Not many things in the wargaming realm of Flames of War are so “for or against” as basing your tanks and vehicles. Either you love it, or you hate it. But why is that? Any gaming advantage you get for not basing you tanks is minimal, so it’s clearly more a question about aesthetics. (Scale modellers base stuff all the time so why do we wargamers have such a thing about it? Answers on a postacard to…. Martin)
I personally like good looking bases for my infantry and guns, so why not do the same for the tracked and wheeled units? Then I remembered that I recently have magnetized some of my Soviet gun teams, so it was possible to switch guns depending on what list I wanted to run, so why not do the same with vehicle bases. Then I can always change my mind and play without bases if that suits me better any given day.
The process is quite simple. You determine what size of base you want to put your tanks on, in my case I 3D printed some bases that fitted the size of the Puma’s I was planning to base. Then I decided where I wanted the magnets to be on the base and glued them down using super glue. To make sure the distance from underside of the tank to the magnet on the base wasn’t too big I added a piece of wood to raise them up.
With that done, the next steps are just like basing any other flames of war base. Paste, rocks and in this case some tire-tracks made using a home made jig.
When the the base is ready I cover it in a coat of thinned down PVA glue with a drop of dishwasher fluid to break the surface tension and make sure everything stays in place.
I painted the vehicle bases in a dark brown colour to simulate the wet and frozen ground encountered all over Northern europe in the winter and early spring of 1945.
And that’s it. No magic or masterclass tricks. just a simple paint job and you have a base that helps bring attention to the atmosphere and theme you want to show with your minis. I hope you liked this little piece on how to add a little extra to your game.