Still Undecided?

The figures looked good on the 20mm bases. Light cavalry, close-formed and open- order infantry may even have looked better on 20mm than 25mm bases. But 20mm bases didn’t tick all the boxes. Guns would have to be mounted on rectangular bases – not at all what I had in mind. And three heavy cavalry couldn’t fit on a 20mm base. Of course, I could have mixed up base sizes. But then I would have had to have gone back to the drawing board with figure and ground scales.

The Deciding


Is there a wargamer who doesn’t want everything? How to choose between two basing schemes that both have merit? If I needed a deciding factor then I think I found it in the first rule of wargaming: safety first –
remember how long it took to paint the little blighters. For wargames-table real estate, small is king – your stretch over the wargames table covers more virtual kilometres. On the other hand, as far as handling bases goes, big is beautiful. Perhaps the deciding factor should be the safeguarding of the painted playing pieces. At this scale, muskets and bayonets are a tad delicate and the muskets of firing figures worryingly overhang 20mm bases like willing participants in a bend my musket competition. 25mm bases, on the other hand, give the figures enough space to be set back from the front of their base, limiting possible threats. So that was decided. I would go with 25mm bases. Absolutely. Definitely. Well, for the time being.
Pendraken French line infantry nice and tight, trying out and worryingly overhanging a 20mm-square base.
The same line infantry playing loose, trying out and safely within a 25mm-square base.
(or not)