How to use Big Bases with Napoleon at War, Lasalle and FoGN

I want to try Napoleon at War (NAW) for Liberators and one of the first questions is … what do I do about my Big Bases? Luckily Phil from Wargaming in the Sun has some useful suggestions for using units based for Lasalle / FoGN with Napoleon at War. I can just add to his analysis to cope with my 2 x 80mm x 40mm basing.


Infantry

My infantry battalions have two big bases of 80mm wide x 40mm deep. The footprints of each full strength infantry formation using my scheme, NAW, Lasalle and FOG are:

Formation Steven’s Big Bases NAW Lasalle and Fog
Line 160mm wide by 40mm deep 156mm wide by 32mm deep 160mm wide by 30mm deep
Attack column 80mm wide x 80mm deep 78mm wide by 64mm deep 80mm wide by 60mm deep
March column 40mm wide x 160mm deep 26mm wide by 192mm deep 40mm wide by 120mm deep
Square 80mm wide x 80mm deep 78mm wide by 64mm deep 70mm wide by 70mm deep
Skirmisher 40mm wide x 20mm deep 30mm wide by 15mm deep 20mm wide by 15mm deep

Infantry Line

My two big base, when side by side in line, are 160mm x 40mm. So not too from NAW’s 156mm x 32mm and Lasalle’s 160mm x 30mm. Obviously my line formation is deeper but probably not enough to change the game.

Big Base Infantry Line

Big Base Infantry Line

Infantry Attack Column

I achieve the Attack Column formation by putting my two big bases one behind the other. That gives a formation 80mm x 80mm. NAW comes in at 78mm x 64mm and Lasalle 80mm x 60mm. So again I’m deeper, but again I suspect this won’t make a difference.

Big Base Infantry Attack Column

Big Base Infantry Attack Column

Infantry March Column

I admit March Column is tricky. I can see only a couple of solutions.

  1. Separate the bases with one or more option “blank” stands
  2. Put the two stands side by side but with the stands facing in opposite directions, with the formation moving towards the short end.

The second option gives a footprint that is closer to NAW and Lasalle so what I’ll go with that. My March Column would be 40mm x 160mm compared to NAW’s 26mm x 192mm and Lasalle’s 40mm x 120mm.

Big Base Infantry March Column 1

Big Base Infantry March Column 1

I have to admit that it isn’t super obvious that this is a march column and it is headed to the left of the photo. So I put an arrow at the front of the column. Now my March Column becomes 40mm x 180mm.

Big Base Infantry March Column 2

Big Base Infantry March Column 2

Or with a different style of arrow.

Big Base Infantry March Column 3

Big Base Infantry March Column 3

In you add in a skirmisher stand at the front then my March Column becomes 40mm x 180mm. Put a second skirmisher at the the back and the column is 200m long, wider but about the same length as NAW.

Big Base Infantry March Column 4

Big Base Infantry March Column 4

Infantry Square

Using big bases I form square by putting the two stands back to back.

Big Base Infantry Square

Big Base Infantry Square

Infantry skirmishers

In both my basing scheme and in NAW skirmishers are additional stands used for markers. Lasalle has the smallest skirmish bases at 20mm x 15mm. NAW skirmisher bases are bigger at 30mm x 15mm. For reasons not entirely clear even to me I’ve gone with 40mm x 20mm for my skirmisher bases. But actually, being markers, the size of the stand doesn’t matter.

Big Base Infantry Attack Column with Skirmishers

Big Base Infantry Attack Column with Skirmishers

Big Base Infantry Line with Skirmishers

Big Base Infantry Line with Skirmishers


Cavalry

The footprints of each full strength cavalry formations are as follows:

Formation Steven’s Big Bases NAW Lasalle and Fog
Line (ordre mince) 160mm wide by 40mm deep 180mm wide by 40mm deep 160mm wide by 30mm deep
Attack column (ordre profound) 80mm wide x 80mm deep 90mm wide by 80mm deep 80mm wide by 40mm deep
March column 40mm wide x 160mm deep 45mm wide by 160mm deep 40mm wide by 120mm deep

Cavalry Line (ordre mince)

My cavalry lines are 160mm wide and 40mm deep, just like the infantry. This is the same width as Lasalle and the same depth as NaW. However, NaW has a wider cavalry line at 180mm width and Lasalle has a shallower formation at 30mm.

