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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: removing HeroClix bases? Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me what the best way to remove a HeroClix base is without damaging the attached figure? I've found several I'd like to re-purpose as Savage Worlds minis.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put the clix in a bath towel or paint rag I have so I don't cut myself and I use an Xacto blade I have and just carefully cut it the figure away from the bases. Sometimes it almost just pops off after just a bit of pressure. You have to be careful not to cut the feet of the figure though, I've done this once.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use an Exacto blade with a sharp edge blade perpendicular to the handle for the most control and use a pair of pliers to grip the clix very tightly.
No chance of getting cut!
Hold the clix with the edge of the base on a cutting board, position the knife where you want to start cutting and gently rock back and forth applying gentle pressure straight down (parallel to the clix base).
DHRDawg is right that they often just pop off with very little effort.

I've done probably close to 100 this way.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look at the figure and see ware if at any spot there is a slight gap between the feet (or the circle the feet are molded into) and the clix base, if not i slip in a #11 blade and saw at it a stroke or two and make a gap. Then I wedge the base into a crack in a wooden stump for my anvil, with the gap or crack facing up. This leave the figure horizontal to the stump, then i use a xacto chisel #18 and wedge that in the crack or gap between the base and feet and use a hammer and cut it off in one hit


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many of the newer Clix figures come on "mini-bases" that are in turn glued down to the Clix base, or else the feet are on little "circles" that present a wider surface area to glue to the base. I recommend taking off the entirety of the "mini-base" or "circles," because you'll have an easier time making sure you don't lose part of the foot that way -- and the surface will also be easier to glue down (and then putty-blend if you want to decorate the base).

Cut away from your hand. Have thick cardboard or an old rag or towel underneath so you aren't cutting into a table. Make sure it's ON A TABLE and you aren't trying to hold this on your knee while cutting. (That's a sure recipe for disaster!)

And, before you start cutting, check to see if you can get by with other methods. Some Clix go spotty on the glue, and you can wiggle it off, especially if the figure itself is solid enough that you can get some leverage on it (vs. figures with thin, bendy legs). I am sometimes able to get a wedge in with a screwdriver.

If you have a boxcutter knife, it may work better than a standard hobby knife -- UNLESS the boxcutter is one of those "convenient" blades designed to snap away and reveal "a new blade." If it's the latter type, don't bother, or you'll be snapping off blades prematurely, for sure. A standard boxcutter knife tends to be thicker than a hobby knife, and is less likely to snap if you make the mistake of putting too much leverage on it. (And a snapping hobby knife blade can go who-knows-where, causing other problems.)

If you plan on cutting a lot of figures, I'd recommend getting some gloves -- not only to protect your hands, but also because after a while your fingers might get sore from applying pressure on the blade handle.

Patience is key. Rushing it is a recipe for cutting corners -- or fingers. (Ouch!)

As for replacement bases, I've heard of people using pennies or nickels. Considering how much it costs to get plain plastic bases, by that point you might as well just use the coin itself. Wink I've been using some laser-cut particle-board bases from Gale Force 9, but then they stopped offering them, sadly.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wooden 1" circles you can get at hobbie stores work nicely.

I spray paint them brown and then use a green speckle spray to give them a trodden grass look.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah what Jordon said about the clix often being molded onto a circle that is glued onto the clix base, I chisel it off at that base if it has one.

And if you are re using Dream Scape they come on a 1" square base that is glued into a shadow square depression in a larger 2" square base with the game info. So you can use wire cutters to cut away the side of the larger base to the edge of the 1" base and depending how clean the cuts you can just use a little sand paper ti clean up and it is ready to go

And I have gotten the wooden circles at Jo Ann's craft store in 1" and 2" and then paint them black and they are a pretty good match to the bases on D&D and star wars minis.

Yeah cutaway from your self, once when cutting leather making roman armor, I had a box cutter slip off the steel straight edge and cut off the very tip of my right pointer finger off.

