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12 Sep 2019 4:52 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Sep 2019 12:10 p.m. PST

The plastic bases for Flames of War have sloped sides. In the official game photos, the top of the base is typically flocked, but the sides are left unflocked (and brown).

What do you do with the slopes?

* I leave them brown and unflocked
* I flock them
* I paint the slopes black
etc.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

When I'm stuck with them I flock them, then I curse the FOW people every time I have to pick up the casting instead of the base. What is WRONG with those people?

BigJoeDuke Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

I mount the figures on the "bottom" so the slopes are underneath, makes it easier to pick them up by the base rather than the figures.

freerangeegg12 Sep 2019 1:42 p.m. PST

I flock them

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 3:43 p.m. PST

I leave them khaki and flock the top. I also attach a magnet on the bottom, originally so I could transport them in a steel tool chest, but it also makes them MUCH easier to pick up.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 3:47 p.m. PST

Turn them upside down. The slope now allows you to pick up the base.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 3:47 p.m. PST

Leave them unflocked, I like the contrast

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 3:54 p.m. PST

I use Litko bases so that bevel is not an issue. It drives me nuts to have to pick up the stand by the figures.

Lascaris12 Sep 2019 4:48 p.m. PST

I leave them unflocked. I don't mind picking up by the figures.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 5:59 p.m. PST

I don't understand why people don't paint/flock the sides the same as the top, presumably to match the gaming table.

That would look far better.

I do see how the beveled bases do making picking them up a lot more difficult.

Korvessa12 Sep 2019 9:34 p.m. PST

R.P. +1

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 10:41 p.m. PST

No flock, but green/brown-tones. I pick them up by the figures.

kevanG13 Sep 2019 9:33 a.m. PST

I don't base figures on them. I use them for trees and recently did some rock outcrops with them. I paint and flock and sand the whole base including the sides.

Lion in the Stars13 Sep 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

I leave the edges unflocked/untextured, so I can put some unit ID marks on the back edge.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2019 5:25 p.m. PST

I can see that reason for leaving them unflocked, Lion, but little else.

Lee49413 Sep 2019 11:43 p.m. PST

I actually like the bevel. I'd leave it painted but unflocked and paint the back edge only black or dark Green etc and use a silver Sharpie to indicate platoons (one two or three dots etc) or HQ or AT or HW etc. Made game setup and takedown MUCH easier and with my older eyes kept me from mixing units on the table. Cheers!

21eRegt14 Sep 2019 7:10 a.m. PST

I paint the edges black and cover the tops with caulk and static grass or something similar. Don't like the gaps between the bases and the inset bases or the height difference with the older bases.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Sep 2019 6:03 p.m. PST

I never flock stand edges. I always paint them black with a sharpie. Same with these sloped edge stands. Really pops the stand off the table but in a subtle way.

Lion in the Stars18 Sep 2019 12:46 p.m. PST

Let me expand on those unit marks. For US (and allied) units, infantry get a dark blue back edge with silver dots to indicate platoon. Cavalry (because I always bring a Cav Recon unit!) get yellow back edges. Artillery and the FOs get a red back edge. My Ranger platoon has a light blue back edge to match the (WW2) Ranger tab color. (If the British had a different color system for branches, I'd use that, but I haven't found one yet, just regimental turnbacks)

I haven't done that to my Germans yet, but I'm going to use waffenfarbe colors for them.


The front and side edges of the base are painted in whatever color the base texture is, so that it mostly blends into the table.

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