I’ve just taken delivery of 73 painted 15mm Gauls (more on this when they are ready) that I now need to base. When I placed the ‘order’ for them (in 2009) I was playing (albeit occasionally!) Field of Glory and had decided to get three battlegroups of ‘MI’ Gauls – 3 to 40x20mm base. Since then I’ve played no more FoG (but may do again) and am really tempted by DBMM.
Now comes the dilemma. In FoG you can base Gauls as 3 on 40x20mm or 4 on 40x15mm. In DBMM all Gauls are now Warband(O) or (S), 4 to a 40x15mm base, with the option to double base. I could use them 3 on a 40x20mm as Ancient British who are still Warband(F) but as mine all form part of my Punic armies this isn’t really an option. The easy choice would be to do them all on 40x15mm, 4 to a base. Double base most and have a few singles. However, I want to jazz the bases up a bit with casualties and personality figures and 8 figures on a 40×30 doesn’t leave a lot of room.
So… do I just vary the number on some bases to allow space for scenics?
Or… do I just do them all on 40x40mm bases and go the ‘scenic’ route? Vary the number of figures, add casualties etc.
Now for FoG this makes little odds if I do them as medium types and have enough spare singles. I posted this question on the DBMM mailing list and generally got the idea that eventually, if I went for 40×20, I would need to re-base. Especially if playing in competitions. However, that is fairly unlikely. I’m more likely to just play them with my own armies.
The issue is what effect the bigger bases could have on the game? FoG or DBMM. Or is it something that can just be worked around?
I’m edging towards 40×40 with them set back on the base a little and scenics and casualties added. However, I’d appreciate peoples thoughts…