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Beast44a11 Dec 2016 6:31 p.m. PST

Played HotT and want to start some factions for it. I'm a cheap guy and think I'll probably use 1/72 (20mm) plastic minis. Are these better served on 15mm or 25mm bases? Which scale is more prevalent?

A Geek Named Carl11 Dec 2016 7:12 p.m. PST

I don't know anything about hott. Is it single based? If so I base my 1/72 on 20mm bases.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2016 10:50 p.m. PST

I actually do know about HOTT so I will make a informed comment.;)

It depends a bit on how much space you want to use to play the game. If you mount the figures on 60mm frontage then you will need to play on larger tables 3' x 3' or 4' x 4'. If you mount the figures on 40 mm wide bases, you can play on the smaller 2 ft. table.

Also depends on what your local opponents will be doing. If they are basing on 60 mm then probably you should too. If they are using 25 – 28mm yours would fit in quite well, just being a little smaller. If the locals have 15 mm figures, than yours on the 40 mm wide frontage will be a little bigger but hey it's all fantasy anyway.

The popularity of various scales depends on where you are. In the UK and down under, I think everybody plays 15 mm. In the eastern and Midwest United States 25 mm scale is quite prevalent.

Martin Rapier12 Dec 2016 12:08 a.m. PST

Al my DBx based 20mm stuff is on the "25mm" bases. You'll struggle to get them onto 15mm bases, and they actually look much better on the larger bases.

Piyan Glupak12 Dec 2016 12:12 a.m. PST

See what fits on a base easily, and looks good. With HotT, you don't have to be as precise about base depths and figure numbers per base as with some DBA derived or influenced games.

My suggestion would be to try 60mm wide bases, with 20mm figures for the 'normal' troop types, but use 25mm figures for the main figures for hero, paladin, cleric and magician bases.

I concur with Bobs suggestion about trying to find out what other people tend to do locally. His point about table size is also worth thinking about.

EDIT: When I lived in the UK, there were a few lads at the club who played DBA and Hordes of the Things with 20mm figures. They used the 60mm wide bases.

Thomas Thomas12 Dec 2016 9:26 a.m. PST

I think most people put them on 60mm bases but I find modern 20's to be closer in size to modern 15s so put them on 40mm bases to use as 15mm figures.

Sometimes you have to reduce the number of figures and I universally use 20mm depth.

Thomas J. Thomas
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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2017 9:37 p.m. PST

I am putting my 1/72 plastics on 25mm bases.

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