Alternative Basing Idea Nov 2, 2020 8:43:33 GMT
Post by snowcat on Nov 2, 2020 8:43:33 GMT
Having fallen in love with the visual appeal of Big Base DBA (15mm or smaller figures on 80mm wide, deeper bases) and Hybrid DBA (15mm or smaller figures on 60mm wide, deeper bases) to make 'elements' look more like 'units', especially infantry, I wondered if a similar thing could be done with standard 40mm wide DBA elements to keep the original table size.
Part of the appeal of DBA for me is the elegant minimalist design: 2 armies and terrain on a 2ft board. Hybrid DBA requires 50% more space, so a 3ft square board, and Big Base DBA requires 100% more space, so a 4ft square board. The chief beneficiary of the larger bases is infantry, suddenly resembling actual units as soon as they're in 2 ranks, and proportionately looking much better alongside cavalry bases that otherwise disproportionately dominate the standard sized DBA battlefield. What if the base widths remained the same (40mm) but infantry bases other than Ps or Hd became 30mm deep, in line with cavalry bases? Ps could stay at 20mm, and Hd could be 40mm deep. Hoplites and legionaries would be 2 ranks of figures, on 1 30mm deep base. Rear supported Wb and Pk would be 4 ranks of figures, on 2 30mm deep bases.
Solid foot would have 8 figs per base in 2 ranks. Fast foot would have 6 figs per base in 2 ranks.
Mounted would remain unchanged, ranging from 2LH to 3Cv and 4Kn on the same size base as most infantry.
Most foot would now recoil the same distance as most mounted. The table size remains the same, because the great majority of infantry bases are no deeper than standard cavalry bases.
Are there any concerning issues with this in gameplay? (If not, it seems very appealing.)