6mm Basing Test

Although the 2010 Painting Master Plan has yet to really start I thought I’d do some basing tests to see how things might look. I had Phil at Firezone Studios paint up a pack of Baccus 1806 French for me. Partly to give my Prussians something to shoot at and partly just to, well, spend cash and get figures! Anyway, I was pretty vague on details but had said I wanted 4 stands each of four strips. As I hadn’t specified they were for Lasalle he did four command strips, one for each stand. They came out fine though and when based up for Lasalle look like this:

Phil has painted the remaining eight stands for me but they seem to have gone walkies in the post – something I don’t seem to be having much luck with at the moment! But what I wanted to do with the Lasalle armies was be able to use them for Grande Armee as well. To that end I had the guys at War Bases do me some 60x60mm pieces with the middle cut out in to two 40x20mm bases. Slotting the bases in then gives me this:

The one thing I had forgotten was that the bases would just drop out the bottom! So, I am awaiting some 60×60 bases in 1mm MDF which will give a sturdy base. The extra thickness should also allow me to attach labels along the back edge of the base.

Given that I’m mostly going to be doing Prussians and that they will be in mostly linear formations I think it will look fine. For my 1815 Prussians I need to have them on the full 60x60s with columns, lines and skirmishes so those I’ll be doing for Grande Armee only.

The buildings in the background are from Timecast and painted by Mark at Conflict In Colour. This was the second delivery as the first lot went missing in the post and Mark was good enough to replace them and now awaits the return of the originals via the Royal Mail undelivered post system. It’s a nice selection of buildings, very nicely done. Some may be a bit late for my Napoleonic armies but they look good anyway…

So, there we are. The plan for basing my Lasalle troops. All I need to do now is paint some!


6 thoughts on “6mm Basing Test”

  1. The scenery is fantastic! I've got a few Timecast pieces for Italy / Spain and will have to finish them off now thanks to your inspiration.

    The basing idea is very clever – this could allow people to easily shift between (say) POW and Grand Armee using the same figures and without needing to re-base.

    Good thinking!

  2. Love the setup and the minatures i just don't know how you can make such small figures look so good, I mainly paint 15mm, your eye sight must be very good to paint so small. maybe you might come on over for a visit see what you think i've been up and running for nearly three weeks now and am hooked on this blogging business love your sight
    Cheers kent

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