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Basius started life as a set of 6 inch
round 'base shaped' basing pads.  Because of its ultra detailed sculpting
and ease of use it quickly became Kickstarter's most popular Stamp System for bases, scenery & other creative works...
Basius started life as a set of 6 inch round 'base shaped' basing pads.  Because of its ultra detailed sculpting and ease of use it quickly became Kickstarter's most popular Stamp System for bases, scenery & other creative works...
287 backers pledged £23,594 to help bring this project to life.

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'Stamp & Create' incredibly varied detailed textured bases easily - for ANY & EVERY miniature wargame figure base shape & size.

Bake Your Own Basius - Basing Pads for Wargames Miniatures

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STRETCH GOALS!!

Take a look at all the Basing Pads & nice things you brilliant guys and girls have unlocked: EVERYTHING!!!!!

FREEBIES!!

You have unlocked the Freebie Wargear / Weapon Stretch Goals - Hooray!

1 Free Sprue will be given to every pledger of 2 Basing Pads

2 Free Sprues will be given to every pledger of 4 or 5 Basing Pads

4 will be given to pledgers of 10 Basing Pads.

These bits will look GREAT in the hands of your miniatures (or on their belts / backpacks or saddlebags) or just pressed into your greenstuffed bases! They are scaled to fit 28mm heroic scale figures. The Sprues are not set yet, but currently they include: Sci-Fi: Large, Medium and Small Bullets Large, Medium and Small Shells Grenade TNT Beer Bottle & Fizzy Drinks Can Fantasy: Egg* Diamond* Potion Broken Egg* Gem* Bottle Socketed Gem* Skull & Small money Pouch (Items marked * will be 3 different sizes, not 3 the same)

Basius - The Basing Pad Range

This Kickstarter's objective is to enable the creation of an amazing collection of 7 inch diameter (that's 18cm!!) circular textured Basing Pads - designed to allow gamers of every modelling skill level to easily create professionally sculpted bases that are exactly tailored to meet their individual specific gaming & display needs, using any size, shape and brand of plastic base that they wish.

Our Basing Pads have outstanding negative (sunken) detailing - Press any plain plastic miniature base that's covered with fresh putty into the Basing Pad to produce fantastic positive (normal looking) detailing on it.

Below is a photo showing a prototype Basing Pad with lotsa blank bases on it to better show the scale and size of the Pads - NOTE: The plain black plastic bases in the photo do not come from games companies that are currently trading, but they are the same sizes as bases from those companies (20mm & 25mm square, 25mm x 50mm rectangular, 25mm & 40mm round, along with 30mm, 40mm & 50mm DS bases). As you can see - you can get A LOT of different base locations on each pad without even having any partial duplication... Basing Pads are perfect for army collections!!

Q: How do I use the Basing Pads?

Using these basing pads could not be simpler*:  Apply sculpting putty (products such as 'Brown Stuff' or 'Green Stuff') to your plastic base.  Wet the top of the puttied area, then with your thumb & fingers holding onto the plastic base press it onto any part of the Basing Pad's detailed area.  Remove it, trim any overhanging putty with a knife or similar if you like and leave the base to dry.

* Well, actually it could be a little simpler, but a portable, fuel efficient, automatic base making robot (that can also roll & mix green stuff) has yet to be invented....

Q:So what's in this Kickstarter project?

This project was to fund the creation of 5 different Basing Pads:

Our base goal of £1500 WAS SMASHED in just 3 days!  So now we are able to expand our range of Basing Pad terrain types, unlocking further designs from our existing range of resin bases, as well as creating totally new ones!

Any of the Basing Pad designs that are unlocked and made available at the end of the Kickstarter may be selected by all pledgers that have selected Basing Pad pledges.

Pledgers will be contacted at the end of the Kickstarter to confirm which of the Basing Pads they want - so there's no need to finalise your selection before you make your pledge - during the Kickstarter you just need to pledge for the number of Basing Pads you want in total.

In this Kickstarter we will be able to offer a terrific discount:  Starting at savings of 29% and rising up to more than 40%, of the MSRP of £25.00 including free UK postage or subsidised International shipping for every pledger!

PLEASE READ the Pledge level information that's towards the bottom of this page before clicking on one in the right hand side column - Thanks!

The Pad Terrain Types:

The Mountain Range Basing Pad offers gamers some seriously craggy basing options, perfect for rugged troop types and scout figures. As detailing is specifically sculpted to be realistic there are relatively few horizontal surfaces - just like real mountain ranges!

