I recently decided to re-base my Hundred Years War army. When I first started painting the army, I wanted to have my figures based individually so I could play Piquet and still use them to play Warhammer Ancient Battles (WAB). I put magnets in the individual bases and used larger, green metal bases to create the bases for my Piquet games. Unfortunately, the metal bases really looked like crap on the wargaming table and the figures would shift around on them.
I chose to convert to a 40mm/2" square base system. I used the 3mm thick wooden Litko bases. The basing was largely decided by what would fit on a base:
- 4 close order spearmen/pikemen on a stand.
- 3 dismounted men-at-arms (MAA) on a stand.
- 3 missile troops on a stand.
- 2 skirmish infantry on a stand.
- 2 horsemen on a 2" square stand.
Initially, I plan on using 3 bases for my Piquet units. As my army grows, I'll increase the unit size to 4 bases each. The bases will also allow me to model the longbowmen's chevron formation better than my old basing.
Since I planned on re-basing the figures anyway, I thought I might put a little more work into them. After seeing the great bases on James' blog, I thought I would try the Silflor grass tufts to add some vegetation and color to my bases. I ordered three shades of the tufts. They sell sample packs of them at Scenic Express for $5.99 each. They look great. I initially didn't like the bright green ones, but they actually show up much better from a distance than the more natural shades which tend to blend into the ground cover.
My basing process is:
- Stick adhesive magnetic card backing to the bottom of the base.
- Spray paint base brown.
- Hot glue the figures to the base.
- Glue Woodland Scenics dirt ballast to the bases with watered-down white glue
- Glue Woodland Scenics static grass to certain areas of the base.
- Crazy glue Silflor grass tufts to the base with a pair of tweezers. I place three tufts on each base to hide bare spots or just to fill in open areas.
(ABOVE) My longbow unit in chevron formation. Old Glory figures with a lot of great character. An excellent value for the price. (BELOW) One of my units of dismounted MAA desperate to come to grips with wealthy opponents. Also Old Glory.
For comparison, I posted some pictures (BELOW) from a battle last year with the old basing system. The new basing really makes a huge difference.