Help support TMP

"A little tip on removing FOW vehicle bases" Topic

7 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the WWII Aviation Painting Guides Message Board

Back to the Modern Painting Guides Message Board

Back to the Blogs of War Message Board

Areas of Interest

World War Two in the Air

Featured Showcase Article

GF9 Fire and Explosion Markers

Looking for a way to mark explosions or fire?

Featured Profile Article

Report from OrcCon 2008

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian reports from OrcCon 2008.

1,141 hits since 23 Mar 2015
©1994-2019 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

AWuuuu24 Mar 2015 1:24 p.m. PST

If you are wondering what is easiest and safest way to clean off vehicle bases that are cast on some of the Battlefronts vehicles check out my blog post on this
Quite easy job with a right tool.



Sorry for Modern gallery crosspost it was by accident :(

Mako1124 Mar 2015 1:35 p.m. PST

They do look much better without them.

I'm surprised they added bases to them in the first place.

Yesthatphil24 Mar 2015 1:51 p.m. PST

I prefer using my own bases – so have to remove the BF ones with a hacksaw before fixing the models on MDF bases which matches my other kit. I can't abide unbased vehicles (they look like remnants from a bad model railway set) …

But I know this topic divides opinion so I'll leave it at that (other than to thank AWuuuu for an interesting spin wink on removal methods … )


spontoon24 Mar 2015 3:48 p.m. PST

Adding bases makes it possible to cast them in one piece molds, without seam lines.

I always put bases on my models, too. That way I can put magnetic strip on the bottom.

TMPWargamerabbit24 Mar 2015 5:05 p.m. PST

I enjoy basing the vehicles. Protects the fine track links or wheels from breakage and a little basing blends the model to the tabletop. Easy to move the model vehicle with a base vs. the direct finger contact of vehicles without bases. Lastly, the miniatures and vehicles are on or at the same height wise with everything on a base.

Chuckaroobob24 Mar 2015 7:40 p.m. PST

I love a baseless vehicle!

I'm going to try this method.

AWuuuu25 Mar 2015 12:58 p.m. PST

Bases are perfectly Ok as conscious decision.
I am not enemy of basing itself here.

I see merits of basing for example a consistent height with miniatures.

But mixing based and unbased vehicles is worse of the both worlds.
It just don't work well as it skews scale consistency in vehicles themselves.

I decided to skip basing for better looks with the terrain.
As I play mostly Chain of Command in 1:1 terrain scale I don't want to make compromises with dragged bases.
But If all your vehicles are based I have to admit I wouldn't bother with rebasing (but I quite like Bf basses and have big bunch of them from two Open fire boxes I just couldn't find good use for them yet :)


Really simple, easy and fast. On slow speed its even not that easy to damage the models by accident (what is certain with the saw tools for Dremel)
Just use some glasses and mask, and do it outside that dust is nasty.. I had to shower my hairs to remove it completely.
And after the process models are dust white, but wash of running water and toothbrush solved this completely and effortlessly.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.