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Gara Baldy Inactive Member11 Jun 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

How important are uniform base sizes with these rules?

I want to move from SAGA to Dux Bellorum for bigger battles.
My SAGA forces, individually based, are in movement trays.
These are laser cut, to fit round bases & took time and money to create.

What I want to do is to make my SAGA forces correspond to DB. Thus SAGA levies become Shieldwall, Hearth Guard are Warriors & SAGA Warriors are either Shieldwall or Warriors.

The problem is though the SAGA movement trays are from 10cms to 16 cms depending on the troop types.

I can't see the problem with such small discrepancies but I haven't had a game yet. Is there a problem?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 5:34 p.m. PST

Join the "Dux Rampant" forum and ask the question directly to the rules author.


Gara Baldy Inactive Member11 Jun 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

Thank you. Traffic on this site seems to be very low.

Codsticker11 Jun 2017 11:02 p.m. PST

I suppose what you could do is just set movement/distance rates at the median 12cm as distance is measured in base widths. As long as your opponent has similarly based units it should be no problem.

Henry Martini12 Jun 2017 7:05 a.m. PST

The crucial point is that all unit frontages should be of equal length. For 28mm 10cm works very well: eight warriors irregularly arranged, ten shieldwall… ers arranged in two neat ranks. Maybe you can cut the 16cm bases down to 10cm, and retain some of the 6cm off-cuts while cutting others into smaller sizes, which together could be combined to make 10cm bases.

Prince Alberts Revenge12 Jun 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

Dux Bellorum and Brittanium are two very different rulesets set in the same time frame. I believe the author wants info on Bellorum. As Martini states, frontages should be of equal width. Measurement is in base widths. I think the ultimate bugbear would be if your bases get locked into combat and there are issues with two smaller units contacting a larger base unit.

Marshal Mark13 Jun 2017 8:35 a.m. PST

10cm to 16cm is hardly a small discrepancy !

In DB units line up so the base frontages have to be equal.

Gara Baldy Inactive Member13 Jun 2017 8:45 p.m. PST

In DB units line up so the base frontages have to be equal.

Maybe not.

As DB is one of these "tool kit" set of rules, I feel I can easily change things. I actually think the author has left holes to encourage you to change the rules.

My warbands , Saxon & Late Roman, are based the same. I have no intention of playing in tournaments or clubs.

And, a trial game seemed to work out OK with the small base discrepancies I've outlined in the OP.

But thank you for your comments.

Codsticker15 Jun 2017 10:51 p.m. PST

Maybe not.

True. If you and your opponent are facing off against each other with units of different base widths then I am sure a gentlemen's agreement could be reached regarding aligning units.

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