To Base, or not to Base?
This is pretty much the ‘Marmite’ topic amongst Gaslands fans – you either like the idea or don’t, and it’s usually linked to the argument of gluing the wheels or not. Personally, I don’t mind either way and can see the attraction of both. On the one hand, basing the vehicle (or gluing the wheels) means that it doesn’t accidentally move about during play, and is pretty much a necessity if/when the ramps/jumping rules come out. Then again, our inner child wants the wheels to run free as we hoon around the table during setup making ‘vroom-vroom’ noises whilst pulling off handbrake turns to the sound of screeching tyres…
What I opted for was to make bases for my vehicles but to not permanently attach them, instead I keep them held in place with a small tab of BluTak (poster putty). This way I know the vehicles won’t unnecessarily move around during play (even on ramps) but I can still act like a TWOCing hooligan with the rest of the players as we set the table up!
My particular bases (like most of my stuff) are 3D printed. I took the inset roadway piece from this Thingiverse file (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:976139) “Cobblestone Road Base for models” by Prognosis and scaled it up to 60mm x 30mm x 2mm. This is large enough so that the templates can be easily used, but not so large as to detract from the vehicle. The beauty of them being 3D printable is that I can resize them at will to match any size vehicle. You could use pieces of plasticard or thin MDF if you don’t have access to a 3D printer and add some texture using wall filler (like ‘driving’ the car through it to leave tyre tracks), or just sponge on random patterns to simulate a texture.
These ones were printed on my Cetus-3D in PLA at a 0.2mm layer height using a 13% infill. The cars are for scale purposes – a Hot Wheels vehicle bracketed by a pair of unpainted Devil’s Run vehicles.
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.