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Cork basing:- What thickness of cork do you guys use?

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Over the weekend I've been looking at a lot of basing vids and tutorials, to try and level up my basing skills a bit.

 

Only problem is, a lot of these involved using a stonking huge stack of thick cork that often rivals the mini that's going to be standing on it in size,and i'm having trouble finding anything similar (its surprisingly difficult to source cork in the UK, I'm beginning to wonder if there's some secret British method for making bases that they're keeping from me).

 

So far I've managed to find rolls of cork, these are pretty large but very thin (1.8mm) and two types of cork tiles, a 3mm thick one (I get quite a few in a box, but they're coated in plastic so I don't know if I can use these) and a 6mm thick one (these are very pricey so I'd rather not buy these if I can avoid it).

 

Are any of these any use? And how high would I typically stack them? Or should I consider using something else?

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Get what you can at a reasonable price. I have a 5mm roll from the hardware store, and some 1.5cm pot trivets and thinner coasters from ikea. None were expensive. Alternately, for rocks, get and rip up actual wine corks.

 

As to stacking, it depends on the look you want! You can do so many things with it, it's hard to point you in a particular direction there.

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There's a recent WiP tutorial thread started by Loim with some good info. I posted there with some.of my cork bases (would link for you, but my phone makes that difficult). I typically use cork from a roll in thicknesses of about 1mm and 2mm. I also use a thicker board when I'm building something particularly tall. The rolls you say you've found should do good work for you...I'd avoid the plastic-coated stuff, and the thick stuff would be good but not necessary, IMO.

 

How tall do you want it? That's how tall you stack it. I've put 28mm minis on rock outcroppings from 2mm up to 20mm high.

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I will say that it can be nice to have various thicknesses.  That can definitely make it easier to do tiered effects.  If you look at both of the dwarves I've done here: http://www.reapermini.com/InspirationGallery/baugi/latest/ (Bones Fulumbar, and Herryk Aesir), you can see what I mean.  Fulumbar's base is a thin piece, with a thick piece that's narrow at the bottom and wide at the top glued on top of it, where Aard's (My PC that used the Herryk mini) is a thick piece with hollows dug out for sticks, plants, and the skull, glued right to the base.

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Myself, I prefer unrolled thin sheets, for convenience. Flattening cork sheets is a pain.

 

With thin, you can glue several layers together, or even use just one layer. I'd guess with thick, you can do more than have the "steppe" effect of a stack of thin sheets, but it's work to cut cork down to a smaller sheet. You don't need to glue the cork to a base if the miniature isn't going to be handled.

 

http://masterofathousandthings.blogspot.com/2012/10/warhammer-scenery-rocky-bases.html

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I've been using the 1'x1' tiles, not sure how thick exactly. Thicker than the thin rolled stuff. I'm going to want something thicker, at some point I'd like to get several thicknesses (I saw some up to several inches online). I'd think 1" would be cool for larger pieces.

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I've been using the 1'x1' tiles, not sure how thick exactly. Thicker than the thin rolled stuff. I'm going to want something thicker, at some point I'd like to get several thicknesses (I saw some up to several inches online). I'd think 1" would be cool for larger pieces.

I'm fairly certain that they're about 1/4" thick (if you're getting the ones from Hobby Lobby or Michael's).

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Thanks for the info guys, if only I'd been bitten by the basing bug a couple of weeks ago, then I wouldn't have missed Loims excellent tutorial!

 

I think I was having a problem visualizing the thickness of the cork (1.8mm sounds paper-thin to me, but that's about what, ankle high on the average mini?), so I should be able to make the bases I want, even if I can't lay my hands on the super thick stuff.

 

Although the suggestions of heat pads and coasters have opened up a few more options on Amazon, I've now found a pack of 12mm thick small cork disks for a reasonable price amongst other things.

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I use either a thin roll of cork or newly purchased .25-inch cork board.  For the thin, I have some books I stack on it when I want multiple layers, using some wood glue and then I can tear it apart in the shape I want.  For the thick, I can create some truly rocky bases or add some of the thick on top of the thin to make it feel like varied mountainous terrain.

 

For the thin roll, I found it on clearance for $2 (regularly $8).  For the thick sheets, I just got six 1-foot by 1-foot sheets for $6, regularly $10.  I watch for sales, since my hobby budget is tiny.

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I think the cork I use is somewhere around 5mm thick (haven't actually measured it), but I almost always cut bits out of it so that it's not a uniform height. If I stack two layers of cork, I'll usually try to make sure I can somehow hide the separation in the layers (either with more tiny bits of cork, or with some pumice paste).

 

I have a cork basing tutorial around here somewhere (and probably on my website) that I did a long long time ago, which I really should update.

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