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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

Has anyone ever used bases shaped like ship's wakes to base model ships?

I'm not a fan of the fridge magnet look but I'm not a fan of wearing the paint off through handling either. It occurs to me that a base shaped like a wake might serve without looking unsightly.

Someone must have tried this?

DeRuyter12 Jun 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

I have seen bases with wakes molded on them. I think Rod Langton sells them for 1/1200 scale age of sail ships.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 12:35 p.m. PST

I haven't seen that, no, but it's occurred to me too.

If the only reason for basing is to facilitate handling of the models, I think it might be sufficient. However, many (most?) rules also utilize base edges for making measurements and angle determinations, and for that bases need to be composed of 4 straight edges at right angles to each other.

- Ix

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

I've never seen commercial bases like that either.

For years I used solid bases for my ships. Recently, I've been converting to clear plastic and I think it looks much better.

Bozkashi Jones12 Jun 2018 2:27 p.m. PST

I've thought about this too, but decided that it would probably look a bit odd – and yet I will accept the 'fridge magnet' look! Perhaps it's the Virgo in me yearning for symmetry and order?

I can't imagine it would be too hard to do but I've never seen any pictures of such basing.


freerangeegg13 Jun 2018 4:16 a.m. PST

I use the clear bases from ODGW with wakes engraved in them, they don't rub off with handling:
Here is a picture of some:

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

Those ODGW bases are like the emperor's new clothes. And such a lovely shade of green!

Sailor Steve17 Jun 2018 10:15 a.m. PST

Great idea! You never have to worry about the base color matching the table covering color. I need to try that!

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