Quick Hint #17

Base Inserts

The Culprit
The Culprit

Most of us at some time or another will have tried to cut an insert to fit in one of those nice 30mm round lipped bases figures tend to come with these days, only to have it turn into a messy waste of badly shaped plasticard. Well here is a quick solution that only costs £1 🙂

 

 

 

The Objective
The Objective

The aim is to cut a circle out of the plasticard to fit the base. Not as easy as it looks.

 

 

 

 

The crown to the rescue
The crown to the rescue

The solution is a £1 coin (a 5¢ is almost exactly the same size). It fits perfectly inside the inset of the base.

 

 

 

 

Around we go
Around we go

Simply use the coin as a template to draw around on the back of the plasticard.

 

 

 

 

A perfect fit
A perfect fit

Cut it out with scissors and Hey Presto, a base insert that fits, first time every time.

 

 

 

 

With a little hunting around you can find metal washers and even bottle caps (I have an old drink lid I use for my 40mm bases) that will fit the larger sizes of round lipped bases but for the most common size the humble £1 does just fine.

About Jarec

Long term Wargamer and dice hugger. My preferences tend towards Fantasy and Sci-Fi but I have a strong interest in the WWII and Vietnam gaming eras.
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