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FlyXwire16 Dec 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

They look great!
Just a consumer comment (and this is for discussion purposes only not trying to hijack your product thread here) personally, I'm not fond of building models with bases.
I do think having wall debris, and household items along their foundations helps models meld visually into a tabletop, but bases to my eye impede this visual illusion.

Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Dec 2017 4:59 p.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback, it's something we've discussed ourselves over the years. Our smaller pieces like bunkers, barricades and the new dugouts are all without bases and can be placed straight onto the terrain, but we thought the houses were better off with a small base around them.

They're not very large though and can be built into a larger terrain piece if need be:


thehawk18 Dec 2017 3:11 a.m. PST

10mm to the foot?

Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Dec 2017 6:51 a.m. PST

10mm wargaming scale, so around 2mm to the foot.

FlyXwire18 Dec 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Leon, thanks for taking the time to respond!
In regards to the Ukrainian-style house originally displayed, I could see a base being useful to use as a mount for the ubiquitous, ramshackle fencing typical of the Eastern Front area/period. This would be useful (as a cast-on) feature, that would cover the base edging if the fencing were sculpted to follow the base's outline.
Another thought, and I've sculpted these for my own 10/12mm Russian huts have any bases be separate pieces, allowing a house to be detached, so with the dwelling removed the yard/fenced base remains to mark the foundation's footprint. The base and its footprint can then facilitate miniature units be placed on top (with the building model removed), and it can be used to signified buildings that have been destroyed also. Lots of gameplay utility enabled by having a building model being detachable. Lastly, the base could also have a destroyed foundation molded within, so when a building model is removed, the base serves as a damaged-dwelling piece too (if only with some wall corners to give the "knocked-out" impression).
Perhaps a small, premium product line offering models with base's having fenced yards, and/or with detachable buildings that have destroyed foundations contained underneath?
Sorry to assume a change in your business "model", no pun intended, but just some thoughts…..

Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Dec 2017 8:12 a.m. PST

Thanks for the reply and the feedback, always appreciated. I like the idea of the separate bases, but I'm not sure how viable it would be for single buildings? I know Total Battle Miniatures produce a similar system but theirs uses polyurethane rubber to make larger village/town setups containing imprints for several buildings.

It's something to bear in mind for future models, but I think the costs of altering and remoulding all of our buildings to fit a set footprint wouldn't be cost-effective at the moment.

FlyXwire18 Dec 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Leon, thanks for considering, and keep those excellent Pendraken products coming.

Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Dec 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

No worries, and we will do!

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