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Basing Guidelines for Warhammer 40,000

The question comes up quite frequently in various forums here. What size bases do my metal terminators go on? What bases come with killa-cans? Does a daemon prince get a 40mm or 60mm base? Whether you are a new player with random eBay models, an older RT era player getting back into the game and wondering why everyone else's terminators look "different" or a scratch builder who doesn't want to buy a metal killa-kan to know how big to make your scratch builds, sooner or later you want to know for certain how big the base is. Since GW, for their part, refuses to define a base size in the codex entry for each model, instead telling us we must use the base included with the model to be assured legality, and then packages the models with different sized bases, I am personally left a tad confused. I have thus decided that this is exactly the kind of nail that needs beaten to death with the hammer of wiki! (Or the Wiki of Hammer, what have you.)

I want to divide this up by army, unit entry (ie. Tactical Marines, Dreadnought, etc.) and the list what size base it takes.


Bases

Since this is 40k we are talking about, there are only 6 base sizes.

25mm Round (~1") - Standard base for 40k, the round that comes with marines, guardsmen, etc.
40mm Round (~1.5") - What I think of as a Terminator base. Used mostly for larger infantry.
60mm Round - Monsterous critter base, also used for dread's.
30mm Clear Round - Small Flight Base (Often clear plastic)
55mm Clear Round - Large Flight Base (Often clear plastic)
25mm x 70mm Long Round end - Biker or Beast or Cavalry Base
Large Oval - With or withough flying stem for Valkyrie, Vendetta, Stormraven etc ie large flyers

Legend for below:
R - Round
CR - Clear Round
LR - Long Round
LO - Large Oval

If you want to correct an error, or want to put in the size of the new offical bike/cav please do so! [EDITs by: Darkelf - checked GW website]


Armies

Chaos Daemons

25mm R: Bloodletters, Daemonettes, Plaguebearers, Pink Horrors, Flamers of Tzeentch, Heralds on Foot, Furies of Chaos
40mm R: Fiends of Slaanesh, Nurglings, Daemon Prince of Chaos
60mm R: Greater Daemons, Epidemius, Bloodcrushers of Khorne, Beasts of Nurgle, Daemon Prince of Nurgle, Daemon Prince of Chaos
Small Flying base CR: Screamers of Tzeentch
Cavalry Base LR: Flesh Hounds of Khorne, Seekers of Slaanesh,
[EDITs by: Darkelf - checked GW website]


Chaos Space Marines

25mm R: Chaos Space Marines, Cult Marines, Havocs, Raptors, Chosen, Possessed, IC's without bikes or terminator armour. Some summoned lesser daemons (refer to Chaos Daemon Army)
40mm R: IC's with terminator armour, Terminators, Obliterators, IC's with Steed of Slaanesh, Daemon Princes, Chaos Spawn, Some summoned lesser daemons
60mm R: IC's on Juggernaut of Khorne, or Palanquin of Nurgle, Summoned Greater Daemons, Dreadnoughts, Nurgle Daemon Prince or any model with Monstrous Creature rule
Small Flying Base CR: IC's with Disc of Tzeentch
Bike Base LR: IC's with Bikes, Bikers

[EDITs by: Darkelf - checked GW website]

Eldar

25mm R: All Guardians, Rangers, Aspect Warriors, Wraithguard, Farseer, Warlock, Autarch
40mm R: Avatar, Guardian Defender Support Weapon Platform
60mm R: Wraithlord, War Walker, Heavy Support Weapon Platform
Small Flying Base CR: Jetbikes, Shining Spears, Vyper
Large Flying Base CR: Falcon, Wave Serpent, Fire Prism
[EDIT BY XEN: For the past year or so, jetbikes have been coming with the large flying base as standard]

Imperial Guard

25mm R: Nearly all human models, ratlings
40mm R: Ogryn, Nork Deddog
60mm R: Heavy Weapon Teams, Both Sentinels
Bike Base LR: Rough Riders, that one prone Catachan sniper
Oval LO: Vendetta, Valkyrie

Space Marines

The boys in blue (or whatever color) are remarkably consistent, and so have a slightly different organization than I want to go with. Great to go with an exception first…

HQ

25mm R: All models in power armor (Basic Chapter Master, Captain, Chaplain, Librarian, Master of the Forge)
40mm R: All models in Terminator armor
Bike Base LR:All models on a bike

[EDITs by Darkelf - checked GW website]

Elite

60mm R: Dreadnought (Normal, Venerable, Ironclad)
25mm R: All models in power armor (Techmarine, Servitor, Sternguard)
40mm R: All models in Terminator armor


Troops

25mm R: Scouts and Tactical Marines

Fast Attack

25mm R: Assault Marines/Vanguard Vets
Bike Base LR: Bikes
Large Flight Base CR: Landspeeder

