With my first Bushido tourney coming up on the 12th November, I obviously want my warband to look its very best (painted figs fight harder!). To that end I wanted to conduct a poll regarding the look of the bases on my miniatures as I'm conflicted, as is the opinion within the Nerd Herd.
So, as I've been banging on 'ad nauseum' is that Line of Sight (LoS) is imperative in Bushido particularly around surprise attacks etc. As most miniatures are in dynamic poses it is often difficult to determine where the figure is directing their attention! In order to make this easier for all involved the helpful people of GCT studios suggest that you indicate on the base a LoS arc (180 degrees to the front). As they are keen modellers and players themselves they know that people would rather not have prescriptive bases that are all uniform and that takes away the painting/creative aspect of the hobby, so they have left it to the individuals devices to determine how that would look as long as it is clear.
As regular readers of this blog will know I've never been truly happy with the way I have done the bases so now I'm going to leave it up to you guys. So far the majority of the minis in my collection have a generally black base rim with coloured triangle/stripe markings, however recently I've been blending in the faction colours in a stripe around the front arc. I will show you examples of both types of LoS markings, if you can ignore the miniatures and just let me know which style you prefer.
So the first two pics show my Temple of Ro-Kan markings in triangle/stripes
the next two show the blended stripes for the Temple
and for the Prefecture of Ryu in triangles/stripes
and again in the blended stripes
and my latest factions I have only done the blended bases so far
so genuinely looking for you criticism here guys, which style should it be. Competition is coming up soon so am looking for the answer and quick