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  • #40889
    Darryl SmithDarryl Smith
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    I am looking for suggestions to mount some 1/3000 scale ships for the Battle of Lemnos (Balkan War – 1913) and am curious to what folks are using for basing their ships.  Looking for companies that make bases, how you might have finished your bases, pics of finished bases, etc., etc.  The largest ship for this battle is less than 2″ long so wanting something that will fit the ship with a bit of cushion all around to protect the miniature, and perhaps leave a bit of room for a national flag on the base or a ship name.

    A short post on my blog about this project might give more info…but not much!  🙂

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    #40895
    AltiusAltius
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    Lately, I’m using Litko laser-cut wooden bases quite a bit, and sometimes Renedra plastic bases. I used to simply cut my bases from sheets of matte board but the Litko bases are so much nicer and worth the extra cost.

    I don’t do a lot of ships, but here are some photos of some triremes I painted.

    https://studiovalidus.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/the-punic-war-at-sea/

    As you can see from the photos, I made some bases for them with matte board. I wanted to give the bases some interesting three-dimensional “texture” so I used a thickening gel (from an art supply store) to create the chop and wakes.

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    #40898
    SchlesienSchlesien
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    I just use thin strips of bass wood cut to fit.  I used to use put cut blue water sheet on top (in photo link below), but I now just put gloss gel medium.  I then print out labels and glue them to the sides of the base on both sides.

    Example: Photo of 1:3000 ship on base

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    #40908
    Northern MonkeyNorthern Monkey
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    to save money I use artists mounting card with milliput on top, cheap, easy and durable, a few pics of the ones I did for my 1/1200th naval stuff here:

    http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/napoleonic-naval-11200th-part-1-british.html

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #40931
    Darryl SmithDarryl Smith
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    Some good ideas there…I like the thick bases for the name display, but they also probably would stick up rather tall over the gaming mat.

    Are there clear bases out there that one could use? Would save me painting and texturing the bases, and allow the pretty gaming mat to show through.

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    #40935
    Gaz045
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    I have used plasticard, usually a pretty thin one, I have also got some blue coloured ‘industrial’ nylon plastic that I have used……..and just painted on the wake etc……

     

    I would investigate the clear plastic or ‘acetate’ that is available for model railway buildings windows and dolls houses…..one sheet should ‘fix’ a lot of ships!

    There was a recent ‘press release’ for clear bases……but can’t recall where I saw it!

     

    srs

     

     

     

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    #40971
    willzwillz
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    I used to use thin 3ply wood, now I have progressed to laser cut bases from “War Bases” or “Colonel Bills”.  like Northern Monkey I do use artist grey board, it about £2 for a sheet some 2 x 3 foot.  Mainly I use that for WW2 basing but it can warp if you use the wrong basing material.  Like I said I mainly use laser cut MDF bases they don’t warp.

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