Basing and Playing Areas for Midgard Heroic Battles
Probably the most-asked question: do I need a specific figure base size for Midgard Heroic Battles? The answer is an emphatic no! Round, square, oval, rectangular and individual or multi bases will all work as long as they can be grouped together in a rectangular unit with the same frontage as other units in the same game. The unit can be created by combining existing bases or by mounting the unit on a movement tray/ sabot base. All the examples on this page have been created with laser-cut MDF or 3D printed trays.
The suggested standard for Midgard with 28mm miniatures is a unit base with a 12cm frontage (base depth does not matter, but we use 6cm for infantry units and between 8-12cm for cavalry and bigger creatures). This 12cm frontage is also used as a Spear Throw, the basic unit of measurement in the game.
Units based on a 12 cm frontage are ideal for a standard club-sized game on a 6 x 4′ (180 x 122 cm) table.
Midgard Heroic Battles forces are organised into either Heroes or Units.
Heroes are based individually on any type of base with assorted standard bearers, musicians and hangers-on. Round, oval, square, hexagonal and rectangular bases are all fine – they have no effect on game play.
There are five types of unit in the game: Warriors, Skirmishers, Heavy Riders, Light Riders and Monstrosities. The number of miniatures in each unit doesn’t matter as long as you can easily identify what kind it is. Here are a few examples from our 28mm games. Each unit base is 12 cm wide to fit with the suggested standard Spear Throw of 12 cm.
If playing with larger or smaller miniatures or units, the unit frontage can be increased or reduced to fit your collection. This will also affect the Spear Throw measurement, meaning that you can play on a smaller or larger area as suits your circumstances.
10mm and smaller miniatures can also be used – these Elves by playtester James Deering have a unit frontage of just 6 cm, requiring a playing area of around 3 x 2′ (60 x 91 cm).
If you have a lot of models available and a larger playing area, you can play with bigger units. For the El Cid: Battle of Bairen 1097 game that we put on at The Other Partizan 2021, we used a unit frontage and Spear Throw of 16 cm.
If you want to play REALLY big, you can increase unit size yet further. For our Battle of Degsastan 603 game at Partizan 2022, we were again combining multiple collections and decided to place four standard 12 x 6 cm unit bases together to create a huge unit with around 40 miniatures and a frontage of 24 cm. Needless to say, this size unit needs a large playing area. However, Midgard’s mechanisms should allow you to complete this size of battle in just a few hours.
Anyway, I hope that’s useful. In summary, you can play with whatever you’ve got, as long as the frontages of units are pretty much the same.