They say that good wargames are made by bases, faces, and flags, which is a motto I try to live by. But how to get the bases? Folks in the UK can order from companies like Warbases or but their product at all those amazing shows you folks have in your tiny little country. Not saying I’m jealous … well, not much.
Lacking ready access to Warbases, here’s the sub-optimal solution. Here’s how I’ve made bases for years and years. Buy a sheet of MDF, use a ruler to make moderately exact squares or rectangles with a pencil, and then cut them out with a craft knife. I try to do this without incurring carpal tunnel syndrome or without amputating a finger tip. As you can see from the top image, the results are a little ragged looking.
A better way. Here’s one of Six-Squared products, a laser-cut 2” by 2” piece of MDF. Nice, huh?
Here’s how I make circular bases. A drill, a circular drill bit, a jagged piece of MDF that needs lots of trimming, and lots of sawdust all over the place.
Better. Six-Squared laser cut circular bases.
Six-Squared are a Canadian company based in St. Catherines, Ontario. The products in the photos above were purchased (this blog does not review free samples, since, well, no one’s asked me too) at Hot Lead this year and I quite like them. They make a ton of products besides bases, including resin haystacks, craters, and river tiles. They will make custom bases to your specifications. Their website is found here. Check them out, and save your fingertips!