GW: New Shattered Dominion Bases Spotted

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Pictures & Prices of the new Shattered Dominion Basing Kits are here – Check theses out!

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Each one of these kits is going to run you $33. The 25mm/32mm Kit will net you 70 bases! That’s a pretty great deal no matter how you slice it. Here’s a quick run down of how many bases you get in each box:

Small Bases:

  • 40 x 25mm Bases
  • 30 x 32mm Bases

Total – 70 Bases

Medium Bases:

  • 20 x 40mm Bases
  • 6 x 65mm Bases

Total: 26 Bases

Oval Bases:

20 x 60mm Oval Bases

6 x 90mm Oval Bases

Total: 26 Bases

 

The Large Base Detail kit is a hard one to quantify. You get 54 pieces to mess with, but you could easily spread those among other bases to really stretch that out. I don’t think you’d want to use all 54 pieces on a single base…although I suppose you could if you wanted to. But just because you can’t doesn’t mean you should sometimes.

These kits are following in the foot steps of the previous bases from GW.  If you were like me and had an entire WHFB army based and painted the idea of redoing all that work was overwhelming and frankly off-putting. Now, with these new bases, that’s a project that might take a Saturday vs an entire week’s worth of hobby time. You don’t need to swap bases to play AoS, but it will look nicer to have them for newer armies. I’m secretly hoping that GW will create a few different lines of bases for any future armies I might make. I’ll gladly spend the money on these textured bases to save the hobby time.

This could be Games Workshop taking another stab at the third-party basing market. And judging on how hard it was to get a hold of the previous round of bases the week of release (and the fact that these bases could easily be repurposed by 40k armies) I’m very curious to see how long this first wave will last on shelves. Those prices are still very reasonable and make re-basing an army really easy. I guess we’ll find out in a week or two!

 

Shattered Dominion: Return of the Bases

  • Honestly, even for AoS I’m still team #squarebase

    • Draecarion

      I don’t quite get why they are converting it to round bases in the first place. You only lose options by doing that. And it makes their models less compatible with other games (not that GW would care about that – yet).

      • Aezeal

        Lots of games are round too

        • Draecarion

          Sure, but WHFB was square and they decided to move to round, even going to the trouble of repackaging old miniatures. I don’t get that. Maybe there is some long-term plan behind that, apart from round bases looking a bit better.

          • OldHat

            Worse-case, they can just make movement trays akin to the War of the Ring ones – round slots in square trays. I prefer the round bases, they look a lot better overall.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Which i honestly thought when the rumors of AoS came about is what they were going to do!

          • Draecarion

            Lol, so did I. I even asked about such movement trays in my local GW store.

          • Ben_S

            I prefer the look of squares myself. I don’t mind being disagreed with, or even in a minority, but I do find it odd that so many people say ’round look better’ as if it is some kind of objective fact, rather than a personal preference.

          • OldHat

            Well, I do think they look better overall… for a skirmish game. They made sense being square in R&F blocks. Now? Rounds work better, imo. RIP Square Bases 1983-2015.

          • rtheom

            Round bases do look better on individual models, but I’m willing to bet the switch was purely a money-saving maneuver. They don’t need to upkeep two sets of templates if all of their models use just a single type of base. I believe the round bases are easier to print/less prone to errors in the molding process as well. Plus, we’ve seen the quiet disappearance of slotted bases, both in round and square format. I’m certain that is also related to cost issues.

          • Draecarion

            Great point, I didn’t consider that.

          • An_Enemy

            Slotted bases existed because of metal models and an attempt at dynamic posing at times.

          • rtheom

            Yeah, but there are definitely more than a few plastic miniatures I’d argue would be better with slotted bases as well, like skeletons with super tiny feet. And I’m not a huge fan of the forced scenery bits to increase attachment, like rocks and skulls.