It's perfect for use in any natural environment basing, such as grasslands, deserts, waste lands, ice fields and of course, mountain regions.

The Ruined Homestead Basing Pad provides fantasy, historical and modern day gamers with a wonderfully alternative setting for their regimented or skirmished figure collection; that of a village razed to the ground by warfare, natural disaster or possibly magical celestial disaster!

Damaged wooden flooring, smashed stone walls, upturned soil & debris all combine to make a unique environment that will enhance any gang, regiment or army in their tabletop confrontation.

The Kingswood Forest Basing Pad makes an absolutely brilliant backdrop for many different figure ranges and scenario settings; be they modern, historical, fantasy or science fictiony in nature, and can be used in conjunction with any other Basing Pad to provide some really unique results!

The high level of sculpting detail found on this pad includes leaves and branches from many different tree types found in Western Europe, USA & the UK, along with a shallow pool (ready for 'water effect' or PVA to be poured into it) & abandoned camp fire!

The ancient paving in the Ruined Imperial Highway Basing pad has experienced aeons of use, earthquakes & upheaval. It has clearly seen better days, yet it still provides a fantastic route for your figures to travel upon.

Each paving stone section has been crafted to form a mini canvas, so that it’s paintable as mosaic flooring (should you feel brave with a brush!), However, they also look absolutely brilliant with a simple spray, drybrush & wash.

The Wooden Decking Basing Pad has been designed to be great for shed loads of settings and environments for your figure collections.  From Tavern Rooms to Great Halls, and from Man ’o’ War poopdecks to Haunted Castle Corridors!

Sections of overly deep joints, lifted boards and gaps between planks provide real (ahem) depth to this pad and make for painting perfection. We've intentionally not put nail holes into the flooring as pre-KS questionnaire responses suggest that while some people want 2 nails in each plank, some say 1 nail and others beg us for no nails as they either don't want nails or they like to do their own in different places for each plank - so we've left the nail holes out of this Base Pad... it's easy to add your own if you want them - just press into your 'green stuffed' base with a toothpick.

The Rolling Plains Basing Pad is the first stretch goal to be unlocked.  This pad includes detailing of low-level, shallow rock outcrops with a little loose stone.This will be a big boon to almost every army basing project, as it mixes well with many other Basing Pads, and the low-level rocks make mounting large cumbersome figures and multi-figure sets (like heavy weapon teams) easy.

The Forest of Deep Shadow Basing Pad is a perfect counterpoint to the Kingswood Forest Basing Pad - This is less about leaves, shallow pools & campfires and much more about creeping ivy, moss, rotting branches and twisted tree roots... dark stuff... for dark forest dweller bases.

The Dice of Destiny Basing Pad is crafted with the dice erupting from the ground… From a timeless legend where the Gods play games with mortals, and destiny lies in the hands of those who wield the dice…

All the dice featured on this pad have been custom cast from an excellent international manufacturer & were commissioned especially for this sculpt.

Our Balls of Steel Basing Pad is absolutely brilliant for demonstrating the courage and bravado of your leader characters:  Arrogant heroes who never flinch from the enemy - not even from incoming cannonball ordnance!

The pad provides several cannonball impacts of various sizes, plus 3 craters created by other exploded ordinance...Putting your unit leaders or knights stood astride cannonballs adds some excellent character to them!

The Extra-Terrestrialistic Crafted World Basing Pad can be used to produce a huge array of different looking bases, that can either be set flat or at various angles. The thorn vine engraved sculpting and the central crystal provide sophisticated 'other-worldly' features that you won't find on our more earth-bound pads.

The design is a fusion of Ancient Egyptian & Cyber-Celtic with a hint of Mythical Elvishness.

Our NEOS Lobby Basing Pad provides science fiction and modern day gamers with a wealth of expended bullet casings, discarded empty automatic weapons, feature items - including a pair of the coolest sunglasses ever, along with plenty of ruined lobby tiling, a destroyed column & rubble.

We're guessing that something BIG went down in this lobby... 

Plaguelands - A home for the wretched, the despised and the outcast: This realm offers no sustenance to the needy, but plenty of dangers to the unwary. 

With its decayed metal pontoon, sunken chains and the flesh-like land masses this Basing Pad makes a fantastic setting for any swamp region or rotted foreboding environment. It is literally bloated with all manner of pestilence and truly looks alive - perhaps it even is...

