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trailape10 Nov 2012 3:48 a.m. PST

Hi Guys
I'm wondering what is the 'Standard' for basing 28mm ACW, (if there is such a thing)?
Im thinking or 4 or 5 miniatures on a 40mm Square might look OK.
I'm getting ready for the release of 'LONGSTREET' by Sam Mustafa:

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 5:27 a.m. PST

I base mine 2 figs on a 1 1/2" front and 1 1/8" depth. I use the Regt F & F rulee, and I think it looks quite fine!

Disco Joe10 Nov 2012 6:48 a.m. PST

I go with 4 figures across to a base.

Personal logo Don Manser Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 7:43 a.m. PST

Reading the description in the link it doesn't seem to matter as everything is measured in base widths. As long as both sides are based similarly go with what you think looks good along with what's versatile.

F&F seems to be a favorite.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 7:52 a.m. PST

Mostly singly on a 20X 20 mm square base

However, now that I am getting a few more, I am starting to base them 4 figs on a 40 X 40 square base

Personal logo nazrat Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 8:01 a.m. PST

Singly on 7/8" washers so I can play Terrible Swift Sword, then I make rectangular or square wooden bases with magnetic sheeting on them so I can make multi-figure groups for other systems. More bang for my buck!! 8)=

Wargaminginmaine Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 8:18 a.m. PST

Most of mine are mounted on 40x40mm stands. The rest will be some day.

Dogged Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 9:26 a.m. PST

Singly in 20x20 mm. bases, in 40x40 mm. grooup bases-trays, both magnetised. So the same square big bases can hold 4 figures be them romans, roundheads or rebels. Honour games (Longstreet will be the last incarnation of them) work with base widths so no problem. Black powder works with square 20 m. so no problem. I find it practical.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 9:46 a.m. PST

I'm using 120mm X 60-120mm bases as each base equals one "unit". Same basing system as Impetus and some other rules.

This way each unit can represent one battalion/regiment, or one Brigade, depending upon the scenario.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 10:39 a.m. PST

5 or 6 figures on a 45 by 40 base. We us Regimental Fire and Fury and Black Powder.

Dave Gamer10 Nov 2012 10:40 a.m. PST

I'm basing 3 on 40mm wide my 30mm deep stands. If I had a lot of time to paint, I'd base 6 on 45mm wide by 40mm deep stands.

Cincinnatus Inactive Member10 Nov 2012 10:53 a.m. PST

I'm putting 4 on a 40x40 base for my AWI armies and I think it looks pretty good. Depth and mass without too much crowding. I don't think you can reasonably fit 5 on a base that size.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 11:49 a.m. PST

Mine are mounted for Volley and Bayonet on 3" x 3" squares, but I am toying with the idea of mounting four figs on a 40mm x 40mm stand.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 11:59 a.m. PST

Single: 20x20.

Sparker Inactive Member10 Nov 2012 1:34 p.m. PST

2 ranks and file on 40 x 40mm, with 6 of these for a Regiment of 24. This is for our Black Powder Gettysburg project, where we are going for a 1 – 1 unit representation, hence small units!

But as you know better than I, Sam has recommended 50 x 50 base sizes for 2 ranks and 3 files in 28mm for Maurice, so I don't know if the same will apply. To my mind the ACW would have fought in looser lines….

Trajanus10 Nov 2012 1:52 p.m. PST

Nominally 4 figures on 40x40 but in truth 35x35 as I like a tighter look.

Truth to tell base size has no relevance anymore (if it ever did) you can play pretty much any rules and ignore the writers preferences, particularly as nearly all adopt the 'who cares, as long as both sides are equal' approach.

No ground scale in a lot of rules anyway so you could put your figures on triangles and it wouldn't matter!

trailape10 Nov 2012 2:23 p.m. PST

I'll go with 40mm squares with 4 figs in two ranks. Maybe a base worth on single 20mm squares,..

scomac10 Nov 2012 3:36 p.m. PST

I base four figures per stand with 30mm frontage and 40mm depth per stand.




trailape10 Nov 2012 6:06 p.m. PST

Sash and Sabre do make very nice ACW miniatures.

HammerHead11 Nov 2012 5:41 a.m. PST

I base mine 60x45 45 because in 28mm ranking up figures is an easier task, Yes neat work Scomac which company would you recommend for 28mm flags?

scomac11 Nov 2012 10:29 a.m. PST

All my flags are from GMB, and I love them.

uglyfatbloke31 Jan 2013 8:45 a.m. PST

Anything from 12-20 figures on 6x2 inch base using a home-grown DBA variant – let's 2 of us fight whopping great big battles in the course of a day.

firstvarty1979 Inactive Member31 Jan 2013 10:06 a.m. PST

Singley on 1" round washers.

sma1941 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2013 7:43 a.m. PST

8 figs on a 60 x 40 base. I like to have four figures across when in column.

normsmith Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2013 5:48 a.m. PST

Non – standard. I use 50mm x 40mm bases with 6 figs (2 ranks of 3). It helps provide a smaller regimental footprint and also the figures closer together gives an increased sense of mass.

cae5ar Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2013 6:08 p.m. PST

I ordered a stash of 40mm square bases to take my future ACW army, which will have 4 figures on each base in 2 ranks for visual appeal. This will work nicely for Longstreet and Blackpowder. I reckon square basing is the way to go. 40mm bases over 50mm so I don't need a hall to play in and only 4 figures to a stand so I'll actually complete painting them some day.

ACWAndy Inactive Member14 Feb 2013 5:55 p.m. PST

2 figures on a 40mm x 20mm for Regimental F&F. Looks fine, however if I had to do it over I would change to 40mm x 30mm the extra depth would stand up better on steep slopes. The folks using 40mm x 40mm probably don't experience that issue.

Sparker Inactive Member16 Feb 2013 2:33 p.m. PST

The folks using 40mm x 40mm probably don't experience that issue.

Mate thats actually quite ironic – the last game we played with steep slopes was Marye's Heights – and we didn't get as far as the slopes….

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