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ochoin deach03 Jun 2012 5:03 a.m. PST

I was surprised to hear an internet acquaintance of mine still used drink coasters to base his figures.

What do you use? Wood, metal, pre-cut, artists' backing board, other?

rvandusen03 Jun 2012 5:13 a.m. PST

washers, pennies, metal stands, pre-cut mdf. Whatever works at the moment

abelp0103 Jun 2012 5:16 a.m. PST

Washers and Litko wood bases.

dam040903 Jun 2012 5:30 a.m. PST

Balsa wood.

Athelwulf03 Jun 2012 5:48 a.m. PST

Pennies for the foot troops and large washers for the mounted ones, these are 28mm cowboys.


I cut old wood paneling. I cut several thousand at a time and then ignore the issue for several years.
The last time I cut was 04, and I am just now getting low on 15mm infantry bases.

Waco Joe03 Jun 2012 6:39 a.m. PST

Started using GF9 econo bases but since they are AWOL have switched to Renaissance Ink's version.

Gennorm03 Jun 2012 6:56 a.m. PST

Card, plastic and mdf.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2012 7:22 a.m. PST

Magnetic squares --similar to a fridge magnetic. This permits individual figures to cling to a various sized unit bases (Coy Bn or both). The bases can be similar flexible magnetic strips or thin ferrous metal cut to the desired unit size.

Battle Phlox03 Jun 2012 7:46 a.m. PST

I used to use balsa wood to base mt 15mm armies but I found out that the minis break away from the wood to easy so I'm switching to Wargame Accessories metal bases.

For 15mm or 20mm minis I use washers. Larger minis I used to use GW bases but have switched to GF9 magnetic bases bacause the are easier to store and transport.

fredjg03 Jun 2012 8:46 a.m. PST

1.5mm and 3mm plywood to which I then add a piece of flex steel, thin steel bases for microarmor and some lexan cut offs for naval units.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2012 8:46 a.m. PST

Artists' backing board for 25's and plastic (Battlefront – I like their bases but don't play FOW) for 15's.

MajorB03 Jun 2012 11:20 a.m. PST

Mount board (aka, I believe., matte board) and have done for many years.

Willtij03 Jun 2012 11:24 a.m. PST

Pennies or washers usually

Grand Duke Natokina03 Jun 2012 12:09 p.m. PST

Some artist matte board, some plastic card. I prefer round or oval bases as they have no points to catch on the carpet some gamers cover their tables with.
A buddy uses pennies and I occasionally use washers. He says washers cost a penny and a half. I ask him if he can spend washers for anything.

14Bore03 Jun 2012 2:41 p.m. PST

Balsa or Bass, just started using cedar (that I cut myself) but don't know how it will work or hold up.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jun 2012 4:30 p.m. PST

Used up gift cards (and other plastic cards) and a 1" hole punch.

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2012 5:59 p.m. PST

Metal roof sheeting cut to size with shears. You can add wood underneath – glued with Liquid nails.

CeruLucifus03 Jun 2012 6:25 p.m. PST

I have only 25-28mm figures. I base on GW slot bases with magnetic strip on the bottom; these are 1/8" thick with beveled sides.

The magnet is because I cut galvanized steel inserts for my unit trays.

For non-GW figures, I buy extra bases in the same style from em-4.

When I need custom size larger bases, I use 1/8" thick basswood, cut to size, and beveled with a rasp/file/sanding block.

John the OFM03 Jun 2012 8:53 p.m. PST

Bass wood that I cut myself and washers.

Fa Lan Sz04 Jun 2012 12:55 p.m. PST

I like bass wood myslef, John. It is sturdier than balsa.

Yesthatphil04 Jun 2012 1:29 p.m. PST

Pre-cut MDF, Plastic slotta types, and coins, mostly.

Don196205 Jun 2012 3:38 a.m. PST

I like the weight and solid foundation provided by sheet metal underneath my 15mm figures.

Rather than consume time making bases (more time for painting miniatures), I purchase steel bases from a supplier called Wargame Accessories for under 20 cents per stand. They have every imaginable size and quick turnaround on orders.

I also use metal washers for my 25mm skirmish miniatures. These are a bit of bother because I have to fill the hole in the washer with modeling clay before gluing on the figure.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2012 4:09 a.m. PST

Washers and the Wargames Accessories pre-cut steel bases (above).

COL Scott0again05 Jun 2012 3:49 p.m. PST

I use sheets of PVC that I cut myself.

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2012 7:39 p.m. PST

The only Games Workshop products I buy any more are their bases.
GW makes the best bases to put other people's figs on.

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