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Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 1:50 p.m. PST

I've based my infantry on fender washers for years. Gradually, I have built up a backlog of carts, chariots, and wagons I really should base and add to my games. With few exceptions, they are just too big to fit on fender washers. Besides, a fender washer that bid would be heavy, expensive, and it would cover a lot of space.

So, what sort of base do others use?


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Oct 2021 1:59 p.m. PST

Maybe just a smaller washer under each wheel?

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 2:26 p.m. PST

If they are not going to be moved, I leave them unbased. I love to use wood for my bases of a cart and horse team. Then you can add tufts and such.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 2:34 p.m. PST

Not the question you asked, but tangentially related: although it is somewhat less realistic to omit the traces, basing the carts/wagons and the teams separately allows you to use the vehicles by themselves as barricades or static town terrain.

Rich Bliss04 Oct 2021 3:04 p.m. PST

I base mine on 2" fender washers. Just the cart. The teams are based on separate fender washer. Wagons are generally left unbased. They're made of MDF so not likely to damage anything if they slide around in the box.

Striker04 Oct 2021 3:07 p.m. PST

I base mine, animal and cart, on one piece of wood. I prefer things to be unbased but the connections between animal and cart are usually pretty weak and I can also do harness and such and not worry about it constantly breaking. If it's a cart that is just stationary without any intention of being pulled I leave it unbased.

John the OFM04 Oct 2021 3:25 p.m. PST

A square piece of Masonite or plywood big enough to hold the model, along with the team pulling it.
Trying to find a round base just seems bizarre.

Col Durnford04 Oct 2021 5:01 p.m. PST

Animals based and carts/wagons not based.

CeruLucifus04 Oct 2021 9:31 p.m. PST

What do you base your cavalry on?

I always figure I should base my vehicles or my figures will tower over them.

I keep basswood strip around (1/8" or 3mm) in various widths (1"/25mm, 2"/50mm, etc.). Cut to length with a razor saw.

Old Contemptible04 Oct 2021 10:58 p.m. PST

Depends on what rules you use. I had some 28mm 1940 French Motorcycles with side cars base on square masonite. But Bolt Action doesn't like that so I rebased them on BA round plastic bases, to match my German bikes.

I based my AWI wagons and ox carts. Makes it easier to move them.


The smaller ox cart is based on thick plastic. The larger one is based on wood.


carojon05 Oct 2021 1:26 a.m. PST

I based my Roman baggage wagons on irregular shaped bases to emphasise the unformed groups these vehicles would have.




Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2021 5:18 a.m. PST

For flexibility I base my wagons and carts on thin plywood/basswood or card, but only the vehicle itself and not the pole extending out to hitch the team to. That has no base under it. I have my horse/mule/oxen teams based as pairs separately. To connect a team with a wagon, just put one in front of the other with the connecting pole between the animals. Need 4 horses: add another team to the front. This way I don't have to have a separate team for every wagon, only as many as I think I'll ever need at one time.

pikeman66605 Oct 2021 7:43 a.m. PST

I play MeG and base them as baggage elements. They are in PVA glue, so it's not an irreversible decision.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2021 10:10 a.m. PST

Balsa or Bass wood from a local hobby shop would be good. I have used just some scraps that I had accumulated that were about 2 inches wide by 1/8 inch thick and as long as necessary. There are prettier ones as above.

Griefbringer05 Oct 2021 11:36 a.m. PST

I intend to base mine on rectangular plastic or plywood bases, as they are intended to stand next to other figures on rectangular bases.

That said, if I would intend to field them next to figures on fender washers, I would consider placing them on oval plywood or plastic (Renedra makes some) of similar thickness, to provide a more consistent look.

forrester05 Oct 2021 1:32 p.m. PST

I suppose it depends what you are trying to use them for, and if you NEED to break them down into component elements during a game.
If not, then whatever size and shape best presents the completed model.

Tricorne197105 Oct 2021 9:00 p.m. PST

A cat is pretty small, co maybe 10mm square.

Dexter Ward06 Oct 2021 2:54 a.m. PST

Thick card or old credit cards

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2021 10:14 a.m. PST

I have used hard plastic bases

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2021 10:40 a.m. PST

I base the whole thing including pulling ox on custom cut MDF using my mini table saw.

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