EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The 3 R's of Wargaming

Reassess, Reorganize, Rebase.

Its only been a couple of years since I popped my 54's off their 1" washers and reorganized the 8 single figure units into units of 2x3 figure bases.


Shouldn't take long to make that right for the older units. Bringing the newer 6 man units up to scratch will only take a little longer.

16 comments:

  1. So, this means you're rebasing your collection? I'm impressed!

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    1. I like to think of it as merely restoring them but in any case its only a few figures, barely 100.

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  2. I have been contemplating some rebasing myself. Part of it for me is I have different styles of bases and basing materials. I will keep a number of minis on single figure stands, especially ones for skirmish or rpg kinds of games. But I am also planning on putting some on multi-figure stands for small battles, some day (I did a few experimentally to see how I wanted to do it).

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  4. The growth in skirmish style games has seen much made of single figure basing and this in turn has seen fairly broad use of the multi base sabot. I am thinking that it is only a matter of time before we witness a return in general to the advantages and look of multi figure basing ..... ensuring a re-basing movement right across the hobby :-)

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    1. When you think about it, in 1962 the first wargaming books since Little Wars were published. The one by Featherstone featured 100's of individual figures, the other, by Morschauser, used fewer figures stuck to bases.

      There is nothing new.....

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  5. Watching your multi based units has been tempting me for a while (says the man who just rebased 100 figures from milk bottle tops to 1 inch washers), but I think I will stick with individual models for now... I sort of like the old school approach of moving each one separately: Playing solo this way is nicely immersive.

    Still... seeing yours is tempting me sorely.

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  6. With all of my collection on small fender washer, except for a few command units on larger fender washers and all of my bases on sheet steel with neodymium magnets it only take me a few minutes to re-base my entire collection.

    I really like the idea of never messing around with a wholesale 're-base' of my collection. Ever.

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    1. To each their own. I've never cared for the aesthetic of movement trays. Diorama like bases I do like when appropriate.

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    2. I have found going into the diorama like effect even easier with the magnetic bases, since I can put in time on certain units if that is the artistic that is called for. Or in the case of Eylau I did recover the metal stands with white wadding and snow effects on all the minis which again was done really fast and converted back to grass in only a few days.

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    3. Since my bases are sheet steel and the neodymium magnets are pretty powerful, I do not see them as movement trays since you can pick them up by the miniatures and move them same as the thicker MDF bases, just not have all the minis glued on.

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    4. That wasn't the sort of diorama effect. I was thinking of, before I got into the toy soldier thing I used to do up my bases as mini dioramas with the figures interacting, a sergeant pushing men back into the ranks, men passing ammunition to a comrade or stopping to tend a wounded comrade, skirmishers hiding by behind a log or bit of fence, horse archers circling around, that sort of thing.

      With the toy soldiers, in periods where troops are deployed primarily as skirmishers, as long as the numbers stay low, I like to be able to move the individuals to tell a bit of story or enhance photos.

      If on occasion I want to experiment with a different system, I don't mind spending an hour to make experimental bases at no cost to me to try something out and if it doesn't work out, nothing's lost since I had fun doing it and spent no money.

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  7. Never rebase! The rules should adapt to the figures, not the other way around :-)

    That being said, I have rebased selected figures in the past, but I try to actively boycott it as much as possible.

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    1. Basing shouldn't be about rules, its about aesthetics appropriate to what one is doing. I long ago got over the fear of changes when I wanted a different result.

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