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Stalkey and Co28 Jan 2023 6:53 p.m. PST

I'm seriously thinking about basing my sci-fi 15mm figs on clear bases as the figures need to be in the field and on ships, and they'll look a bit more "natural" in whatever setting if they aren't on flocked field bases!

As the figs are small, can't use Litko this time their smallest base is way too big. I'm thinking 1.5 mm or so thick and about a cm square or circular.

Something says to me that maybe they could be found in the craft world, much easier than the hobby world or perhaps the tool world.

anyone have any thoughts?

Major Thom28 Jan 2023 8:44 p.m. PST

Litko has 1.5mm Clear Acrylic and can do 10mm round or Square. You will just need to have the do a custom base using their Base Maker.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2023 9:07 p.m. PST

Go watch Pulp Alley Dave show you how to make your own clear bases using craft punches. they make 3/4" 20mm ones. They are quite good and VERY cheap.



Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2023 9:30 p.m. PST

I recommend a matte clear coat to make the bases translucent, and mostly non-reflective. I abandoned clear bases due to their shiny reflectiveness.

I agree with John Leahy: use a hole punch, on clamshell packaging plastic. Cheers!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2023 10:55 p.m. PST

I agree with John Leahy and Sgt Slag.

Fingerspitzengefuhl29 Jan 2023 4:11 a.m. PST

U.K. based.
Very good!

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 4:45 a.m. PST

I use Litko clear bases for all my 25mm and will be switching my 6mm to them as well. No more flocking expense or mess. I have also put my trees onto clear circular disks that I found on Amazon for the same reason. The mat shows through nicely and no flocking. They do reflect the light some but I'm willing to accept the trade off.

Stalkey and Co29 Jan 2023 6:46 a.m. PST

do you have a link? or
can you remember what search parameters you used for the clear circular discs?

@John Leahy
Found the video, and the punches are genius!
Anyone know an easy way to buy sheets of slightly opaque plastic?
I'd like it stiff enough to hold up the figs easily, but not brittle. I'm uncertain what the plastic would be called, probably not "styrene"

Stalkey and Co29 Jan 2023 8:03 a.m. PST

I'm thinking that 1mm plexiglass might work for square bases:

Says it can be cut with a hobby knife.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 3:46 p.m. PST

One way to find out: order a set, and have at it. Experimentation is King, Baby! Cheers!

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 5:50 p.m. PST

I used what Dave from Pulp Alley suggested in an older video.

Ultra Pro Clear Toploader sheets 8.5 x 11 inches. Each sheet is actually 2 since you'll cut them apart. It isn't supper cheap but they'll likely last you the rest of your life. I bought mine over a decade ago and even gave some away.




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