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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-04-09, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Default Counterweighting WFB 20mm Bases

I really want to counterweight, ie weight the base of, my Vampire Counts minis and am wondering what to use.

For my 40K stuff I found that a UK penny is the perfect size for a 25mm round base but sadly there's no coin that seems to fit the square 20mm bases.

Any recommendations? I've seen someone use fishing tackle weights which he crushes with pliers before gluing on the underside of the base.
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20 MM mosaic tiles are rather cheap, you could use those as bases instead, otherwise just bits of spare metal stuck under the base from your metal models

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I don't know how easy it is to get in the UK since you guys have reasonable laws regarding firearms, but I've always found birdshot makes for a great counterweight. If you can buy ammunition at sporting good type stores, there's a good chance they'll have birdshot in at least a 5 pound bag-- in the US, a lot of places stock birdshot for people who fill their own shotgun shells. All you really have to do to weight the base with the stuff is fill the bottom of the base with some super glue, and dip it in the bag of birdshot.

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You can use a small washer glued into the base. Also if the figure is not to top heavy you can make your own counter weights from plaster of paris.
Before you build onto you bases just make a small batch in a old plastic bowl and use a spoon to set the plaster into the base's smooth them over with anything flat. Let them dry and vwallah.

And if you can find it !!!!and do not have to worry about children!!! you can buy lead in small bar form. then just use snippers of a old knife to cut to shape and glue. Although use gloves etc etc "safety junk"
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Cheers chaps.

I did wonder about sticking some plaster/polyfilla in the base, I might give it a go tonight. Otherwise I could get some shot and glue it in there. Don't think we can buy firearm ammo here in the UK! Hurrah for our sensible gun laws

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Is you can't get bird shot, try air rifle ammo, either pellets or BB's. Pretty much the same thing as bird shot but smaller. They also work well in your paint pots to help mix up the paint when you shake it.

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You could just use milliput and press it into the base, it's an excellent weight and helps secure the model in the base.
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Is you can't get bird shot, try air rifle ammo, either pellets or BB's. Pretty much the same thing as bird shot but smaller. They also work well in your paint pots to help mix up the paint when you shake it.
WOW! I never though of that! lol....... The lead doesn't affect the paint at all? God I've three or four cups of the stuff sitting around I could easily pop one into each paint pot!

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I don't know how easy it is to get in the UK since you guys have reasonable laws regarding firearms, but I've always found birdshot makes for a great counterweight. If you can buy ammunition at sporting good type stores, there's a good chance they'll have birdshot in at least a 5 pound bag-- in the US, a lot of places stock birdshot for people who fill their own shotgun shells. All you really have to do to weight the base with the stuff is fill the bottom of the base with some super glue, and dip it in the bag of birdshot.
This is indeed the way to go. Its cheep, and you can easily adjust the amount of weight that you put in the base. I even weight down my plastics with this just to make them fell more substantial when you pick them up.

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WOW! I never though of that! lol....... The lead doesn't affect the paint at all? God I've three or four cups of the stuff sitting around I could easily pop one into each paint pot!
I've been putting them in pots for sereval months now and no ill effects so far.

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I'm surprised; you don't magnetise the bases? I find the rare earth magnets with a bit of greenstuff to work well enough. With, of course, the added bonus of weighting your model's base. A bit pricier than a penny a model though...

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