Monday, 29 November 2010

Basing Napoleonic Battalions

Things here in the blog have been fairly quiet recently ... that's because the real world has been exceedingly hectic, leaving very little time for any gaming stuff. However, I have found a few moments to experiment with how to base up my Napoleonic forces. The basic choice was between 20mm x 20mm and 15mm x 20mm.

British Napoleonic Units
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Here are some Perry's based 20mm x 20mm with 24 in a battalion. That's a frontage of 240mm.


British Napoleonic Units
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Next we have 15mm x 20mm with 30 in a battalion giving a frontage of 225mm (i.e. fairly similar area to the 24 man unit above).


British Napoleonic Units
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Now for some comparisons. Front unit is 20mm x 20mm, rear 15mm x 20mm. The painted figures are mostly Front Rank.


British Napoleonic Units
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Now swapped around to remove any bias.


British Napoleonic Units
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Both here are 20mm x 20mm.


British Napoleonic Units
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Again, swapped to give a balanced view.

For a while I was tempted to go with the 30 man battalions as the denser formation looks quite imposing but after further consideration I settled on 24 man battalions based on a 20mm frontage, mostly 4 on a 40mm x 40mm base. This is mainly because I'll need to buy and paint less figures, yet the result is still good. Plus there seems to be a trend with rules these days that a variety of basing systems can be catered for, especially if both armies are based in the same manner.

1 comment:

Gareth Lane said...

Great looking blog Matt, I have visited before on several occasions.

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