Friday, 22 May 2020

Getting a little Chile

The whole War in the Pacific thing that ended up with me publishing "It's Getting a Bit Chile" was given impetus by me finding an actual range of 15mm figures to wargame the period.

I'm a 15mm bloke for this sort of period as it seems to give the best balance of size and detail in a game with rifled firearms, so that sorted me fine. Then I published the rules and people seemed to have an aversion to 15mm, or perhaps more of an affinity for another scale. So people said "I'd buy these rules but no one does figures in the scale I like". I then pointed out that you could use a mix of ACW/FPW and other European wars of reunification figures to cobble together some armies. A lot of this discussion took place on the Baccus 6mm forum, and then subsequently on the blog of a French wargamer who styles himself "L'Empereur bete et mechant". It seemed it was possible. L'Empereur wrote a blog about his thoughts and plans here, and then an update when he got the figures from Baccus here. The figures he chose as proxies were listed on the Baccus forum here.

But he wasn't the only one. Another, unconnected, French wargamer in 6mm, named Patrice Deffayet stole a march on him, and posted these pictures on the 19th century wargames Facebook group:

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Stunning. The flags are HAND PAINTED!!! I asked if hem inded me posting the photos of his work, and he consented. The man is both a genius and really nice like that.

So, in conclusion, it is possible to use other figures in other scales, and they can look awesome.

No excuses now, chaps, go out and get a copy of "It's Getting a Bit Chile". Only £14.99 from Amazon.

10 comments:

  1. 6mm? Wow! The flags are gorgeous. Mule train is neat too.

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    1. I am deeply jealous. If you look at the period engraving on page 3 of the rule book, they look exactly right.

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  2. Thanks Trebian for linking Our Blog and Baccus Forum Topic!
    We already saw the Patrice figures... they are great !
    We must wait to paint the figures we bought... We have some project to finish before!
    :-)

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    1. Patrice is frighteningly good, isn't he? I await your efforts with anticipation.

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  3. Have you seen the 10mm Pendraken figures yet? There still aren't any photos on the listings but I see he has a link to your rules.

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    1. I have seen them. There is a forum post on the Pendraken forum, buried away with pictures: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,1064.0.html

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    2. Thanks. They look rather good there.

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    3. If I'd found them when I first looked I would have been very tempted.

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  4. When I have a chance to play this it will probably be with 15mm figures morphed from other armies. 15mm is also my preference for the 19th (and 18th) centuries gaming.
    A full set of armies for the period would be great to have but - too many projects not enough time

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    1. As long as you give the rules a try, that's what is important. And then tell everyone how great they are. I will admit to playing games - mainly in the ancient period - where figures stand in for different types. My Assyrians spend more time as stand ins than they do as assyrians.

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