Fantastic bases and where to find them

If you are like me, you may not have the most interesting bases. PVA. Sand and few mini-pebbles. Some basing paint, maybe a bit of flock. It does the job, but it could be so much more. There are some great third party bases out there that can really improve the look of your models.

There are otherlists of resin bases, but I thought I’d pull together a list of all the “round lipped” bases, as not all companies make bases for Warmachine and Hordes as well other game systems, as well as updating the lists as some companies/websites have disappeared.

This list is organised by country as shipping/taxes can be very high if importing, so you are most likely to want to order from a local supplier. If there is something you really want from a foreign supplier, check with your FLGS if they can order in things from far away to avoid you paying the tax and shipping.

Bases vs inserts

Most of these companies supply a whole base, but some are selling “inserts” that glue on top of the PP standard base. They tend to be a bit cheaper as they contain less material.

USA

Secret Weapon

Secret weapon

23 different designs to choose from, all coming in the full range of sizes. A really good range of different styles – and I’m a sucker for a lava base. On the pricier side compared to some other options.

MSRP:

  • 10 x 30mm; 5 x 40mm – $11.99
  • 1 x 50mm – $5.99
  • 1 x 120mm – $12.99

Dragonforge

A good sized range and some unique designs, but on the pricier side.

MRSP

  • 10 x 30mm $10
  • 5 x 40mm $7.50-10
  • 1 x 50mm $5
  • 1 x 120mm $15

Death Ray Designs

Amazing designs, good value. These are inserts rather than a whole base, but there are some great designs and they come in big bundles of various sizes that offer great value. The design in the picture is $23 for 72 tops across 30 – 50mm. Prices and bundles vary, but most are under the curve in terms of price.

Wyrd Games

The guys who make Malifaux also do some cool inserts. Not cheap, mind, and mostly urban victoriana, but if they suit what you are looking for they look fantastic.

MSRP

  • 5 x 30mm, 2 x 40mm – $14
  • 1 x 50mm – $11

Armourcast

A small range of bases, but some great display bases ideal for showing off your caster.

MSRP

  • 5 x 30mm: $5.00
  • 2 x 40mm: $4.00

Figure Painters

Primarily a custom paint job sites, but they also sell resin round lipped bases. Expensive but I like the flame mosaic and gear design – if I had a Menoth or Convergence force they’d be on these bases.

MSRP

  • 10 x 30mm, 6 x 40mm – $10
  • 2 x 50mm – $7
  • 120mm – $15

Happy Seppuku

A totally different approach: put greenstuff on your bases and then use one of their stamp to create your terrain effects. By far the cheapest way to get textured bases – just $5 plus the cost of the greenstuff to base your whole army.

Warcast Studios

Only three designs and not the most inspiring, slightly above average cost and low stock levels – check carefully before ordering.

MSRP

  • 5 x 30mm – $4.95
  • 3 x 40mm – $5.95
  • 2 x 50mm – $6.95

UK

Tiny Worlds

Tiny Worlds

Eight different styles, but two of those don’t have 120mm options. More of a fantasy vibe than sci-fi but some great options for lava (did I mention I’m a sucker for lava?) and ice. 50mm come up cheap compared to others as they come in packs of 4, and 40mm coming in packs of 6 to include a Unit Attachment is a nice bonus too.

MSRP

10 x 30mm; 6 x 40mm; 4 x 50mm – £5

Element Games

Wow, that’s a lot of options. 44 different styles. This seems to be UK reseller, but that means you can get a huge range already imported in some cases. That means that not all of the styles have the full range of sizes, with some of them lacking even 50mm bases. Check your favourite style to make sure they have the sizes you need. Again, prices vary by style and there isn’t much consistency on how many bases come as standard – you’re just going to have to look at this yourself, but this is the single largest reseller I’ve come across.

Model Display Products

Ugh. This web store needs organising. If you can get past the lack of categorisation of their bases, by type rather than size, they have some nice things: 18 different styles of 30mm bases but only 11 when you get to 120mm. Prices are a good benchmark to compare with others.

