Basing For Kings of War

As Kings of War 3rd Edition looms on the horizon, interested people have been asking questions about how to base for the game. There are a variety of methods, which all involve a reasonable amount of work. However, for those folks who have fantasy armies from the old days (which have remained on their square bases with movement trays): chances are you’ll have little to zero work to do if you don’t want to rebase. For those of us just starting out, or looking to make something more diorama-ish, there is of course some effort required.

Two troops of Skeleton Archers. Models from Citadel, Reaper Miniatures and RAFM.

To begin with, let’s discuss some of the options. I’ll be up-front here, I am in the monobase/multibase camp of Kings of War players. I love the simplicity of the basing style, and the creative control that it allows me. That said, I would be doing the community a disservice if I didn’t mention the other options, so here we go.

The first (and for many, easiest) way to base your army for Kings of War is the old fantasy square basing plus movement tray approach. There is literally nothing wrong with this at all. The base sizes for Kings of War remain exactly the same in most cases and the troop types you may already own will match (or easily approximate) a Kings of War unit without much extrapolation. Anyone who played popular mass battle fantasy games in the last 30 or so years will be completely familiar with this approach. You may have to make new movement trays if your existing ones are too big or small, but that’s it. A well-worn path to be sure.

A regiment sized unit for Kings of War, using the old school fantasy style of basing with a movement tray. This works perfectly well and doesn’t require any rebasing at all. The Dark Elves, however, need a new army list. I’m looking at you, Mantic! (Maybe it’s one of the six new lists they’re adding into 3ed). Figures are all Citadel.

Another option is the “sabot” tray/base. These have cut-outs for individual figures that may already be based for skirmish games, or for something else with smaller multibases than Kings of War. This is a fine compromise if you want to get double duty from your skirmish armies. The only caveat here is the minimum number of figures per base specified in the official FAQ, which stands at 50% of the listed number of figures for the unit, plus one figure (though 66% is preferred). If your skirmish bases are too large (for example, 30mm lipped bases or similar) it may be difficult to make enough slots for a regiment, which at a bare minimum requires 11 figures on the base. Some may see this as a challenge, though I’m not sure it is actually possible every time.

A Skeleton spear regiment ‘monobased’ for Kings of War. There are 18 models in this regiment (more than the bare minimum of 11) and the lower figure count allows for some creative groundwork and figure positioning on the base. Not bad for five bucks at a MOAB Bring and Buy with some of what was lying around. Models by Citadel with some Reaper Miniatures figures as well.

Which leaves us with what some people call “monobasing” and others call “multibasing”. They are the same thing. With this type of basing the unit is built exclusively for Kings of War (there aren’t any other games using this type of basing as far as I know, though of course one could house rule anything). The advantages are many, however. The unit can be built as a small diorama, giving extra flavour to the army, and the units are very fast to deploy and pack away, especially if the bases are magnetised in a metal box or the box is lined with rubber sheeting. It is an elegant solution that is a lot of fun to put together and very nice to look at once complete. It also seems very popular online. I’ve found some examples on YouTube that you can check out which will hopefully further inspire. The back of the Kings of War 2ed rulebook discusses multibasing too.

A troop of Skeleton Archers. This unit has the bare minimum of figures allowed by the official FAQ, that is 50% + 1 figure (a troop is listed as ten figures). Doing this, particularly with missile troops, can help in creating a better ‘firing line’ than two ranks of five models in many cases. Models by Reaper Miniatures and RAFM.

In conclusion, there are no hard and fast rules for basing for Kings of War other than figure minimums and base size footprint. This comes directly from page 3 of the FAQ on Mantic’s website (link below). Other than that, have fun and be as creative as you like.

Links and Further Ideas

Official FAQ for Kings of War: http://www.manticgames.com/SiteData/Root/File/KINGS OF WAR/Kings of War FAQ and Errata 290915.pdf

A video tutorial from Mantic on multibasing from Kings of War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTCs19eZVw

Ronnie (of Mantic Games fame) enthusiastically discussing multibasing in Kings of War (he calls them movement trays, because he’s pushing the official Mantic product, which is yet another option): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0hB3gJR3aU

Another approach to basing, though I personally wouldn’t base them before painting!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmXlnz6KALE

And another video showing an entire army’s bases textured, detailed and painted ahead of time, with the models added later. Also featured is a simple and effective way to connect smaller units to make larger ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr5vCTZ5HA0

The Agora is Gone

We have decided to retire the Agora due to lack of interest. It was online for over a year but got very little use. This means that unfortunately we have no easy online location for club questions or feedback to replace it, other than our Facebook group, which has been very successful.

We are open to suggestions as to how we can provide a non-Facebook solution for those who do not wish to use that site. For now you can email the admin via admin@spartanassociation.org or see us at the meetings.

AGM 2019

Mark it in your calendar! The next meeting of the Spartan Association (the 7th of July) will be our AGM!

If you are at all interested in helping to shape the future of our club, make sure that you are there. Games will be running as usual too, and if you just want to attend to play games that’s fine as well.

See you on the day!

The Other Side – Slow Grow League

For those looking for something a little different, and on the fantasy side of the table:

Over five months, participants will be able to assemble a viable force for Wyrd’s The Other Side miniatures game. You’ll start with a single commander, and work towards a force with two commanders plus extras. A three colour minimum painting requirement will be in force, so getting those figures painted will be important, but that’s the point of the exercise, isn’t it?

