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Mooseworks822 Sep 2011 12:50 p.m. PST

As subject says? I really like the metal bases from Wargames Acc. but I have been tempted to try and make my own. I've used floor tile for Impetus bases but they tend to bow and bend at the corners. If you make your own bases what do you use and how do you do it?

MajorB22 Sep 2011 12:51 p.m. PST

Yes. Cut from mount board with a Stanley knife. Takes only a few minutes to make enough for a whole DBA army!

whill422 Sep 2011 1:02 p.m. PST

Yes. Balsa and a razor saw.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2011 1:09 p.m. PST

No. Not worth my time to try and make 'em. I got mine form Litko.

Frothers Did It And Ran Away22 Sep 2011 1:10 p.m. PST

No, I get mine off eBay – 2mm MDF. I know I couldn't cut them straight enough myself.

NCC171722 Sep 2011 1:24 p.m. PST

My DBx bases are sheet styrene, cut with a paper cutter:


vtsaogames22 Sep 2011 1:24 p.m. PST

For 15mm I use Litko wood bases.
hopefully players use the wood base instead of the figures.

For 20mm plastic, I make my own from matte board.
Since discovering dip, players may as well hold the figures. Paint doesn't come off any more.

Andrew May122 Sep 2011 1:24 p.m. PST

Yup, I usually use 2mm thick plasticard for my 15mm bases. All of my DBA stuff is in 15mm so it's all good.

Mind you, I do have a set of bases that came with my Lydian army from Magister Militum. They are very nice shiny black plastic, perfectly cut but alas, too thick for my purposes.

If anyone wants them, drop me a line…

elsyrsyn22 Sep 2011 1:26 p.m. PST

Nope. I use the sheet metal bases from Wargames Accesories; get 'em from Brookhurst.


Micman Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2011 1:53 p.m. PST

My DBA troops are mounted on Litko bases with sheet metal bases from Wargames Accessories to hold them with magnets in their cases.

Bob in Edmonton22 Sep 2011 2:54 p.m. PST

Yes, thick vinyl floor tile.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2011 3:29 p.m. PST

I have made them with card over magnet, but now much prefer Precision Plynth by David Boor. Formica over magnet. A few years ago our group bought a couple thousand in all DBx sizes, 60mm & 40 mm.

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2011 5:14 p.m. PST


Swampster23 Sep 2011 12:03 a.m. PST

I did use sheet styrene with steel paper underneath. I started using metal bases as I like the heft.

Alan Lauder23 Sep 2011 3:16 a.m. PST

I use 2mm black styrene – hand cut. Get a bit of variation but I can live with it.

JJS00123 Sep 2011 4:36 a.m. PST

Get mine cut by a local metal shop, dirt cheap. Great for travelling as they go in a box with a magnetic sheet base.

Mr Elmo23 Sep 2011 5:04 a.m. PST

Litko bases with the magnetic bottoms.

Guthroth23 Sep 2011 5:11 a.m. PST

2mm Laser cut MDF from East Riding Miniatures for me.

Super fast service.

Yesthatphil23 Sep 2011 5:54 a.m. PST

Same as Guthroth …

But I buy them at shows as I enjoy the chat with Tony …


Duncan23 Sep 2011 7:28 a.m. PST

I have made my own in the past, but now I just get them from Litko.

Martin Rapier23 Sep 2011 1:05 p.m. PST

I make my own, same as for every other set of rules. Artists mounting board for DBx.

stenicplus27 Sep 2011 5:37 a.m. PST

Yes, cut my own from mdf or plastic and order online too.

Mechanical02 Oct 2011 7:10 p.m. PST

2mm mdf cut on a band saw.

The Last Conformist03 Oct 2011 6:51 a.m. PST

I buy magnetic bases from Renaissance Ink.

For my first DBA army, I made my own magnetic bases from mdf and magnetic tape. Quickly decided that the modest monetary savings didn't justify the cost in time and quality.

John GrahamLeigh Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2011 10:16 a.m. PST

I buy mdf bases from East Riding Miniatures at Excellent quality and value.

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