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A New Kind of 25mm Base

A New Kind of 25mm Base

Now for something a little different from us...bases! Specifically 25mm Dual Use Round bases. Let us explain...

As you know we don't put bases in our figure sets and the main reason is that we don't (yet) have any games with rules that require certain types of basing. And we also wouldn't know which kind of bases to put in our boxes since our miniatures are used in dozens of different games, each with their own basing requirements. On top of that, everyone has their own preferences for bases: round, square, oval, plastic, wood, MDF, metal, resin, etc etc.

As a wargamer myself, I have lots and lots of frames of random bases that came with other plastic sets that I had no use for (which sit unused in my closet of shame-I still keep them of course!) I didn't want to do the same thing and just throw bases into a box that would appeal to a few but would probably be useless for most. 

At the same time, we were interested in trying out some new ideas and combining some old ideas for new hard plastic bases. The first result of this is the 25MM DUAL USE BASES frame. 

The goal of these new bases is to achieve a few things:

  1. as low profile as possible without being hard to pick up - these are only 2mm in height
  2. usable for figures with both integral puddle bases AND flat feet
  3. able to be easily magnetized
  4. a good value

With #2 we know there are many who don't like the mound effect that integral puddle bases can create so we've made the bases with one side recessed: 

This will allow a figure on a puddle base to have their feet flush with the top of the base edge: 

Here's one of our Late Roman Legionaries (1): Lorica Hamata. Glue the figure to the inside of the base, fill the gaps with your basing material, and voila his feet are flush with the edge.

But say you have our Death Fields figures without the integral puddle bases or another plastic figure with flat feet. Then just flip the base to the other side: 

We've also textured this side in case you don't want to add any basing material. You'll just need to plug the central 3mm hole which brings us to: 

Here's the base with a 1mm x 3mm magnet push fit into the hole. The tolerances are tight enough that you don't even need to glue it. But now you can transport your miniatures securely or use a steel sheet or other type of movement tray with these (more on that later) 

So there you have it, we think a simple solution to a couple basing challenges that can come up. We'll be making these available in the not too distant future and following up with other sizes and types of plastic bases as well. 

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Comments

Scott H - January 29, 2022

Always need more bases.
Ive been trying to use up some of my Mantic 25mm rounds, but Mantic has a very specific basing system.
Also, now I’m tempted to use these with some of your new shields and kitbash some Star Trek ships….

Phil Waldron - January 29, 2022

How about killing another bird, make the bases transparent. The only bases of transparent polystyrene are Renedta and they are out of atock, and will be.
If possible have polished surfaces on them. While you are at it use the sprue for stones, logs, sandbags broken tiles etc.

Axel - January 29, 2022

>Please folks will the recessed part of the base hold an American Penny if glue to it?
>Yes a penny is 19mm in diameter

The main problem will be how thick a penny is, I assume. I only have access to Eurocents, which would not fit (~1.5 mm).

Marc - January 29, 2022

Those are very nice and have a lot of thought put into them! Will be getting some.
But please keep the puddle bases for the historical rank and file figures. It is a terrible hassle getting 4 to 8 figures on a multi base when they only have tiny attachment points. Horses are especially annoying without a proper puddle base. Those last fireforge horses with no base and only one hoove on the ground were an invitation to disaster…

Rick, The Grumpy Gnome - January 29, 2022

When I heard Wargames Atlantic we’re making bases I thought, “meh.” But you folks have managed to surprise and impress me. Clever base design!

Al - January 29, 2022

Really good idea!

Robert Hradek - January 29, 2022

I like that it can be flipped for puddle bases, though I typically cut off puddle bases.
I like that it’s 25 mm and only 2mm high. A lot of modern bases are almost trophy stands. 20mm and 40mm round in this style would also be appreciated.
I like that a magnet can be put in the bottom.
I don’t like that there is a hole all the way through. Would it be possible to make them without a hole, but still an indentation in the bottom to insert a magnet. Or at least a 3mm plastic disk that can be inserted in the hole with the same texture as the top?

euansmith - January 29, 2022

Nice. I’ve just printed off something similar for my Silver Bayonet unit. When I read, “Bases with a twist”, I wondered if these were going to have some sort of integral Wound Counters.

David Phillips - January 28, 2022

hmm I like it on the surface. my current mini’s are already based so odds are I will leave them unless it’s required by yalls rule sets. but for future use i’d buy these I just wish they were the sam hight as my current bases which have more millimeters

Luca Lacchini - January 28, 2022

That’s a very neat idea.

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