Help support TMP

"IDing ships" Topic

5 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.

Please use the Complaint button (!) to report problems on the forums.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the WWI/WWII Naval Painting Guides Message Board

Areas of Interest

World War One
World War Two at Sea

Featured Link

Featured Showcase Article

GallopingJack Checks Out The Terrain Mat

Mal Wright Fezian goes to sea with the Terrain Mat.

Featured Profile Article

War at Sea First Game

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian tries the naval wargame in the Axis & Allies series.

Featured Book Review

1,627 hits since 7 Nov 2016
©1994-2023 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

fullmetal201507 Nov 2016 6:07 a.m. PST


Just got a large collection of 1/6000th WW2 ships. now they all come with bases, my question is. How do you all ID them for gaming purposes? On the base there is a small tab but you aren't putting much on it unless yot all know a way that I don't. Does anyone use different bases for the ships? thanks


NCC171707 Nov 2016 6:35 a.m. PST

I don't use the bases supplied. Here is an explanation of the individual ship basing:


Magnets imbedded in the styrene bases allow them to stick to steel division bases:


fullmetal201507 Nov 2016 11:37 a.m. PST

Nice question do you have the magnets on the base or on the ship? An for DD's that are molded into the bases they come on what do you do for those? just mount them on the base with their base also?


NCC171707 Nov 2016 11:46 a.m. PST

The magnet is a thin disk glued into a hole drilled in the sheet styrene base. For recent models I have used magnets the same thickness as the styrene.

The DDs are glued to a rectangle of styrene and the space around their metal bases is filled in with acrylic gel (Liquitex gloss super heavy gel). I try to disguise the edges of the DD bases. I use the same gel to texture the larger ship bases.

In the photo below you can see the magnet disk on the starboard quarter of the Fearless, and you can see some of the edges of the DD bases.


Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 2:49 p.m. PST

My technique was similar to NCC1717. I mounted the original Figurehead bases on 1/2" wide pre-cut steel bases like these, blended in the Figurehead base with modeling paste (texturing it into waves), and left a flat spot down the port side to write the vessel name on. You can see a few examples of the end result on this webpage.

The reason I glued down the original bases was to have an un-textured flat area the right shape and size for the ship to glue to after the base and ship were painted separately.

My labels are hand-written with white acrylic ink via nib-and-handle calligraphy pen. If I had to do it over again, I'd use printed labels like NCC1717, but at the time I had no way to do that. The flat strip the labels are in is a piece of strip styrene (0.125" x 0.30", if I remember) glued to the metal base before texturing.

Since the bottoms are bare steel, the ships stick to sheet magnet (in storage) but not to each other.

- Ix

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.