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Offline vcina

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How should I base the cavalry?
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:25:24 PM »
I'm too the point of painting cavalry for my Battle of Almanza project and I have to decide on the number of figures per base?  I can't make up my mind so I'm throwing it out there, what do you think? 2 or 3 per base?  I also painted up some Commanders for the French and Spanish.

https://operationwargaming.blogspot.com/2018/06/how-should-i-base-cavalry.html


Offline vodkafan

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 08:30:57 PM »
I like the look of 3 on a base for the cavalry troopers, but 2 mounted officers on the command bases... ;)
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Offline fred

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 09:26:56 PM »
I like the look of 3 on a base for the cavalry troopers, but 2 mounted officers on the command bases... ;)

I agree. For formed units of cavalry 3 on a base looks good, 2would be too sparse.

Offline SteveBurt

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 02:58:09 PM »
Depends on the base size, surely? I mount my 28mm cavalry two to a 40mm square base, and they don't look sparse.
Two to a 50mm base would probably fit better with big modern figures, but having standardised on 40mm square years ago, I'm not changing now.

Offline fred

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 04:56:07 PM »
On the blog, he details that he is looking at 30mm square bases, and 10mm figures.

Offline DintheDin

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 05:49:01 PM »
I agree. For formed units of cavalry 3 on a base looks good, 2would be too sparse.

I second this choice.
For the commanders' bases you may use two mounted figures of course.
By the way, I like how you painted your commanders!
Wish you a good continuation! Cheers!
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Offline jambo1

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 05:29:19 AM »
3 on a base for me, just looks right in my opinion, great work on the command figures too!! :)

Offline Normsmith

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2018, 12:55:27 PM »
I have no mind of my own .. so I will agree with 3 horse per base, to maintain a good aesthetic density.

2 per base could be saved for light cavalry / scouts if appropriate and leaders.

Offline vcina

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2018, 03:59:19 PM »
The trend seems to be 3 per base. So that is what I will go with.  Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

Offline Terry37

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Re: How should I base the cavalry?
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2018, 06:09:43 PM »
If your rules don't specify then here's what I do. I play HOTT, DBN and DBA-HX so this works for me with all three rule sets.

Heavy Horse - Cuirassiers, Pistoliers, etc. 4 per base
Cavalry - Dragoons, Horse who charged in mass at the gallop 3 per base
Light Horse - Skirmishers, Hussars, Chasseurs, Cossacks, Carbineers

I also base all of my mounted figures on 40 x 30 MM bases

My two cents and hope it is helpful.

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