Tonight I played a game of Black Powder for War of Spanish Succession. I wanted a chance to get all my newly painted figures – 4 regiments of cuirassier and 3 grenadier battalions – on the table.
My total was
- 18 infantry battalions – 36 men in 2 ranks in each
- 8 twelve man cavalry regiments
- 3 cannon
- 5 generals with AdC’s etc
- Commander in Chief
My opponent fielded 2/3 to 3/4 of this. We fitted this on a 6 foot by 4 foot (approx 1m80 x 1m20) table. My army cost approx £110 (at a guess, it was bought in bits) from Pendraken (my figure caster of choice).
My opponents said that it looked impressive from where he sat. Indeed it did – far more from his side.
I took some photos – unfortunately I had to use my phone, as I forgot my camera.
As we are using 10mm we have used cm instead of inches in the rules, or as close as is practical, so an infantry battalion is 6 20mm bases, rather than 45mm bases. This means I could get over 700 figures on the total to give a real mass effect. To play the same game with 28mm it would have had to have a table 12 feet or more wide.
Additionally 28mm figures are 10 times more expensive as they use so much metal – a battalion costs me about £4, that could easily be £40 or more for 28s- even the plastic ones would cost £15+ for 36 figures. 10’s are easy to paint – I’ve just painted 3 battalions -108 figures- in 48 hours, and that includes doing housework, moving my stepson and daughter in law stuff to their new house and generally not painting. In addition I can fit all of the figures in a 4 tray ‘very useful box’ for nice and easy storage, and it can be easily lifted