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Gentleman, If we were to do a sprue of plastic bases. Which would you prefer?
20 x 20mm Square with five holes 16%  16%  [ 6 ]
20 x 40mm Rectangular with five holes 16%  16%  [ 6 ]
20 x 40mm Rectangular with seven holes 5%  5%  [ 2 ]
10 x 40mm Rectangular with five holes 37%  37%  [ 14 ]
20 x 20mm Circular with three holes 11%  11%  [ 4 ]
I make my darned rules (post 'em below) 16%  16%  [ 6 ]
Total votes : 38

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:47 pm 
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So I was thinking, at EW HQ we do bases in metal and resin.

They are expensive for both us and the customer.

Plastic is substantially cheaper in the long run and at the right price would make bases a much sought after commodity.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic Bases
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:53 pm 
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i make my own rules – 12*40 :-\ can't imagine why you'd do anything else? Unless GW has legal rites over all 2*12*40mm bits of plastic?

Or, circular but with 5 holes.

5 and 4 hole versions if strip bases, please. I can make 3 regularly spaces holes from 5 hole bases – harder to make 4 holes evenly.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:54 pm 
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If you could afford to break even on several shapes of base it would be even better. I'm thinking 40mm x 12mm strips, 20mm x 20mm squares, and 25mm rounds, all with 5 recessed holes. If someone wants fewer models it's easy to fill holes, so you'd really only need those three, unless you wanted to do vehicle bases.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:04 pm 
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Lol I seem to have started something :-p

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Now all you need to do is let EW do the production for you... or make sure you stay one step ahead.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:21 pm 
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Apocolocyntosis wrote:
i make my own rules – 12*40 :-\ can't imagine why you'd do anything else? Unless GW has legal rites over all 2*12*40mm bits of plastic?

Or, circular but with 5 holes.

5 and 4 hole versions if strip bases, please. I can make 3 regularly spaces holes from 5 hole bases – harder to make 4 holes evenly.


I agree on both points.

maybe on every sprue 1 base is a 4 hole base? so you have a ratio of 5:1 or 10:1 depending on sprue size, that way those that dont really want a 4 hole base arnt inconvienienced much but those that want them can get them.

Actually i guess it depends on whether you would sell them as a sprue or as individual units?

If you were going to sell them individually you can still maintain a 6:1 ratio or whatever and just seperate after casting.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:28 pm 
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From what little I undestand of the industry, mixing bases on a single sprue and selling seperately won't work well. You and up with an excess of one type, which eats into your margin. It would be better to judge each base type on it's profitability seperately, and commission a seperate sprue for each type. This means that there is no labor cost in seperating bases from sprues and if one massively outsells the other, you can do runs based on need instead of having dead inventory at the end of the day.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:34 pm 
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Don't mind too much on 4 holes, it would just be nice to have. Whereas having any rectangular bases so that they rank up with all my 100s of existing 12*40s is essential.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:16 am 
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You know netepic it was the 40x10 GW bases that got me back into 6mm gaming every other time i would paint an army base it 20x20 or 30x30 and think ... this looks s..t and put them away. I know there are those who may love the old base sizes, but my view is way to go plastic 40mm bases.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:23 am 
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Spectrar Ghost wrote:
If you could afford to break even on several shapes of base it would be even better. I'm thinking 40mm x 12mm strips, 20mm x 20mm squares, and 25mm rounds, all with 5 recessed holes. If someone wants fewer models it's easy to fill holes, so you'd really only need those three, unless you wanted to do vehicle bases.


I voted for 20mmx20mm Squares with 5 Holes, but I like SG idea the best above. Circles, Strips and hexs with 5 holes would be nice too.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:25 am 
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skippy01 wrote:
You know netepic it was the 40x10 GW bases

GW bases are 12*40mm. How many of the people voting 10*40mm actually think it means 'GW' size? :P

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:37 am 
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Apocolocyntosis wrote:
skippy01 wrote:
You know netepic it was the 40x10 GW bases

GW bases are 12*40mm. How many of the people voting 10*40mm actually think it means 'GW' size? :P

12x38 and 1/2 IIRC

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Angel_of_Caliban wrote:
Apocolocyntosis wrote:
skippy01 wrote:
You know netepic it was the 40x10 GW bases

GW bases are 12*40mm. How many of the people voting 10*40mm actually think it means 'GW' size? :P

12x38 and 1/2 IIRC

Id say more like 39.5–40mm, depending on mould lines and sanding off of sprue points.

Netepic, does 10 * 40 here mean 10 * 40, or does it mean 'the usual size' (12 * 40 ± 0.5)?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:59 am 
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I would love somebody to make clear acrylic "penny" bases (actually 15mm diameter) 3mm deep, with 2 (or possibly 3) 6mm indents 1mm deep in them.

Being greedy I'd like a 30mm option too but these would be used for vehicle basing instead of infantry.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:02 am 
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Maybe its 39...i just know there not 40mm! I have 10mmx40mm Magnets i use....ugh!

I would like true 10x40....Ill just use them on a certain army. Would they like GW plastic? or?

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