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wmyers19 Apr 2019 8:10 p.m. PST

I have some 15mm figures that I want to rebase. I am not sure the best way to remove them from their old wooden bases (looks like a clear glue but very strong – so probably not hot glue and maybe not even pva).

What is the best way to take them off so I do not break them?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 8:27 p.m. PST

Take a test stand and let it stand in water for a few hours. Then try levering the figure off with a utility knife.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian19 Apr 2019 8:51 p.m. PST

Soak in warm water.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 4:34 a.m. PST

I have a done of this recently. I agree, soak in water for a few hours, then I use a very rigid putty knife (I tried various knives and thicknesses, but the rigid narrow putty knife works best). Before I start with knife I also try to flex the base as much as possible, regardless of its material, in an effort to weaken the glue bond.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Apr 2019 5:12 a.m. PST

What is the base material?

Soaking can certainly work depending on the glue.

I have done a lot of rebasing of my own and other figures.

If the base is metal and the glue is brittle, bending the metal base with needle nose pliers works

Another useful tool is the exacto wood chisel, if you can carefully get the blade between the figure and the base it works quite well in shaving the figure off. Like the putty knife recommended above, but the sharp edge is thinner and can easily get between the figure and the base.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 6:58 a.m. PST

I second both the soaking method and using an Exacto wood chisel. I've had very good success with both.


Waco Joe20 Apr 2019 9:24 a.m. PST

If it is superglue I have had good results freezing the minis for a few hours then using needle nose pliers to pop them off.

wmyers20 Apr 2019 8:22 p.m. PST

Thanks all! The base is "hardboard" – the stuff that is used to make peg board but without the holes.

I will try the soaking method first. I have chisels. I also have needle nose pliers so I can try both. If that doesn't work well, I will try freezing. Oh heck, I can try both at the same time.

goragrad20 Apr 2019 10:31 p.m. PST

With hardboard i would not expect it to be super glue, but one never knows…

Clear epoxy?

At which point soaking should weaken the hardboard.

A possibly cheaper tool would be a utility knife or a box cutter. Blades for utility knife or single edge razor blades for the box cutter are usually cheaper than hobby products or chisels.

You can then scrape the glue form the figure bases.

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