1 cut away

2 Use as thick a straight edge as you can find when making flat cuts

3 Don't cut when your tired or you blood sugur is to low or high
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's two pics I did a while back to show someone else (recently posted to Flickr): http://www.flickr.com/photos/36541759@N08/sets/72157631454310154/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Inar wrote:
Here's two pics I did a while back to show someone else (recently posted to Flickr): http://www.flickr.com/photos/36541759@N08/sets/72157631454310154/


He totally bogarted my idea of using the # 18 exacto chisel on her clix and removing the outer base from a dream blade
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VonDan wrote:
Lord Inar wrote:
Here's two pics I did a while back to show someone else (recently posted to Flickr): http://www.flickr.com/photos/36541759@N08/sets/72157631454310154/


He totally bogarted my idea of using the # 18 exacto chisel on her clix and removing the outer base from a dream blade


"Lies, good sir, LIES, I tell you! Those photos are over two and a half years old!": takes off glove and delivers a resounding slap.

(I kid! I kid!)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Inar wrote:
VonDan wrote:
Lord Inar wrote:
Here's two pics I did a while back to show someone else (recently posted to Flickr): http://www.flickr.com/photos/36541759@N08/sets/72157631454310154/


He totally bogarted my idea of using the # 18 exacto chisel on her clix and removing the outer base from a dream blade


"Lies, good sir, LIES, I tell you! Those photos are over two and a half years old!": takes off glove and delivers a resounding slap.

(I kid! I kid!)


Ha well I know that four years ago when I was in a different store front I vended at a Christmas fair and traded a musketeer sword belt for a box of Dream Scape minis and two spears and started re using the minis for D&D along with Mage Knight mini (the fantasy clix) as they were cheeper than D&D ones.

Now I take off my welding glove with impractical squares of brass rivited on, take that
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VonDan wrote:
Now I take off my welding glove with impractical squares of brass rivited on, take that

...and in true Bugs Bunny fashion I turn around, put a brick in the glove, and slap, pouring out the brick crumbs afterward. "Return, varlet!"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VonDan wrote:
Ha well I know that four years ago when I was in a different store front I vended at a Christmas fair and traded a musketeer sword belt for a box of Dream Scape minis and two spears


BTW, are your referring to The Holiday Market in Eugene?
I know someone who has a booth there.
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Lord Inar wrote:
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Ha well I know that four years ago when I was in a different store front I vended at a Christmas fair and traded a musketeer sword belt for a box of Dream Scape minis and two spears


BTW, are your referring to The Holiday Market in Eugene?
I know someone who has a booth there.

It was jut the Holiday 2 day sessions of the Piccadilly flee market which is more Christmas than the rest of the year but not all holiday stuff like the official Holiday Market two building north. The Piccadilly is just $20 or $30 a table and you just need to sign up a week before or wait for a dropped spot that morning. The Holiday Market as an off shoot of the outdoor Saturday market has a real spendy table fee and to to get in you have to know some one who is all ready a member and then be interviewed by the karma committee and then hold hands and smoke a bong and do some chants to the moon god
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Holiday Market as an off shoot of the outdoor Saturday market has a real spendy table fee and to to get in you have to know some one who is all ready a member and then be interviewed by the karma committee and then hold hands and smoke a bong and do some chants to the moon god


Actually my wife says it's moon goddess, but other than that it sounds about right!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, sounds like I need to pay a visit to the hobby/craft store and get a few tools.
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Lord Inar wrote:
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The Holiday Market as an off shoot of the outdoor Saturday market has a real spendy table fee and to to get in you have to know some one who is all ready a member and then be interviewed by the karma committee and then hold hands and smoke a bong and do some chants to the moon god


Actually my wife says it's moon goddess, but other than that it sounds about right!


Oh was your wife from Eugene? Does she have any nerdy single sisters or cousins with glasses between 30 and 40 who stay at home reading fantasy books to her cats on Saturday night that still live in Eugene?
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VonDan wrote:
Oh was your wife from Eugene? Does she have any nerdy single sisters or cousins with glasses between 30 and 40 who stay at home reading fantasy books to her cats on Saturday night that still live in Eugene?


Well the short answer to that is... mostly yes!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how did you two meet?

My in-law pimped me out to a stranger on a forum discussing little plastic toys.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jordan Peacock wrote:
I've been using some laser-cut particle-board bases from Gale Force 9, but then they stopped offering them, sadly.


You can get them from Litko: http://www.litko.net/

They have more selection and better prices than GF9. You can also order custom pieces.
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