Saturday, 23 May 2020

Basing the Beja


I'm using 1p coins for basing the Perry Miniatures plastic Beja, mainly to give them a bit of much needed weight but also so that I can store them in a Really Useful Box with an insert tray, making them easier to protect and to transport. The other consideration behind the 1p coin basing is so that I can use sabot bases for Death in the Dark Continent, thereby making the army useable for larger games and not just The Men Who Would Be Kings skirmish scenarios.


The Death in the Dark Continent rules use two or three figures on a 60mm base frontage but with a flexible base depth, although the suggested depth is 30mm. Unfortunately, getting three 1p coins on a 30mm x 60mm base just doesn't work, so I've experimented with different dimensions and reckon a 50mm deep base is both large enough to fit the figures on but also not too big. As a bonus, it will allow for some nice base texturing and detailing, which is one of the things that Chris Peers was influenced by when he wrote the rules in the first place.

Incidentally, this article on basing from the NorthStar magazine is well worth a look:

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