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martin goddard

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Casualty bases
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:59:32 AM »
In PP games there are casualty markers.
How do you chaps make sure they are visible and clearly casualties?
Colour, shape, position etc..   ?

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 10:04:01 AM »
Different shape / size of base e.g. half-size bases for Square Bashing and PBI; round casualty bases for others (in contrast to square "not yet dead" bases).

Different types of figure: prone casualties are generally easy to distinguish from the upright live ones.

If all else fails - a good slosh of red paint?

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 10:37:20 AM »
I am trying to steer away from prone only casualties. This is because if i let someone else use them, they often treat them like coins. Thus they pile them up in their hand ,damaging the paint. Trouble is, if the figures are not prone, they might blend in with the non-casualty chaps.

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 10:37:59 AM »
Smaller square bases for me with one dead figure on them.
For SCW I've also added a splash of coloured paint on the sides of the base to identify which platoon they belong to.

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 10:59:28 AM »
Trouble is, if the figures are not prone, they might blend in with the non-casualty chaps.

That's the problem I've found...

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2019, 11:06:57 AM »
Smaller square bases for me with one dead figure on them.
For SCW I've also added a splash of coloured paint on the sides of the base to identify which platoon they belong to.

I'm painting the back edge of my PBI platoons' bases (including those of their casualties) with their own colour. Which is hopefully subtle yet legible.

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 11:13:18 AM »
Simple answer.....Don't get shot!

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 12:13:58 PM »
For the new BLoody barons I have put a red flash on one edge of the casualty base

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2019, 01:11:59 PM »
As they've already been posted on here I won't clutter up any more bandwidth with another picture. I use Warbases casualty markers with a dead person on top. Royalists, Parliamentarians and Covenanters each have a suitable message around the edge. Cavalry have a dead harquebusier, regiments of foot have a dead musketeer, dragoons/artillery/engineers/siege parties have a generic dead ECW person. Not cavalry have a specific painted casualty figure (matching jacket).

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 02:55:30 PM »
I fully admit to coming at PP rules as a player only, often with figs originally from other systems.

So quite often I use token markers for dead bases - not figures at all. Red tiddlywinks are the most common but I have loads of colours to use.

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2019, 08:05:08 PM »
I tend to use the prone figures more but make sure that I varnish them first with matt polyurethane varnish followed by a spray matt for a truly dull coat. They are nearly bomb proof. But I do try and ask players to be as careful as possible.

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2019, 09:24:04 PM »
Daft question.
I have the Regiment of Foote rules, in the hope of getting to use them some day. Roughly how many casualty markers will I be likely to need. eg one/two per regiment? 'X' per square occupied?

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2019, 08:13:59 AM »
Between 8 and 12 would suffice. I think I have 16 per side which is 2 packs but have never come anywhere near using them all. They get cleared off the table pretty quickly once the morale tests have been taken. Of course one pile of casualties can be used for both sides.

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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 11:02:08 AM »
I've always used "Splat markers" to count hits.


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Re: Casualty bases
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2019, 11:26:48 AM »
Varies - WWI Square Bashing on half base; Walter Schnaffs casualties on round bases; current BB on 30x30; Rgt of Foote on round bases; ACW on round bases. My ACW artillery casualties have a little explosion on the same base - a shaped basing material crater with cotton wool smoke. One tip re. prone casualties - donít use metal or coin bases as these rub off paint more readily than mdf.