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Mk 1
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cama wrote:
I use super glue, and clear 20x20mm bases. I like the look of non-flocked Infantry


Yes, some pics if you please, good sir!

I tried clear plastic many years ago. Didn't work out like I had expected. But it may well be that my skills were not up to the challenge, and I never invested much effort into figuring out how to make it work well / look right.

What I found:

1) The cast-on base of the figures stands out more than I like. One thing I focused on with my own technique, as shown in the pics above (pics, see? pics! hint hint...) is building up the "ground level" on the base to surround and even wash over and hide the case-on base of the figures. Just don't like to see each man on a 1 x 2m "hoverboard".

2) Glue shows clearly on the clear plastic. I used super glue. It dries into a white crust. Each man on a hoverboard was on a little piece of what looked like ice. So maybe they were surfing on a hockey rink? Now here, I may clearly have just never developed my skills well enough. Might well be possible to clue down all the figs such that I never ever have the super glue squish out past the edges of their hoverboards. I never achieved such perfection, but then I didn't invest much in trying to learn how.

3) The whole idea of the clear plastic was to not see the base, and to instead see the terrain beneath. That was my whole plan. Guys on a paved road, or a dirt road, or a cobble-stone bridge, should not carry a bit of green fields around to stand on. But the problem was that on game day, as I move around the table edge, I am at constantly varying angles from the bases on the table. The light comes down from a constant direction, and as I move around the light reflects off of different bases. In essence the bases flash at me as if they were a bunch of small light-houses signalling "HERE I AM OVER HERE". No matter where I placed myself, I found some of the bases appeared as bright white as if I had put the figures on the lens of a flashlight. So despite my intention to reduce the visibility of the base, I actually increased it.

It may be that different matted plastic surfaces would eliminate this effect. Don't know. Gave up pretty quickly on the whole concept. But would be interested to see how others have worked it and what they have achieved.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MK1 thinking of using Euro ! cents for your bases? Be quick as there will not be any one cents soon as they are being phased out. The bill total is added and then the total is rounded up or down to the nearest five or ten cent.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MK1 thinking of using Euro ! cents for your bases? Be quick as there will not be any one cents soon as they are being phased out. The bill total is added and then the total is rounded up or down to the nearest five or ten cent.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MK1 thinking of using Euro ! cents for your bases? Be quick as there will not be any one cents soon as they are being phased out. The bill total is added and then the total is rounded up or down to the nearest five or ten cent.
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madman
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Location: Ontario Canada

PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to use metal bases as then I could use magnetic sheet on my transport method. I started by buying square metal bases but found coins were more available and cheaper. Some of our old (long discontinued) pennies were somewhat magnetic and about the size of dimes were suitable for one or two man teams. I have been collecting nickels as they would do fine for four man teams and quarters and the square bases for up to a squad at a time. One idea I saw and like is to put a wire going up to handle the base by without handling the minis. I have tried plain 3/4 inch nails and that looks good.
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cabin4clw



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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use thin tiddlywinks. Use superglue to mount the figures, then use Alene's glue from Walmart, dip in flock and dullcote.
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Cav Dog
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's how I do it:

Cut some .20 sheet styrene into 5/8" squares using this gadget and an exacto knife:



Glue the infantry to the square bases. I use superglue.



Then I texture the bases using Vallejo Ground Texture. This stuff comes in several colors, I just happened to be using grey sand this time.





Then I basecoat the stand with my standard color for dirt, called dirt, a no longer available Polly Scale RR acrylic color.



Next I highlight by drybrushing my other favorite dirt color, trail tan by Delta Ceramcoat.



Make up a tub of flock using whatever colors suit your battlefield. I like to mix colors and textures so this stuff works for me.





Cover the stand with glue where you want the flock to go, I use a mixture of white glue and scenic cement. Dip the stand in the tub of flock and give it a good shake,

Pull it out, blow off any excess and let dry.



Finish it off by misting the stand with scenic cement to lock everything down.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I am reviving this topic.

I just purchased US Heavy weapons infantry. Quick question, What do people mount on there Javelin AT stands. It looks like it only needs one guy so I assume one guy should do it, but the stand will look really bare.. LOL. Just curious what others do. Include pictures of your Stands if you have them.

P.S. I just looked up and saw that someone posted a few examples before this post. But I do not think they are US and I also don't think US has spoters laying down either.. So... Lets see what suggestions you guys have.
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Cav Dog
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Hoth - guilty on all accounts.

If you look closely at the Russian AT - 4 stands above you will see that some of the prone spotters are actually from the slightly oversize US Vietnam Infantry. The other one has some relatively small US Marine spotters. I have never been entirely happy with GHQ's portrayal of crew served weapons. IMHO all crew served weapons should have a gunner and an A gunner, loader, ammo bearer or spotter of some sort.

The "old" modern US Infantry does have prone spotters who are kitted out fairly close to how the "ultra modern" infantry is portrayed.

I have used everything from the kneeling pointing leader figures to mortar men chopped off their weapons as # 2s for my crew served weapons.

Many purists may not want to go this route but close enough is good enough for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cavdog,.

Thanks for the input. Quick question....would a guy crouhing be suffient?
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Cav Dog
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a couple of my solutions

Dragon gunners with a prone spotter or kneeling figure.


SPG 9 gunner with kneeling figure carved off the mortars from Russian ultra modern heavy weapons.

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