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Finally found a site with some very reasonably priced bases after all this time of paying the extortionate ebay prices. Friend of mine at my local club was using them last weekend and I finally got mine in the mail yesterday. This guy's selling them in huge packs in all sizes for both WFB and 40k and they're completely solid, so much more stable than GW ones for over-sized standard bearers. Highly recommended! Just want to pass along the word and support a business that's bringing the cost down for our hobby!
And the webstore:
If anyone knows where to find cheaper durable bases then please share.
Cheapest ever, I've got these sheets of 5.5mm ply in my shed and a tennon saw.
Any base, any size, any time.
They are also extremely durable.
For round bases I have an array of hole-saws.
I will not pay for small squares of plastic.
I tried making a few plywood bases but I found that over time some of the wood warped a little and became uneven. That and the price of plywood, the holesaws and my time cutting them all out and sanding them down was more expencive to me than these bases, even with shipping. The ones I seem to buy alot of are the chariot bases, 6 for $4, rather than 3 for $14 on ebay, or a cheap plywood construct that usualy ends up warping, and catches on every felt wood/river/scenery that we use at the club.
For me there's no contest, I'd much rather have the plastic base over plywood any day, and I don't mind shelling out just a few $ for a big pack of bases compared to ebay prices, and with the amount of time it takes to create the scenic atmosphere I like to style onto my bases, I have to have bases that don't need replacing after 6months to a few years from sitting in a display case/foam trays and absorbing moisture/cracking.
Last edited by Lone99; March 19th, 2012 at 14:34.
Plywood will warp, MDF won't.
Those bases are cheap though they won't match the standard "beveled" ones that people have already used.
The standard cost I usually see is $8-10 including shipping for 20-30 bases, that match, depending on which size.
Last edited by Spittle72; March 19th, 2012 at 17:25.
I guess I'm a little unclear what you mean by match... after I make my bases scenic you usualy can't tell what it's based on. The only issue for me is stability (no models falling over) and durability. For me, having to cut all that MDF everytime I want a base (especially square bases for my massive WFB armies that are constantly growing with converted minis) would take up alot of time and they never come out looking... uniform. These are a direct match for GW bases (a little shorter but again I use scenic bases so after I put on some resin/foamboard/plastcard and flock the model is already higher than a GW base is.
Think the only one that dosn't proportionately match is the chariot base... GW ones are 48mm x 100mm (yet they say they're 50mm x 100mm) so for me at least reading the base dimention guidelines from GW, their own product is shorter than it is supposed to be. His chariot bases are the proper 50mm x 100mm size. Oh and don't be fooled by the pics on his webstore, you get like 40 20mm bases for $4 (not just 1 sprue like in the pic), I misread it at first but my friend put me right.
In the end it's each to their own, I don't mind a vertically shorter base, all I need is the solid flat bottom for stability and a durable surface to build scenic poses for my conversions without costing 50c/$1 per base for GW ones. As these are the exact same length and width (bar the chariot bases) to GW ones, I'm paying probably around 18c per base after shipping which is a saving of around 32c per base x100000 for my ever expanding collection of minis. That and so far no one has had an issue with me using them in tournaments and regular games because the base foot matches GW.
Last edited by Lone99; March 19th, 2012 at 16:40.