Monday, 21 November 2011

Playing about with basing

In an attempt to vary my fare I've begun to seriously think about how to rebase my Italian Wars collection. Here are some figures newly mounted on MDF bases. The bases have not been finished because I'm still not entirely sure; I have not decided how to base most of the infantry armed with missile weapons. 

All stands have a frontage of 45mm. Infantry stands are square. Close order cavalry stands are 60mm deep. Skirmish order cavalry stands are 90mm deep - you'll be surprised by the result I think.

A brigade of Spanish coronelas.
This one is eight stands strong. Four arquebus stands backed by two pike and two sword and buckler stands - in this case a total of 35 figures (the sword and buckler casualty takes up double the room of a live one!). This represents 1800 men (3 - 4 coronelas). 

Landsknecht pike square
16 stands of Landsknect pike for a total of 96 pikemen. This represents about 5000 men.

This is a typical four stand unit of cavalry representing about 400 heavy cavalry.

A typical four stand unit of light cavalry representing 400 men. The unit has the same frontage as a heavy cavalry unit with the same numbers. This is because I believe light cavalry formed up in a 'cloud' rather than a regimented skirmish line; if they came to grips they would 'bunch'.

The photo below shows a heavy and light cavalry unit in combat. I think this works.


BigRedBat said...

I think that is a great system, I like the dense pikemen, and loose light horse.


matheo said...

They look great, especially light vs heavy cavalry.

Ray Rousell said...

Looking great!!! Even without being finished yet!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Great looking stuff as per usual and the dense pike is the way to go.


Dalauppror said...


I´ts look realy nice, using 45mm base frontage.

If I would restart my Kalamr Union War project I would go for this basing to. 2 men at arms on 40mm front are a little crowded...the extra 5mm are the 50mm are realy to much.

Looking forward to see all these lovely painted minis rebased.

Best regards Dalauppror

pancerni said...

I like the idea, I do something similiar in Napoleonics, using a square shaped base for infantry that is usually deployed in skirmish, such as rifles or jagers. Normal line is mounted on a rectangular stand if without a standard bearer, on a square stand with two ranks if including a standard bearer.

maciek said...

Impressive, especially differecies in cavalry orders.

warpaintjj said...

Looking good except...and you'll have to take this on the chin...youR pikes aren't pointy!!! That's no good in a battle!!!
Keep up the good work otherwise.



I've used 'pointy' pre flattened pins for my last two collections (Crusades, Punic) but, I wonder sometimes if the aesthetic is worth the pain - if I'm speared by triarii much more I'll............

Bluewillow said...

Nice James,

I have just finished painting Joes Renn army been thinking about one for myself now!

I mounted on 60 x 60 9 pikemen so they could be used for Wab/imp baroque, I do like you cav basing though!