The Shattered Sanctuary Basing Pad produces some beautiful flooring for your Holy Order warriors, be they chivalrous medieval knights or nuns with guns! The detailing includes shattered mosaic flooring, collapsed stone wall elements, a working sundial and a artisan's fallen column.

Our Desert Island Basing Pad provides a wealth of basing options for any gamer who needs coastal or desert textured basing for their collection. The Pad includes detailing of sand dunes, rocky outcrops, driftwood / petrified wood (depending on how you paint it), a broken column, crashing waves and a giant scorpion (although some of our pad-test group like to call him a mutated lobster!)

Trench Warfare basing has always been difficult to make look realistic - with our No Man's Land Basing Pad the various grades of 'wetnesses' or 'splodgyness' of the different mud areas, combined with the bombed areas, deep tank track ruts, fallen blasted tree, discarded weaponry and spent ammunition, provide the perfect solution.

Treasure Room! You’ve found it! After long days of dungeon exploration you stumble across your goal – now is the time to fill your pockets, your sacks and your chests with the discovered hoard!

Our Treasure Room Basing Pad includes detailing of 1000s of coins (literally), along with beautiful jewels, uncut diamonds straight from the rock, purses, a fine necklace with matching bracelets, a tiny dragon egg and other surprises!

Welcome to Silverfalls: An outpost town on the borderlands of the ash wastes. We welcome Journeymen of all creeds, as long as they keep their weapons checked and their credit good...

Our Silverfalls Junction Basing Pad offers some beautiful Trading Post basing options that are suitable for gamers who like to dwell in Historic ‘Wild West’ America, Steampunkesque or Fireflyesque realms.

The environment provided by our Bioship Basing Pad lies deep within the internal workings of a gargantuan void-sailing alien behemoth. The living alien construct details breathing muscle plates bound by sinuous fibres, which are supported by multiple intercostal rib-ridges.

The pad shows evidence of combat damage - with a whole section of the pad’s muscle & rib sections either blown apart, torn or ruptured (check out the exposed ribs near the center of the base!). This Basing Pad truly puts your figures in a whole other world that you have not seen anywhere else! Not your normal type of textured surfacing!!

Our Urban Warzone Basing Pad provides sci-fi and modern day gamers with a perfect urban setting for their figures – Battle damaged wooden flooring, ruined brick walls, tank tracks, smashed piping, fallen roofing, ash, grit & debris all combine to make a devastated environment that would complement many tabletop gaming surfaces.

Wrecked mechas and broken factory machinery set the stage for this Basing Pad. The pad is riddled with used ordinance and small arms fire, along with broken stone, earth and fallen ash.

The huge variety of the scenic features & the height (or depth) of some of the cog elements allows for some fantastically dramatic basing options.

Beneath the surface of the Great Comunicomix lie fields and fields of databanks, processing generators and cooling complexes. Only honoured techno-mechs are normally permitted to enter the hallowed Datafields – in order to maintain their ancient knowledge stores.

The Datafields Basing pad includes a seriously insane amount of detailing of all manner of circuit & electrical workings – all laid over a gently undulating - living surface.

The ‘Betty’ is a Local-System ‘Orbital-Runner’ Class vessel, which has seen many decades of service. The varied flooring options provided by this Basing Pad are testament to the fact that her captain has kept her serviceable, even though it’s clear that several different dockyards have carried out various repairs to her over the years. 

Modern Urbanisation! Baker Street had been overlaid by the Local Council with SMA (that's tarmac to you & me) and the pavement has been flagged. That well known utilities company WGB have also located two different service boxes within the footway.

As with all of the Baker Street series of Basing Pads – In order to provide the maximum benefit to gamers and model basers, half of the textures are unspoiled, clean and well maintained and half are war-torn, damaged and overgrown remnants.

Brunel & his boys have changed the English landscape forever – Gone are the slow-paced days of yesteryear, now is the time for progress!

As with all of the Baker Street series of Basing Pads – In order to provide the maximum benefit to gamers and model basers, half of the textures are unspoiled, clean and well maintained and half are war-torn, damaged and overgrown remnants.

The Future is HEX... Baker Street has again undergone rejuvenation. In this era Hex Plates are the common form of structured paving. Utilities have been diverted to run within the kerb-edge buffers and drainage has been graded to lie in the centre of the carriageway.

