|Baccus 6mm FPW Imperial French|
I've long thought about using 2 mm figures for grand tactical games. Well painted bases and good scenery can begin to make things look like a real battle, but I wouldn't get much satisfaction from the figures or their uniforms which is the point of using 'toy soldiers' in the first place.
10 mm is my default scale of choice for mass armies and besides the Franco-Austrian, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian Wars, Pendraken also cover the Crimean and Russo-Turkish War.
However, I am also considering 6 mm for this game, partly because of the representation of towns and villages. These are 3"-4" square with one or two buildings which doesn't leave much room for 10 mm buildings. I could use 10 mm figures with 6 mm or smaller buildings but I prefer to keep figures and buildings in scale if possible.
While the 6mm Baccus ranges do not cover as many wars, their ranges for the 1859, 1866 and 1870 wars are more than adequate. I've already got some 6 mm buildings suitable for 19th Century Northern France, but it would be nice to accumulate more because I enjoy collecting them, and I'm currently looking in particular at the 6 mm ranges produced by Timecast, Leven Miniatures, Total Battle Miniatures and Baccus.
Anyway, I've been trying to list the pros and cons to help me decide. Firstly, the issues that don't matter:
- Painting will present more-or-less the same challenge for both scales.
- Cost isn't a determining issue.
- I already have scenery in both scales.
In favour of 10 mm:
- 10 mm figures are easier to see and have more individual character. This would definitely incline me to 10 mm for two other projects on my wish list - 10 mm Dark Age armies for Dux Bellorum and various 20thC armies. But it seems less important for troops in ordered ranks which is what I'm planning here (except for the skirmishers).
In favour of 6 mm:
- Buildings can be in scale and will look better.
- Marginally easier to store and transport, especially the scenery.
- The greater mass effect seems more appropriate to a grand tactical game.
This is a hard choice, but I'm currently inclining towards 6mm.