The first miniatures bases were created in the early days of Warhammer 40,000, way back in the late 1980s. At that time, most models were based on standard 25mm round bases. As the range of models expanded, so too did the variety of base sizes. 32mm bases became popular for larger models, while smaller models were often based on 20mm or even 15mm bases.
The history of the Bases
In more recent years, Games Workshop has standardized the base sizes for all Warhammer 40,000 models. The most common size is now 32mm, with larger models being based on 40mm or 50mm rounds, and smaller models often being based on 25mm or 20mm rounds. There are also a few special base sizes, such as the 60mm oval used for flying models, and the 70x70mm square used for vehicles.
If you're just getting started in Warhammer 40,000, or if you're looking to add some new models to your army, then you'll need to know what size bases they should be based on. Here's a quick guide to the most common base sizes used in Warhammer 40,000:
- 25mm round: This is the standard base size for most infantry models. It's also used for some smaller models, such as psykers and servitors.
- 32mm round: This is the standard base size for most larger models, such as characters, cavalry, bikes, and walkers.
- 40mm round: This is the base size for some very large models, such as Ogryns, Terminators, and Dreadnoughts.
- 50mm round: This is the base size for some extremely large models, such as Titans and Super Heavy tanks.
- 60mm oval: This is the base size for flying models.
- 70x70mm square: This is the base size for vehicles.
Products found in Bases
- Base 25 mm
- Base 32 mm
- Base 40 mm
- Base 50 mm
- Base 60 mm
- Base 70 mm
- Base 80 mm
- Base 90 mm
- Base 100 mm
- Base 120 mm
- Base 130 mm
- Base 160 mm
This is a list of the most common base sizes and what models they are intended for. However, there are also a few special base sizes that are used for specific models or situations. If you're unsure about what size base a model should be based on, then consult the instructions that came with the model, or ask your local Games Workshop store for advice.
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