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Incognito04 Jul 2024 1:58 a.m. PST

Hey all,

so ive recently acquired a reasonable number of SYW/AWI figs and im looking to start getting them together. question is, how do i base them?

i don't have a rule set in mind as yet which makes it a little harder. do multiple systems use similar basing? or are they all different.

cheers in advance

JimDuncanUK04 Jul 2024 2:24 a.m. PST

Knowing what size/scale you have would be useful.

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 3:27 a.m. PST

Bryan, it will really depend upon what rules you choose. For most rules I've seen (mainly older ones, such as König Kreig) basing the figures in threes or sixes would work. However, the sizes tend to vary a bit between rules. Perhaps look at Black Powder and one of the dBA derivatives for some ideas?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 3:31 a.m. PST

Jim's right. Scale, table size and level of battle count. There might also be a need to agree on how many figures are reasonable.

That said, I'd say for skirmish, individually mount anything 20mm and up. For massed battle and 18mm and under, go for a constant frontage, possibly with guns and skirmishers at half-frontage. Anything from 40mm to 3" depending on table size and number of figures. Large and massed battle is the tricky one. In the hundreds of figures, individual mounting and movement trays? In the thousands of figures, common frontage.

Cavcmdr04 Jul 2024 6:23 a.m. PST

King of the Battlefield has three 30x30mm bases per regimental unit.
However, it doesn't matter if your troops are based a little differently.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 7:45 a.m. PST

In 15mm I base my horse & musket troops two figures on a 20x15mm base. The base is steel so I can cut sheet magnet movement trays for any rules in short order.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 10:47 a.m. PST

Totally depends on how you game – I mostly do Grand Tactical so I use the BP basing (28mm, 4 infantry in 2 X 2 on a 40mm X 40 mm stand) but I also have 28mm for the North American theatre (i.e. French and Indian War) that are individually based on 20 X 20 bases for skirmish gaming

Incognito04 Jul 2024 2:45 p.m. PST

Apologies I have 15mm.

As for rules. Start small and work up as things get painted

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 4:30 p.m. PST

'Cog, are you painting 2 (or more) armies?
If so, there is a certain latitude allowed in basing.
Ditto, if an opponents army is based the same.

There's also the issue of "looks". I like my SYW infantry to be 2-deep, so 2x2 on a base for me.

Incognito04 Jul 2024 4:58 p.m. PST

Hey ochion, yeah i will be painting 2 armies. British and Frnech.

i just wasnt sure if the majority of rules follwo a certian style of basing is what i think i was asking

2x2 does sound good to me. out of curiosity what size base do you have 2x2 on?

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 8:52 p.m. PST

Mine are based for my home-groan rules, A Glorious War.
So, 4 figures (infantry) on 30mm x 40mm bases.
My pals & I adopted this years ago….& I can't quite remember why, apart from the fact the figures fit.

They're 1/72-20mm figures BTW.
Prussian, Austrian & French armies. One of my pals has just begun on a British SYW army.

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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 8:58 p.m. PST

I should add, we're about to game using Black Powder, which are basing agnostic.

Why BP? Amongst other reasons, for really big battles – say 7 brigades a side – & finish in 3 hours.

Have you looked at BP?

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