Phil and I brought down our 28mm Eastern Renaissance figures for a club night game on Friday 29 June 2018.
The scenario I devised was simple: an Ottoman Turkish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's southeastern borderlands (c. early 17th century). The Turks, played by Rob and Jonathan, had to take a fortified village (commanded by Noel) situated on a river; meanwhile, an allied relief force of Polish and German units (played by Phil and Pat), was hastening to the aid of the stronghold, on the Turkish right flank.
Friday 15 June 2018 saw me put on an American Civil War game at the club. Using 6mm Heroics and Ros figures, mostly freshly painted, a refight of the Battle of Fredericksburg (1862) was the flavour of the evening.
On Friday 18th May, I mustered my 6mm Heroics and Ros Napoleonic French and Russians and put on a refight of the battle of Borodino (1812) at the club.
Phil, Patrick and Noel were on the Russian side, defending a line of redoubts, hills, and streams, on high ground. Rob, Simon, Mike, and Mal, played the French. Set up was not historical, so each side could deploy as they saw fit.
According to wargames lore, 6mm figures emerged in the 1970s as an alternative to 15mm figures – but never really took off.
6mm figures are considerably cheaper (£3 for 50 Heroics and Ros Napoleonic infantry); they look great ‘en masse’ (the main selling point, of course); they are quicker and in many respects easier to paint; and they work very well if you have a limited space in which to wargame (I live in a loft conversion).
However, they have not displaced either 15mm or 25/28mm figures as the scale most commonly collected or gamed with. Does this matter?
I once joked at a Friday game, while waiting for someone with the keys to the store room to arrive, that we were all 'Wargamers Anonymous'. Sitting there in a circle around the wargames table, that altar of our hobby, we seemed to be wargaming junkies in need of therapy, or at least the next fix!
And that's the thing about wargaming: it can be both an addiction and a form of therapy all in one.