Every so often I get asked about how and why I base figures the way I do (often in posts unrelated to basing) and I, wanting to be the helpful sort, have to either type it all out again… or go looking for those odd posts to copy and paste an answer. So I thought I’d do a post about all my current basing conventions for all of those who always wondered (but were afraid to ask) and also so in the future I can like back to it whenever someone asks a question about it.
Single Versus Multi-Figure Bases
This has always been a great (mostly internal) debate for me. I have roughly decided that anything colonial and after is going to be based singly (mostly….) and anything before that… well… Figures to be used for larger battles will be based according to my DBA/HOTT standard (see below) and others (for skirmishing) will be based singly.
DBA/HOTT - My Multi-Figure Base Conventions
For games where I have multiple 28mm figures on a base (such as DBA/HOTT) basing goes something like this:
Everything is 60mm wide as per the suggested frontages in the DBA/HOTT rules.
Foot, for the most part, are on 40mm deep bases, but some are on 60mm deep bases. I generally use 1.5-2x the number of suggested models in the DBA/HOTT rules.
So, Spear and Pike, most Blade and some Bow, Auxilia, and Warband (which would normally have 4) have 6-8 figures. Pike I always make sure to cram 8 on (I like those pike block to look DENSE!)
Auxilia, and other Bow, Warband, and blade which would normally have 3 figures, I use 4... sometimes 5.
Psiloi and similar skirmishers are always done with 3 per base.
The only foot I do on 60mm deep bases are hordes (and some warband). The warband that I am doing with 6+ figures are put on a 60mm deep base - usually orcs.
Mounted are mostly on 60mm deep bases. There are a few I had originally put on 50mm deep bases, but I'm phasing those out in favour of consistency - and will eventually be re-basing the one still currently on the 50mm bases. I usually go with what they are supposed to have 3 knights, 3 cavalry, 2 Light horse. for forces that are strictly Fantasy I tried to do 3 for knights, 2 for Riders... but that didn't work so well (because a few of the GW figures I tried to use as knights were just so damn big...)
So that's a simplified explanation of how I base stuff for DBA/HOTT. I generally TRY to be somewhat consistent... but there's always exceptions...
Hope that helps...?