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Jozis Tin Man20 Nov 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

If so, what base sizes are you using? I am getting some Pendraken and want to base them up for 1:1 WW1 on a small table, maybe with some sort of variation of 3/2/1 basing like this: link

Anyone done anything similar? THinking TFL Through the Mud and the Blood to start with.

MajorB20 Nov 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

I don't know about 10mm figures, but I have single based 6mm figures in the past for skirmish type games. I based them on 1cm square bases. For 10mm you could probably go to 1/2 inch or 15mm

slugbalancer20 Nov 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

I've based my Pendraken KAR troops singularly on 15mm circles for use in the TSATF variant The Sword In East Africa.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

I probably wouldn't but as noted there are lots of people with single-based 6mm figs

JimDuncanUK20 Nov 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

Yes, I have several hundred 10mm figures individually based on magnetic 10mm square bases. I then place them on suitably sized magnetic sabots.

This is for linear warfare. My units are typically 64 strong on 4 sabot bases. Cavalry units are about half that but on larger bases.

Tacitus20 Nov 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

I use 15mm round bases. A bit big, but easy to find online.

whitejamest20 Nov 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

I'd probably aim for 10mm to 12mm circular bases for 10mm figures. One consideration might be what size base can you find decent irregular movement trays for.

I use 15mm Peter Pig figures on 15mm circular bases, and was very happy to find Warbases makes skirmish movement bases of various sizes with cutouts for 15mm circles. Great stuff. Each squad gets two movement stands put together, so they are flexible in footprint, and one of them can come off when casualties make it practical.

I definitely recommend Through the Mud and the Blood, but would say individually based figures will be most convenient for you, as opposed to the 3/2/1 bases you mentioned. You'll be pulling a lot of casualties off (or am I just bad at the game?) and that is most efficient with individual figures.

steamingdave4720 Nov 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Some of my WW2 Pendraken are on single bases, 10mm frontage x 25mm depth. I base most of them 5 to a 50mm x 25mm, but need to be able to make up different sized squads for Battlegroup rules, so have some 3s, 2s and singles.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2017 6:54 p.m. PST

There is/was a guy who had been running 10mm WWII games with singly mounted figures. For a while he had regular installments of games. Sorry, but I don't recall his name.

PzGeneral20 Nov 2017 8:19 p.m. PST

I based my WW II Pendraken on pennies…..

Jozis Tin Man21 Nov 2017 6:17 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the feedback. Will experiment with base sizes when my box arrives from the fabled isle of Albion. I am going to try as big as needed but small as possible to fit in trenches. I know it seems weird, I did ww1 in 20 mm but just did not have the space to store the terrain. I would have use Baccus 6mm but they don't have all the specialists like rifle bombers and flame throwers, etc I need for mud and blood

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Yes. I have Van Dyke WW1 Miniatures on 10mm washers individually based. Beautiful miniatures. I wish they would expand.

Ouais2513 Dec 2019 4:00 a.m. PST

hello all.
Does someone have pictures of 10mm armies single based?

Tgunner14 Dec 2019 9:58 a.m. PST

Just Jack use to do 10mm skirmishing. Here's a link:

The dude is all over the place doing everything from WWII to Modern. He did 10mm miniatures for much of his early gaming, but I think he's moved more towards 15mm these days.


I think he started out with individually based 10 mikes and then went towards group basing.

Ouais2515 Dec 2019 3:20 a.m. PST

Thanks Tgunner.
It's not as nice as expected as he's using large and thick bases. I thought it would be more like Joan of arc miniatures. Minis are single based and can be grouped on a larger base. It's smart, clean.

For me, idea of single basing is to hide as much as possible the bases (which always look bad on pictures).

UshCha02 Feb 2020 2:15 a.m. PST

I do use an occational single figure base for specialist's such as for a sniper and his team mates, an Artillery observer etc. I use the minimum base size that will maintain the stability of the figure.

Mainly I base on 2,3 or 5 man bases. One thing I find is to use very thin bases for 12mm, particularly for single bases as other wise they look daft.

Kuznetsov2515 Feb 2020 7:50 p.m. PST

I did some WW1 Pendraken on single small washers. They're like 1cm steel ones. Bonus – you can store them on magnet sheet.


Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

Hey, I might be that dude ;)


I started off too thick…


Then I tried pennies, which are too broad.


They work well for 15mm, though!


And even 20mm.


I've tried leaving them un-based.


I even tried 6mm on wargames counters, a bit too fiddly for me though.


I gave 15mm squares a shot.


Before finally settling on 10mm squares.


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