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According to the manneger at my local GW its perfectly legal to make the bases on your models as large as you want and for shooting purposes you measure form the edge of the base. Whats there to stop people form makeing Dreadnought with gigantic bases and having a long range assault cannon?:wacko:
Or even give a vet sergeant a large base so He can powerfist anything in a CC?
This just dosent seam right...
Yes, but you have the problem that the base counts as part of the model - meaning that it can't stretch outside of your deployment zone. Arguably, if you measure shooting from the edge of the base, your enemy can shoot at the edge of the base and hit your model too - meaning your dreadnought at the back of the board could end up lascannoned on the first turn. But true, it does say in the 40k rulebook - you can enlarge a base all you want, but you can't downsize one.
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imagine an ifilrating unit with a wide base
okay so i get into combat with all of your units. so lemme just put all the attacks on the grots.......all your gun crews are now disabled!
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Yeah, even though they have longer range, it's easier to hit them (they're more likely to be in LOS and range) and they'll be more accessible in CC.
I find that the bases models come with are reasonably sized.
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But with bigger bases in CC you could not fit as many guys in base to base. This is ok if only one squad is in combat but when you wrap at the end of the combat phase you will block more of the space that other friendly squads could charge into. It also means more enemy squads could get into BTB with you. The death of only one guy could stop your PF from getting a strike.
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heh i've never thought about that... with bikes.... with extended bases.. sounds like a great idea... off to buy bases..
I have a tendancy to put all my characterful or 'special' models on terminator sized bases, but it's just a display thing really. Those tiny bases give no room for showing bits and scenery, and the large bases also mark out the important characters.
Extra large bases simply for rules benefit is a very lame and cheesy tactic.. Even if someone agreed to play you with your strange army of dreadnought sized marines, they'd doubtless take great pleasure in using it against you as much as you were against them.