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PM mangemani
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mangemani
25th Apr 2017 07:25:42

after months of painting i have realized that this 6mm figure thing is my thing, its really fun, so im thinking about expanding my painting range even further and start on the napoleonic era.

im thinking of starting with the british. but before i start, can sombody please explain to me the purpose of those flank companies. did they serve as seperated regiment on the flanks of the line regiment or was they included in the line infantry? similar to the frenh regiment who had 4 companies in the regiment and supporting companies on the flanks(line grenadiers)?


PM mangemani
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mangemani
25th Apr 2017 10:16:22

oh, and i can also take the opertunity to ask which of the baccus figs suits best for nassau and hanoverian troops? cant seem to find any in the stock.


PM bushs
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bushs
26th Apr 2017 05:03:16

Hi Mangemani,

Are you French? I'm still trying to work out what your username means...

Flank companies are the elite companies of a battalion.

Elite companies are generally located on the flanks of the battalion when it has been deployed in line formation.

Elite companies generally have a bit more frou frou on their uniforms. Bigger feathers and a few more tastles and stuff.

Sometimes the elite companies from individual battalions belonging to a parent brigade were converged to form a temporary battalion (on the day/sometimes longer) which was a brigade asset.

To answer your question about Hanover/Nassau you need to specify time period and who they were aligned with.

e.g. Hanvoverians were fighting for the French and the British at the same time in the Penisula. I suspect you are interested in 1815 though.

Regards,

Steve

 


PM mangemani
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mangemani
26th Apr 2017 06:11:46

no, im from sweden:). "mange" is short for "magnus", my name, and "mani" as in "mania", mangemani:)

hmm, i see, did the battalions had flank companies on each sides of the battalion, 2 companies? and did they also have a seperata flag? or did they go under the same flag as the battalion?

yes, my focus is on 1815, waterloo:)


PM bushs
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bushs
26th Apr 2017 09:07:39

2 companies. In line formation one elite company on each flank unless they were deployed on special ops.

x1 elite company of grenadiers & x1 elite specialist light company. I've dumbed this explanation down big time by the way.

Hopefully somebody better informed will answer your post, but I'd go with British uniforms for the Hanoverians and French uniforms for the blokes from Nassau.

If you are good with scultping you could modify some of the shakos on the British miniatures into those German  Landwehr looking hats for the Hanoverians. Likewise you could sculpt a few colpacks on the French miniatures for the Nassau elites.


PM mangemani
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mangemani
26th Apr 2017 10:50:29

you're doing fine, you provide me with plenty of usefull information:)

i have never done sculpting before, the closest i get is to making a spare part out of platicard for a modell, so sculpting is kinda out of the question, but ill go with your advice, french for the nassau and brittish for the hanoverians:)

thanks


PM mangemani
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mangemani
30th Apr 2017 07:52:34

my first major order from baccus was placed today, which included horses. the focus is still on the waterloo campaign and i have a question about the horses and the bases, how many horses looks good on a single baseplate, those 40 x 40 ones? or "must" i use the bigger ones? the picture i have in my mind is that i can fit like 5-6 horses on 1 40 x 40 base and then have 3 of these bases with horses for 1 regiment/squadron. what do you guys think about that? i know its a matter of taste, yes, but i still wants to hear about your opinion.

 


PM bushs
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bushs
1st May 2017 07:50:51

Hi Magnus,

It really depends on which rule set you want to use.

Personally, I prefer larger bases for 6mm miniatures because I think they look better and they are also less fiddly.

Baccus prices for mdf bases are very reasonable compared to other mdf base suppliers. If you don't have a preference I'd be using the standard bases sizes that Baccus sells.

Regards,

Steve


PM Glenn Pearce
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Glenn Pearce
1st May 2017 02:35:39

Hello mangemani!

Baccus sells their figures, bases and rules to match, so you don't have to worry about any of that. The 60mm x 30mm base has become known as the "standard" base in most 6mm circles. You get four bases of 24 figures in every regular infantry pack and five bases of 9 cavalry figures in every cavalry pack. The command figures fit in the front so you don't even have to fiddle with that problem. Your limbers, cassions, wagons, etc. also fit on this base. The only other base you need is the 30mm x 30mm for your generals, artillery (guns) and gunners. Two bases for your entire collection. What could be easier?

Almost all rule sets will work with these bases as is or with a couple of minor house rules.

Should you hook up with other players the odds are that they are using these bases.

Have a look through the Baccus site almost all of the catalouge and personal pictures show just how good these bases look. They are mini dioramas, that add another dimension to your wargame table.

Best regards,

Glenn


PM mangemani
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mangemani
1st May 2017 03:00:47

oh. maybe i should have mention it, but at the moment, im not painting figs to play, im painting figs to recreate historical battlefields:). but sure, information about figs, bases and rules is also welcome cause i will start to play later on, when i have painted enough figs from most of the eras:)


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