Chris Kemp’s Not Quite Mechanised
MODELLING THE GAME – HOW TO ORGANISE THE TOY SOLDIERS
For 1:76 scale models we recommend that you use 1:2,500 as the ground scale with 1:200 houses and aircraft. For 1:144 or 1:200 scale figures use 1:5,000 as the ground scale with 1:300 for houses and some of the larger aircraft. For 1:300 scale figures use 1:10,000 as the ground scale with 1:300 houses and aircraft, or smaller if you can obtain them. The idea is that the roofs of the houses should just hide the top of a tank model.
One vehicle model represents 1-3 companies (a half battalion), and can have a marker on the back to show how many strength points (SPs) it represents. Normally one SP equals ten vehicles. Use a small tin plate (Clippits are ideal) on which a Sasco magnetic square can be stuck, or a piece of cork, into which round headed pins can be stuck, or simply paint the strength onto the back of the vehicle or its base. Platoon or company detachments are shown by a vehicle with a strength of 1SP marked on the back.
It is usual to represent tanks, rifle companies and artillery at half battalion strength, and reconnaissance (recce), infantry heavy weapons or anti-tank guns at platoon or company strength, so a battalion would usually be 6SP represented by 2 vehicles, or 6 infantry bases. The 2 vehicles would each be 3SP. The 6 infantry bases of 1SP would be grouped into 2 stands each of 3SP.
Infantry figures are represented by a fighting company of a BASE of usually 2-3 figures, or by 1 figure BASEs representing commanders, platoons, Forward observation officers (FOOs), snipers, medics etc. A strength point usually represents about 30 men. The smallest unit of manoeuvre is the half-battalion of 2-3 BASES grouped together to make a STAND of strength 2-3, or independent company BASE of one figure with only one strength point . If you mount your figures singly for skirmish games, it is convenient to group them together as a half-battalion by blue-tacking them onto a 25-40mm STAND for speed of movement during play. To be ordered and self-supporting, place bases in contact during movement and attacks. You can see this in the picture above and in the Orders of Battle (Orbats).
Laugh at gamers who slide paper between your bases to claim they are not in contact. If the intent is there, the troops are in contact.