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18 Apr 2022 8:44 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Anoth er single figure base option." to "Another single figure base option"

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rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2022 12:32 p.m. PST

18-gauge blank steel stamping discs.
Perfect for 15mm and no need to cover the irritating hole one finds with washers.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2022 12:43 p.m. PST

What about the little hole near the edge?

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2022 1:10 p.m. PST

What little hole near the edge?

DyeHard17 Apr 2022 1:14 p.m. PST

The size and price are very good.

Being stainless steel will be be very stable, but sadly most likely non-magnetic.

I see the hole as a feature, allows glue or ground cover to have a key to hold onto.

cloudcaptain17 Apr 2022 2:49 p.m. PST

"Does not stick to magents. To me they are worthless." [sic]

TheDaR17 Apr 2022 3:37 p.m. PST


Total Element makes magnetically receptive steel discs in a number of convenient sizes for 10-25mm mini bases.

I've moved from washers to these, as I've found them to be more consistent in dimensions, especially thickness, thinner overall, and not having the center hole makes magnetic trays easier to design and build.

I use 5/8ths (16mm) for 15mm single man-sized figures, 3/4s for larger figures like power armor/terminators, and 1 inch for things like Dreadnoughts, small mechs, and hive queen type minis.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 5:49 a.m. PST

Those are nice.

I've never had a problem with washers. Just glue the figure over the hole. Every once in a blue moon I do need to cover the center hole, but a dab of scotch tape and carry on.

TheDaR18 Apr 2022 10:45 a.m. PST

For me it issue with the hole in a washer was less about the figure on top, than magnets on the bottom.

If you're using rare earth magnets for storage or movement trays, they're strong, but you have to have them off-center, which makes the attraction point susceptible to torque.

If you're using magnetic sheet, which is lower intensity attraction than rare earths, then not having the whole surface decreases the sticking force of the magnet and the friction to prevent sliding.

But really, the big difference for me has been the quality control and consistency. Washers often come covered in industrial grease or oils from manufacturing, have unsightly divots or gouges that don't affect their main use and they can vary quite a bit in actual thickness and outer diameter. None of that affects their intended use, but is a downside when using them to hold and display miniatures.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 3:46 a.m. PST

I also have been using Total element discs for my 15mm, 1/72 and 28mm figs (when I can't get 1" fender washers with 1/8" center hole for the 28mm). They are magnetic and great to work with. I have picked up around 3 or 4 sets so far.



Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 9:36 a.m. PST

These are my go-to for 15mm basing:



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