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Basing figures on clear bases

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Rebasing miniatures onto clear bases.

Basing figures on clear bases

We always get lots of question about how to go about rebasing miniatures on clear bases, so I felt it was about time I put a hobby article to show how easy it is. We've been rebasing miniatures onto Clear Perspex Bases for about six years now, and they have always been very popular. The big benefit of mounting miniatures on clear bases is that the miniature will match whatever terrain it happens to be standing on. This is not a problem if you paint miniatures for display purposes only, in which case a nice diorama base is a great addition to display the figure in its surroundings. However, most of us paint miniatures to use on a gaming table and the same miniature might be placed in a field, on a road, on a beach or inside a building and it always looks a bit odd when you have figures inside a warehouse for example surrounded by a circular mini garden!

Basing figures on clear bases

Some figures are easier to rebase than others. The easiest figures to rebase are the ones on slotta-bases which snip of very easily. This article is going to look at rebasing a metal miniature cast on the traditional plinth.

Basing figures on clear bases

Using a pair of side snippers (mine are a very old pair of GW clippers), snip either side of the insdide of the feet.

Basing figures on clear bases

Once you've removed the metal between the feet, use your side clippers to remove the metal from around the outside of the feet as well.

Basing figures on clear bases

You will then be left with a 'V' shapped wedge under each foot, which is easily removed by turning the clippers 90 degrees and clipping across each foot.

Basing figures on clear bases

Use a file to level off the underside of the feet.

Basing figures on clear bases

Put a drop of superglue under each foot, place the miniature for a second on a piece of paper to remove the excess glue and then place on to base.

Basing figures on clear bases

I remove the base after cleaning up the miniature with a file and knife put before painting and undercoating. I glue the miniature onto an old mdf 'painting base', paint and varnish the miniature before prising off, recleaning the underneath of the feet with a file and remounting on a clear perspex base. This ensures the clear base is in top condition with no paint or scratches on it.

Basing figures on clear bases

Sally 4th clear perspex bases come with a protective film on the top and bottom to prevent scratching or scuffing during manufacture or transport, so always make sure you have peeled these off before sticking your figure down.

Click here to take a look at our clear basing photo gallery

Click here for further details about Sally 4th Clear Perspex Bases

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