          • Ben_S

            The new Blood Bowl miniatures show new 32mm slotted bases…

          • rtheom

            Really? I will be honestly impressed if that’s the case with the final product. Still, there will likely be a handful of exceptions like that from time to time. It’s still an overall reduction in slotted base quantities. Just look at the newly repackaged lizardmen. They still have the slot on the sprue for their feet, but they’re now being included with 32mm non-slotted bases with the expectation that you’ll just manually trim the slot.

          • Ben_S

            I hadn’t realised that about the Saurus.

            I was recently on a Skaven forum where people were talking about cutting slots of IoB clanrats to put them on round bases, before I pointed out that you can get round slotta bases (in 25mm).

            I doubt GW will dispense with them because, aside from models with small contact areas (like Lizardmen, Genestealers, DE Wyches), they’re needed for push-fit/no glue starter models, like in Dark Vengeance. Maybe we’ll actually seem them in Blood Bowl.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Technically the only main competition this may interfere with, which doesn’t use these armies anymore is 9th age. Kings of war is diorama based, so you just magnetize your round bases onto said regiment base.

        • Thats exactly how I used my demons in fantasy for many years. I just put them on a square movement tray and they kept their round bases.

        • Draecarion

          Because a round 20mm base doesn’t have a bigger footprint than a square 20mm base you can actually do the same thing in 9th Age. The movement tray then “fills out” the missing corners of the round base.
          Hmm, I need to tell that to a friend of mine who is collecting demons for 40k 😀

          • Daniil Osudin

            you mean 25 mm bases, there currently is no 20 mm round bases

          • Ben_S

            But the trouble is that 25mm rounds are larger than 20mm squares (and ditto for 32mm rounds being larger than 25mm squares).

            AoS changes have generally seen increased bases sizes, as well as the change in shape. I think bigger bases do tend to look better, but it’s actually the size that creates problems for using them in other games.

      • Phil

        Round bases look better, don’t know why, models just look better on them.

        • Agent OfBolas

          R&F forever. 😉

          No way round bases looks better.

          • Phil

            The models they can make now they’ve gotten rid of the constraints of ranking up are worth losing that part of the game in my opinion.

          • ZeeLobby

            yeah, but for me, the overall aesethtic of some of those ranked units was just awesome. I loved ranked Chaos Warriors. Just walls of impending doom. Now they all run around cartwheeling with their arms and legs, haha.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            I love the look of ranked up models too, looks like a proper army from a movie or whatever, not just a bunch of skirmishers.

          • ZeeLobby

            Well, and that’s what I always felt like the differentiator was between fantasy and 40K. We’ll see if 40K 8th edition takes on AoS’s flat roll system, but if it does, they’re just going to end up too close for me to want to play both. Why shoot storm bolters when I can shoot bolt stormers!

          • Aezeal

            My aos rank n file troops always start ranked up.

          • Aezeal

            I’ve always considered getting iron breakers and painting them nearly completely titanium color for that reason. Unbreakable wall of metal. But it just doesn’t fit with woodelves so never wasted my money on it.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, they’ve always been a huge favorite of mine for exactly the same reason! Was great to see them ranked up and slowly marching towards you.

          • Dongmaster

            You really like the look of them old stacked tin cans?

            I always thought they looked put of place.

            Halberdiers OTOH…

          • ZeeLobby

            I’d take stacked tin cans over khorne brutes doing jumping jacks due to the freedom of round bases any day. Ranked knights tend to look the same, which makes sense.

          • nuggy

            I really hope they get out some new chaos warriors, don’t get me wrong the current ones are some of my favorit GW models ever produced but yeah they look damn silly when out of ranks.

    • Bryan Ruhe

      Round bases make sense for the Chaos Daemon armies, since they can be used in both AoS and 40K that way.

  • Aezeal

    Beenwaiting for this aos version of gw bases… but they dont fit my wanderers and sylvaneth, too bad. Guess I’ll stick with state grass and rocks.

    • Zingbaby

      That’s a good point, they should release bases along-side army releases…

      • Aezeal

        It’s somehow meant to push the battlefield kits I think. I don’t think that will work.

    • SupPupPup

      I thought they could look nice with the Slyvaneth twig bits.

