Cheap lead bases for 15mm minis

So I’m cheap. If you don’t know this, well I am. Most of my clothes come from the thrift store. Not that being a Linux SysAdmin is a bad gig or anything, I just like to save money. And NO I am NOT a hipster.

So I have been playing around with 15mm miniatures lately.
I usually work with 25mm minis. I have mostly used the plastic Reaper Bones figures ( I’m cheap, right?). I have heard and read much about how people love their lead figures ( some of whom would Never by plastic).
The other week I picked up some 15mm lead figures off the internet. I opted to get a group of female warriors. I find that female table top gamers prefer to play with minis which are also female. Imagine that!  So I like these little gals, they are fun to paint, easy to clean and will work nicely with some game boards I am building.

Ok then, to the point (and the pictures). I noticed that these little minis had really LITTLE bases.

Base of 15mm mini

Base of 15mm mini

I’m sure the sculpter intended for gamers to base them themselves.

Thing is, bases are expensive. I put most of my 25mm minis on coins. A penny per base is right up my budge alley. So seeing that a US penny is way to big for 15mm bases I had a delima to deal with. I had seen some lead bases for sale online, but they really weren’t what I was looking for.  I was rally contemplating melting lead and forming my own lead bases. I looked into it and while easy, seemed more work than I wanted to get into. So while looking for cheap lead I ran into my best solution.

 

Fishing line sinkers

Fishing line sinkers

The most common source for lead that I could think of was from lead weight sinkers for fishing.

 

For or one to two US dollars you can have enough lead to base at least 40 15mm minis. That is what K-Dog calls a score. What’s even better is that I didn’t have to invest in a lead melting pot/kit. Using round “split shot” fishing sinkers, scissors and some common pliers I was able to make Super Cheap bases.

Heres how:

I decided to buy some mid-size sinkers, for reference here is a standard 25mm Reaper Bones mini with some sinkers.

Bones and sinkers

25mm Reaper Bones and sinkers

 

Simply cut the sinker in half with some scissors

Cut the sinker

Cut the sinker

Sinkers cut

Sinkers cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then squish with the pliers.

Squish 1

Squish 1

Squish 2

Squish 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can make them as thin as you want. I usually end up with bases which are about 7mm by 7mm.

 

 

 

Base size reference

Base size reference

I like to make mine slope up towards the front, that way the mini is kinda looking more upwards. I don’t really like looking at the top of the head of minis, since I have taken time to paint the face.

15mm warrior and base

15mm warrior and base

 

I then use Krazy Glue to attach the mini to the base. Add some sand and you are done.

 

Add the Kragl

Add the Kragl

Enjoy your new cheapskate bases!

 

Bases

Bases

K-Dog

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