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BrotherSevej29 Dec 2017 5:23 p.m. PST

I'm pondering about starting a fantasy/medieval army using Perry's plastics, but still undecided about the basing.

They are going to be used with Lion Rampant rules, so individually based.

Should I use square or round bases? Please don't say use whatever I want, I want to hear why you prefer a base type.

Also, what size is suitable for infantry and cavalry, for both types of base.


mad monkey 129 Dec 2017 5:35 p.m. PST

One inch steel washers. Gives stability and is good for one inch hexes and squares if you use maps. Also can be stored on magnetic sheeting.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 6:04 p.m. PST

Model-glued to Renedra one-inch round plastic bases. Then you can put sticky-bottom magnetic bases on if you want.

If you don't go the magnetic route, they even make really cheap clear bases:


skinkmasterreturns30 Dec 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

I myself like square bases,in the event I want to use them for a game where they need to rank up. Rounds dont do it for me.

Griefbringer30 Dec 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

I have mounted my Perry miniatures on rectangular bases (20x20 mm for infantry, 25x50 mm for cavalry), because I intend to use them in a ranked up fashion.

If I wanted to use them primarily for skirmish gaming, I would have gone for 20 mm round steel washers for infantry. Cavalry could be a bit trickier issue, I would probably look for oval bases or get rectangular bases with rounded corners (Warlord makes a sprue of these in plastic).

KSmyth30 Dec 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

I have zillions (okay an exaggeration, but in excess of a thousand) figures for various permutations of Daniel Mersey's rules. All are mounted on individusal 20mm X 25mm bases.

I now realize the error of my ways.

I'll be remounting in a 3, 2, 1 system on round bases.For a twelve figure unit that's three three figure bases, one two figure base and a single one figure base. Why, you might ask? I don't have a remounting fetish, in fact I hate re-basing of any kind. A couple of very practical reasons.

1. It helps protect the figures. I magnetize the bottoms of my figures, I put them away carefully. Doesn't matter. Singly mounted figures in boxes flopping around in a car just get messy.

2. I never play with a handful of figure in a Lion Rampant game, and often provide both sides, three retinues per side. It takes a really long time to A) set up a game, B) move figures during a game, and C) pick up figures after a game. At conventions, with the time pressure of passing my table along to the next game, this is especially true.

Just my view of things as a Lion Rampant and its associated brothers player.

Mick in Switzerland30 Dec 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

I have medieval close order infantry on 20mm x 20mm squares. I have skirmishers and missile troops on 25mm circles. I usually have cavalry on 25x50mm. This works for lots of different rules and loooks good. For Lion Rampant, I have movement trays for 6 or 12 figures from Warbases.
There are some pictures in the medieval album here. Look at the Swiss & Burgundians for the latest version. Agincourt infantry are all on 25mm circles and the cavalry are on 40mm rounds which does not look good.

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This shows the movement trays I had made for Lion Rampant.

BrotherSevej02 Jan 2018 7:47 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the input.

I finally settle on something of a middle ground, square bases with rounded corners. I'm still not sure how it will go.

I do think round bases look better, but I want to rank troops up during display. A movement tray will do the job, but they'll look more separated, especially on the horses.

The 3, 2, 1 basing scheme is surely interesting, but their irregularity will bother me to no end. Maybe for zombies…

Mick in Switzerland06 Jan 2018 3:38 a.m. PST

I would avoid round corners on the bases. If you do want to use movement trays at some point in the future, then you are making things very complicated.

Volleyfire11 Jan 2018 2:25 a.m. PST

We use Warbases rectangular MDF movement trays with the figures based on 2p coins. That way you have the option of using them in ranks or taking them off the movement tray and using them as an irregular formation for different rules systems.

Dexter Ward17 Jan 2018 7:49 a.m. PST

Rounded corners on square bases don't make it hard to use movement trays. The figures fit just as well as if the corners were not removed.

Mick in Switzerland22 Jan 2018 1:38 p.m. PST

@Dexter – They do fit but you have gaps in the corners.

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