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Kirk Alderfer24 Apr 2023 9:22 a.m. PST

Had a question for the group. What is the preferred base folks use for their ships ?


MajorB24 Apr 2023 9:39 a.m. PST

See here:


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2023 10:07 a.m. PST

Whatever comes with the ships. Never done any of my own, but I can see either just using a wide, flat washer and figuring out how to attach a rod or dowel of some sort to it, or checking out various hobby sources for plastic/acrylic bases. Again, haven't used ‘em, so don't know which ones are good or cheap or reliable or whatever, so I can't recommend any source.

MajorB24 Apr 2023 10:56 a.m. PST

Whatever comes with the ships.

Not all model spaceships come with bases.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2023 11:13 a.m. PST

I've gone with balsa wood with pins for fighters and nails for larger ships.

Paint the bases black and all ships tie together quite nicely.

Gear Pilot24 Apr 2023 11:34 a.m. PST

Hex bases.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2023 11:36 a.m. PST

Bamboo shish-kabob skewers, cut to length desired; available in your local grocery store, will last you for many a year to come.

MDF squares, 54mm, rounded corners: e-Bay, Pinterest, or Amazon.

Hot Glue the bamboo skewers to the bases; paint the base + skewer, matte Black; E6000 Glue for the ships to skewers.

The MDF, bamboo, and the Hot Glue and E6000 Glue, will all take spray paint, very nicely. Cheers!

Micman Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2023 2:23 p.m. PST

The old CorSec basing system.

Figured out how to make them myself( with help from others on the net) Rebasing all the the 100's of ships I have to that standard. (Yes I have too many starships)

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2023 2:50 p.m. PST

For some homemade asteroids, I drilled a hole in lava rocks, glued a wooden golf tee in the hole point in, and then glued the ball-rest end of the tee to some heavy stock cardboard (actually some punched out 2D game markers depicting the asteroid). Sprayed it all black.

You could take a similar approach with washers or balsa or MDF for the base itself and golf tees for the posts. (Golf tees have the advantage of coming in multiple lengths, so you can have different ships at different heights above the table. That can be a big help with ships that have a wide cross section. Put them on the tall tee, and smaller ships on the lower tee so they can overlap a little if necessary.

Gokiburi25 Apr 2023 2:32 a.m. PST

Is there any chance you could share notes on your homemade equivalent of the CorSec system?

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2023 8:03 a.m. PST

Love the golf tee idea! Cheers!

Micman Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2023 8:37 a.m. PST


The bulk of the info is here. link

Be sure to go to the comments to get all the info.

emckinney25 Apr 2023 2:37 p.m. PST

All depends on the needs of the rules system. 90 degree firing arcs? 60 degrees? How does turning work?

Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2023 4:31 p.m. PST

I got a bunch of nice heavy metal hex bases from Ral Partha. I like those.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2023 10:44 p.m. PST

I mostly use hexagonal plastic bases with a spindle that fits into a hole in the underside of the ship. For stability I may glue the base to a heavy metal washer.

Most of my miniatures came with bases of that type. I have had to drill a few holes, especially when converting things into spaceships (like ballpoint pens).

Striker27 Apr 2023 6:49 a.m. PST

If they don't come with bases (Armada, x-wing) then I use my regular flight stands with magnets. I got a bunch from Corsec before that closed, they had more "umph" in my opinion than Litko (didn't check if Litko changed their stands at all). The magnet stands let me store them flat vs always on something tippy.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2023 1:39 p.m. PST

While fiddly to keep assembled, I miss the old CMD stands with handsome twelve point 'clock' which can work for many games if you want to use/alt-paint every other 'tic' and fly six-arc'd.

Corsec. *sigh* Had, lost, weeping…


PS Still say all the talk of nails, pins, and golf tees makes me think of hand caltrops. *shudder*

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