These have been around for a few years and have been seen at various shows around the UK. I have not seen them however except for the odd mention in the wargame press. I have been thinking of an American Civil War project and decided that it would be in 6mm, given the lack of space I have here for wargaming in.
My preferred 6mm ACW figures would have been either Heroics and Ros, Rapier, Adler or Baccus 6mm. However H&R have had their figures off catalogue for some time now (expect for the WW2 and Modern Infantry) for a number of reasons and due to the plague, Baccus have been controlling the amount of customers they can service by having their online shipping cart, online for brief periods, and the periods away from my payday.
Enter Commission Figurines. I had heard them mentioned before and then one of the guys at the Virtual Wargames Club mentioned that he had seen some at a show so, as they make both MDF figures and buildings, and as I am always looking for a building or two, I thought I would try them out. Catalogue downloaded, read (about 3 minutes), reread, and then an order was typed up and emailed off. A reply came back with confirmation of supply, and a price. I confirmed I wanted to go ahead, PayPal invoice arrives and then after a few days (I guess while Walt “lasered” some bits of MDF) a package was dispatched to the Philippines. Fast forward about 6 weeks and a card from PhilPost was left at my gate, so I duly trundled off in trike to the Post Office to collect a light weight box with the following contents:
|1||6ENMix||6mm Entrenchments – Mixed||£3.50|
|1||6WAT1||La Belle Alliance||£3.50|
|1||6WAT2||La Haye Saint||£5.00|
|1||6Fence||6mm Rail Fence Pack||£4.00|
|1||6House||6mm House Pack||£5.00|
|1||Infantry in Kepi, Blanket Roll, Marching||£2.00|
|1||Infantry in Kepi, Firing Line (16 command figures, 56 infantrymen)||£2.00|
|1||Cavalry in Kepi (12 strips of 3 figs)||£2.00|
|1||Dismounted Cavalry (36 troopers firing line, 2 horse holders & 6 horses)||£2.00|
|1||Artillery in Kepi (3 Rifled guns & 3 Smoothbore guns, 4 crews, 2 x 6 horse limbers, 2 officers)||£2.00|
|1||Generals (6 poses in hat, same 6 poses in kepi) @||£2.00|
|1||Heavy (Thracian) Cavalry||£2.00|
I was very happy with the service, the speed of delivery given the current position of the of the world and the international movement of mail, goods and parcels.
Firstly the buildings. They are simply lovely and will look the business when assembled, painted and placed on the tabletop. The only really challenging part, well, really two challenging parts:
- I have not worked with MDF before so am considering glues and construction techniques
- There were no assembly instructions with the buildings. With La Belle Alliance and La Haye Sainte, not problem, but more of a challenge with the 6mm house pack
The figures themselves are nicely produced as well, and reminiscent of very small flats that were first used in wargames. I will need to learn a new painting technique for these but hey, a change is a good as a holiday. I am champing at the bit to start working of them (both buildings and figures) but am resisting starting while I think my way through the process, try some dry fits and work out glues (superglue, PVA, hot glue gun, etc).
Photos of some of the received items below.