I only ever play 6 person tables, as you get a lot more action (SB and BB comes round quicker). You can generally play lower starting hands because there are less chance of people having better ones (and decrease still further if you have sitouts). If however you can carry over the discipline gained from playing in 10 player tables, this should stand you in good stead.
You're right about the calling stations - things aren't really different at $1/2 level. It's nigh on impossible to drive someone off the pot. This means that a hand like 88 has reduced value - you can bet and bet and bet, but you wont get rid of people holding picture cards, and one will flop on the river. There's also no point bluffing
. People will push a pair to the end, regardless of what flops (i.e they'll take no notice if you raise when an ace flops).
My idiots guide will be simply to play high starting cards, bet continously if you flop top pair (don't worry about kicker, opponents will call you to the wire with 2nd or 3rd pair). If you don't flop top pair, fold. It's not poker for the purists, but there's no scope for flair and imagination at those levels.