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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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Andrew - January 27, 2022

This looks like a well thought out idea, and I would probably buy some. My only comment is that ideally I prefer bases that come loose, rather than on a sprue – I can never seem to cut them off smooth enough, and the sprue part that is left always seems a waste. However I accept that this is probably inevitable with your production process.

Dustin - January 27, 2022

This is really, really ideal. I hate drilling holes in bases for magnets so much that I just dont do it.

James Langham - January 27, 2022

And the could even make decent large shields…

Andrew - January 27, 2022

I’m impressed. I didn’t see all the possibilities at first glance, but you’ve clearly put a great deal of thought into this. Recessing the base to accept the puddle basing that comes with most of your figures will save me a lot of time, and leaving a hole for the magnet was clever. I’m looking forward to these a lot!

David Reay - January 27, 2022

Excellent idea, I would certainly buy some of those for use with Oathmark fantasy rules.

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