Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Scottorum Malleus, Does size matter? and how big is yours?
This is my first post about the if's and buts of Scottorum Malleus which from here on will be know as SM. In SM base size is left fairly open the basic guide given is 40mm-80mm frontage. So for 10mm the question is do you go for a 40mm frontage to give you a small scale game looking like DBA? This would look okay and Im sure it would play fine with 40x20 bases, but for me I want something a little larger so Im going with a 80mm frontage and a 40mm depth for Infantry and Cavalry. Now heres another question what depth base for missile troops? 40mmm can look a bit deep for some missile troops Crossbows look a bit odd deployed 4 or 5 ranks deep while Longbows don't look to bad with some depth to them 'storm of arrows' etc. after a little thought I've decided to stay with 40mm depth for missile as well(I did set up to take some photos of my missile units to show the look of both types of basing but camera lost power!!**??). Next is army size in SM at the moment there are no points cost as such and no lists, as a guide Dan Mersey has said armies should be around 10/12 units and there is a brief guide to numbers of troop types. I've taken a read through various lists from other rules sets and using some historical research I've got usable army lists for all the armies I will be trying the game in, these have worked out at around 7-9 units each.Which with the above basing in 10mm will look good and give me enough troop options to get to grips with the rules.Heres another question,what type of army list do us gamers think is best? Points per unit lists option similar to Warmaster Ancients and the like or a list unit option like the DBx type systems?. Now I've got my base and army sizes now for table size again as SM is in its bare bones stage no size is really given for the field of battle, Im going with 4'x 3'. So if your giving SM a go, as the title say's does size matter? and how big are yours?