|The figures came off the old bases fairly easily...no cut fingers or damaged figures.|
Honestly I have to admit that sometimes I might, just perhaps maybe, have more figures than I realize. All along I was thinking of a box with two Baccus armies that I picked up in a Historicon flea market some years ago, and then when I dug out the boxes to start blending the armies together I realized that I had more French and Bavarians that I had purchased from a guy in England a few years ago. They were on the right sized bases, but they were based in two ranks rather than three ranks as my new Franco-Bavarians were. No matter, says I; I can live with that slight difference. Although the bases are the brighter green ones below, once I repaint and flock the bases they'll all look like the darker bases.
|Notice the difference in the two-rank vs three-rank units; each unit will still only represent one battalion, so the number of figures per base is irrelevant.|
There's only one problem at this point; I realize that I now have a total of 18 British-Dutch infantry units but I have a whopping 28 Franco-Bavarian infantry units. Now, I know there are plenty of wargamers who put a lot of stock in the invincibility of the "thin red line" but that's a pretty big difference. So, let's look at my options. First, there's the obvious...just don't put all those French on the table at once. Really? You mean, have figures that I don't actually play with? Isn't there some rule against that in the Gamers Code? Ok, seriously now, there's option number two: buy more Baccus British infantry and paint them myself. That's the option I usually go for...buy more! That's probably the option most attractive to me so far, but there is actually a third option. This one I'll take your thoughts on, because as the pictures illustrate it's not the optimum option.
I have in my possession a vast collection of 6mm WSS (or maybe SYW...hard to tell at this scale!) of another brand. I know the brand but I won't mention it because I don't want to slight them. I do not intend this comparison to be a slight or a statement of preference; I sincerely just want to illustrate the difference in size of my available resources to see what you all think about mixing them in an army.
|Baccus on the right in the pic.|
So now it's crunch time; do I buy more Baccus and sell off the slimmer guys, or just use them and not worry about the slight size difference? I'm open to comments.