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Making slots in bases help
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:19:46 AM »
I got some models that requires them to be slotted into a base, but the bases lack that slot cut into them. Normally I would just drill, cut, and hack the slot in but that takes more time than it's worth and I'm not up to doing it again for 5 more large based models. So I'm curious if there's anyone here that has any good tips, or knows a good way to make them.
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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 10:34:16 PM »
Might be easier to just try and get bases with slots... What size and shape are they? I have a big bag of bases, I might be able to help.

Actually I rebased some old metal Terminators on 40mm rounds recently, and was able to cut slots with a knife by taking it slowly and going over the cut line many times.

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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017, 02:07:24 AM »
There's also always the option of just clipping off the part that slots in and either gluing straight to the base or pinning in (depending on the size and shape of the model). That's what I did for my saurus guard (plastic designed to go into slotted bases) going onto scenic resin bases.

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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017, 07:23:14 AM »
Might be easier to just try and get bases with slots... What size and shape are they? I have a big bag of bases, I might be able to help.

Actually I rebased some old metal Terminators on 40mm rounds recently, and was able to cut slots with a knife by taking it slowly and going over the cut line many times.
It's a 50mm base for Heavy beast/ Jacks and cavalry for Warmachine/hordes. They're fairly thick, so cutting into them is a chore.

There's also always the option of just clipping off the part that slots in and either gluing straight to the base or pinning in (depending on the size and shape of the model). That's what I did for my saurus guard (plastic designed to go into slotted bases) going onto scenic resin bases.
That won't work since at best most of the models are balanced on a leg with three in the air and riders on back. And they're all metal.
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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017, 07:11:31 PM »
It's a 50mm base for Heavy beast/ Jacks and cavalry for Warmachine/hordes. They're fairly thick, so cutting into them is a chore.


Ok, don't think I can help with 50mm.

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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2017, 02:48:20 AM »
Would a dremel tool be useful in making an insert?
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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2017, 03:12:52 AM »
Would a dremel tool be useful in making an insert?

You have to be a bit careful using a Dremel on plastic bits because it can get hot enough (from friction) that it starts melting the plastic instead of cutting it. But it could help.

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Re: Making slots in bases help
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2017, 02:36:21 AM »
You could maybe bring this stuff by the Hobby Table (aka the Table of Judgement) next Monday. One of the specialists there can probably help you with figuring out the best option.
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