Acrylic bases for miniatures - how to use them?

Acrylic bases for miniatures - how to use them?

There are many types of different bases for miniatures used in wargames. Whether you’re playing Games Workshop’s Warhammer, Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40k, or any other system, you can use a variety of them - in the end, it’s up to you. That’s why it’s good to remember that the acrylic ones are among the most specific.

What are acrylic bases and why are they used for miniatures?

As shown in our modeling and basing products at Kromlech, acrylic bases can take many shapes and sizes. Usually, these are clear bases - using them allows overlapping the bases’ preparation stage. They’re transparent, so they’ll fit any environment you’ll play in.  

The different types of acrylic bases

Most commonly - despite the variety of sizes or shapes - acrylic bases will be clear. Nonetheless, sometimes they may come in color. If you look at, for example, battle rulers in the gaming accessories section, you’ll see different types of stuff made from acrylic plastic. The one thing linking all of these is that they’re all transparent.

How to glue an acrylic base to a miniature?

Acrylic bases - contrary to other types - look good on the battlefield without the need for painting or modeling

Gluing an acrylic base to a miniature isn’t different from gluing standard plastic one or HDF one. You’ll need some glue to do this. One crucial thing to remember is that it’s better not to put too much glue on the miniature because (as clear acrylic bases aren’t destined to be painted, what usually could cover such errors) - it might be visible on the finished model, and - in effect - ruin the whole immersion.

How to paint an acrylic base?

The one thing you probably shouldn’t do with an acrylic base is trying to paint it. That isn’t the best idea, considering that this base was designed to create something that won’t require work to prepare it for the game - painting included.

The benefits of using acrylic bases for miniatures

The benefits of using acrylic bases for your miniatures are easy to decipher, and you probably figured them out already.

The one significant benefit is that acrylic bases fit any battlefield thanks to their transparent feature. No matter if it’ll be a desert or a jungle, your miniatures will always look like they’re among suitable scenery.

What’s more, deciding on acrylic bases will help you save a lot of time. All you have to do is to work out how to incorporate them into your modeling activity. Even though they’re pretty much like any other bases, a different approach might be necessary to avoid making the base dirty or covered with visible amounts of glue.

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