Square Element Bases
Proposed by Michael Fischer
In an early review of DBA (Slingshot #151, Sept 1990), Matthew Bennett raised
the question: "I wonder why the elements are not all one depth size?" To go one step further, I like to recommend for discussion a proposal made by Michael J. Young in Slingshot #170, Nov 1993:
I propose the use of square bases for all elements, each base containing either one rank of cavalry, or two ranks of infantry [for 15mm+; double the number for 6mm, MF].
I see square bases to have numerous advantages:
- It is easy to line up elements involved in a flank attack. With square bases, lining up elements to the flank will be as easy as to the front.
- The problem with lines adjusting their formation when they turn through 90° would be removed.
- The figures will be aesthetically more pleasing and faster to handle. You will be able to distribute irregular troops in depth as well as in width along the base.
- They will make adjudicating movement easier.
- With large numbers of infantry figures on a base we can afford a bit of leeway in the numbers. Skirmishers look fine with three on a base instead of four and close order infantry with 7 instead of 8.
To make bases, cut out squares with the same depth dimension as the element frontage. Position your figures with their existing bases on the squares - two ranks deep for infantry and one rank deep for cavalry. The best way is to make the square bases out of magna-base and to stick thin metal to the present bases of your figures. You won't need that much magna-base as all bases are square, remember, so you only need one set of bases no matter how many armies you have.
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