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#37046
WUBS - Washer Universal Basing System 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Just a note for the masses. I got tired of basing and rebasing my figs (I have a lot - in all eras, FANtasy, ANCient, Pike & Musket, NAPoleonic, ACW, COLonial, WW1, WW2, MODern and SF) for new rules systems. I also wanted to be able to use my figs in fantasy dungeon crawls. It finally dawned on my dense grey matter that a base roughtly the size of the figure would be usable for anything - if it was a magnet, or of magnetic steel (WARNING- many kinds of stainless steel are nonmagnetic).

So I experimented and found that exactly the right size of CHEAP washers existed for 25/28mm, 15mm, 10mm and 6mm scales. Much as I would love to convert almost entirely to 6mm for wargames, I have too darn many 15mm to do so

Sooo...the Washer Universal Basing System (WUBS) is born. I buy the washers from a local (not national chain - personal preference) hardware store, and because I order in large quantities, and tell them to just get the washers in when it's convenient, I get a 40% discount off retail.

Advantages:

--Cheap. Its about 2-3 cents per fig for 25mm, less for 15mm and 10mm. I havent figured 6mm yet.
--Stabilizes the figs (those washers are heavy compared to total figure weight, and down at the bottom!)
--I can now use strong magnets on a painting stick to mount the figs to paint and not have to glue them. I can rotate them as I paint too instead of contorting the sdtick (and my wrist) or moving the vise all the time. This saves a lot of time and works much better than either picking the figs up or using the old white-glue-on-popsicle-stick method.
--By using sheet or strip magents, I can make any size/kind of base, in any system, and just stick the figs on. They stay just fine for wargames use.
.....AND I can remove casualties as they happen. No more casualty rings or markers (or at least fewer - actually, now that there are never more than one fig's worth of hits to mark, I've gone to the tiny, ??5mm?? dice as counters)
--My storage space is not taken up with empty base space - I increased the storage space in my 440 drawers of troop "barracks" by a bit over 30%, a huge savings in space and (eventually) avoiding purchaser of more storage units.
--I can use all my figs for dungeon crawls, instead of just for "X" game system
--I can store my figs for transport much more easily - just use a pair strong magnetic strip in a box for each line of figs (this works better than a single line, even if the WUBS base is smaller than the strip)
--It's fast. Glueing a pile 'o figs to basis is an assembly line: Lay out the washers / touch the fig base to small lake of epoxy / stick down to washer** // let dry. I did 140 x 15mm figs for a GASLIGHT campaign in about 20 minutes, including setup and cleanup.
**Theres a caution here, email me if you want to do this.
--Did I say it stabilizes the figs? LotR figs (I just picked up 1000 in a fire sale) tend to fall over too easily. Not when put on WUBS 25mm washers!


Disadvantages: Apart from having to remove and rebase about 6,000 Napoleonic 15mm figs, 3000 Fantasies.....etc....I haven't found any.

WUBS-mounted figs will go anywhere (as in DF layouts) that the non-WUBS mounted figure will.

Hope this helps someone. If anyone wants washer sizes, part numbers or has questions, feel free.
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#37047
WUBS - Washer Universal Basing System 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
heheheh, When I first saw the title of this thread I thoguht it was another spam ad and we were going to get flooded with ads for random stuff again, but after re-reading it it clicked.

Yeah bases can be a *Beep*, but I guess I'm lucky as i tend to only buy figures prebased, and those that i recenelty got that weren't prebased since I only really use 1 game system and finally got a bunch I like for pretty cheap as well i'm set. Also 25mm round
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#37048
WUBS - Washer Universal Basing System 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
heheheh, When I first saw the title of this thread I thoguht it was another spam ad and we were going to get flooded with ads for random stuff again, but after re-reading it it clicked.

Yeah bases can be a *Beep*, but I guess I'm lucky as i tend to only buy figures prebased, and those that i recenelty got that weren't prebased since I only really use 1 game system and finally got a bunch I like for pretty cheap as well i'm set. Also 25mm round

Genghis - Is your game system an RPG ? Which sys do you use?
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#37049
WUBS - Washer Universal Basing System 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Mainly d20 system (d20 Modern, star Wars RPG, D&D), and the skirmish games tied to them SWM and to a much lesser degree DDM, don't skirmish the DDM but own a lot, and have converted based some pther minis for it and SW.
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#37050
WUBS - Washer Universal Basing System 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Ge3nghis- I've been out of roleplaying for awhile - got stationed well away from anything when promoted in 2000, and then the war hit - then I was in law school - so its been most of nine years. Could you assign meaning to the alphabet soup _ din't know what most of them mean!

thanks
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#37051
WUBS - Washer Universal Basing System 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Most are from the d20 System the previous major update to Dungeons and Dragons by Wizards of the Coast (WotC).
Most actions are resolved using a single 20 sided Dice (d20) roll with modifers to determin success or failure versus a determined set check number. Instead of rolling a six sided dice (d6) or multiple d6's, or d10's etc.

d20 Modern is a rules set for Modern style games.
Star Wars RPG is well based on the Star Wars movies etc.
D&D is Dungeons & Dragons, the link is to the 4th edition of the game, which I don't play, I still prefer the last rule set.

SWM and DDM are the miniatures games (skirmish level) for the two settings respectivly SWM= Star Wars miniatures, and DDM = D&D Minis. The DDM line has been getting overhauled to be less of an "official" skirmish game and be more geared to use in placement of combatants in the D&D RPG, but there is a group , the Guild that WotC has allowed to make the Skirimsh Stats for the newer figures.
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