Monday, January 30, 2012

Anglo-Danish (Saxon) deep impetus units

I liked the look of the rebased Vikings so much I redid the rear bases of my Saxons (Anglo-Danish in the Impetus army lists).  While I was at it, I added a few LBMS banners to the army.
Harold's Huscarls -- 10 figures on front base, 6 on rear
The reason for the change was visual.  I originally based this army for a different rule set, where these were not deep units.  I've been really enjoying Impetus, and am committed to playing Impetus for a while.  My unit bases, the front ones, are 12 cm by 6 cm, and this is standard across all my 28 mm dark age armies.  I usually put 10 figures on a close order infantry base, organized in two ranks, and crowded together in the center of the stand.  This creates a visual density in of figures, and a buffer to protect the figures in play.  When I was using two of these as a deep unit I always saw one unit behind another -- the appearance of a SYW second line in close support.  Not good!  I went to a dedicated rear base that is 12 cm by 4 cm in size, with the figures organized in one line on the front of the base.  I'm not totally satisfied with the look of the deep unit as there is still a gap between the second and third rank, but it is visually a huge improvement.  Time will tell if I rebase the entire army or not -- although I've felt very postive about my rebasing efforts so far, I do share the common despair about rebasing. The new look is very good from the front and back (which are, after all, the primary way we see the units in a game), and better from the side than the old appearance of two unit bases.
Side view, old deep unit (2 12x6 bases) and new deep unit (12x6 & 12x4 base)
There has been a discussion of how many figures to but on a 28mm FP (foot pondorous, or heavy foot) base on the Impetus Forum.  I use ten 28 mm figures for most of my armies, but for the Saxons I used twelve figures.  It does make the unit look dense!  I only used ten figures on the Huscarl units, as these are warriors fighting in the Scandinavian tradition.
Select fyrd (12 fig/main base) & Huscarls (10 fig/main base)
Finally, because a picture is worth a thousand words, and ours is indeed a visual hobby, here are more gratuitous pictures of figures!


New deep unit on left, old deep unit on right

Upcoming future posts will include some AARs and photo-presentations of other SPI members (St. Paul Irregulars) 28mm Impetus armies.  Your welcome to come back and visit soon . . .

8 comments:

  1. Very nice! The banners and basing look top notch!!

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  2. Looking pretty good.

    Impetus are my Ancients rules of choice at the moment as well but I have gone for the sabot base approach as I do still use other rules as well. The downside is that they never look as good as the diorama style bases.

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  3. They look great. The look of Impetus bases is certainly part of the appeal of the game to me.

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  4. The new style definitely tightens things up. I think that the only way you're going to get a "clump" effect is to rebase. Not sure it's needed - the sense of mass and momentum is there.

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  5. The rebasing and banners make them shine even brighter! Must resist the siren song of 28mm.

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  6. Thanks, gentlemen, for your gracious comments.

    I've got split desires now -- one part of me wants to work on some scenario design and custom terrain, and another is anxious to start on more figures. Oh, the joy of the dilemma!

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  7. Cher Brent,

    Thank you for introducing me to your lovely blog and very attractive miniatures. I wish I still had my Normans, Saxons and Vikings which I think were lost in a flood here twenty years ago. One aspect of many that appeals to me are shield patterns. Yours are superb. I really enjoyed painting mine years ago.

    "1066 and all that" was something special for me because of The Conquest and perhaps because in my youth my parents bought a book about William The Conqueror for me which interested me if only for his name!

    Respectfully,
    Bill (William)

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  8. Is there a Saxon army list for 300 points available anywheres can view

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