Both Dave and Steve have switched to 4 figures to a base on 35mm frontage by 40mm deep bases, I have hated the idea of re-basing but as I wasn't able to paint for a week or two I decided to give re-basing a go.
I had two main worries, how hard it was going to be get 500 figures glued to thick wooden bases off and secondly how to do it without damaging them.
Steve re-assured me as he has done loads of rebasing, soak the unit bases in water for 24 hours so the filler or grout comes off easily and the glue is a little softer and they should come off, Chris C also mentioned a strong blunt bladed knife. Both were great tips and the figures started to come off.
The finance department has been off work for some time and a little bored so I roped her into helping too, before I knew it the whole lot were off with virtually no damage at all. Awesome.
In these two pictures we see the bases soaking in the lids from some of the boxes.
I was even managing to salvage some tufts.
Being a tight Yorkshireman, I had initially also been trying to save the wooden bases, the finance department however ignored all that as she blasted through the rebasing and most of the old bases ended up in the bin.
As I had been doing some of my own tufts I have a large bottle of nice glue that allowed me to glue the tufts back on to the special paper they come on, these will remain sticky for use with the re-based figures in due course. I manged to salvage the equivelant of about £40 worth of tufts so thats really helpful.
I will do a little photo shoot when they are all back fully based up, but excited that these may be back on table some time soon.