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Advice, opinions and recommendations

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Hi Lardies and Lardettes :)

Having made the decision to return to figure collecting and painting, after an absence of some 25 years, I find myself drawn like a moth to the light by the amazing range of rule sets, produced by TFL! In the past I never actually wargamed, I just loved collecting and painting the figures, particularly the Anglo-Saxon period as that is my 'specialised' period of history (plus it used to keep me out of the pub during the week!). However, before I start to 'splash the cash' on rule sets, figures and paints, I was hoping for some answers to the following questions:

1) It appears that I will have to 'solo' game, as I cannot find anyone in my area to 'fight'; which of the following set of rules would be my best option for doing this; Dux Britanniarum, Infamy Infamy!, Sharp Practice, or Chain of Command? NB: I've listed the rules in what I would consider as my order of preference.

2) How well does the size comparison bare up for figures, between the following manufacturers in 28mm: Victrix, Warlord, Foundry, Gripping Beast, Aventine, Crusader, Perry Miniatures? I'm sure I've missed a few out, but you get the picture :)

As Dux really fits my 'period of choice', it is the one that appeals most, but Infamy comes a damned close second! SP looks real fun, however after such a long absence from painting, I don't know if I fancy getting into painting all those belts/webbings/facings etc! My hesitance for CoC, is having to sort out vehicles and buildings etc., which would possibly increase costs when compared to the relatively cheaper option of making of terrain features for the first two sets of rules?

So, as you can see, I find myself caught in the 'cauldron of indecision'! Any advice, or a helpful prod in the right direction would be most appreciated! :D

Many thanks,

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I would suggest you stick with Dux if that is your preferred period. The figure requirement is low so you will be able to collect both sides easily enough, and then acquire extras as your campaign progresses. Same with the terrain requirements.

Figure-wise - if it was me - I'd go gripping beast as I like their sculpts!

A caveat that I do not (yet) own the Dux rules, I have played it, and it is great fun!

The real answer is do them all of course, but that may come with time! Dux is a great starting point.

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I agree buy everything and become massively obsessed again.
Make sure you buy the same armies in 6, 15 and 28mm to seal the deal.
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Dux, and Victrix figures!

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Dux is an interesting and enjoyable game, but I would recommend Infamy, Infamy as an easier entry route back into wargaming particularly for solo play. It’s campaign system is simpler much more straightforward to pick up and operate. A lot of the terrain for it will be usable in Dux as well when you want to move into that period.

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Thanks for the suggestions :) From said suggestions, I think I'll start with Dux+Raiders, then get Infamy, Infamy! Then some point next year, I may give Sharp Practice a go?

Are the Gripping Beast figures a good size match with Victrix? Both look great sculpts. I've read online and seen on Youtube that Foundry's Early Saxons & Romano-British rang, as well as some of Warlord's figs, come up either a bit 'short', or 'tall/chunky' in comparison; I know I'll only be 'solo-ing', but things like that would play havoc with my OCD-ness! :D
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Go 15mm. I wish I had.

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Unfortunately Gripping Beast' plastics are nowhere near as well detailed as those of Victrix, and slightly smaller.

Regrettably, Victrix are in a league of their own when it comes to details and 'crsipness'. They also tend to be slightly larger, but not 'heroic' 28mm large...

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In my view Victrix figures are not 28mm despite their marketing, they are more like 32mm. Lovely figures but definitely larger than several 28mm ranges. It all depends on what you find acceptable whether you want to mix them in a force. I would keep them separate myself.

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The question then is do Vitrix make enough figures to make an acceptable force for whatever rule set you choose?

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