Basing for Blücher

One thing we’ll need to do is to rebase all of our existing 6mm troops.

I’ve been considering basing options in terms of flexibility. The objectives are fourfold:

  • maximise compatibility with different rules
  • maximise Blücher scaling
  • minimise Blücher book-keeping
  • get the most out of the figures we have

Compatibility

I did some basic research on scaling for some popular rules below.

Base sizes in mm
Infantry
Cavalry
Artillery
Uses Base Widths?
Covered?
W
D
W
D
W
D
Polemos GdD 60 30 60 30 30 30 Y At a stretch
Polemos MdE 60 60 60 60 30 30 Y Y
Grand Armée 75 75 75 75 40 75 Y Y
Lasalle 30-50 20-35 30-50 20-35 30-50 35-50 Y Y
VnB RtG 75 75 75 75 75 75 N Y
VnB 75 75 75 75 37 75 N Y
Blücher 75 75 75 75 75 75 Y Y

Most are for large battles or related to such sets. I’d be grateful to hear if I’ve overlooked any you think I should include (just use the comment option at the top of the post).

The desire for flexibility stems from the figures we have had sitting in a cupboard for decades because re-basing for new rules was a pain.

Scaling

For historical battles, Blücher allows game scaling by altering the men/base scale and by altering the base size.  Men/base scale can vary from 1,000 to 5,000 infantry without too much problem. Base size can be varied up or down (but mostly down, no need to go much larger than 75mm) as low as you want to go.  Halving the base size doubles the ground scale.

Just as an aside I suspect Sam Mustafa would say Blücher doesn’t have fixed ground or figure scales and I understand his point. The important thing is that the game plays well and not that imprecise assumptions are precisely modelled. However, you need to start with or choose a map size and and unit scale when developing historical scenarios.

30 by 20mm bases could be sensibly saboted onto all of the base sizes above or used raw in Lasalle.

Markers

Using 30 by 20mm bases allows some room on full size 75mm bases for game markers.  Room for a line of skirmishers out the front, a dice frame, a gun, or a squadron of cavalry would minimise the paperwork for a rosters and information strips on the bases.

Figures

This is pretty self-explanatory. 🙂 Whatever system we adopt needs to give bang for buck in terms of figures.

The approach

I was thinking something along the lines of having 75, 60, and 50mm sabots with the figures mounted on 30 by 20mm bases. That allows us to play all but Polemos GdD and if keen we could go with very simple 60 by 30mm sabots.

So, something like this:

Sabot scheme

Sabot scheme

What do you think?  Leave me a comment if you have any feedback.

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