Basing your figures to effect

One of the strengths of 6mm figures is the possibility of "inventive" basing. To a far greater extent than other scales, 6mm miniatures offer the possibility of accurately portraying historical formations on your bases. You can also make your elements look more realistic, and aid element recognition, by carefully choosing the number of figures you use per base. This essay has the numbers of figures I use per element, and include some pictures to demonstrate why I chose these particular numbers. There are also some pictures meant as exaples of good-looking basing and formations (cantabrian circles, on-base dioramas, wedges, shield walls, standards...).

The number of 6mm figures per 15mm-size DBx base

First, I list my suggestions. Although more-or-less following the suggestion in the DBM rules book about 4 times the number of 15mm-figs per base, the numbers for light troops and mounted have been reduced, and the numbers for heavy infantry increased.

DBM nameDBA nameProposed no. of figs per 15mm-size base
ElEl2-3
Kn(X)4Kn14
Kn(S,O,F)3Kn12
Cv(I/O/S)3Cv9/10/10
LH2LH5
Sp(I/O/S)4Sp15/16+/18+
Pk4Pk24+
Bl(F,X)3Bl14-16
Bl(S,O,I)4Bl16+
Wb(F/O/S)4Wb12/14/16
rAx or Ax(S)4Aux14
Ax(I)3Aux10
Other Ax3Aux12
Bw(I)Bw10
Bw(O/S,X)3Bw12/14
Ps2Ps5
ArtVaries depending on type
Wwg1-4 depending on size
HdHd20-30, based in "clumps"

Examples of figures based as described above - Generic looks, pike, warband, other elements

Generic looks of bases

Spanish troops: Caetrati (Ps), scutarii (rAx(S)), celt-iberians (Wb(F)).

Spanish troops: Caetrati (Ps), scutarii (rAx(S)), Celt-iberians (Wb(F)).

Gallic Wb(F), Libyan Ps(S), Carthaginian Sp.

Gallic Wb(F), Libyan Ps(S), Carthaginian Sp.

Kn, Cv, LH from macedonian successor armies.

Kn, Cv, LH from macedonian successor armies.

Pike

Successor Pk, front view.

Successor Pk, front view.

Successor Pk, back view. Note the irregular last rank, and the LH swarms.

Successor Pk, back view. Note the irregular last rank, and the LH swarms.

Successor Pk, side view. Normally the front double-based elements and the back double-based elements would stand close together, but here they are separated for clarity.

Successor Pk, side view. Normally the front double-based elements and the back double-based elements would stand close together, but here they are separated for clarity.

Warband

Gallic Wb(F) in Carthaginian service. This double-based Wb(F)-element is made up of one Wb(O) with 14 figures, and a 'Wb expansion base' with a 
depth of 25mm and 10 figures, slapped together with a magnet.

Gallic Wb(F) in Carthaginian service. This double-based Wb(F)-element is made up of one Wb(O) base with 14 figures, and a 'Wb expansion base' with a depth of 25mm and 10 figures, slapped together with a magnet. These two bases are of the (yellow, red, orange) color scheme (see below).

Gallic Wb(F) in Carthaginian service. Most Wb are based as described above.

Gallic Wb(F) in Carthaginian service. Most Wb are based as described above. This makes it look as if the fanatics are all crowding forward on the base, and saves you additional work if you run both Wb(O) and Wb(F) armies. I also use different color schemes to make them look as different 'tribes' - I run a third each of the different color schemes (yellow, red, orange), (blue, grey, green), (brown, black, red).

Other elements

Artillery with crew.

Artillery with crew.

Cyropaedic tower, scrathc built.

Cyropaedic tower, scrathc built.

Classical Indian double-based Bw(X/S). Note the standard bearer on each double
base.

Classical Indian double-based Bw(X/S). Note the standard bearer on each double base. See also the diorama-like situations, with an impetuous chariot bursting through the ranks which are fleeing in terror, and the supply animal with arrows being brought up (both are modelled on the base itself).

Four elements of Numidian LH.

Four elements of Numidian LH.

Numidian LH.

Numidian LH, cantabrian circle.


Arnstein Orten

All pictures by Espen Sturlason. Figures and scenery by Arnstein Orten, Nikolai Tvilde, Hans Kristian Toft.

Last modified: Tue Nov 5 14:36:53 CET 2002