Here is the basing I have settled on for my Johnny Reb 3 – American Revolution variant. The figure scale is 1 figure = 20 men for infantry and cavalry and 1 figure = 1 gun for artillery.
Brigade commanders are 1 figure on a 1.25″ wide by 1.25″ deep stand.
Division, wing and army commanders are 2 figures on a 1.5″ wide by 1.5″ deep stand.
2. Formed Infantry:
This is for regular infantry that tended to fight in open or close order. The use the normal formations as per the Johnny Reb 3 rules. These units should be 8 to 20 figures (2 to 5 stands). Divide 24 figure or larger units into two units with each unit having at least 12 figures (3 stands).
2 Rank Infantry (everyone but the French): 4 figures on a 1″ wide by 1″ deep stand.
3 Rank Infantry (French): 4 figures on a .75″ wide by 1″ deep stand.
3. Irregular Infantry:
These are light infantry that tended to fight in open order or skirmish order. These types of units include: riflemen, Native-Americans, and small infantry skirmisher units such as marksmen companies or the smaller infantry components of legions. The can only use the following formations: open order, skirmish order, and march column. If the stands are touching they are in open order. If the stands are separated by up to 1″ then they are in skirmish order. These units should be 4 to 12 figures in strength (2 to 6 stands).
Irregular Infantry: 2 figures (in one rank) on a 1″ wide by .75″ deep stand.
All cavalry units are two figures on a 1″ wide by 1.5″ deep stand. I thought about 1 figure stands for 2 figure units, but that seemed more effort than it was worth. Cavalry units represent squadrons or weak regiments. I would make them 2 figures to 8 figures in strength (1 to 4 stands).
All artillery is based in two gun sections with 2 gunners and 1 cannon on a 1″ wide by 1.5″ deep stand. Four gun batteries are represented by two stands, but those two sections can be broken up into two one stand units. I have not rebased my limbers, but they will be 1″ wide with enough depth to have the limber and cannon (or maybe the entire artillery stand).
I include ammo wagons in the game, usually just 1 per side unless you are fighting a really big battle and then I’d give one per division. I base them on a 1″ wide stand and a 2″ or 3″ depth as required to fit the model.
7. Hidden Unit Markers:
These work for multi-player games, so don’t overlook those rules buried at the end of the rules. They would work well for scenarios like Saratoga where the British were not sure where the Americans were and had to do a recon in force mission. I put one figure on a .75″ wide by .75″ deep stand. I have a variety of extra figures left over from when I played Volley & Bayonet and they are what I use for the hidden unit markers.
Here are some examples of the basing:
Formed infantry, four figures on a 1″ square base.
A two stand formed light infantry unit (the light companies from the 71st Regiment):
A two stand cavalry unit (17th Dragoons and British Legion):
A two stand unit of mounted militia and a division commander: