Craftworld Lansing, I decided to write an article on how we arrive at our base size choices and the train of logic used to decide how we base our baddest beasts ...
Now the first model I will cover is the Thunderwolf. This is hotly debated in some net circles and has been a frequent topic of discussion at the FLGS. Do regular thunderwolves use 60mm "MC" bases or do they use the long, skinny "Cavalry/Biker" base?
The base size here is important on the table as 60mm wolves can spread out far and really hit a tank line or a couple units very hard. Biker bases, not being as wide in the front, can gang up harder on a single unit, getting all the t-wolves into CC, but decreasing the likelihood of multiple. The argument typically comes from the crowd who dislikes the 60mm and would rather the T-wolves have biker bases. While I respect their opinion, let's examine the situation:
Folks that argue for the Biker base frequently point to the fluff in Canis Wolfborn's codex entry where his thunderwolf is mentioned as the biggest thunderwolf (the model comes with a 60mm base), therefore all the other ones must be smaller. I can see where that argument comes from and I respect the chain of logic used to arrive at that point, but at the same time, define "the biggest thunderwolf;" he may weigh more or may just be a little bigger.
I look to the Ork Warboss as an example. Warbosses literally grow as the gain the fear and respect of their fellow Orks, some are said to be the size of dreadnought, but in game, they are represented on a 40mm base, the same as the mega armoured nobz - in fact Thrakka, the biggest and the toughest Ork, who also wears Mega armour also is on a 40mm base. This is my train of logic. I'm not telling the Biker base guys they are wrong, but I respectfully argue my place to field my converted models on the base I logically believe they belong on.
Now, the argument also goes into the "they are cavalry and should be on cavalry bases" - now I say "define Cavalry base" Gw hasn't. Look to the Daemons codex: fiends and seekers are both cavalry, yet they have two different kinds of bases. The 60mm base is called the "monstrous creature base" by some, yet blood crushers (infantry models) are mounted on them. I see this as an indication that the base size for the model needs to be in the codex entries, especially if they do not plan to release the models with the codex. How hard would it be just to define in a unit entry, the size base it should be mounted on for purposes of game play? Until they release the model or FAQ the base size, the argument is just that ... an argument and the base size can be bickered about but really is up to the (reasonable) interpretation of the owner.
This brings me to the big question of the post; "How have you based your unreleased models and why?" Is it a matter of hobby preference? Is it to achieve the maximum benefit on the table? How did you arrive at your decision? (By the way, I chose the pics used in this post because they look awesome, not to make a statement about their creators - great Tyrannofex, BTW Raptor!)