Friday, April 7, 2017

War of Spanish Succession: Basing decision

Well I've made my decision on how I'm going to base my War of Spanish Succession troops.  I know you have all been waiting for this moment.
First, I want to thank everyone who gave suggestions and sent me photos of how they based their figures.  All of your figures looked fantastic.  Thank you again for helping out.

So the moment we have all been waiting for, the basing size I have chosen is 60mm x 30mm for infantry and cavalry.  Artillery will get based on a 30mm x 50mm base.  The reason I chose these base sizes, ease of use and I enjoyed how they looked. I had debated about going with 30mm x 30mm bases but then I figured I would end up using sabots to create units and that seemed more trouble and expense.  

An infantry unit will have 60 figures total, 30 per base. For units that used the Platoon firing mode of battle, I will drop the third rank and only make it 2 ranks deep.  This gives it a little variety. 

Artillery will be 1 gun per base and then a different number of crew depending if its light, field or siege guns.  I like the extra depth of the base as well because it will allow me to build in a little diorama. 

Cavalry will be 12 figures to a unit.  I might drop a figure for a dragoon unit just to mix it up a bit.

Now all I have to do is paint them all. :)


  1. This should look awesome, Victor! I think dropping a figure per base per Dragoons is a handy way to differentiate them - there wasn't really much Light Cavalry in this era, right? One question - with the Infantry and Cavalry all on 60mm wide bases, why not do the same for Artillery? Or will there be 2 (or 4?) guns per unit, thus giving a 60mm (or 120mm?) frontage per battery?

  2. It really depends on the rules I want to use. If I base them on a 30mm wide base and then combine 2 bases together I can get the frontage needed for one set and then keep them as single stands for the other sets of rules.