So, here's my dilemma. Can you halp me out? I am new to DBA 3.0 having played DBA 2.2 many years ago. Back then in the day, blades ran on 15mm deep bases. DBA 3.0 allows Blades on 15mm-20mm bases. I despise the tiny 15mm deep bases, especially since 15mm figures have become more herioc in size. I would MUCH prefer my blades on 20mm deep bases. Is there any *prohibitive tactical disadvantage* to using Blades on the 20mm bases? Will I be laughed and ridiculed out of the tournament hall for opting 20mm deep bases for blades?
Your 3Bd have to use 20mm depth, I think…but I use the 20mm depth for all foot now (except Hds or 8Sp, 8Bw etc) because 1) it’s easy, 2) as Baldie sez, it keeps recoilers in groups at times, with the same recoil distance and 3) it’s much easier to fit figures on the bases, and reduces ‘overhanging weapons’ syndrome a bit.
There are other threads on this subject, if you can find them with a search…
Technically they should be on 15mm bases unless the heroic figure size means they don’t fit or they are based for different or earlier rules. Basing them on 20mm deep bases for tactical advantage (recoiling back to groups) or for aesthetic reasons is (according to RAW and IMHO) a bit of gamesmanship.
Does it matter? Not really. There are swings and roundabouts with both and it depends on the army make-up and situation which is better. However, where possible I try to stay within the letter of the law when it comes to basing.
P.S. this issue is more pronounced with Wwg which can be based on 40mm-80mm deep bases. Would it be legal to mix these in a single army? Debate!
As I had around 108 armies at the time of DBA3 publication I was not going to engage in that level of bulk rebasing, and so after that I have continued with the narrower bases for consistency's sake as I approach the 180 mark.
I had a small amount of flak thrown my way at the last campaign I ran by the Medieval Irish and Scots Isles players - but I revel in the fact that my close order troops get to exit the rough and bad going more quickly, and can recoil 3 times when their flank is turned before running into the main line
Because it has my troops all over it. THAT makes it MINE!!!!
I'm new, so for simplicity's sake (and one fewer different part to buy), I chose to standardize on 20mm depths for all foot. I haven't needed a Hd yet, but they can be on the same base as a Cv or LCh, so I'm set there.