6mm BBB armies

Started by Leman, 05 January 2015, 08:09:17 PM

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Subedai

Quote from: getagrip on 10 March 2015, 04:00:50 PM
Agree entirely but how else could you represent a grand battle?

I'm playing around with building sizes at the mo and have hit a similar problem :-\

This is why I tend to stick to smaller actions. With limited table space I like everything to look as in scale as it can be. It also means that I don't end with mega armies in a single period and can diversify as much as I like.
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10 March 2015, 05:18:31 PM #46 Last Edit: 10 March 2015, 05:32:24 PM by mad lemmey
Borney- a lot of the villages were hamlets, farmsteads or small holdings, especially on the further outskirts of Metz, a lot of cottage industry and piecework (like the infamous Weavers' Cottage outside Sedan).
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getagrip

Quote from: Subedai on 10 March 2015, 04:14:19 PM
This is why I tend to stick to smaller actions. With limited table space I like everything to look as in scale as it can be. It also means that I don't end with mega armies in a single period and can diversify as much as I like.

Fair comment ;)
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Quote from: mad lemmey on 10 March 2015, 05:18:31 PM
Borney- a lot of the villages were hamlets, farmsteads or small holdings, especially on the further outskirts of Metz, a lot of cottage industry and piecework (like the infamous Weavers' Cottage outside Metz).

Which infamous Weaver's Cottage outside Metz?   :-\ :-\

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The one Disney moved from Sedan?

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Chris Pringle

Hi Sub,

I absolutely agree the aesthetic is important, but I think you can achieve a grand battle effect without needing a grand table to put it on. I just tend to use a single building on a patch of fields to represent a village, and a couple of buildings or one larger one on a cobblestone template to represent a town. It looks OK to me.

For example, here's a pic of a battle with 10mm figs and 6mm buildings (the St Quentin Franco-Prussian game we put on at Overlord earlier this month):
http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.no/2015/03/st-quentin-fpw-bbb-participation-game.html

And you can find loads of pics of battles which (I think) look like battles, using 6mm figures with 6mm or smaller buildings in my Flickr photostream - the 1/600 scale forts from Peter Pig look great with 6mm.

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Leman

I suppose I am a very lucky bunny having built up two FPW and APW collections over the years, in 10mm and 6mm. The tiny buildings are for massive actions with the 6mm figures, e.g. Gravelotte-St.Privat. I also have a collection of 6mm buildings for medium-sized actions, e.g. Coulmiers, and 10mm buildings for parts of actions, e.g. the German attack on Villers-Brettoneux during the battle of Amiens. Got to the age now where I can have cake and eat it.
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Buildings made of cake! Now there's an idea! :D
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Subedai

10 March 2015, 06:02:51 PM #53 Last Edit: 11 March 2015, 02:46:52 PM by Leon
Quote from: Chris Pringle on 10 March 2015, 05:47:20 PM
Hi Sub,

I absolutely agree the aesthetic is important, but I think you can achieve a grand battle effect without needing a grand table to put it on. I just tend to use a single building on a patch of fields to represent a village, and a couple of buildings or one larger one on a cobblestone template to represent a town. It looks OK to me.

For example, here's a pic of a battle with 10mm figs and 6mm buildings (the St Quentin Franco-Prussian game we put on at Overlord earlier this month):
http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.no/2015/03/st-quentin-fpw-bbb-participation-game.html

And you can find loads of pics of battles which (I think) look like battles, using 6mm figures with 6mm or smaller buildings in my Flickr photostream - the 1/600 scale forts from Peter Pig look great with 6mm.

Chris

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https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BBB_wargames/info

Colour me old fashioned but I still like my units to have a passing resemblance to their historical counterparts and can't in all honesty get my head around playing out a major battle with those kind of numbers involved on a 6 x 4. Yes I only use 3 blocks for a French battalion and 4 for a Prussian but to me, the size is close enough. From my point of view, the aesthetic is all important. Plus the fact, as most of my games are solo, I have the option of doing a bit of a battle at a time. I mean, this is what I am talking about:

http://blog.belisarius.org.uk/fpw-game-2015/nggallery/page/1/thumbnails

#Leman. Sent you a PM earlier with the above link included. Don't know if you'd seen this before.

#mollinary. You might enjoy looking at that as well.
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Quote from: mad lemmey on 10 March 2015, 06:01:52 PM
Buildings made of cake! Now there's an idea! :D

Gingerbread houses :D
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mollinary

Quote from: mad lemmey on 10 March 2015, 05:33:17 PM
The one Disney moved from Sedan?

Dagnabbit, sorry Mollinary, been a long day.  :'(

Oh, that one. Phew, I thought I was having a senior moment!   :D

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Chris Pringle

Nothing wrong with old fashioned, Subs. We all like what we like. And I understand what you mean - I too have played games where the number of figures on table jarred a bit with what they were supposed to represent.

Having said that, I would encourage you to take a look at my Flickr album "2014-08-11 Paris sortie" in which 100,000 or so French are trying to break through a thin German cordon. I really think the first couple of pics in the album look like a mass battle. And for me (though obviously I would say this, wouldn't I) BBB manages to reconcile a grand-battle approach with a tactical feel, without turning into an abstract boardgame where the figures might as well be cardboard counters. And I'm comfortable with the aesthetic.

Mais chacun a son gout.
Chris

mollinary

10 March 2015, 07:18:56 PM #58 Last Edit: 11 March 2015, 02:47:54 PM by Leon
Quote from: Subedai on 10 March 2015, 06:02:51 PM
Colour me old fashioned but I still like my units to have a passing resemblance to their historical counterparts and can't in all honesty get my head around playing out a major battle with those kind of numbers involved on a 6 x 4. Yes I only use 3 blocks for a French battalion and 4 for a Prussian but to me, the size is close enough. From my point of view, the aesthetic is all important. Plus the fact, as most of my games are solo, I have the option of doing a bit of a battle at a time. I mean, this is what I am talking about:

http://blog.belisarius.org.uk/fpw-game-2015/nggallery/page/1/thumbnails

#Leman. Sent you a PM earlier with the above link included. Don't know if you'd seen this before.

#mollinary. You might enjoy looking at that as well.

Hi Subs,

Nearly missed this with all of it beingi n the quotes box and all. Thanks for the link.  Lovely game, looks great and seems fun. TTLGB is a great set of rules, but that square dynamic does take a bit of getting used to!

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Techno

What's going on with these quote boxes ? :-\
How strange.
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