Returning to Lasalle
The end of painting my Macedonian Morph Collection is within sight, and the recent release of Maurice, by Sam Mustafa, prompted me to peruse my Lasalle rulebook. Mr. Mustafa's Lasalle rules are designed for tactical level Napoleonic games. I picked it up as I finished painting and playing American War of Independence games over the first 18 months of my wargaming life. See Sam's website, www.sammustafa.com for more information.
Sam's rulebooks are reknown for photos of well-painted miniatures, and he recommends infantry basing with double rows of figures. The units look great, and I decided to give it go, fielding an Austrian Avante Garde Division and a French Infantry Division. I made it through two Austrian large infantry units before burning out. The painting effort and investment to field two Armies is significant as a new player. DBA was appealing because of the limited number of figures needed to start, so I set the Napoleonics aside.
Considering a Scale Switch
Nonetheless, I do want to complete two Lasalle Armies, and I began pondering a switch to 10mm figures for my Napoleonic collection for multiple reasons.
- Cost - I estimated that I might save quite a bit of cash.
- Time - I might be able to paint more quickly, given the limited detail.
- Variety - my AWI and Ancients figures are 15mm.
|6mm Carthaginian Elephants|
Green Eyeshade Analysis
For the cost comparison, I planned for the reality that two Armies won't be the end of the story. I expect to continue growing my collection over time. I planned for expanding my collection in the following phases:
- Two Armies to get started
- French Infantry Division with Cuirrassier Bde
- Austrian Avante Garde Division with Infantry Bde
- Two Extra Brigades
- French Infantry Bde
- Austrian Hussar Bde
- British Guards Division with Dragoon Bde
- British Infantry Bde
- Russian Grenadier Division with Reserve Artillery Bde
- Russian Dragoon Bde
- 15mm single row basing - 4 infantry or 2 cavalry figures per base
- 15mm double row basing - 8 infantry or 3 cavalry figures per base
- 10mm double row basing - 10 infantry or 3 cavalry figures per base
I used pricing from several websites:
- 10mm figures: http://www.oldgloryminiatures.com/ with the Old Glory Army membership cost included.
- 15mm single row basing: Battle Honors or Old Glory figures from http://www.warweb.com/
- 15mm double row basing: http://oldglory15s.com/catalog/ using the figure packs suitable for Lasalle.
Although I really like the look, the cost analysis helped me to decide against 15mm double basing. I cannot afford the investment given my other interests and limited hobby budget
Excluding Sunk Costs
Making a decision between single row 15mm bases or 10mm bases won't be as easy. I have already invested time in painting up two double row-based units, and I have purchased and primed enough 15mm figures for several more units. I decides to compare the costs of my additional purchases, excluding sunk costs.
The Painting Test
Given the minor cost difference (not to mention the psychological cost of not using the already purchased and painted 15mm figures), I am proceeding with a painting time test before making my decision. I definitely like the look of double row basing, a plus for 10mm. I'm still unsure if I will like the look of the smaller figures. I bought a 10mm French Flank Company pack from Old Glory, and it was primed up today. I'll try to post the painting test results soon. We are in the midst of a major overseas move, but I'm trying to finish this little project before my kit is packed up.