They do also do basically a wrecked jack that is pretty cool.

MSRP

  • 10 x 30mm; 5 x 40mm; 2 x 50mm GBP£5
  • 1 x 120 mm GBP£6.50-7

Kerr and King

These bases offer a lot more individual detail than a lot of other bases, and are pretty average in price, but with 30mm in packs of 6

MSRP

6 x 30mm; 3 x 40mm; 2 x 50mm – £4

Fenris Games

Huge range. Loads of sizes. Good value, especially above 30mm. Worth a look.

MSRP:

  • 10 x 30mm £5.50
  • 8 x 40mm £6.00
  • 6 x 50mm £6.00
  • 1 x 120mm £7.50

Black Cat Bases

Another company doing inserts that fit on top of bases. Some designs you won’t find from other companies. No 120mm though, and prices more comparable with all resin bases.

MSRP

10 x 30mm; 5 x 40mm; 3 x 50mm £8.00

Fat Spider

Some really good value bases – some of the cheapest I’ve seen.

MSRP

12 x 30mm, 4 x 40mm, 3 x 50mm, mixed pack (pictured): £3.50

Base X of War

Only one style and small pack sizes, but a unique style you won’t find elsewhere.

MSRP:

  • 4 x 30mm; 1 x 50mm £2.60
  • 1 x 40mm £1.80
  • 1 x 120mm £7.00

Antenocitis Workshop

Only one style, annoying packs of 4 40mm bases and a bit above the curve in price but another option.

Anvil Industries

Toppers for 30mm and 40mm base’s, with a suggestion to use a combination of their kits for larger bases. Currently only one design, but they look good.

MSRP

5 x 30mm, 5 x 40mm: £6.00

Mainland Europe

Micro Art Studio – Poland

Another huge range of bases – around 40 styles to choose from. The pictures are slightly confusing, as they show varying number of bases: 9 for 30mm, 6 for 40mm and 1-3 for 50mm, but they are all sold in 5s, 2s and individually for those sizes respectively.

Prices available is Zloty, Euros or US Dollars on their website.

MSRP:

5 x 30mm; 2 x 40mm; 1 x 50mm €4.92

1 x 120mm €17.22

Tabletop Art – Germany

Some great designs with a big range of styles. They give discounts on bulk orders, with a 10% off if you order 25 30mm (for example) and 20% off if you order 75.

MSRP

  • 5 x 30mm; 2 x 40mm; 1 x 50mm – €4.50
  • 20 x 30mm – €15.00
  • 120mm – €12.50

PK Pro – Germany

6 different styles in 30 – 50 mm with a few extra ones scattered in.

  • 10 x 30mm – €4
  • 4 x 40mm – €3.50
  • 4 x 50mm – €6.00

Scibor – Poland

Wow. Amazing bases. Go check them out even if you aren’t intending on buying any. Fantastic detail, and a lot more height than most bases. Expensive, but amazing. Maybe consider for a favourite caster or character jack/beast.

MSRP:

Prices vary by height, but range from:

  • 3 x 30mm – €5
  • 2 x 40mm – €7.50
  • 1 x 50mm – €7.50

Titan Forge

Some more unusual designs available, but round lipped bases aren’t clearly marked or listed separately which makes it hard to make sure you are getting what you want.

MSRP:

Taban miniatures – France

Some nice designs, but GW style and PP style bases aren’t listed separately. You need to look for “round edged” bases to get PP ones.

MSRP

  • 5 x 30mm – €4.94
  • 4 x 40mm – €7.00
  • 50mm – €4.94
  • 120mm – €17.20

Australia

Back 2 Base-ix – Australia

Sometimes simple is best. Some nice designs that aren’t too fussy, but no sign of 120mm bases.

10 x 30mm; 5 x 40mm; 3x 50mm AUD$7.95

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One thought on “Fantastic bases and where to find them

  1. Ed says:

    I’d also reccomend Solid Ground Studios in the UK. Not the most exotic designs, but well priced and consistly sized. They also do tufts and some terrain.

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