Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Re-basing or if you can't beat them join them...

David at http://ilivewithcats.blogspot.co.uk/ is currently doing a thread upon his recent purchase of 40mm Late Bronze age Europeans. Inspired by this I have begun to re-base my Foundry 28mm Late Scandinavian Bronze Age chaps-
 Ever since I went to Denmark for the first time and saw the Lur horns,shields etc in the National Museum I have loved the period.I still remember the excitement I felt when these figures were released.
So tonight I have taken them off their stands and put them individually onto penny sized bases and added Milliput.I intend to use them for skirmishing with Songs of blades and Heroes.
I imagine them to be the inhabitants of Tradgardland  in the Bronze Age.


  1. I think for skirmish games that all figures should be based on round bases as they look so mush better and you can always put them onto movement trays for mass battles

  2. Well done, you! I hate re-basing myself, so I'm not sure whether I should be proud of inspiring you or ashamed of leading you astray. SoBH does look like it will be a fun set of rules. If I'm industrious, I may have enough of my big 40mm boys done in the next month to do a small game.

  3. I can relate to a lot of what Dave says (about books and cats and metal vs. plastic minis, etc., as well as the stuff about skirmish gaming). I have painted up some decent sized armies (fantasy) in years gone by, with foot units in the range of about 20 figures, but never really played much with them. Then, when I started to do ImagiNations and "lace wars" stuff a few years ago I down-sized a bit to 16 figures per foot unit. Then halved that to 8. That works well enough for me. More recently I've come back around to the skirmish idea and fewer individual figures. I do enjoy painting, but I'm not a quick painter and I don't enjoy cranking out large numbers of identical figures. I'd rather paint 20 different figures than 20 identical ones. I also like to bounce around to whatever interests me or catches my eye and/or imagination at any given time. The idea of "a game in a box", where you have all of the figures and terrain you need for a given game basically fitting into a single box/package, has a strong appeal. Besides not wanting to paint mass quantities of the same figures in the same colors there are also factors of cost, storage, table size, available time and energy, wide-ranging and/or eclectic interests, etc. This is a case where small is good (but not when it comes to scale - I like to be able to see the miniatures! ha ha). There are other ways to go small as well, like gridded wargames or battles where a unit is a stand or small number of figures (on the order of 4 to 6 figures per unit), for example.
    Good luck!