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Jmrino Inactive Member05 Jul 2009 1:59 p.m. PST

Ok, awhile back I purchased a couple packs of 1/6000 minis. When they arrived, I was amazed at how small they were.. as in 'cripes these are teeny!'…. so they sat. I eventually came upon this idea to more easily handle them with my meathooks…

std. base w/ kaga….

3mm hex base….


So, I dug out my Denmark Strait Scenario Pack and based them up on the hex bases I got from Litko using an inkjet printer and decal paper.


Let me know what you think…….





These are much easier to handle for me personally, and I think I can really get into this scale more heavily now – especially given how well they look on the table scale-wise with WWII ranges and carrier ops.

Andrew Beasley Inactive Member05 Jul 2009 2:40 p.m. PST

Must resist – must must resist grin

These are the best water lines I have ever seen and love them. Given I have never played with this scale as it was too tiny, your solution is great and opens up a pirate game for me at last.

I am going to steel this for future use – I'm thinking:

1) 1/2400 iron clads
2) Napoleonics from Tumbling Dice


Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2009 2:47 p.m. PST

Very well done. Is the decal just the water or is the entire hex surface a decal? I gave up on these (mine are 1/6k Moderns) because of their size. Doing them up your way is a revelation. I am going to go measure my 1/3000 Predreadnoughts and try them too.


Phil Gray Inactive Member05 Jul 2009 3:45 p.m. PST

very nice idea, did you make up your own hex label template or did you find one to suit?

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2009 4:15 p.m. PST

Wow! I love them!

Jmrino Inactive Member05 Jul 2009 4:36 p.m. PST

@ Allen57
The entire hex face is a decal. I can print off 15 to a sheet.

@ Phil Gray
I made up my own hex template in Excel, that way it was easier – for me at least – to place images and text.

Thanks all!

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2009 7:19 p.m. PST


Beautiful. I dont have a clue how you did this.


PS My 1/3k pre-dreds wont fit the hexes.

McKinstry Fezian05 Jul 2009 8:40 p.m. PST

Very nice. I'm tempted to try this with 1/2400 ACW as you could play Ironclads with the Yaquinto rules straight up with miniatures.

By the way, the 1/6000 camouflage paint jobs are superb as well.

McKinstry Fezian05 Jul 2009 8:41 p.m. PST

Any chance you'll be posting that Excel template on some Yahoo group or site?

Jmrino Inactive Member06 Jul 2009 8:48 a.m. PST

Yeah, I'm not sure this would work with a much larger scale. These hexes are 1.5" and will fit the largest ships in 1/6000 WWII (the Hood, pictured above, is just about the longest). I still do my 1/2400's on std rectangle bases as they are not as 'fiddley'. I also have a batch of 1/4800 from CinC which need basing, but I'm not sure which way I'm gonna go on them. I really don't want to make the hex too much larger, as I think it would be too much base – not enough ship….

Jmrino Inactive Member06 Jul 2009 11:06 a.m. PST

If anyone is so inclined, you can drop me an email at [membername] and I will send you the template I used.

Thanks for the feedback!

Kagesh Inactive Member06 Jul 2009 7:04 p.m. PST

What do you do with the 1/6000 DD's as the are cast with the base attached?

Jmrino Inactive Member07 Jul 2009 5:20 a.m. PST

Ahh yes, the DDs. I haven't made up any of them yet, but seeing what some other TMPers have done (hindsTMP & McKinstry I believe) on other threads, I plan on snipping off the base and filing down with a dremel tool….

Kagesh Inactive Member07 Jul 2009 3:22 p.m. PST

I would be curious how the bases were cut off, can anyone point me to the threads?

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2009 8:03 p.m. PST

For my base removal procedure, see this thread, about 2/3 of the way down:
TMP link

Here's a picture of what they look like (primed). On the left is a British H class, and on the right is a German Maas class. Both have been slightly modified, but you get the idea:

Kagesh Inactive Member09 Jul 2009 7:53 a.m. PST

Thanks! I see you're using about the same procedure that I would if I were to attempt this.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2009 2:58 p.m. PST

Another picture of (primed) British Figurehead DDs removed from bases; H-class on left and Tribals on right:

Mal Wright Fezian Inactive Member11 Jul 2009 7:24 p.m. PST

They are superbly neat and well painted. I wish I had the eyes for that scale, but they are just too tiny for me these days.
However you have shown how they can be made to look really good, and they would indeed be easier for large fingers to handle as was your intent.

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member09 Nov 2012 7:43 p.m. PST

The bases are pretty straightforward and allow enough space for ship ID, I think.

The decals in this pic and more can be found at my website:

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