Overall view:

"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." ~Friedrich II
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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #4616 by FrenchricusRex
Closer Study of the Units:

Dutch Line Infantry:


Belgian Line Infantry:


Dutch Artillery (Painted as Capt. Lux's Battery):


Light Cavalry (Painted as 5th Light Dragoons, Belgian):


Light Cavalry (Painted as 6th Hussars, Dutch):


Leader (Painted as Perponcher):

"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." ~Friedrich II
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2 years 2 months ago #4617 by FrenchricusRex
Some of the mechanics:

The full strength of the unit is painted in the die frame:


The dice are 7mm, and are just a little fiddly. Although for aesthetic reasons, I didn't want to go any bigger:

"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." ~Friedrich II
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2 years 2 months ago #4618 by FrenchricusRex
The dice come in lots of colors, one for each nation! (Except Portugal, but I'm working on that):


The Leader's name labels are magnetic and removable. I will have labels for the big names, but also generic "leader" labels.


I carefully made my bases just big enough for the figures, but also leave some space in the hex for 3d terrain (in the works!).


The Leader fits in the hex with most units, but I will probably have some trouble once I get to the larger cavalry units. I don't think it will be that big of an issue though:

"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." ~Friedrich II
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2 years 2 months ago #4619 by FrenchricusRex
Last, But Not Least:

I would like to thank my three main inspirations for this project.

Username dougacker is a good friend of mine, and a regular opponent. He has a collection of 15mm British, French, and Spanish with which to play CCN, and was my original inspiration for this project.

Username Gambo589 was also a big inspiration. He showed what could be accomplished in 6mm, using the single-base system. He has shared his work here before: LINK

Lastly, without a community like this to keep me playing - why paint? I certainly wouldn't be painting those models if I didn't think there was anyone out there to play with! Thank you all!

"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." ~Friedrich II
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2 years 2 months ago #4623 by Bayernkini
Myself would not paint such micro size minis, but i like your implementation
with 1base unit with damage counter and unit labels.
Very clear.

My dice are the hell!

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2 months 2 weeks ago #5747 by White Knight
These are excellent and obviously very well thought out. I particularly like the die slots and the magnetic strips for the names of leaders. I am still finishing my project to convert my 15mm 1809 French and Austrians for Commands and Colors use. I also elected to use single stands and a small die to show unit strength.
Very nice work!

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