A couple years ago I discovered the Black Powder rules and decided to venture into the American War of Independence (AWI) to start. This was a new period to me and did not seem to require as many troops as some other periods like the American Civil War, so I decided to give 25/28mm figures a try.
At the time Warlord did not produce AWI figures, but did offer Perry plastics. I purchased a box to get started. A close gaming friend who already had a huge collection of AWI found out what I was doing and offered to sell me a fairly large collection of metal figures he had extra laying in a drawer. I took him up on the offer and have since added a variety of Perry and some War Games Factory (Which Warlord now carries) to round out my collection.
|AWI Troops in Action|
|Zulu attack British camp|
In the end, basing is a personal choice, and because Black Powder is so flexible there is not a hard and fast standard you have to follow. If you are building both armies for a conflict it is completely a matter of personal choice as to how big you want your units. If you and a friend are modeling opposing forces, you will want to agree to a basing structure. If you plan to play as part of a larger group or club, you will want to consult them and conform to the format they have adopted so your armies look similar.
The key is figure out how much gaming space you will have and what you or your group wants to do so all armies are based in a similar fashion..
Below is how we decided to base for the periods we currently play.
American War of Independence
|Perry Metal(Front) and Plastic (Back)|
As a result we decided on the following figure counts per unit size:
|Perry British Howitzer with Old Glory Limber|
|American Line War Games Factory (Front) and Perry Plastic (Back)|
Cavalry do not play a huge role in AWI, but we do have a few and simply mounted one figure to a base and use 6-8 for a standard unit. Artillery are based on a 2"x3" base with 4 crew.
|Hessians on the march|
This year we decided to take on a new project the Anglo-Zulu War (AZW) of 1879. Due to the scale we decided to approach our basing a bit different than we did for AWI. In AZW the Zulu had very large units (hordes) in loose formations that Black Powder calls War Bands. In Comparison the British units are fairly small, but much more effective. In historical writings the British are sometimes referred to as the "thin red line"
|60th Foot Form Line|
|24th Foot Form Square|
|Native Natal and Mounted Carbineers|
|7lb Artillery and Gatlin Gun|
|Warlord Unmarried Zulu in movement tray|
|Zulu Horde massing for action|
American Civil War
To date I have not used Black Powder for ACW, but ACW is what brought me to war gaming 30 some years ago. I currently have a large collection of 10mm ACW armies that I have used with a few other rules sets. As a result my figures are already based and for the most part ready to go, so when the supplement arrives and we are ready to give it a try
|Standard Size Unit|
|Rebel Dismounted Cavalry take up position|
|Federal Mounted Cavalry|
n the fall of 1862 the famed all Western "Iron Brigade" went into combat at Brawner's farm with approximately 2400 men divided amongst the 2nd, 6th 7th Wisconsin and 19th Indiana. Three weeks later at the conclusion of the battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg they could barely must 600 effectives for the entire brigade.
|Confederate Charge receives closing fire|
I do not plan to rebase my collection. Currently my 10mm forces are based 4 figures in line on a 1" x .5" bases. Like AWI my plan is to basically double up stands to make a single square base instead of remounting the figures. The magnetic sheets will come in handy for this purpose.
|2 Stands with Magnetic base|
|Stands combined to make one base|
Large-64 figs (16 bases) =8 stands (for larger scales) 650+ troops
Standard-48 figs (12 bases) =6 stands 450-650 troops
Small-32 figs (8 bases) =4 stands 250-450 troops
Tiny-24 figs (6 bases) =3 stands Less than 250 troops
If I were starting a new army in 28mm that would roughly translate to:
I will be curious to see how my structure compares to what will be in the supplement. Hopefully we will all know in just a couple of weeks.