Sunday, November 20, 2011

Basing for a Hail Caesar Campaign

Now that the Hail Caesar army list book has been released, some friends and I are planning to start a campaign right after the first of the year.  I've been primarily playing Field of Glory for the last couple of years, which I still enjoy, but about half of the locals who play Ancients, at least on occasion, do not find that ruleset to their taste.  Some don't like the chess-like geometry, some find it tediously complex and aimed at competition play, and some just prefer to play in 28mm scale, while most local Field of Glory games are played at 15mm scale.   Don't get me wrong, Field of Glory will remain a commonly played Ancients ruleset of mine, but Hail Caesar seems to be the rules that can get us all playing together again.

One problem we have always had with trying to play games at 28mm scale, is that half the guys are based singly for games like Warhammer Ancient Battles, while the other half have armies based for WRG style games like DBM, Warrior, and Field of Glory.  Although most rulesets can accommodate these different basing schemes, it has always felt like something needed to be compromised to make this happen.  But since Hail Caesar is really basing agnostic, it is possible to easily get these differently based armies on the table against each other.

In order to make this work, this is the basing scheme we are going to use for our upcoming campaign:

WAB Basing

Standard Size Heavy, Medium, and Light Infantry Units – 6 models wide, 2 to 3 models deep, 4 deep for pike and warbands

Large Units (Typically Warbands) – 8 to 9 models wide by 4 models deep

Foot Skirmishers, Light Cavalry, Horse Archers, and Light Infantry Fielded as Small Units – 8 to 10 models in Open Formation

Standard Size Cavalry and Light Cavalry Units – 5 models wide by 2 models deep

Chariots – 2 models wide, 1 model deep

Elephants – one model

Artillery – one model

WRG Basing

Standard Size Heavy, Medium, and Light Infantry Units – 2 bases wide, 2 to 3 bases deep, 4 deep for pike and warbands

Large Units (Typically Warbands) – 3 bases wide by 4 deep

Foot Skirmishers, Light Cavalry, Horse Archers, and Light Infantry Fielded as Small Units – 2 bases wide by 2 deep

Standard Size Cavalry and Light Cavalry Units – 2 bases wide by 2 bases deep

Chariots – 2 bases wide, 1 base deep

Elephants – one base

Artillery – one base
With this scheme, our two opposing basing camps will finally get a chance to face off against each other.

The campaign system is going to be a slightly modified (for points and distances) version of the campaign game that was published in the Warmaster Ancient Armies supplement.  This system has been very easy to port over to Hail Caesar almost directly due to that game sharing a common ancestry with the Warmaster system - both authored by Rick Priestly.  Armies must be taken from those contained in the just published Biblical and Classical Armies List Book for Hail Caesar, starting at the 300 point level, with 1 to 3 additional units added to each army depending on the properties of the territories possessed by each player.

For myself, my intent is to field an Ancient Spanish army. This army, and its participation in the Second Punic Wars and subsequent resistance to the Roman Republic has been of substantial interest to me for quite some time, but under most rulesets, and especially Field of Glory, is not very competitive or entertaining to play at all.  With Hail Caesar and facing the relatively contemporary armies in the Biblical and Classical List Book, the Ancient Spanish seem like they will be much more interesting to use, even if it is still probably not a world-beater.

So, I've been gathering my lead together for this army, and seeing what I still need to paint up before the start of the campaign in January.  Here is a unit of Scutarii, painted up a year or so ago, composed of Crusader Miniatures figures:

Here is another Scutarii unit, this one mainly composed of figures from Renegade Miniatures, but with several Gripping Beast ones mixed in:

And finally, a unit of javelin armed light cavalry, all from Crusader Miniatures:

Note that these are all based WRG style, but will be close enough using Hail Caesar to match off against my friends' WAB based armies.

I do need to paint up some units of Celtiberian warbands to fill out the army, and I will be using the plastic Warlord Games Celts that have been sitting on my shelf for the last couple of years.  It's been too long since I've engaged in a campaign game, and this seems like it will be quite fun.  And it is also very satisfying to put the brush to 28mm figures once again.

1 comment:

  1. Wouldn't it be great if there was only one way to base troops for all sets of rules, it would save a lot of headaches!!