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.
Operation Goodwood was a British offensive to the northeast of the French city of Caen in Normandy after the D-Day Landings (18-20 July 1944). Its aim was to make a limited advance against German defensive positions, making their continued resistance in Caen untenable, while also pinning down German armoured reserves in order to allow the American forces in northwest France to launch Operation Cobra.
Here are some pictures of the Battle of Dresden game I put on on Friday 17 November 2017, using my collection of 6mm Heroics and Ros figures.
We used my home-made Coup de Grace (version 2.0) rules for large-scale battles. Up to 200 units were on table, and we managed to reach a decisive outcome, as the French (played by Richard, Noel, Pat, and Tim) withstood the Allied army, consisting of Austrian, Russian, and Prussian contingents led respectively by Jonathan, Mal, and Brian. Both sides received reinforcements during the game.
Ever wanted to guide the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's legendary winged Hussars to victory against rebellious Cossacks, perfidious Tartars, or invading Ottoman Turks? (Not to mention Muscovite hordes or rampaging Swedes...)