Sunday, February 25, 2024

Early Saxon/Germanic Collection rebased and the current state of my Late Roman/Germanic Collection

 



I took a break from ACW to re-base my Saxon/Germanic army for use with skirmish and army based games like Impetus, TTS and the upcoming Midguard rules by James Morris.

Why did I do this when I already had sabot bases for the figures you may ask? Well after seeing James Morris units on what I would call movement bases for individual figures rather then sabots I loved the look and flexibility as the figures could be moved around on the base rather then in a fixed sabot. With that in mind I set to work on my re-basing project to movement bases!


  

This flexibility allows me to make a unit a heavy or light one by removing or adding figures that does not leave a hole like a sabot base does. Also I can move the figures closer or farther apart whenever I want without needing a different sabot base and of course I can place the figures closer together.

 


James used magnets which is useful, but this requires where the figures are to be free of basing material which I don't like as it looks too smooth compared to the edges and limiting. I decided to use blue tack to hold the figures in place and it works very well!


With this method I can use my figures for any system be it skirmish or army based as I'll just need the base size requirements.:-)


I made the movement bases 3cm high which allows me to handle the base and not the figures which is something I've really come to prefer these days.

Usually I find re-basing a chore, but this time I had quite some fun as I didn't need to hammer and cut rather just make the movement bases themselves and transfer them from the sabot bases to the movement trays.




Not content to stop there I also re-based my friend Nick's excellent Late Roman/Arthurian collection shown above that I luckily purchased from him. It did require more work as I needed to completely re-do his bases to match my own collection, but worth the effort!



Just to round things off I thought I would show my Foundry Late Roman collection shown above which is based for Impetus, but can also be used for TTS and Midguard as well. These are a mixture of both my own(lighter based) and Nicks Late Romans(that I got off him,darker based) although I need to re-do his bases to match mine as can be seen if you look close.

Oh one cannot forget casualty counters either as I really like having these. These are also a mix of my own and Nick's already with matching bases.

So am I done? The answer is no not even close as I plan to use these collections for small skirmish all the way up to very large battles with multiple players! I think we all have a little megalomania in us(even if it takes years to get there)!

Thanks for viewing!

Miniature Company- Footsore, Gripping Beast, Westwind, Wargames Foundry 

23 comments :

  1. I've tried Museum Wax to do something similar. Found it gave good hold and isn't as persistent as blutack when you move stuff. A small pot goes a long way.

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    1. Well it's an Uhu product white in color and works similiar to blue tack. It works perfect for me as it doesn't leave a mess or remove paint off the base. Super easy to use.

      Christopher

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  2. A mammoth effort Christopher, but it has repaid you amply as everything there looks really wonderful!!!

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    1. Thank you very much David! It does feel good to get a result one was hoping for.

      Christopher

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  3. Hello Christopher,
    It's a good idea which allows you to play with different game systems (skirmishes and big battles).
    Superb work !!! (as usual).
    Nikkobourges

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    1. Thank you good sir! Really nice when a plan falls into place.

      Christopher

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  4. Excellent looking Dark Age armies, Christopher. Nice rebasing effort too.

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    1. Thank you kindly all around Dean really appreciate it.

      Christopher

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  5. Late Romans and their Germanic foes an absolute favourite period of mine and these look superb. It's a clever and to me novel idea to have the ability to change base size and the layout on the bases by switching the figures from base to base [have I understood that correctly?] though I guess it means a lot of bases.
    I hope there will be reports of them in action especially with the forthcoming Midgard rules.
    For this period I mainly use Dux Brit and sometimes the Duchy of Soissons variant for the continent.
    Stephen

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    1. Thank you and indeed you did understand the idea correctly. Much easier to make bases then re-basing imho. I do hope to showcase the Midgard rules as this period fits in very well I think.

      Christopher

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  6. A job well done there Christopher they look very fine.

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  7. A stunning collection Christopher! Well done!

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  8. Beautiful as always, Christopher. Your painting skills are fantastic.

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