Monday, 1 August 2011

How I base my figures

I thought I'd start the new blog with a post about how I do the bases on my figures.  To achieve a uniformity of size I ordinarily use 2p pieces for my 28mm figures, and have just started using 1p pieces for my 15mms. It seems strange (to me anyway!) but I've not found any washers or similar that I can use that are cheaper!

Anyway, gluing the mini's to the coins leaves an unsightly - to me - 'lip' so, many moons ago, I started using DAS modelling clay to hide this. Originally I could only find it in my FLGS but recently, since the FLGS changed hands, I found that you can get it in Rymans the stationers.
DAS modelling clay
So, here is what I do; glue the figures to the coin:
15mm Plastic Soldier Co Russian and QRF Russian

Then I take a piece of the clay and press it down onto the coin to hide the lip and smooth it out using a knife:

As you can see in the above pic, overlapping the edge of the coin is not a problem at this stage - in fact you should slightly overlap it. That way, when the clay has dried (the time it takes can vary depending on the ambient temperature - on a hot day it can be as little as an hour, but I ordinarily leave it overnight) run a knife around the edge of the coin to clean up the edge:

At this point the figure is ready for undercoating ... with these 15's I've been cleaning the flash - and mouldlines for the plastics - at this stage.  I do the process in a 'mass-production' assembly line fashion:

I've also been using the clay to fill in the bottom of slotta-based figures for several years:

I find that this extra weight in the base gives the figure an added stability, as well as making it easier to stick magnetic sheet to the bottom. The figure in the above pic has also had the clay spread on top of the slotta-base to hide the slot and give a bit of texture.


  1. Those come up very nicely, and the DAS looks a lot easier to use that some of the polly fillers I have been trying.

    I have never seen the white DAS in Australia though - but I probably haven't looked in the right stores

  2. Shelldrake - I didn't even know there was white DAS until I bought it from Rymans stationers. I guess check any store with a 'craft' section.

    Just had a great idea and checked Amazon - you can get if rom there, but I didn't know there was no! But is is on

  3. Ooo might give this a try nice one. been umm/ahhing what to do with my own.

  4. Good Work Colin, I used a similar technique when I've got a lot of bases to "fill"... :)
    Btw, for many many (many) years, in Italy you would have found only the white DAS, only since 1997 I started to find the terracotta version in shops... ;)

  5. Thanks for the link :-D

    I will try using some of my terracotta DAS that I have in the fridge first and then get some white DAS.

  6. I use to use terracotta DAS with the same method as white. I use white now as that's the only one they had in Rymans - they both behave the same