FAQ

STRIP SIZES AND PACK FORMAT

Formed infantry are based four figures to a strip, facing forward, on a 20mm frontage and 5mm depth. Skirmishing/light Infantry (four to a strip), and Mounted troops (three to a strip), are based in file for cutting and rebasing.

 

ARE THERE ANY OVERSEAS DEALERS?

If you live in the US, Scale Creep Miniatures carries the full range of Baccus figures, rules and models.

SHIPPING TIMES AND METHODS
Most orders for which all items are in stock are dispatched within seven days of ordering, subject to delays resulting from holidays, sickness, or preparations for wargames shows.  We send all UK parcels via Royal Mail first class post.  We send all overseas parcels using the International Small Packet service.  This is a very reliable and cost-effective service, however it does not come with any tracking system,   Parcels sent using this system normally arrive withing two weeks of despatch.

 

POSTAGE, PACKING AND DELIVERY
Postage charges in the UK are 10% of the total order value, those to mainland Europe 15% and for the rest of the world 25%. These charges to Countries within the EU are subject to VAT.
UK orders are sent by first class post.
Overseas orders are sent by International Small Packet post. This is not a signed-for or tracked service. Should you wish us to send items with this facility, we will provide a quote. This will cost more than the standard percentage and will vary depending on the size and weight of the package.
 

WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH MORE TO BUY YOUR FIGURES IN THE 'REST OF THE WORLD?'

An alternative version of this question is the more common statement, 'I'd buy from you but your shipping costs to the USA/Canada/Australia make it TOO expensive!'

OK, Let's approach this one from two angles. Firstly no matter how you look at it, shipping bits of metal overseas in commercial aircraft isn't cheap. I have to pay for that to be done and I have to reflect that in my price structure. Selling services at a loss is a very good way to end up not selling any services at all!

Secondly and more counter-intuitively, buying from me from outside the EU means your orders are CHEAPER than those to UK citizens. It's all to do with tax. Suppose you order £20 of figures from me and you live in London.

The costs are as follows:

Ex VAT price of figures = £16.67

Plus VAT at 20% = £3.33

Plus P&P at 10% = £2.00

Total = £22.00

 

However, sending the same package to the USA

Ex VAT price of figures = £16.67

Plus P&P at 25% = £4.17

Total = £20.84

So it's not a bad deal at all even with the postage costs!



ARE BACCUS FIGURES COMPATIBLE WITH X, Y & Z?
The emphasis on this question is wrong. To my way of thinking it should be rephrased as, 'Are x, y, and z's figures compatible with Baccus?' It is really difficult to be objective about this as I judge other people's ranges by my standards. The following picture shows samples from mine, Irregular's and Heroics ranges.



The red line marks the 6mm height. Mine are measuring about 6.5mm from base to eye level, Irregular about 6mm and Heroics about 5mm.

So if we are all making 6mm figures, why aren't mine exactly the same as the others, so you can mix and match across the ranges?
Well, I started making my own figures because none of the ranges available to me gave me what I wanted:

Heroics have a vast range, and in many ways are the 'standard' for this scale. However, they are not 'true' 6mm figures. They were designed as 1/300th scale models, and so are smaller than the nominal 6mm in both height and bulk, measuring as little as 4.5mm foot to eye. I suppose the easiest comparison to make is between a nominal 25mm figure of today and the 'equivalent' 1/72nd plastic ranges. Their slightness of stature means that there is little or no detail on the castings. Remember when someone tells you that Baccus figures are 'huge' in comparison to Heroics, it is not my figures that are grossly oversize, it is that the objects of comparison are actually smaller than the perceived scale.
Now depending on your point of view their smooth form and poor detail makes these figures either a dream or an absolutely cow to paint. As I am firmly in the latter camp, I designed figures with lots of clean, raised detail - a fact appreciated by many.
So, I wanted figures that were larger than 5mm in size and had lots of detail - as a result, there was no chance of mine being like Heroics!


Irregular also have a vast range, and with more bulk and height are actually 6mm in scale. However, I did not like their fixed basing and I believed that I could produce castings that carried more and better defined detail. So, no chance of mine being like Irregular!


Adler figures are incredibly well designed, animated and detailed. However, they are considerably larger than 6mm, and their very distinctive styling is not to everyone's taste.

In essence, Baccus figures are my interpretation of what a 6mm figure should be. To have purposely chosen to make my figures match other people's ranges would have meant that I would now be turning out what would effectively be copies of Heroics or Irregular or Adler miniatures - something I was not inclined to do.


Figure design is an Art, not a Science. Every artist sees things differently, as does every designer.



ARE 6MM FIGURES ANY CHEAPER THAN 15MM OR 25MM'S?
While I do not hold that 6mm's only advantage over bigger scale is that of price, it is certainly a major factor. Indeed some say that if you follow the
practice of basing 6mm figures using 15mm or 28mm ground scale you actually end up with losing that price advantage.
Well...not quite. I'll work through a couple of examples based on DBA/M standard basing to show what I mean. To start with, let's state the basic assumptions.
 

Scale

Unit

No of figures

Cost

6mm

Infantry Strip

4

£0.20

 

Cavalry Strip

3

£0.40

28mm

Infantry Figure

1

£1.00

 

Cavalry Figure

1

£2.50


So what do we get if we compare 28mm and 6mm figures on bases using the 28mm ground scale.

 

Base Size

No. of
6mm strips

No. of
28mm figures

Cost for 6mm

Cost for 28mm

Infantry

60 x 20

6

3

£1.20

£3.00

Cavalry

60 x 40

3

3

£1.20

£7.50

 

So, 6mm works out much cheaper, but look at the difference in numbers of figures you get out on the table.
If we take a twelve element Early Imperial Roman DBA army as an example, and use standard 28mm base sizes:

 

 

Infantry

Cavalry

Total No of Figures

Total Cost

6mm

216

18

234

£13.20

28mm

28

6

34

£43.00

So there is a significant cost saving. There is also a much shorter time for painting. At the rate of one figure per minute the painting time
of the 6mm army is about five hours work including basing. At a rate of one hour per figure (speed painting for some!), for the 28mms you are looking at about 34 hours work.


And as for visual effect...well some people can look at a battle line of 20 exquisitely painted legionaries and convince themselves that they are fielding half a legion. When your front line contains 240 figures in two ranks then you don't have to imagine as hard...and wait till you see a pike phalanx!

CAN I HAVE A DISCOUNT?
We all like to pay less if we can, and I get a lot of emails headed with just this question, and then promising me that that the writer will purchase £30 of figures if I can give a 'favourable' answer. The simple facts are that my ranges are very competitively priced compared to other products in the hobby, and that I have actually got to generate a profit in order to live! As a comparison, the next time you get your car fixed, take the bill to the mechanic and see what reaction you get when you ask for a discount because you are spending £30 with him....

An important point to note is that the boxed sets, army and booster packs are already discounted.

In addition there may be some room to bring postal charges down with larger orders, but this is neither guaranteed, not quantifiable until the order is packed and weighed.

 

WHY CAN'T I BUY SINGLE STRIPS?
I sometimes get requests for specific single strips of figures. I'm afraid that it is simply not a feasible option to supply figures like this. The strips are cast in bulk with an eye to producing pack quantities. As all orders are cast to the customer requirements we don't have large numbers of spare strips on hand. Therefore to do an entire spin of a mould to supply just one casting from it is not financially viable. The only way it would be is if the customer were prepared to pay the true costs of production, and I don't think many are.

I am however prepared to alter the ratios of command to line in any pack. At its extreme this means that you can order a pack containing no command strips or no line strips. with any combination in between.

 

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