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bigdennis Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2018 7:37 p.m. PST

Hello, Iam sure that my fellow gamers can help me with basing British and Egyptian units for the River Ears. How many figures per base and what size bases do yo use for infantry and cavalry? Thank you for your help. Dennis Morley ( Reseda, Ca )

Alcibiades02 Sep 2018 8:32 p.m. PST

Dennis, the answer really depends on the set of rules you are planning on using. Are you planning to fight skirmish actions or larger battles? My armies are 15/18mm figures individually based on 15mm circular bases which is great for skirmish games. For larger battles, I mount these on movement trays, for regulars 4 figures on a square base roughly 32mm x 32mm and for irregulars/natives, 10 figures on an irregular shaped base. My units have 20 figures. We use The Sword and the Flame for small scale actions and Battles for Empire II or Black Powder for larger games.

Pictors Studio02 Sep 2018 8:44 p.m. PST

They are based 4 figures on 40mm square bases. Two figures in the front and two in the rear.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2018 9:02 p.m. PST

To get the Mass look I like with larger battles – I use 3 figure British/Regulars on the same stand I will do with 4 or 5 natives

I out these into 18 figure Imperial units and 20 figure native units

For smaller actions – all individually based on washers or pennys

bigdennis Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2018 9:13 p.m. PST

Thank you for great ideas. Dennis

Winston Smith02 Sep 2018 9:13 p.m. PST

For Sword and the Flame, 3/4" x 3/4", or washers.
For 800 Fighting Englishmen, 4 figures on 2" x 2" stands.

As stated above, you need to specify the rules

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2018 10:56 p.m. PST

For all my 28mm infantry, i cut 3/4X3/4 thin steel bases and base individually. To make them easier to move or conform with a rules set, cut corresponding bases out of 60mil magnetic sheet. You'll never have to rebase grin

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2018 2:31 a.m. PST

It's far easier to make movement stands than rebasing large numbers of miniatures: individual basing is therefore ideal.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

My older 25mm figures are mounted on US nickels, which are about 21mm in diameter . – even larger than the old 3/4' standard. Many of the newer, larger figures have bases that are longer than this, so I have gone to 1" (or 25mm) circular bases. Most of the other gamers I know use the same size.


Lion in the Stars03 Sep 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

Well, I'm doing 15mm Colonials. Line troops go on 1/2" round bases, cavalry on 3/4" rounds.

Basing textures/painting is all drab sand with the occasional patch of dead grass.

bigdennis Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2018 8:59 p.m. PST

Thanks again. I like all the suggestions

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