The problem with being distracted from current wargaming projects into new projects is that it never stops at one. You get a new interest, start looking around at rules for that interest then get distracted again. Next thing you know you you have three or four more projects in mind.
I was looking at rules for the Greek project I mentioned in the last post here and next thing I knew I was looking at Dadi&Piombo’s Basic Impetus Expansion, Basic Battles.
Basic Battles is an expansion on the Basic Impetus system, moving that system from the Renaissance to the Colonial Wars periods. This includes Napoleonics and I just happen to have a couple of 6mm Napoleonic Armies waiting in the lead pile – only the 1814 Prussians have made it (briefly) to the painting queue.
Of course, Dadi&Piombo note in the introduction to the rules:
This is an experimental set to expand on Basic Impetus 2.0 rules for later periods, up to Colonial warfare, where one Unit roughly represents one brigade. This set also covers Napoleonics, though a more detailed and tactical ruleset is under development for this period. Basic Impetus 2 can be purchased through www.dadiepiombo.com or digitally through Wargame Vault: www.wargamevault.com/product/200518/Basic-Impetus-2 Available in English, French and Spanish.
Naturally I want to use them for Napoleonics. I figure that if I work to the basic system in Baccus’ General de division or Marechal d’Empire rules, use the armies (when painted) with either the Baccus rules or Basic Battles, when the Impetus Napoleonic Rules come along I’m looking sweet.
The armies I have available for this are:
1814 Prussians – Heroics and Ros figures
Duchy or Warsaw – Adler Miniatures
Confederation of the Rhine (also Adler I think)
If you think it is a small project, I checked on the size of the Prussians and have the following in that group to paint:
32 battalions of infantry
1 batt of schützen
2 regiments of uhlans
2 regts of dragoons
1 regt of horse jaegers
6 regts of cuirassiers
4 regts of landwehr cavalry
12 batteries (line and horse) of artillery
And of course, as a wargamer, you can never have too may projects 🙂
I have the Japanese modern fleet in 1/3000 ready to paint but that is a small task and really will be a filler between the early Soviets being completed and the next 6mm project. One option is to finish off the Soviets with mid and late World War 2 troops. This is the lead-pile ready for that.
Lots more AFVs – 20 or so T34/85, 10 JS-2, KV-2s, more KV-1s.
Also more artillery, Katyusha rockets, some later war aircraft (Yaks) and a bigger artillery battery or two.
Lastly, in case one finds oneself near a river, some floating vehicles would be useful so we have some boats 🙂
The early world war 2 Soviet force is shown below. I will be using this against Japanese and Hungarians, both of which I still need to paint. The battles against the Japanese will be a little bit anachronistic as I do not have the very early armour used by the Russians at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan).
Still, look out Doug, there are more to come – including late war heavies to see your Tiger 2s off 😉
In the meantime, feel free to have a look around this force in the gallery below. I will admit that I still need to add decals to the tanks. I am waiting until the mood takes me again to do that much fiddly cutting and decaling!
My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup
Bell P-39 Airacobra and Polikarpov I-16 Rata Mosca.
Bell P-39 Airacobra and Polikarpov I-16 Rata Mosca – both early war aircraft in use by the Soviets. Models by GHQ, bases by Raiden.
Two infantry battalions for Blitzkrieg Commander II – figures are Adler and GHQ
Mounted Russians and dismounted markers. Cavalry will normally be able to deploy as infantry
Two Headquarters bases and like all Headquarters, even on the steppe will find a shady tree
My forward Artillery Observer (AOP)
Engineers – flame throwers on the left, mine-sweeping on the right and some general engineer elements in the rear (digging up mines perhaps) – these are Adler figures
A side view of the engineers
Infantry Support – 82mm mortar on the left, anti-tank rifles in the centre and heavy machine guns (HMG or MMG) on the right
Side view of the Infantry support
122mm artillery – this battery would normally be deployed off table because of the range of these weapons
The artillery battery from the rear
Three 76mm Infantry guns (deployed either on or off table) and two 45mm anti-tank guns
A platoon of BA-10 armoured cars – used for scouting and other purposes
Soviet light tank company consisting of GHQ T-60 scout tanks. These were produced in large numbers from 1941 to 1942 being replaced by T-70 light tanks
Valentine Light Tank Company – Valentines were supplied as part of Lend Lease to the Soviets from Commonwealth factories
T34/76 Tank Company
T34/76 tanks – showing simple, basic weathering
KV-1a tanks – a small platoon
KV-1a tanks – a small platoon showing simple, basic weathering
When my order for Rapier MiniaturesParthians was delivered, Rapier kindly sent me some samples. One was a pack of early Imperial Romans and the other was some American Civil War figures. The American Civil War figures were good as they kind of allowed a like for like comparison between the Rapier figures and Baccus/Adler Miniatures.
The first comparison is between the Heroics and Ros Prussian musketeer and some Rapier ACW infantry. A you can see there is a considerable size difference between the Rapier and the Heroics. I certainly would not consider mixing these figures together in the same unit.
Even thought the difference in height is about 1mm, it is very apparent which is the larger figure and which is the smaller.
When comparing against the Adler Miniatures the size difference is a little harder to see. Unfortunately the only figure I had easily to hand was a plumed figure. Certainly the Adler head is much larger than the Rapier head and this makes the Adler figure look larger than the Rapier overall. However, allowing for the height difference bought on by the large plume, there is not too much of a difference between the figures. I think that it would be possible to mix Rapier figures and Adler figures within the same unit.
Given that the Baccus figures look slightly less bulky than the Adler, I also think it would be possible to mix Baccus and Rapier within the same unit. I will be in a better position soon to make that comparison however as I have a batch of Baccus Sassanians on order and due for delivery in the next two or three days.