I've been wargaming a long time (20 years or so) and have been looking at Warlords minis for a while now. I mainly play GW stuff and FoW, but after seeing Rick Priestley was involved in designing the games Warlord are making just couldn't put off getting on board any longer!
Yesterday I had my first game with a friend from my local club who gave a few of us a demo. We played the battle of hastings (with a load of his beautifully painted minis) and I have to say I LOVE the rule set for Hail Caesar. So with a love of the Roman miniatures from warlord and the possibility to use them in Hail Caesar and wfb, I have a few questions:
1: What kind of size do the units have to be? Is there a norm?
2: Do the minis come with bases, or will I need to make them?
3: Why haven't I played this game earlier, it's amazing!
Question 3 may be beyond your ability to answer, but any help with questions 1 or 2, or indeed anything else you think might be helpful for me to know would be greatly appreciated.
Hail Caesar is pretty general on unit sizes, calling them small, medium and large. The link above gives you the unit frontages for these. The minis don't come with bases, but that isn't a great issue because there are plenty of options open to you. You can use the GW bases that are used for Warhammer, normally 20mm, or you can use the plastic ones from Renedra plastics and available from the Warlord Webstore. Alternatively, you can buy the MDF type from such places as Warbases, or indeed, make your own. Most folk base up models at 4 to a base in two ranks, so a 40mmx40mm base should suffice. A unit would normally consist of 6 bases. You may adjust the base sizes for larger units to include more figures, such as 6 figures based in two ranks on a 60x40mm base.
Thanks for the welcome! I'm really tempted by the thought of making base dioramas for all my minis, but at the same time I really like the lotro idea too, I'm never thought of that. It means I could use them for a game of fantasy or two along the way as a counts as army, and possibly get some of our other players interested in the minis!
The set is great, but I really want the warlord exclusive Roman mini that comes with buying the book direct, and haven't seen a mention of that being included in the deal. Typical wargamer syndrome I'm afraid, one exclusive mini up for grabs and I'd rather spend the extra money, and as long as the wife never finds that out it'll all be fine!
'Impetus' style basing is a great way to go for HC. Looks nicer and generally requires fewer figures. It's the route i'm taking with all my non light and skirmisher units. For those I am going with individual figures.