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I've been considering different and cost effective means to base the 500 or so figures I am getting next month from the Bones Kickstarter.

 

I have a ton of tile samples from an architect that cleared out their old stuff. However the majority aren't square or are smaller than 1" square.

 

I have access to slate from sidewalks breaking apart around the neighborhood. Seriously. Got about 5-10 pounds of the stuff of varying thicknesses. Makes a nice display base for the figures. You can see it on my two posted show off miniatures; Stone Giant Warrior & Thornback Troll.

 

But 500+ figures is a lot of bases. Okay so some don't fit on 1" square bases for use with fantasy games. But I did find a product that gets me a ton of bases for cheap. 5 cents a base cheap.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F8T9B8

 

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It's a learning aid. $19.95 for 400 one-inch plastic tiles.

 

The colors don't matter, they'll get painted along with the figure. It's plastic so I can drill into it for pinning, etc.

 

I am sure there are alternatives, but for the price and my Prime free two-day shipping I said, "why not?"

 

Limited supplies are available, but for those of us who've bought in for multiples of the Vampire level it could be your answer to basing all those minis. Assuming you want to.

 

Mine will be here Friday. I'll add one to my Bones Garrick or Barnabas when I get them and post a picture of it with notes about it.

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7 cents a base for actual wargaming bases. 30mm rounds are the same price, and 25x50mm cavalry and 40mm squares are 10 cents each.

 

Just FYI.

 

~v

 

Appreciate the link. 7 cents is good (8.2 cents for 405pcs with shipping). I actually like the idea that the Learning Tiles are solid as they are for the bones and I don't have to fill the slots. Their solid nature also means I can more easily add pins for figures or terrain pieces like stumps, etc.

 

We'll see what comes of them when they arrive Friday.

 

As a co-worker pointed out, I can always use them to tile a primary color back splash on my counter. Though I like gmpathfinder's idea ... I can create a cool primary colored pattern on my car with enough of these. :blues:

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I have some Hirst arts floor tile moulds. 1" square for an OK cobblestone base, ready textured. Now, between the mould and a bucket of proper plaster it'll cost more than a plain plastic square, but much less than even a basic scenic base, spread across 200 miniatures!

 

http://www.hirstarts.com/molds/moldsfloor.html

 

$10 for 7lb of plaster, $30 for the mould. Divided by 200 = 20c per base. If you want two styles of base, 35c.

 

They are probably twice as thick as a normal base. I've used them on metal Reptus with acceptable results, I think some more basing material to contrast the large cobbles is needed to make them really shine.

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That cavern floor mould looks really cool... but I probably won't purchase it due to shipping and all those other fun things.

How does plaster hold up as a base when you play with the minis for D&D etc?

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That cavern floor mould looks really cool... but I probably won't purchase it due to shipping and all those other fun things.

How does plaster hold up as a base when you play with the minis for D&D etc?

I would recommend dental stone or something similar; plaster has a tendency to crumble, and doesn't age very well.

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I use dental stone with my molds - I have several different types of floor tiles, so I can vary the bases.

 

When I couldn't find anywhere that sold dental stone in my area without paying significant shipping charges, I asked my dental clinic if they could help out. They were quite excited about the whole thing and now provide me with dental stone at their cost (Die Keen at just under $100 for a 50lb box), as long as I showed them the first building that I made with it (done). I also get debubblizer from them.

 

They even gave me a vibrating table as a gift when they were cleaning out their backroom, otherwise they would have thrown it out.

 

I have had people try and break/snap one of the 2' square floor tiles, and to date, no one has managed to do so.

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Depending on whether or not you want the mold, or just some casts, there are several licensed distributors of casts from the Hirst Arts molds. My personal choice is Naloomi's Workshop. www.nalsworkshop.com. Most of the molds have 8 -10 tiles for $2 per cast, which comes out to about 20 -25 cents per tile.

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Ohhh nice. I've a suspicion the shipping for even the casts might be a touch painful - I need to get them to Australia. Its good to know about the dental plaster. Baby sister the dentist will come in handy, lol

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7 cents a base for actual wargaming bases. 30mm rounds are the same price, and 25x50mm cavalry and 40mm squares are 10 cents each.

 

Just FYI.

 

~v

Thanks! I have been looking for a good cheap source of 30mm

 

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Hydrostone, I think I used. It's a proper casting plaster, like dental plaster not PoP. It's tough as nails. You really have to work to break it or chip it. It is obviously not as tough as Bones or typical commercial plastic, but I expect it would mercilessly destroy resin bases of the same size. Or maybe be just as good, depending on how much hyperbole you like.

 

EDIT: this stuff takes paint and glue and works like a charm, I wouldn't recommend plain Plaster of Paris.

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Hydrostone, I think I used. It's a proper casting plaster, like dental plaster not PoP. It's tough as nails. You really have to work to break it or chip it. It is obviously not as tough as Bones or typical commercial plastic, but I expect it would mercilessly destroy resin bases of the same size. Or maybe be just as good, depending on how much hyperbole you like.

 

EDIT: this stuff takes paint and glue and works like a charm, I wouldn't recommend plain Plaster of Paris.

Just don't soak it in vinegar.... ::P:

 

The Auld Grump, why you would be dipping it in vinegar, I don't know. But don't.

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