Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bases for Song of Blades and Heroes

I've recently become enthusiastic about trying out the Song of Blades and Heroes fantasy skirmish rules. After some thought I've decided to base up some of my 15mm, rather than 25/28mm, fantasy miniatures. The reason for this is that I'll be able to get the smaller 15mm figures finished quicker than the 25/28mm ones.

So why am I starting another miniatures project when I have so many half-completed projects currently on hold? Well, that's the nature of my personality I guess. I'll get all excited about something and spend a lot of time and energy on it before something else comes along and strikes my fancy. That's not to say an interest of mine is totally forsaken for another. No, it is simply put in a holding queue where it will be picked up once again in the future when I again find the enthusiasm for that particular project.

There is no required basing method for SBH. I deliberated for some time over whether or not I would use round or square bases. I finally decided to go with square basing after reading some messages on the SBH Yahoo group. My reasons for this is that I feel it will be easier to see contact with straight edges and also that square/rectangular bases are easier to make than round bases.

I then considered what sizes to make my bases. After getting out some of my 15mm figures and drawing various sizes of bases on a piece of paper I finally decided on 15mm x 15mm bases for foot, 15mm x 30mm for mounted, 20mm x 20mm for large humanoids, and 40mm x40mm for huge creatures. Obviously if I have big models that don't fit on a 40mm x 40mm base I'll just extend the depth of the base.

So I then went about cutting out some bases using a craft knife with a sharp scalpel-like blade. I used the mounted map boards from The Russian Campaign board game that had been sold by MilSims specifically for the purpose of basing miniatures. Here is a photo.

From the top are 16 bases of 15mm x 30mm (mounted), 4 bases of 20mm x 20mm (large humanoids), and 32 bases of 15mm x 15mm (foot). That should be more than enough to create and base two warbands to play the game.


Friendless said...

I would play this with you, but I don't think I have any 15mm miniatures. If I could use D&D miniatures that'd be good.

Ozvortex said...

You won't need any miniatures. I have enough to make up a variety of warbands in 15mm scale. This game would be something that Harley would probably enjoy as well. I'll let you know when I've got enough miniatures ready for a game.