Saturday, October 29, 2011

On bases

Since I am running a game in January sometime, I need to get a bunch of miniatures bought, painted, and ready.  Since the miniatures are coming from a number of diverse sources (including Eureka, Perry, Red Box, Reaper, Ral Partha, GW, and Ebob), they do not have matching bases.  Normally, with fantasy figures, I would just go with GW style 20mm square bases, and be done with it, but I have some rather large monsters, some small guys, and a bunch of figures with integral bases.  Round bases may work better for this set, since they will blend together better.  Also, these figures are not going to fit in with  my GW stuff anyway, due to a difference in theme and size, so not as much need to worry about that I think.

Basing options are as follows:
20mm square
25mm square
20mm round
25mm round
30mm round
30mm round, dished
40mm round
25mm hex

Ideas? Thoughts?


ZeroTwentythree said...

Seems like it would depend on the rules. Hard to say without knowing what they are, or at least a sense of scale. Is this a skirmish game?

As a personal preference, I like bases that blend with the background as much as possible, so I'm not fond of the style with the large rim around the outside. (Second from left, top row.)

Lasgunpacker said...

Sorry, I thought that I had mentioned that this is for D&D, so the bases really do not matter for rules, just for the look. I completely agree with you about the lipped bases, but I did happen to have one, so I threw it in there.

ZeroTwentythree said...

How detailed are you getting with your use of figures in D&D?

I prefer small bases for RPGs, so you don't end up with figures that always have to occupy far more ground space than you may wish to show.

On the other hand, I like the idea of small round bases, with some sort of subtle indication as to what's considered front and what's rear.

I usually mix & match with my wargaming figures, so my own basing is inconsistent at best. So I'm not really sure what I'm doing handing out my opinion on the matter. :)

Lasgunpacker said...

Not too detailed. I know what you mean about small bases, but being sort of a nutter, I like for bases to be consistant if possible. So while some things might fit on 20mm rounds, I wouldn't want to have the larger figures on something different. Monsters on bigger bases bother me less.

And your opinion is always valued, even if waffling. :)