As with all of the Baker Street series of Basing Pads – In order to provide the maximum benefit to gamers and model basers, half of the textures are unspoiled, clean and well maintained and half are war-torn, damaged and overgrown remnants.

Deep within the abandoned fortress domain of the most honoured & ancient line of Dwarven Kings lies the fabled Dwarven Hold. This textured Basing Pad has been specifically designed to allow progressive patterning on regiment & war machine sized bases and also on miniature bases that will form a larger design when placed side by side.

“No sign of the xenomorph... The area is secure....”

Like its counterpart – the Sulaco Ascendant Basing Pad offers gamers and model makers multiple basing options – The various metal grid plates have been laid out specifically to provide areas of changing floor types and areas of continuous floor types – This allows bases to overlap plates in many different ways. The name Sulaco is derived from a mining town that appears in an excellent novel.

“Lets Rock!!...”

The Sulaco Aftermath Basing Pad is set in the same location on board the ‘Sulaco Ascendant’, and like its counterpart Pad, it offers gamers and model makers multiple basing options – The various fallen elements and ruined cables provide many areas of interest for figure basing, and the spent and discarded ammunition look great on bases.

Q:Why is using these Basing Pads better than using solid scenic bases for my figures?

Heres some more examples of what can be achieved...

Q:The Basing Pads look like giant figure bases! What magical substance are they made from - Gold? Unobtainium? Freeze-dried Unicorn Tears?

No. Almost, but not quite.  The Basing Pads are made from 15mm thick, durable, high quality specialist white resin (developed by an excellent UK manufacturer and selected especially for this project) - and made without the use of fillers.  Each pad has a round negatively detailed textured area that is roughly 150mm (6 inches) in diameter. 

They have 6 sturdy rubberised feet on the underside to ensure that the pads do not slip whilst you use them, these feet also allow you to stack multiple Basing Pads together on a shelf without causing damage to the fine detailing on any of their textured surfaces. 

The pads also come with a nice sticker on the rear showing the pad texture name (so you can always tell which pad is which!).

Our Basing Pads are made this way to ensure the very highest quality possible is achieved.

Q:Why use resin? Why not produce rubber Basing Pads?

High levels of detail and crisp edges are impossible to achieve when using rubber moulds to 'stamp' details on putty-covered bases unless you have high quality sculpting tools & possess serious (& speedy) modelling talent to re-sculpt rubber distortions in your stamped base sets.  In addition to this, natural textures such as our Kingswood Forest texture (a realm absolutely covered with creeping vines, leaves and branches) & rock surfaces such as our Mountain Range texture are simply not achievable using rubber stamping, not when trying to achieve the level of sharp detail that (28mm/32mm scale) miniature gamers need.

Detailing can also be much deeper with our resin Basing Pads, and the pads themselves are much more durable than rubber (which dries & cracks with exposure to light & air and degrades quite rapidly with putty use).  Using our resin Basing Pad textures ensure that your bases will look absolutely great - and we feel that this difference in detail is important to gamers & modellers - This is why we use high grade specialist resin in our Basing Pads.

For us - it's all about the detail.

Q:Who are you & why choose Kickstarter?.

Now we hit £19000 everybody who pledges for 2 Basing Pads will also get any 1 FREE sprue too!

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We'd like to say:

Many thanks to all our regular customers for your support in this project and hello to all our new visitors in this Kickstarter; Our little family really appreciates all your support! And special thanks go to our very good friends for their elements used in our designs (please see the 'updates' & 'comments' sections for more info on all of our very good friends - as we are not allowed to put that info here).

And remember - “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” - Plato (rumoured to have been an avid tabletop miniature gamer- er, possibly).

Thanks for reading.

All The Very Best from Dave & Sal Baker

Risks and challenges

We are a well established boutique sculptor site. We have given serious consideration to this project, and as we have already invested much in the preparation of the perfect product and process for this project, we have virtually eliminated the risks that are typical of such projects. As we now have a first rate company on-board to manufacture the Basius Basing Pads we can confidently say that the pads will be of superb quality, and promptly shipped out to all pledgers - shortly after the end of the Kickstarter.

We feel it's important to people - so we want to make it clear that none of the ranges of Basing Pads will be made available to people who have not pledged in the Kickstarter until after EVERY national and international pledge has been fulfilled & dispatched. They will only appear on our website, Zinge's website (and anywhere else) after that time (and without the huge savings & free/discounted postage that are offered in the Kickstarter).

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