Mini Wargaming Base

Alternative Base for Tabletop Minis

creator: x14km2d | build: 2021-10-12 | update: 2022-01-01


When I started my new/old hobby in 2018, my models and bases looked very different. I had no experience and did not know most of the tips and tricks. Below you can see my very first bases I ever made. They are painted with dollar store acrylic paint and glued to simple plastic discs I found in a box somewhere. These bases are not the prettiest I have and the ones from yesterday look quite different. Much better and more professional and not so simple in ocher, green, black and white. Nevertheless I never threw them away - actually I wanted to invent my own tabletop game with these bases. I was still naive and green behind the ears and didn’t know the market yet and had no idea how much work, time and money such a project would take.

Currently they stand between some of my other models and so far I have not used them in an adventure. But they are very easy to build and so I thought I would write a little article for beginners explaining how to build these very simple bases. This is to help beginners find a starting point, because most tutorials are written by professionals who have been in the hobby for years. Sometimes it can seem too overwhelming and impressive for newbies, so that they don’t dare to start their own projects. I have also been impressed by all the hobby videos but eventually learned that the other Maker, terrain tinkerers, model builders and tabletop gamer also only boil with water. I then looked for the old colors from a box (yes, I really still have it) and also the other material together. Unfortunately, I no longer had the small plastic discs.


From this point on, some thoughts and ideas that I had apparently been carrying around for a long time started to get mixed up. There is a market leader in tabletop gaming that has introduced a standard for bases. The Citadel 25mm base. I have also used this many times, but even after so long I didn’t like the design. I don’t like diagonal edges, so my base should have right-angled edges, plus the Citadel base is way too high for me. I need super much color to paint the edge and I don’t want that, because the edge is just a detail on the edge. Pun. The height of the base was massively reduced. It is, as we will see later, a mixture of saving costs and stability of the material. The next point is the size of the base. 25mm is a wrong number and I don’t like that number 24mm is much better. Because brain things. So I adjusted my size. And I wanted a public domain design that wasn’t developed by a corporation, because in my opinion tabletop gaming is not only a really big business, but also something that brings people joy, brings them together and entertains them. The last point is that I am really frugal with my money and most bases are way too expensive for me.


Inserting the matching lid into the ring was a very satisfying feeling. The installation is just as easy as with the cup holders, except that I have to use dowels to stabilize the screws on a stone wall. Except for the color, everything works as I had imagined. I’m also very happy with the round shape, because it’s different from the regular square shapes that the shelves have, even if they have to sacrifice stability. But since I only use very light models, there should be no problems with the weight. But I should do some more tests to be on the safe side. It is interesting that just one object leads to other objects and I find that quite exciting, because I can solve many small problems.

I can’t predict the future of tabletop gaming, but what I definitely see is how 3D printing of minis, buildings and other components is entering the scene more and more. You can find that super interesting or totally dumb, but certain things are changing. Nevertheless, people will still build terrain or implement ideas themselves, even if the supply covers the demand pretty well. But it helps beginners to find a cheap and fast entry into this super great hobby.


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