Saturday, April 18, 2009

Number of Swarm Creatures per Base?

When constructing a base of (nurglings / tyranid rippers / scarabs / other) swarm creatures, how many individual models do you place onto each 40mm base? Is there a minimum number that you always use? Or a maximum? What do other people in the blogosphere use?

In many Games Workshop publications, including various codex, 5 seems to be about the magic number. That is certainly the case for the nurglings pictured in codex: daemons, and other swarms too.

Personally, I tend to use 4 nurglings per base. I find that 5 makes the base look over-cluttered, compared to what it could be, and can detract from any special effort I've gone to in decorating the base. In addition, it also saves a few swarm creatures for creating more bases compared to 5 per base. I wouldn't go down to 3 nurglings per base as I think it looks too sparse. And I suspect that I'd get some negative comments about it from my mates!

12 comments:

Will said...

I use three Necron scarabs per base. However I'm using Back 2 Base-ix scenic bases so I don't want them to look cluttered. The base effect is a large part of how the very basic, Necron model looks.

Alvin Khaw said...

5 minimum, just because the Rippers have 3 wounds, so it wouldn't make sense for 2 to die and it will still have 3 attacks. But it just looks cool to have more Rippers on a base anyways...

eek said...

I build Rippers five to a base to get that proper swarm look without being too expensive. In an ideal world I'd use the Forge World version, but I can't justify spending that much money on Rippers. They just aren't *that* good!

unforgivenangels said...

I like to base enough models to represent the number of attacks and wounds on the base. 3 wounds/3 attacks = 3 models. Although I contradict myself as I have 4 scarabs on each base for my Necrons...

eriochrome said...

I do 3-4 per base for my rippers. I think from the pics they suggest 5 but I just wanted to squeeze out a few more bases.

Chambers said...

For both my nurglings and my scarbs I used three per base. I follow the 1 model per wound/ attack method, in fact each of my nurglings has two of the models magnetized to the base for easy wound removal. For the scarabs I got lazy and only magnetized one base.

Raptor1313 said...

I go for three scarabs a base. in part, it's money. I mean, Nurglings are $15-17 a base, and you get 5 nurglings. I'd get three nurgling bases, then build up 5 Nurgling units for that.

It's a price thing for me, to be honest. And Clutter. I just like getting a little more out of the models than they thought I would.

Cawshis Clay said...

No hard and fast rule for my friends (I don't have any army that can swarm!). I think they plan the number of models around the basing...

Nice looking nurgle base btw!

RonSaikowski said...

I have a Nightbringer commission coming up and I'm going to cram as many of those scarab things on there as I can.

I would say use as many as it takes to give the "feeling" that you're looking for.

jabberjabber said...

Hi Folks, thanks for all the comments. I'd not previously come across the idea of 1 swarm model per wound -- but its so logical when you think about it. Cheers!

oni said...

I like the idea of one model per wound, but I think I'd probably just use as many or as few models to make the overall appearance look good.

Ben said...

I assume you're only thinking about 40k, but it's worth noting that WHFB has swarms too (Nurglings and various animals like rats and lizards). A 40mm square base has a larger area than a 40mm round one, so you may need more Nurglings on a Fantasy base than a 40k one.

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