In the systems Ba/sub 4-x/Sr/sub x/B/sup II/Re/sub 2/vacantO/sub 12/, Ba/sub 4/B/sub 1-x//sup II/Ca/sub x/Re/sub 2/vacantO/sub 12/ and Ba/sub 4-x/La/sub x/B/sup II/Re/sub 2-x/W/sub x/va/sub x/antO/sub 12/ (B/sup II/ =Co, Ni) hexagonal perovskites with a rhombohedral 12 L structure (general composition A/sub 4/BM/sub 2/vacantO/sub 12/; sequence (hhcc)/sub 3/; space group R3m) are observed. With the exception of Ba/sub 4/NiRe/sub 2/vacantO/sub 12/ the octahedral net consists of BO/sub 6/ single octahedra and M/sub 2/vacantO/sub 12/ face connected blocks (type 1). In type 2 (Ba/sub 4/NiRe/sub 2/vacantO/sub 12/) the M ions are located in the single octahedra and in the center of the groups of three face connected octahedra. The two outer positions of the latter are occupied by B ions and vacancies in the ratio 1:1. The difference between type 1 and 2 are discussed by means of the vibrational and diffuse reflectance spectra.