And So It Begins!

I did it.

I’ve done it.

People have been threatened by me with this before, but this time, it really happened.

I’ve started Napoleonic wargaming.

Last week’s video post was a veiled teaser to my new project, and it’s one I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. The  reason is simple, in the same way as I started Flames of War to play a game and learn something useful at the same time, the historical learning bug has grabbed me again and what better than the most classical of wargaming periods to try out?

Disclaimer time – I am still first and foremost a FoW player. I haven’t got bored with it, I still get giddy thinking about what Battlefront are concocting for the Bulge, and I haven’t even scratched Early or Mid-War yet. ‘Nuff said.

Now we’ve cleared that up, a little background on how I arrived on my decision. As I said, I wanted to try something historical, and the four periods that interested me were Ancients (which in my uncultured/uneducated mind means Romans vs Everyone Else) the American Civil War, the English Civil War (because, “Cavalier” is one of my favorite words) or the Napoleonic Wars. Each era interested me as much as the other, so I figured I’d not waste time mulling over a decision for too long and jump right in – if it didn’t work out, I could try another system later.

So I went with the Napoleonic era. Why? The grandeur, the elegance, the complexity, it all seems fascinating. The only drawback? My, shall we say, limited, amount of knowledge of the era, i.e. all I know about the Napoleonic Wars is, there were wars and they involved Napoleon. That’s it!

The next decision was equally important – what models should I choose? There are millions of dealers out there, but in my mind there were two front-runners; either a combination of Victrix and Warlord Games minis, because they’re gorgeously sculpted, or Baccus 6mm because the smaller scale would allow for much more epic (pun intended) battles. Going 6mm meant I wouldn’t have to go through all that stress of getting uniforms painted 100% correct to period too.

In the end, the tipping point came with choosing a set of rules. Again, there are tons of different options out there, but Baccus 6mm had their own set of Polemos rules, and call me tame, but it seems so much simpler to have my models based and scaled according to the rules I’m playing with. Warlord’s Black Powder certainly caught my eye for the same reason, but price-wise, Baccus came out on top, with an entire two-army starter set for $170, conveniently bought online at Scale Creep Miniatures. Anyway, enough jibber-jabber for now, let’s get on with what I got – dim the lights please, and, action!

Baccus 6mm Boxed Set

My starter box arrived in the mail - Austrians Vs. French

Baccus 6mm bases

Wooden bases - AKA the most boring pic on the Internet!

Baccus 6mm buildings

Nicely sculpted buildings

Baccus 6mm rulebook

The rulebook, containing rules for mid and large scale battles

Baccus 6mm painting guide

Painting guides and flags

Baccus 6mm Austrian Army

"Get to the lead!" Ok, here's the Austrian army starter

Baccus 6mm French Army

French starter - note I have no idea what any of these guys are yet!

Baccus 6mm Vs. Battlefront Flames of War

A little size comparison between 6mm Baccus and 15mm FoW

First observations after a cursory glance through the goodies – the level of detail on the minis is certainly impressive! I’m itching to start painting everything this weekend, and have already figured out a rough paint scheme I intend to follow. Watch this space for my progress, both as I paint my forces, and get to learn more about the history of the period. Let’s begin!

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