As part of my Tékumel gaming, I would really like to do some large battles; i.e. where the are units of soldiers on the tabletop not just individuals. Now, I should have thought about it more before, as the round bases that I favor for my troops look great for skirmishes, but do have problems when trying to combine them for the units that I envision. Here is an example:
In my mind, this would be a single cohort of the First Legion of Ever Present Glory. They are sitting on a piece of magnetic sheet material that was a freebie with a phone book (remember those?). It is 3 inches square. A cohort should be the smallest unit in the big battles that I would like to play out. The problem here is that I would like to have the cohort's base match up with the bases of the individual minis, which would mean building up the top of the base to help conceal the round bases. The only item that would really be an issue would be making nice round holes in the cohort base for the individuals.
Here is another view:
Three cohorts in these pics. One of the issues with the somewhat large size of the cohort bases is my desire to protect the lowered spears of the front rank.
At the most radical, I could try to make two different sets of minis - one on round bases for skirmishes and another set permanently affixed to cohort bases. The lowered spearmen would be good for skirmish battles, but I dread the thought of not being able to utilize all of my minis for whatever battle I choose.
I guess I will need to sit down and try to make a cohort base for the individuals. If it is easy and practical then I will be quite satisfied.