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11 Jan 2018 11:49 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "How do you base you Pirates? " to "How do you base your Pirates? "
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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 10:52 p.m. PST

How do you base you Pirates?

Individually on washers? Or small groups, based on MDF.
Do you just throw down some white glue and sand or do something more involved?

I would love to see some examples.

Dexter Ward11 Jan 2018 3:22 a.m. PST

Individually on 20mm square card bases (corners clipped)
Acrylic texture paste in a sandy colour. Wash of earth brown, dry brush with cream colour, a few small bits of static grass

advocate11 Jan 2018 3:50 a.m. PST

Does the base can 'arrrdly be seen at all, matey.

Grelber11 Jan 2018 4:52 a.m. PST

Individually on washers. Washers painted tan and covered with sand. I think some of them did get some acrylic paste so there was no obvious break between figure base and washer.


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 4:57 a.m. PST

Individually. I use Firelock Games figures that are supplied with integral cast on bases that are intended to be painted and used without additional basing.

Gorgeous casts, by the way.


cosmicbank11 Jan 2018 5:36 a.m. PST

Stolen Pennies

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 5:39 a.m. PST

For the few I have individually on round 20mm bases

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 6:04 a.m. PST

Individually on half inch steel squares (for 15s):


More here: link

Gone Fishing11 Jan 2018 6:50 a.m. PST

I love your figures, Flashman. You are a talented painter!

Martian Root Canal11 Jan 2018 7:18 a.m. PST

I base my pirates out of a good harbor, with access to fresh fruit and water. Nearby timber helps for repairs.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 7:49 a.m. PST

I use pennies as well, arrrghueably, one could also used washers, bits o' meta;, wood, cardboard, whatever – one pirate per stand…

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART11 Jan 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Pieces of Eight

Gone Fishing11 Jan 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

I'm thinking doubloons, reals and pieces of eight would work as well.

Vintage Wargaming11 Jan 2018 9:24 a.m. PST


jefritrout Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 9:27 a.m. PST

Purloined pennies matey.

22ndFoot11 Jan 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

I am currently contemplating rebasing all my pirates and western gunfight figures onto clear acrylic discs.

Cacique Caribe11 Jan 2018 10:07 a.m. PST


I've been thinking the same lately. The flood gave me a chance to start again.


22ndFoot11 Jan 2018 10:11 a.m. PST


It makes sense, doesn't it? When they could equally be placed individually on ships, boats, sand, grass or in buildings.


Cacique Caribe11 Jan 2018 10:22 a.m. PST



General Kirchner11 Jan 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

martian root canal beat me to it………

Dave Crowell Inactive Member11 Jan 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

Pennies for 15mm. Hard to find cheaper bases.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 6:08 p.m. PST

Washers for 28mm.

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