Nov 25

To Add a Base or Not to Add a Base

(That is the question…)

I’ve been toying with the idea of adding bases to my buildings. I am almost ready to add a coat of paint to my first Mordheim Building, and I need to decide whether or not I want to add a base to it. Here’s a picture of a Mordheim building with a base, and you can click on the link to my first Mordheim Building above to see a building without a base.

The Pros of adding a base to your Mordheim building:

  • When a building has a base, it is much easier to add debris and trash to the floor around the building.
  • It also adds a lot of stability to your building. It is much easier to keep your building from falling over from the weight of your Mordheim Models.
  • You can use them to add hills and elevation to your Mordheim Board. I can guarantee the City of the Damned is not totally flat.

The Cons of adding a base to your building:

  • You get that annoying lip around the edge of the base that can distract from.
  • The base can easily end up as a different color than the board you are playing on. (Use a friends board, make a new one, etc.) I’m trying to build these buildings for aesthetics, this will cause them to look very ugly. Here’s an example of Mordheim bases looking ugly.
  • Buildings with bases cannot be placed very close together, so if you are playing the “Street Fight” scenario, you will have trouble making a wall of buildings.

Can you think of any other Pros or Cons? I’ll try to update this list.

I think I will end up adding small bases to some of my buildings, but I’ll have to work on camouflaging the bases really well, and I’ll probably need to put together a board first. Does anyone know where I can find a tutorial about how to create a Games Workshop or Mordheim Board (with the sand on it)?

-Ashton Sanders

UPDATE: For a more detailed post on this subject check out my newer post: Adding Bases to Terrain.

Tags: base, bases, building, Mordheim, Mordheim Terrain,

3 Comments so far

  1. Heinyken November 25th, 2007 12:04 pm


    I recall that Garrett made his buildings about half and half; half with bases, half without. The advantages and disadvantages are close to what you summed them up as.

    I think the most important thing is the aesthetic value. The bases, with the all but necessary coating of sand or dirt, are just ugly, and just about never match the table top. Also, it’s always kind of awkward with that lip, trying to show if models are on the edge, around the edge or on the table. I dunno, I don’t like bases.

    But they can be handy…


  2. Code2 September 10th, 2008 4:42 am

    I’m from Italy and i’m an architect.
    I played Mordheim from 99 with my friend.
    We build a big scenario 2×1 meters whit hills, church, library, towers, magic tower, inn, graves and many things all without base!
    The base sucks because it make unreally, then without is better!
    Good things for all, bye!

  3. Ashton Sanders September 10th, 2008 9:09 am

    Hi C2,

    Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you agree.

    Just so you know, I have an updated post on this subject here:

    Ashton Sanders

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