The League will kick off at our April 21 meeting and continue every second meeting of the month for five months. At the end you’ll have both rules knowledge and a painted force!

Contact Nik Richards for further information.

See you on The Other Side!

Meetings Now Twice a Month!

You heard that correctly, the Spartan Association is now meeting twice a month at the fantastic Kingswood Sports Club – due to popular demand!

The downside (if there can really be one) of this new arrangement is that if the Kingswood Sports Club has a function booked in our normal gaming area we will have to retreat to the old “small” room (aka, the Scoozi Lounge). If there isn’t enough space on those occasions some of us will simply have to miss out on our games for that meeting. But hey, there’s another meeting just around the corner!

Hope to see you all at our new, more frequent club events!

Dates are as follows. These will be added as events both here on the website and on Facebook.

March 3rd – Function Room (big room)
March 24th – Function Room
April 7th – Function Room
April 21st – Function Room
April 27th – Breakout From Tobruk (special event)
May 5th – Scoozi Lounge (little room)
May 19th – Function Room
June 2nd – Function Room
June 16th – Function Room
July 7th – Scoozi Lounge – Spartan Association AGM at Noon.

Breakout from Tobruk

Breakout from TobrukOn April 21, Panzer Angriff and the Spartan Association are pleased to present: Breakout from Tobruk.

Four continuous 6×4′ tables depicting the tail end of Operation Crusader, 1941. Panzer Angriff will supply all forces accurate to the time, fully painted in high detail.Panzer Angriff  and the Spartan Association will then play out the mega battle on the games table during the day. The idea is to bring to life, to the visitors to the Kingswood Sports club, just one tale from the ANZAC story.

See you there! More information on our calendar page for the event: https://spartanassociation.org/event/breakout-from-tobruk/

What Happened In February?

February did roll around quickly! Our second meeting for 2019 is all wrapped up, and it was a good one. There was a good sized turnout and plenty of games were played. As usual we’d like to thank everybody who participated. Let the gaming roll on!

We had some of our regular games, and some not so regular. Flames of War was in attendance with the usual array of nicely painted 15mm World War 2 miniatures. Note the German trucks and tanks, those are 3D prints and not the usual commercial models – they look amazing!

And of course Art De La Guerre made an appearance. A stalwart regular game at our meetings it most certainly has become.

Impetus made a return this month, and some very nicely painted 28mm figures took to the field. In these pics the Byzantines tackle some English from the Wars of the Roses. Not sure who won… The version used was the eagerly anticipated second edition of the game.

John and I had a crack at the new Warlords of Erehwon fantasy mass-skirmish rules from Warlord Games. I feel they will be a good fit for all of those fantasy 25/28s gathering dust in many gamers’ collections. It uses the activation dice system seen in Gates of Antares and Bolt Action, and the rules are reasonably easy to learn. The factions are all classical fantasy types, so very easy to choose and use whatever range of models you like best. Games will speed up a lot (of course) once we properly get the rules nailed down, and I have now learned not to charge against Dwarf loonies with a chariot…

Speaking of Fantasy gaming, there was also a game of Games Workshop’s Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game. Makes me want to get me a copy so I can rouse the Easterlings and their Haradrim allies again…

Last, and certainly not least, was a mighty game of the venerable Napoleonic Shako rules. This was played in 15mm and saw a lot of units swirling about the battlefield, locked in mortal combat. A table full of 15mm horse and musket era miniatures always looks good, and this was no exception.

And that’s all for February! Once again, thanks to everybody who made the trip in to see us, and we hope to see everybody again on March 3.

Until then, keep gaming, and may your dice all roll well!

Welcome to 2019! And Our First Meeting Report…

Welcome to a new year of gaming one and all!

The Spartan Association had its first meeting for 2019 a week ago on January 6. Like always we thank those folks who made the time to join us for gaming at the Kingswood Sports Club.

It was a reasonably quiet meeting, as one would assume from the time of year, but still packed full of hobby goodness and much dice rolling. It seemed that one person did appear to absorb all the dice luck in the room at one point though, but we won’t name him (or hold it against him… hehe). Suffice to say, spectacular dice rolling, Sir!

The usual suspects brought their games along, so we did see the likes of Art de la Guerre, Crossfire and Flames of War at the club, along with an appearance by the Polemos rules Obstinate and Bloody Battle for 6mm. These rules are quite interesting, and I can see it being a thing for a number of people at the club. It certainly captures the feel and momentum of the age of linear warfare in an interesting way. Yes, the following images are of 6mm figures:

We also had the usual Art de la Guerre gaming going on, this time rather mediaeval in flavour:

Some Crossfire (World War 2) occurred in the center of the room. Geoff brought the suitcase boards to this meeting. Crossfire is interesting in that in plays quite well on small boards and lends itself to a fairly portable setup like this.

The lads from Panzer Angriff brought their brand of 15mm WW2 mayhem to the club, looking great as always. This time early war, I believe, with lots of Cossacks riding hardy steppe ponies and many small tankettes on display.

Last, and certainly not least, there was some custom terrain on display, mostly laser cut by the gentleman who brought in to the club. The biggest of the laid out terrain was suitable for 15mm Modern gaming (like Team Yankee or similar) but there were buildings from many different periods and genres on display. Excellent workmanship and well designed pieces with double thickness walls and good access to all levels. We hope to see more of this in future. Good stuff indeed!

And that’s another month wrapped up! Again, thank you to all who attended in January, and we hope to see you all again in February. Until then, as always, keep gaming, and may all your dice roll high!