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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2012 7:10 a.m. PST

I'm thinking about making some of the various armies of the Hyborean Age and using the DBx basing convention. I figured the figs could be used for DBA, BBDBA, Basic Impetus, Mighty Armies(?), as well as a few others. I don't care for the Warhammer system, nor am I interested in individual mounting or casualty removal. Am I on the right track with my thinking or not?

advocate03 Nov 2012 7:53 a.m. PST


You can add Armati and Hail Caesar to the list.

Mooseworks803 Nov 2012 8:19 a.m. PST


Who asked this joker03 Nov 2012 8:48 a.m. PST

I think it is flexible not only because everyone is doing it but because close order infantry is 4 per stand, loose order 3 per stand and open order (skirmish) is 2 per stand. It is a natural side effect for DBx representation. Great for figure removal games.

Bob in Edmonton03 Nov 2012 9:04 a.m. PST

Also can used for area-move games (e.g., CCA, Battlelore), Warmaster Ancients and Medievals, and Dux Bellorum (I know I'm out of period here).

MajorB03 Nov 2012 9:18 a.m. PST

Works for Lost Battles too.

Gonsalvo03 Nov 2012 9:25 a.m. PST

It will work for all Piquet/Field of Battle/Hostile Realms family of rules as well.

Whirlwind03 Nov 2012 9:40 a.m. PST

works for Polemos SPQR too


John the OFM03 Nov 2012 9:41 a.m. PST

Warrior, WRG…

"DBX basing" started out as WRG basing, by the way.

And if you are a real masochist, you can dig up some Newbury Fast Play(sic) Ancients rules, and others of that ilk from the 80s.

stenicplus03 Nov 2012 9:48 a.m. PST

FOG too.

Marshal Mark03 Nov 2012 11:11 a.m. PST

If you don't want indivudual figure removal, then DBX / WRG standard basing is the way to go.

Who asked this joker03 Nov 2012 11:29 a.m. PST

I'll point out that Tactica uses the same frontage but with single figures. For instance, heavy cavalry are based at 13mm per figure which works out to 39mm or about 1 WRG/DBx base. Heavy infantry is 10mm per figure or 4 figures on a 40mm base. Etc. Etc. I short, works with Tactica Medieval/Ancient.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2012 12:37 p.m. PST

Been interested in Hyboria for years too. What scale figs were you planning on using Joe?



elsyrsyn03 Nov 2012 4:08 p.m. PST

Yup, it does.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2012 5:53 p.m. PST

John--sent you a PM.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2012 8:39 p.m. PST

A number of folks have been building Hyborean armies for Hordes of the THings, right in the DBx family.

KTravlos04 Nov 2012 1:58 a.m. PST

I am not sure. I think individual basing is more flexible as you can use movement trays for any element game you want. It is more time consuming. But you can then play from things like Warhammer and Saga, to DBx.

If we are talking about 15mm then element basing is the norm.

CPBelt04 Nov 2012 9:03 a.m. PST

Don't forget Warmaster and all its flavors. Easy to sub stats for non-GW figs. 20x40 is a great standard.

paulgalenpotter04 Nov 2012 8:07 p.m. PST

Here is a link to discussion of Hyborian armies for Hott on fanaticus, about 22 pages in this thread with numerous photos of figs and armies, may be of some help for your hyborian project.

Yesthatphil05 Nov 2012 2:49 a.m. PST

I think so … (only things like '8Bw' etc. can be tricky)

Dexter Ward07 Nov 2012 3:48 a.m. PST

In my experience, it's easier to play a game which needs single figure removal with element based figures than it is to play an element based game with single figures.
Single figures stuck to element based always come off at the worst moment, whereas marking casualties is easy.
My figures are based for DBx/FoG/Armati/ etc, but I've used them for WAB with no problems at all.

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