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POLL: Bases: Keeping Your Options Open? (Re-Do)


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Sgt Slag writes:

I follow a standard basing scheme which works for both my favorite fantasy rules set (2e BattleSystem) and for my RPG (2e AD&D), where 1" equals 10-feet/5-feet, on square bases, respectively. The square bases make it crystal clear where front/flank/rear facing is -- there is never a question which side an attacker is on.

In BattleSystem, one figure represents 10 men; in the RPG, one figure represents one man. For the mass battles, I want figures on stands of 1-, 2-, and 3-man bases; for the RPG, I prefer single figures bases, but I can work with multi-stand bases. The multi-stand bases make it easier to move figures in either game. Movement trays help immensely with mass battles games, as well.

I do play 2e BattleSystem Skirmish games with my fantasy mini's, but I do not base specifically for those rules, as their basing is different than both my mass battles rules, and my RPG rules. I just fudge the differences (calls for 20mm bases on Humans, instead of 25mm; Gnomes, Dwarves, and other small races, are supposed to be on 15mm bases -- the mini's won't fit on such small bases, even using 1/72 scale figures!). In the Skirmish game, combatants are limited in numbers, so fudging the base sizes has very little effect on the combats.

I learned that base sizes are critical in 2e BattleSystem games. Goblins, for example, are supposed to be mounted on 20mm bases: when facing Humans, on 25mm bases, the Goblins can pack in more fighters on a given frontage, due to their smaller base size -- this gives them a slight combat advantage over larger opponents. Put them on a 25mm base, and they lose that slight advantage, making them weaker than they should be. Cheers!


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
I base my figures for a specific ruleset
47
23%
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I base my figures to a generic scheme
47
23%
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I base my figures to the club/gaming group standard
11
5%
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I single-base my figures.
42
20%
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I base my figures for visual appeal.
29
14%
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I base my figures to the most popular rulesets.
20
10%
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other (explain)
8
4%
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none of these/no opinion
1
0%
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this is ridiculous
1
0%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
When you base your figures, do you base them with a specific ruleset in mind, or do you base them so that they are useful for all rules possible?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.