I’ve seen a lot of people rebasing already, even though the rules aren’t even out yet. No one even knows the actual new base sizes of any particular unit, all we have is the knowledge that 25mm is the minimum. I wonder if any currently as 20mm will be boosted to even larger bases. We don’t even know the new cavalry size, which affects all armies.
I want to keep everything open to play the older editions as accurately as I can. Not that it would be all that different if you were playing two purely 20mm armies against each other anyway - so elves/dwarfs/humans/goblins/skaven/undead. Now that I think of it, not many models were on 25mm bases to begin with - Orcs of all types, most Chaos infantry, Saurus, dryads, I’m sure there is at least one other I’ve forgotten.
I’ll just use base/movement tray converters. If I rebase, then it means I can’t use my minis for other editions, and I’d rather have to deal with having two different movement tray types and have that utility than not have the option of playing a different edition (or other systems that use the smaller base size for that matter).
I’m surprised at the numbers saying they’ll start a new army project for it. I expected that to be more popular. It’s a great excuse; but even for some of my unbuilt regiments I still think 20s and dividers is safer. I can go backwards to old editions with 20s but once it’s fully on a 25 i can’t truly use a mini without distorting a classic game at least a little.
A similar thing could be discussed with regards to AoS; do you rebase or use base converters?
For myself, if I was to ever do an army that had dual use for both systems, I’d base for WHFB and just use base converters to be able to play AoS - once stuff’s on the larger round base for AoS, it’d be too much of a headache to use for WHFB, so the army would be consigned to AoS.
One thing that’s probably worth keeping in mind for those contemplating rebasing for tOW - while we don’t know if it will use templates or how they’ll work if it does, we do know how templates work in older editions and base size has a big impact when it comes to these, so basing for the smaller size* will work better in the long run.
*speaking of, there is a case where rebasing for tOW might be ideal; currently we don’t know any base sizes other than 20s are being bumped up to 25s, so hypothetically it’s possible, albeit extremely unlikely, that some things might end up on smaller bases than they were on in WHFB, in which case it’ll be preferable to base for tOW and use an adapter for WHFB. There is precedent for base size shrinkage; iirc 6th Ed Ungors we’re on 25s, while in 7th and 8th they went down to 20s.
Don’t we also already know that 25 will move to 30 and cav to 30x60? Would make sense.
And if that is indeed the case, I’ll firmly sit in the „I won’t do anything“ camp. Since I am very certain we won’t see templates in TOW, base sizes basically only matter in relation to your opponent. So if both players don’t change anything, base size shouldn’t matter. I’m sure there is a very specific situation where one model more/less can attack in 20/25 vs 25/30, but for the most part it won’t matter. Nothing changes with the common unit sizes (ranks of 5-7 models).
As long as I keep exclusively playing my regular gaming buddy, neither of us will change anything. If I were to play someone else, Ingrid’s I would make spacers.