Anyone who’s been into our hobby for a short while has become familiar with the fact that basing a model can make or break its look. The base of a model solidifies the theme of an army, it tells a story and helps break the monotony of the standard 3 pose rank and file models.

It’s also a great way to set your characters apart from the rank and file troops. Now there are hundreds of different ways to base a model, from gravel and static grass to polymer clay sculpted stone and foam. I’m here today to speak of another option - that of course is resin war gaming bases.

Resin Bases

Resin bases have been around for quite a while, and continue to increase in popularity. To date there are over 30 manufacturers of bases, a number which grows daily.

They come in all shapes and sizes, square, round, flat, scenic, rank and file, and display. They also come in an amazing range of themes, from army specific one off display style pieces. 

There is no shortage of choice and I would dare say that you would be hard pressed to not be able to find pre fabricated bases that would fit your army’s theme. 

Resin bases are usually very highly detailed and can give your army that extra “umph” that it may be missing.

Resin Bases Are Expensive

Having said that, let’s talk about some of the challenges that come with resin bases. 

First and foremost is price. Basing your entire army in highly detailed bases does not come cheap. 

Depending on your theme, you can pay upwards of $30.00 (US prices) for a single base. 

Most of the standard flat base systems come in multi base packs, but I caution you to look at the package count before thinking, “Ace is crazy, this is cheap!”.

Painting Resin Bases

Painting is yet another challenge. 

These bases are highly detailed and if you are going to invest in procuring them, I suggest you give them at least as much love as you did the miniature you're going to place on them. 

Going EZ Mode on your bases will show, especially on these beauties. 

There is also the chance you’re going to need to give some attention to basing materials as well. 

This isn’t as big an issue on tile design style resin bases, but there is a chance you will need to give some thought to gravel or grass on your wilderness style bases.

Resin Bases and Movement Trays

This challenge is more for you square base people than the round basers out there.

Movement trays are typically an afterthought of resin base makers.

There are some that offer them, but most of them do not so you'll have to make your own, and give it your best shot at making them match. 

Alternatively you can paint them black so they don’t take away from the aesthetic the bases are providing.

Preparing Resin Bases

Lastly, I’ll throw these tidbits out there, because anyone who has worked with resin knows the drill. 

Wash your parts, resin molds are typically sprayed with release compound so they will come out of the mold easily, leaving the compound on your base.

Wash ‘em off with soapy water. 

Miscasts, though not as prevalent due to most being one piece molds, are still out there, so you might have to deal with the occasional mould line, vent flash, or filled in detail, be aware and file, cut or drill as necessary.

Storing Resin Mounted Miniatures

I would like to talk about something that is very situational, but may apply here.

Not a Pro or Con per se, but just some things to make you go “hmmmm”. How do you store your miniatures? 

Are you a pre-cut foam person, a tackle box person, or a tool box person? Keep in mind your storage situation when shopping for bases.

Magnetizing Your Resin Bases

Finally, let’s talk a little about magnets. 

If you magnetize your bases, you will have to drill into your bases deep enough for the magnet to sit flush to the surface. 

This will take a bit of practice and if you aren’t careful, you’ll drill right through your base. 

Take it slow and drill a little bit at a time until you can safely mark your drill bit with a depth gauge.


Resin bases are a great alternative to modeling your own bases, they come in a great variety; square, round, flat and scenic. 

You can really get specificity with your bases. 

With that specificity comes cost, with the extraordinary detail comes more paint work, and as with all resin products, they will require some prep work. 

Please also consider some of the other variables as well, like storage, and magnetizing.

From this story, go out and check out on what some of the folks are creating for the community, it truly is some creative work.


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