Big Base Cavalry Line

Big Base Cavalry Line

Cavalry Attack Column (ordre profound)

My cavalry attack columns are 80mm wide and 80mm deep, also just like the infantry equivalents. Lasalle has a formation the same width but only 40mm deep. NaW has the same depth but slightly wider at 90mm.

Big Base Cavalry Attack Column

Big Base Cavalry Attack Column

Cavalry March Column

Again, to show March Column, I’ve put the two big stands side by side but with the stands facing in opposite directions, with the formation moving towards the short end. This is the same depth at the NaW formation but slightly narrower; NaW march columns are 45mm wide. Lasalle march columns are much shorter, at 120mm.

Big Base Cavalry March Column 1

Big Base Cavalry March Column 1

However, one of my two “arrow” solutions makes it more obvious, both the formation and the direction of travel. However, this adds 20mm to the depth making the formation longer than NaW and much longer than Lasalle.

Big Base Cavalry March Column 2

Big Base Cavalry March Column 2

Big Base Cavalry March Column 3

Big Base Cavalry March Column 3


Artillery

My artillery bases are 40mm square, exactly the same as in Lasalle and FoGN. In NAW Artillery units are comprised of bases 45mm wide and 40mm deep, so a little wider.

I haven’t really thought about limbers as they are basically just markers. As markers I’m thinking the smaller the better, so I was toying with the idea of 40mm squares like the guns. That size of base will only fit a stripped down team with a limber and two horses.

In contrast NaW and Lasalle go for length.

Formation Steven’s Big Bases NAW Lasalle and Fog
Foot Artillery 40mm wide x 40mm deep 35mm wide by 120mm deep 40mm wide by 80mm deep
Horse Artillery 40mm wide x 40mm deep 35mm wide by 159mm deep 40mm wide by 80 mm deep
Argentine Artillery 4lb

Argentine Artillery 4lb


Commander

My officers come on round bases. I’ve experimented a bit but I’ve settled on 40mm diameter circles with either 3 figures (Commander) or 2 figures (Sub commander).

Officer Steven’s Big Bases NAW Lasalle and Fog
Commander 40mm diameter circle with 3 figures 45mm wide by 40mm deep 40mm by 40mm
Sub commanders 40mm diameter circle with 2 figures 26mm wide by 32mm deep 20mm wide by 30mm

My Commander bases are 40mm diameter circles. This is similar to both NaW and Lasalle although both these games use rectangles (NaW) or squares (Lasalle).

Big Base Commander

Big Base Commander

My Sub-commander bases are also 40mm diameter circles. This is considerably bigger than NaW (26mm wide by 32mm deep) or Lasalle (20mm wide by 30mm deep) because my sub-commander bases have two figures and these rules use one figure.

Big Base Subcommander

Big Base Subcommander


Casualties

For infantry units if they receive four casualty the unit is lost. For cavalry or artillery units, if there more casualties than half the theoretical size in NaW bases then the unit is lost.

Phil from Wargaming in the Sun uses cottonwool to mark casualties. I prefer using casualty markers marked on each side with the number of casualties the unit has suffered, from 1 to 4. I just turn the marker around when the unit suffers more casualties.

Big Base Infantry Line with 2 Casualties

Big Base Infantry Line with 2 Casualties

Big Base Infantry Line with 3 Casualties

Big Base Infantry Line with 3 Casualties


References

Phil. (2014, 21 September). Napoleon at War Variations Part 1 Base Sizes. Wargaming in the Sun.

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