So talking about bases, I am seeking some advice. My Napoleonic infantry forces are based in 2 different ways. This has been a real work in progress, but I have settled on two basic patterns: One for closed order troops and one for troops that historically fought in closed or open order. Essentially, I have 4-6 bases per unit, depending on the size of their historical OB. Essentially a British Guard unit or an Austrian unit would have 6 bases where most other units have 4 bases. My cut off is 800 troops for the larger units. These units have 6 figures to a base. For units that could fight in open or closed order, I put 4 figures to the same sized base, this accommodates the more animated poses that these troops are available in. An example is seen in my blog in the title photo for the Prussian IR21 regiment. The battalion in the front, the fusiliers are 4 figures to a base while the other 2 battalions are 6 to a base. I have been a bit arbitrary in selecting these units, but have decided to include some French légere, Prussian fusiliers, 95th Rifles and Portuguese Caçadores to name a few. For gaming purposes, I close up the bases to indicate that they are fighting in formed order and leave them apart to indicate open order. I tried it my last few games and it seems to work and look good.
Now to my problem. How about troops who only seem to have fought in open or skirmish order and never fought as formed into infantry battalions. The 60th Rifles appear to be an example. I am also about to paint up some Kielmansegge's Jaegers for my 1st Hanoverian Brigade and I have some Brunswick AvantGarde primed and ready to go. How should I base them? I had been previously putting 2 figures on a 40x20mm bases, but recently I have been sorely tempted to base them on single round bases. They just look so great placed in front of a formed unit. Rules sets that add a skirmish factor to infantry battalions can utilize figures thus based easily. Lasalle and the much anticipated Food for Powder ruleset from Analogue Hobbies (how is that for pressure Curt) both recommend some such basing, with the number of figures representing a numerical Skirmish Factor. I believe Field of Battle v2 rulebook has done something similar. Black Powder with it variably sized units (tiny, small, standard and large) would also accommodate easily tiny units with single based figures.
So what do you think? I have a lot of seasoned Napoleonic players as regular readers so I put it out there for you and seek your input.