Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Basing

I have been using the same style and sizes of bases since the 80's.
 
1/32nd play which I cut to the following sizes:
 
Regular infantry base of 6 figures ....................Frontage 1 3/4 by 2 inches
Grenzer/Frei-Korps/Light inf............................Frontage 2 by 2 inches
Cavalry base of 2 figures...................................Frontage 1 5/8 by 1 7/8 inches
Ottomans etc .....................................................Frontage 1 3/4 by 2 inches
 
I do not use round bases, I cut all sorts of oval shapes for the vignettes.
 
I mix sand and white glue for the texture to create the grass and white filler for the soil areas. Quite a simple, quick and cheap method.
 
I do not measure the placement of figures on the bases, as that is quite easy to do visually. However, I ensure the gap between figures where bases butt together looks the same distance as those figures on a base, it should look symmetrical.
The centre base remains the focal point. I would imagine this goes back to the Gilder/Mason days. It always seemed a waste, placing a drummer in the second rank after all the time it took to paint.
 
The figures in the photographs are the fusilier companies of IR 33. The grenadiers are on campaign with those from IR42.
 
John
 
Now time to put all the figures back in the cabinet until next time.