If you need a round base for your miniature it should be one of our round plastic bases. Regardless of it being 25mm, 32mm, 40mm or bigger it should be unlipped and have a recess underneath. Here’s why.
When it comes to miniatures its all about the figure isn’t it. You need a clean mould free mini with loads of detail that you can spend hours painting with your favourite AK Paints or highlighting with a selection of Mig Ammo Drybrush paints. But… what about what that mini is sat on? I mean, most of these figures won’t just stand there on their own. They need to be fixed to a base.
Most minis will come with a base and these may suffice but what if you want an alternative? Most of the time you may be happy with the bases that come with your figure but I’ll give you one example where I wasn’t. I’ve started painting up some Bolt Action figures and they come with bases that appear to be a flat plastic disc. These appear to be 25mm round plastic bases, but personally they don’t work for me.
One of the main issues is there flat. I have to question the stability of the minis on these bases. The other issue is that they are quite smooth on the top surface. Luckily we stock a range of round plastic bases from scalemodel.co.uk that solve both of these issues. I like to use bases for my miniatures that are raised and have a slight recess underneath. There’s two reasons for this.
- I like to shove a magnet or two underneath – If I’m transporting my miniatures around I like to attach them to a thin metal sheet that I have glued in the base of a plastic container. So the space underneath the round plastic base gives me room to glue a 1-2mm round magnet underneath.
- Sometimes I like a bit of extra ballast under there – OK you could argue if I need to add weight to a base I should be moving from a 25mm round plastic base and maybe up to a 32mm round plastic base instead. But… it’s always nice to have the option of putting in a bit of green stuff or something to add a little weight if necessary.
Then there is the surface of the base. Smooth doesn’t do it for me. I like my bases to have a slight texture. This is important for me to ensure that the glue or cement you are using to attach that mini to the plastic base has something to grab onto. It also gives something a bit rougher for that basing material to attach to as well.
Alternatives to Round Plastic Bases
There’s a couple of other base types you can use. One is mdf bases. The positives are that they are really cheap. You get a tonne of bases for your money. This cheapness is far outweighed by the fact that they weigh next to nothing, are difficult to attach plastic and wood minis to as the surface is porous and are not raised.
Other options include using coins or washers. One problem is matching the size of the washer/coin to the base and lets face it the finish won’t be great. And why would you even bother doing this when the cost of proper round plastic bases literally cost (less than) pennies.
The 25mm to 32mm Warhammer Conversion
Some time ago, Games Workshop decided that 32mm round plastic bases would be the new normal for a good few of their minis and this was enshrined into the many different rules and codex’s. This led to a flurry of gamers wanting to upgrade their existing armies from 25mm round plastic bases up to the new 32mm bases. This could be quite a costly and time consuming affair. Some solutions offered 3d printed versions of adapters that slot over the 25mm bases which is quick to do but in my opinion looked a little naff.
The better solution in my opinion is to use a proper 32mm round plastic base. scalemodel.co.uk round plastic bases are perfect for Warhammer 40k and other miniature games that use 32mm bases in their rules. If you’re looking to do out a full army, one hundred 32mm bases will cost pennies each. All you need to do is snip off the old base and reset the mini on a new base of your choice.