Comparison of Basing approaches in Crossfire

Different people use different base sizes for Crossfire, and as it is a common question from new comers I thought I’d document the answers.

Crossfire suggests some measurements for base sizes and number of figures.

Crossfire Base Sizes - Standard

Crossfire Base Sizes – Standard


The table shows a few of the variations used by different people from the Crossfire Forum. If a cell is blank it means I don’t know what the person uses. See my Base Sizes and Number of Figures page for how I base.

Who Figure Scale Comment Squad HMG PC CC BC FO Gun / Mortar
Official Crossfire 15mm Imperial base sizes 1-1/4″
x 1-1/4″
1-1/4″
x 1-1/4″
5/8″ wide x 1-1/4″ deep 1-1/4″
x 1-1/4″
1-1/4″
x 1-1/4″
5/8″ wide x 1-1/4″ deep 1-1/4″ wide x as deep as needed
Metric base sizes 32mm x 32mm 32mm x 32mm 16mm wide x 32mm deep 32mm x 32mm 32mm x 32mm 16mm wide x 32mm deep 32mm wide x as deep as needed
3 fig 2 fig 1 fig 2 fig 3 fig 1 fig Varies
Steven Thomas 15mm 30mm rather than 32mm 30mm x 30mm 30mm x 30mm 15mm wide x 30mm deep 30mm x 30mm 50mm x 50mm 20mm wide x 25mm deep 30mm wide x as deep as needed
3 fig 2 fig 1 fig 2 fig 3 fig + jeep 1 fig 3-5 fig + gun
Reda 15mm Standard but with more fig on CC and BC. He also fields snipers on PC sized bases. 32mm x 32mm 32mm x 32mm 16mm wide x 32mm deep 32mm x 32mm 32mm x 32mm 16mm wide x 32mm deep 32mm wide x as deep as needed
3 fig 2 fig 1 fig 4 fig 5 fig 1 fig Varies
John Moher 20mm using 30mm x 30mm (like FO’s) for special figures (e.g. Commissars, or Suicide Anti-Tank guys, etc). 40mm x 40mm 40mm x 40mm 20mm wide and 40mm deep 40mm x 40mm 40mm x 40mm 30mm x 30mm 40mm wide x as deep as needed
3 fig 3 fig 1 fig 2 fig 4 fig 2 fig
Steve Burt 20mm Steve uses round bases for his leaders 30mm x 30mm 30mm x 30mm Round 1p coin (roughly 20mm diameter) Round 2p coin Round counter 30mm x 30mm 30mm wide x 40mm deep
3 fig 2 fig 1 fig 2 fig 3 fig 2 fig 2-3 fig + gun
Nikolas Lloyd 20mm Lloyd’s squads are rectangular but either side can be the front 1-1/4″
x 1 3/4″
1-1/4″
x 1-1/4″
5/8″ wide x 1-1/4″ deep 1-1/4″
x 1-1/4″
3 fig 2 fig 1 fig 2 fig
Tim Marshall 20mm Thought standard bases too small for 20mm 1-1/2″
x 1-1/2″
1-1/2″
x 1-1/2″
1-1/2″
x 1-1/2″
2 fig 2 fig 2 fig
Ian Hayward 6mm Close to 1:1 scale with standard Crossfire 30mm x 30mm 30mm x 30mm 15mm wide x 30mm deep 15mm wide x 30mm deep 30mm wide x 30mm wide
6 fig 4 fig 2 fig 1 fig 4 fig + 2 gun

3 comments to Comparison of Basing approaches in Crossfire

  • Dick Bryant

    I have been using 1″ x 1″ stands with my 15mm figures since I first played the game at home II was introduced to it by Bill Rutherford at a Historicon, lo, these many years ago).
    3 figures on a stand except leaders and FOs which are 1 figure. CCs are 2 figures and BCs are 3 figures. One anomaly, all my stands are the same size – n0 1/2 stand for PCs though I am thinking of rebasing them.
    Dick

  • Ian Francis

    I’m new to the subtleties of Crossfire. Are the different base sizes just for ease of identification purposes?

    I thought that LOS, firing arcs, etc. all eminate from the centre of the base, so does the size of the base make any difference?
    Ian

    • Steven Thomas

      Ian, you are quite right. LOS etc is to the centre. And ease of identification is the main reason for different bases. But something to bear in mind is that “base width” is the only measurement in CF, so people tend to pick combinations of bases dimensions that give a common “base width”, somehow.

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