Heavy Support

25mm R: Devastators
Large Oval LO: Stormraven Gunship

Space Wolves

Bike base LR: fenrisian wolves

60mm R: Thunder wolves

[EDITS by: Darkelf - checked GW website]

Orks

HQ

40mm R: Boss, Big Mech, Weird Boy (Megaarmor or no)
Bike Base LR: Boss/Mech on Bike

25mm R: Mad Dok Grotsnik

Elite

25mm R: Nobs, Lootas, Kommandos, Burnas, Tankbustas
40mm R: Mega Nobs
Bike Base LR: Bikers

40mm R: Snikrot

Troops

25mm R: Shoota/Slugga Boyz (Including nob)
25mm R: Gretchin
25mm R: Runtherd

Fast Attack

Large Flight Base CR: Deffkopta
Bike Base LR: Bikers
25mm R: Storm Boyz (Including Nob)
40mm R: Zagstruk

Heavy Support

60mm R: Deff Dreads
60mm R: Killa Kans [2010 release]
No base: No bases for Big Gunz however, Grots are still on 25mm R
40mm R: Flash Gitz [2014 release]
40mm R: Captain Badrukk
Old Versions
25mm R: Flash Gitz
40mm R: Kill Kans [1999 release / metal]

Tyranids

25mm R: Gaunts, Hormagaunts, Genestealers (both types), Spore Mine
40mm R: Broodlord, Warrior (all types), Tyrant Guard, Lictor, deathleaper, Ripper Swarm (all types), Zoanthrope, venomthrope, Doom of Malan'tai, Ravener, Biovore, Hive Guard
60mm R: Hive Tyrant, Carnifex, Old one eye, pyrovore, Swarmlord,Parasite of Mortrex,
Small Flying Base CR: Gargoyles
Large Oval LO: Trygon, Mawloc, Harpy(with flying stem),tyranofex , tervigon . No base: Mycetic spore (Like a Drop pod)

Forgeworld 40mm R: Mieotic Spore
Large flying CR: malanthrope
Large Oval LO: Harridan

[EDITs by Darkelf: checked GW website]

Witch Hunters

Very simple on this one.

25mm R: All infantry (Sisters, Inq. and retinue etc.)
40mm R: St. Celestine (Comes with 25mm and 40mm)
60mm R: Penitent Engines, Grand Inquisitor Karamazov

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Ok, that’s all I remember off the top of my head. I am still working on exact formatting, but if you know the base sizes of an army, please update this as you can!

[EDITs by Darkelf - Well done on the original article! Great job and very useful]

Necrons

  • will be updated as released

25mm R: Overlord, Lord, Imotekh the Stormlord, Orikan the Diviner, Trazyn the Infinite, Vargard Obyron, Anrakyr the Traveller, Nemesor Zahndrekh, Crypteks, warriors, Pariahs,
25mm R: Flayed Ones, Lychguard / Triarch Praetorians, Immortals / Deathmarks,
40mm R: Illuminor Szeras, C'tan, scarabs, Wraiths
Large Flight Base CR: Destroyers, Heavy Destroyers, Destroyer Lord, Monolith, Tomb Spyders, Ghost Ark / Doomsday Ark, Catacomb Command Barge / Annihilation Barge
No Base: Triarch Stalker
Large Oval: Night Scythe/Doom Scythe
Small Flight Base: Tomb Blades

Forgeworld:
Large Oval LO: Tomb Stalker

Taken From GW site

Tau Empire

25mm R: Fire Warriors, Kroot, Pathfinders, Ethereals, honor guards, Stealth Suits, Shadowsun, Kroot hounds, and Vespids
40mm R: Battlesuits, Krootox, Aun'va, and Spotter
60mm R: Broadsides
Large Oval: Riptide Battlesuit, Razor Shark, and Sun Shark
Small flying base CR: Drones (all types)
Large Flying base CR: Skyray, Devilfish, Hammerhead, and Piranha

Forgeworld:
60mm R: great Knarloc

Dark Eldar

  • list in progress (as models are released) (missing: baron sathonyx, kheradruakh, duke sliscus, lady malys, asdrubael)

25mm R: Wych, Warriors, incubi, archon, Urien, Lelith, mandrakes, ur-ghul, medusae, lhamaean, succubus, haemonculus, wracks, scourge, trueborn, bloodbrides, Drazhar
40mm R: Clawed fiend, khymera, razorwing flock, sslyth, grotesques
Small flying CR: Reavers, hellions, beastmaster
Large flying CR: Ravager, raider, venom, talos, cronos, daes of destruction
Large Oval LO : Razorwing jet fighter, voidraven bomber (assume)

Grey Knights

  • most are normal space marine basing rules

25mm R: all power and artificer armor, all assassins, most inquisitors, henchmen, daemonhosts
40mm R: all terminator armor
60mm R: all dread models except dreadknight, inquisitor karamazov
Large Oval LO: stormraven gunship and Nemesis Dreadknight

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