Sunday, September 23, 2012

Product Review: Custom-Cut Movement Trays from Warbases


I needed some movement trays that could both accomodate single-based figures and also provide a visual cue to the skirmish capability of a particular infantry formation. (From 1 to 3 figures per skirmishing detachment, as determined by their training, doctrine, blah, blah, blah.)

95th Rifles providing a skirmish screen for a British battalion (Perry and Wargames Foundry).
Years ago a friend had given me a large amount of fender washers which I've been using to base the majority my skirmish figures to date. The only trouble with this is that the washers are an odd size and so I can't make use of standard movement trays which are designed for figures mounted on common coins or standard 20/25mm bases. (Yes, serves me right for being such a cheap sod and not using 'proper' bases...)

An example of the 2-socket trays (Victrix figures)
After hearing such great feedback about Warbases in the UK I thought I'd contact them to see if they could custom-cut some simple 2 and 3 socket trays for my Napoleonic skirmishers. Diane from Warbases said it would be no problem and asked that I just send along a sample of the washer so they could lasercut the sockets for a snug fit. 


As you can see the trays turned out great. These 2-socket and 3-socket MDF trays cost 50p and 70p respectively - a bargain when compared to popular suppliers here in North America. The cost along with shipping was very reasonable and the turnaround time was surprisingly fast. All-in-all I'd highly recommended Warbases, even for those hobbyists not located in the UK.

21 comments:

  1. I've dealt with and met them, lovely guys and lovely stuff!

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  2. Yes, I have several of their very nice products and agree highly recommended!

    Christopher

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  3. Warbases is a very good and friendly company. Almost all my bases are, actually, from them.

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  4. I have nothing but praise for this company always top quality service.

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  5. They look great; makes for easy movement of skirmishers. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! Yes, the fit between the bases and trays are snug enough that some of our players (cough * Peter * cough) think that they can pick them up by the figures. ;)

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    2. My wife has proven that I can be trained - but it is a slow process.

      PD

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  6. Look very nice Curt, I have been looking at this company in respect to Dark Age Wargaming. Looking to possibly use SAGA based troops for the 2 DUX's. These bases look very nice.

    John

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    1. Thanks John. Yes, I'm placing another order with them for trays for use with 'SAGA' and 'Dux Britanniarum' - they should work out quite well, I think.

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  7. The bases look excellent Curt, Martin and the guys at Warbases, make a quality product, I can't recommend them enough.

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    1. Thanks Ray! Yes, I'm very happy I acted on the recommendations I heard. I'll be using them for several of my upcoming projects.

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  8. Curt

    I have to say that they work very well, and look great. That is as long as the duffus using them remembers to pick up the base and not the figure.

    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Thanks Peter! Your ears must have been burning (read above)! I'm sure we'll get the hang of them over the next few games.

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  9. They look very nice, thanks for the heads up.

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  10. I am waiting for my first shipment right now. Their turn-around time to get the order posted was amazing.

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    1. Yeah, I think mine took all of two days to get cut and posted. I love Litko's markers and counters but their typical turnaround time is frustrating. This is a breath of fresh air (and it seems to be less expensive as well).

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  11. Good to see yet another thumbs up for the good people at Warbases, especially when getting customs made for you.

    They are certainly my supplier of choice.

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  12. I cannot reccomend Warbases enough. Diane and Martin have been always kind and dependable to me.

    Cheers
    Monty

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  13. Smart guy...Looks good so I'm off to the warbases site...Huge fan of that Early French battalion, good to see them again.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Sarah likes them as well (especially the bald guy - go figure) and thought they needed another photo op.

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