      Like the forest is starting to reclaim an ancient abandoned city.

  • Aezeal

    They would fit a few other armies better.. dwarves for sure.. and humans, stormcast and all chaos and destruction factions

    • Randy Randalman

      So in other words… Pretty much all of the armies except Undead.

      • Aezeal

        And my elves

  • Drasek

    Too bad I’ve already glued my Silver Tower models to their own bases…

  • Deacon Ix

    I wanted to be skeptical but the prices aren’t as extortionate as I was expecting… have I drunk too much of the Kool-aid and become immune?!

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      problem is, assuming these are the same as the 40K ones, that its really cheap plastic with poor detail, and so whats in the box doesn’t live up to the look of the painted ones on the box which are presumably pre-production resin casts.

      • Deacon Ix

        Ahhh, cheers, I needed that 😀

    • Ben_S

      Yeah – though they have to be bought in bulk, and not necessarily in the ratios you might want, they actually seem cheaper than the regular bases (£3 for 10 – £21 for 70).

  • Dan Wilson

    70 bases for £20… difficult to argue with anything at that price point.

    • Mira Bella

      Well I personally don’t like them but the price Is indeed very good.

  • Adrien Fowl

    Wow, that was quick. I wasn’t expecting to see the bases so quickly, but that’s great news!

  • Dongmaster

    Bases for Silver Tower and a potential AoS army in plastic?

    Where do I sign?

    • ZeeLobby

      They would fit perfectly for ST… Hmmmm

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Best use for them for me!

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, sadly outside of these realm of battle boards they’d look pretty out of place. I still would have preferred basing kits with cool bits, but meh.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Don’t get me wrong, if you are going for a paint scheme and they work, all for it. Just I kinda based all my stuff so….

  • Benoit Tremblay

    this time they went a lil far with the skulls

    • ZeeLobby

      Fantasy is all about the skulls dawg!

      • Benoit Tremblay

        Kenny Boucher is that you?

        • ZeeLobby

          :O

        • Frank Underwood

          Yo dawg, Kenny Boucher here.
          Hitting you up with another fresh battle report

  • ZeeLobby

    hmm, liking those mushrooms!

    • Aezeal

      Bit expensive if you just need the shrooms though.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah, my hope would be that you could also slice up the chunks and use those on smaller bases as well. I much prefer the idea of basing material then pre-molded bases :D.

  • OldHat

    My only complaint is the weird pairing. I don’t ever need 25mm bases, but need 32mm bases. Bleh. I guess I will have to just trade off extras or something if I get these.

  • Malisteen

    tempting. For now I’m happy with my square bases, but if I ever convert to rounds, I’ll strongly consider these.

  • Frank

    No interest whatsoever in AoS, but those bases are tempting. May need to keep them in mind if I ever get into a fantasy game that uses round bases.

  • euansmith

    It is the photographs, the paint jobs, or are those bases just kind of amateurish looking?

    • rtheom

      Likely the paint jobs/photos. I’ve learned not to trust ‘Eavy Metals paint jobs anymore. Something about the way they paint them and the way they’re photographed just doesn’t work well in combination.

    • Dongmaster

      The photos are fine.

      These are the new ovalish 30,3×29,8 bases we always wanted…

  • rtheom

    Gotta admit, I’m kinda disappointed with these. I was really hoping for some more natural looking rocks/brush/sticks sort of thing. On the other hand, these will work pretty well with Mechanicus stuff.

    • Aezeal

      Like 40k… it’s matching the battle board

  • Firemind

    These look rather nice, if that 1k sons vs spacefaggots game comes out I might pick a pack or two for the dudes in the red armour.

  • SupPupPup

    Nice, How many would I need for silver tower?

  • Old zogwort

    That afro skull on the big blue base is hilarious

  • Richard Mitchell

    Don’t see the business necessity of this with so many great basing companies out there. Unless it is just to meant to stock and supply the GW brick and mortars. But being from the states, and more specifically the Republic of Texas, we have way more brick and mortar FLGS’s than GW store fronts.