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    Avatar photoKowari

    I’m currently painting a variety of 28mm figures from Eureka Miniatures.  I generally try to include at lease one sniper team (sniper and spotter) and/or a weapons team (gunner and loader/assistant) in my factions. However, I’m in two minds about whether to base the members of each team separately on standard 20/25mm bases, or as a pair on a larger base.

    I’ve done both in the past; combined basing looks much better, and it reinforces the impression that it’s a dedicated team rather than just two figures thrown together from the storage box. On the other hand, individual basing is more flexible in terms of placement on the board, handling casualties, and splitting the team.

    I was just wondering what other people do and if anybody else had any thoughts on this?

    Avatar photoMike

    I have a 6mm sci-fi skirmish sniper team and they are based individually as the rules allow for single figure casualties. Would vex me to have a model on the table that should not be there. ..

    Avatar photoPatrice

    It depends on what you wish to play with them.
    I always base individually because I play skirmish RPG-ish adventures.
    But there are popular rulesets which demand team bases.


    Avatar photoKowari

    It’s mostly Force on Force, the rules for which tends towards (but don’t require) individual bases. I agree that it’s annoying to have figures who shouldn’t be there.

    Avatar photoJames Manto

    I base teams together

    Looks better.

    The amount of time during which one member is KIA but the other is still active is negligible.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    I prefer individual bases but I do have both.

    Avatar photocmnash

    For me it can depend on the size of the ‘team’. A gun crew, for instance, I’ll  put on one base with a dice frame and then mark casualties with the dice

    But, as has been said above, I think that it depends upon the ruleset


    Avatar photoMike Headden

    For my 15mm Chain Of Command WW2 stuff I base single figures on a 15mm circular base.

    For heavy weapons I base the weapon and one figure on a larger base and cut semicircular notches in the base so additional crew figures can nestle into the main base.

    There are 100 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who can work from incomplete data

    Avatar photoMartinR

    I tend to base figures at a ratio of 1:2 (so a rifle group has three figures, LMG team two figures etc), which means snipers, 2″ mortar teams etc only get one figure, usually on a round base.

    For individual based type games, then I don’t base teams as a unit unless I need to in order to make the models work (typically loader figures for belt fed machineguns).

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    Avatar photodeephorse

    For my 20mm Rapid Fire units I place all crew for a crew served weapon on just one base.  No searching through a box fir a particular figure, and it makes set up and packing away a lot quicker.  If I need to record casualties I resort to my favourite bright white plastic curtain rings (shock horror!).  I can live with it.

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