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Stryderg15 Dec 2017 8:35 a.m. PST

I've got some spaceship minis on hex bases that are top heavy. To add some weight to the bases, I've tried 2 methods:.
1) Flip them over and add a sand/water/white glue mix and wait for it to dry.
2) Flip them over and add hot glue and BB's

Option 1 doesn't weigh very much, takes a while to dry, and is messy.
Option 2 is heavy enough and quick, but if I put too much hot glue then it becomes hard to trim down the excess. And it's a hot mess if you get it stuck on your fingers…literally.

Any other ideas?

Golgoloth15 Dec 2017 8:47 a.m. PST

Maybe swap the hot glue for Gorilla Super Glue Gel?
"Should" be less messy…

skipper John15 Dec 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

I use contact cement, comes in a brown bottle with an internal brush, and big old washers to the bottom of the base. The contact cement is great. Slop it on both pieces and let it completely dry… then touch them together. BAZM!

John Armatys15 Dec 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

Try filling with BBs (take care not to over fill), add a few drops of superglue, and, if you are fussy, when set finish with a layer of decorator's filler which can be sanded or filed flat when dry.

Gulik2315 Dec 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

I glue 2 washers to the inside of the base. If I'm using a magnetic hex bottom I'll just glue them to that before sticking it on the base.

Hamilton15 Dec 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

+1 Gulik23 – I also glue two washers into the base.

Stryderg15 Dec 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

Wow, that was fast! Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give them a try.

Daricles15 Dec 2017 3:39 p.m. PST

Simple. Change the gravitational constant of the universe thereby changing the mass of the object.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 8:48 p.m. PST

Daricles if Stryderg has Q as one of his players that should work

Stryderg16 Dec 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Funny you should say that. Was listening to some talk show and a guy claims that he found text books from 40-50 years ago where G was different than what we use today. But I think I'll try one of the other solutions, glue being a stronger force than gravity.

Daricles18 Dec 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

Were those textbooks old aeronautics books written using consistent English measurement system units? The consistent unit for mass in the English system is the slug, not the pound. G is the acceleration of 1 slug under 1 lb of force and equals 1 ft/s^2. Maybe that's what he saw?

Ghostrunner19 Dec 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

G is one of the least accurate constants used in physics.

They have been refining it over the past 100+ years with new methods.

When I was a kid, they changed it in the 4th decimal place (or something like that), and the Earth got a couple hundred billion tons lighter…

Dervel Fezian10 Jan 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

You might try some lead pinewood derby weights?

Weirdo16 Jan 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

My preference is sand saturated with superglue. Nice and heavy, extremely tough when dry, and the gritty surface gives the ship some 'grip', preventing sliding around when a table is jostled. Only real downside is that they might scratch if you're playing directly on glass or polished wood.

If it's not heavy enough for you, maybe a sand/BB mix?

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