Peter Berry, owner and grand panjandrum of "Baccus
6mm" figures put out a challenge on the 17th of June 2004. What
he wanted were 20 people who had never painted 6mm wargames figures before
to receive a free army pack and to paint them up, relatively quickly please.
His reason being to show people who doubted the usefulness and niceness
of his figs how easy to paint and nice to look at they were.
I was a bit later to start than I could have been, real life and all
that, but I was enthusiastic to try, which might be a bit of a drawback
in Mr. Berry's scheme, the close minded probably wouldn't have fired off
What I wanted from this exercise was a illustration, to myself, of how
these things would be to work with and would the end result justify the
extra time required to paint so many figures, even if they ARE smaller
than normal. I'll admit that my period interest for 6mm would be either
Medieval, or English Civil War and the only period that Mr. Berry knows
I'm interested in using this scale for is the one he doesn't do, namely
Medieval. So this could be a good way to find out how these things did,
even though the man donating them might not get any direct financial benefit
out of doing so.
The time I had to spend was evening only, mixed in with talking to my
wife, checking emails and watching TV, so this isn't my full and undivided
attention being focused here, so it you tend to concentrate purely on
your figures when painting then you are bound to take less time. All paints
used are Acrylics from across the ranges of Vallejo, Humbrol,
Miniature Paints, Tamiya and Games Workshop.
Since the paint job on figures looks terrible, more than the actual awfulness of my lack of talent, when magnified beyond their size where appropriate I've included pictures at close to real size.