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Given the fact that you can always go higher up in base sizes, is there any preferable base size for an HQ speed lt/lord? I always assumed bigger was better for getting into base to base with enemy models with greater ease, however it also opens you up to getting shot at more easily. Plus it may be difficult to hide a model behind decent terrain with a 60mm base.
Taking this into consideration, what would you put your lord on? 20mm, 40mm, or 60mm? Is it considered poor gamesmanship to have a Lieutenant model on a 60mm base? I'm really thinking of doing it... especially in my upcoming combat patrol tournament.
This is totally, totally personal.
But.. if he's unstatured, then 20mm or 40mm is ok.
If he's statured then is has to be 40mm or 60mm.
None statured on 60mm will just look weird unless there's a mini diorama going on on his base.. like a familiar or thrall or something.
But... maybe it's best just to rely on solid tactics rather than the base size of your HQ?
It's not the size that counts, it's how you use it.
I don't see any advantage for giving them a bigger base..
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Other than that, there is no discenrable advantage to having a bigger base. In fact, it penalizes you more than benefits. Set up distances are always set in stone - for example, if you Infiltrate out of LoS, you always have to have at least 13 inches between you and the enemy. Having a bigger base doesn't change this, it only makes for less room for your other units to deploy.
So it really depends on the HQ, yeah? If you have a 10A S10 moster then it's a good thing, as he can kill everything before they strike back. But this would really only work against small-ish squads.
Do you agree that it's really only good on a very offensive HQ (possibly only a D.Prince)?
Once you elect to charge, you must charge the nearest enemy model in a straight line (in most cases). This puts you into base contact with only one model, which is standard. What's important is that the only other models that can participate in the fight are the models within 2 inches of a friendly model. It's not how close your base is to the enemy models; it's all about how well your opponent spaced his models. You can have the base the size of Texas - it won't change the fact that you're only going to touch one enemy model, and the only other models that can fight are those in range of his base, not yours.
The only instances I can think it really coming up is if your opponent wanted to move past your models and couldn't (and I'd claim unsportmanship at that point), or possibly against units with the Counter Attack ability.
Also.. moving past your own units poses problems. You can only move through a gap that the model's base will fit through.
With a 60mm base, you're not getting through unit coherency at all.
I guess with flight it's a moot point, but you get what I'm saying.
Are 40mm bases OK, as those are probably the ones I'd use for modelling reasons?
I generally use 40mm bases on my HQ minis, for modelling (and visual impact) purposes.
The effects on the game are generally pretty minimal, although it does make it harder to avoid hidden power fists (and similar) if you can't kill them in the first round of combat.
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