|15mm and 10mm French Voltigeurs|
As described in a previous posting, the cost difference between 10mm double row bases and 15mm single row bases is marginal, when you are comparing the cost of completed figure bases.
My painting test indicates that I could finish single row-based 15mm figures slightly faster. I used the test results for infantry figures and added a 15 percent time increase for cavalry, artillery, and commander elements. The chart below depicts the painting time, in hours, for the three options.
While I'm comfortable that the 15mm painting test is a reasonable estimate, I'm less sure of the 10mm test. The test figures were my first attempt at painting 10mm figures, so I expect that I can speed things up with practice.
The testing is also limited in two areas for both scales. I only painted a small number of figures in both tests, so my test didn't capture the efficiency of painting a larger group at once. I also didn't consider time spent cleaning up and priming figures. I believe that the clean up for the 10mm figures went much faster.
Integrating the Analysis
Paint time and cost are only a few factors that will influence my decision. I ran a multiple factor analysis that includes qualitative factors, such as the appearance of the miniature units. I weighted each factor and used a logarithmic rating scheme.
The (Preliminary) Winner is...
Considering all of the factors important to me, I'm seriously considering a switch to 10mm scale for my Napoleonic collection. I like the "mass" look of double-row bases, and the cost and time savings compared to 15mm double-row bases is significant. I already have an AWI 15mm figures based in single rows.
Before making the big jump, I plan on painting eight more strips of French flank company figures. Once we arrive at our new home, I may test paint a group of cavalry figures, too.
The Long Road to Lasalle
Even with a change in scale or basing, it will be a long time before I can field two Lasalle armies. I can spare an average of five hours a week for my hobby time. At that pace, it will be almost a year before I'm ready to play unless I can find fellow players in Seoul, Korea that happen to have a common interest.
I received the DBN rules last night, so I'll post a review and my plan for creating a collection that works for both games in the future. My first impression is very favorable. I've wondered if I could find a corps-level miniatures game, and DBN appears to get the mechanics right.