So what’s up with the Customeeple Infinity bases?
If you’ve ever looked at Corvus Belli’s official Infinity models, then you know what they look like: Customeeple Infinity bases are the “official” ones used by painter/wizard Angel Giraldez.
Now, there seems be some uncertainty surrounding these bases. To start with, they aren’t really bases: they are base toppers. What’s more, there’s two kinds: hardboard and plasticard!
Which one should you use? Which ones does Angel use? And how do the toppers stack up against bases from other manufacturers? That’s what this blogpost is about!
First, we’ll look at what Customeeple themselves have to say about the issue. After that, we’ll put those base toppers to the test ourselves!
Recently, Customeeple addressed some of the questions surrounding their bases and released a chart:
While very forthcoming, it still doesn’t answer our one burning question: which base material is best and should we buy?
Naturally, we asked Customeeple. They had a very entertaining story (which they’ve shared publically by now), of which these are the highlights:
- The bases were designed in conjuction with Angel Giraldez. The aim from the start was to come up with a decorative base that did not use up a lot of vertical space. Where as many scenic bases make the end model significantly taller, Customeeple and Giraldez wanted to avoid this.
- After testing out various materials, the first base toppers were made using plasticard. However, soon after Customeeple came across a form of high-density cardboard. Being oiled, it didn’t soak up paint and allowed for higher detail than the plasticard. What more could you ask for?
- But here’s the kicker (and the basis of some confusion in the community): Angel uses plasticard bases for his official Infinity models! If cardboard is supposedly better… why does he? The reason is a little embarrassing: as it turns out, Corvus Belli HQ has a bigtime humidity problem. They’ve actually had to throw away MDF structures as a result of mold forming! Deciding not to take the risk on the official models, Angel went with plasticard…
According to Customeeple’s Cabalier, cardboard is the superior material, because:
- It allows for superior detail
- Takes fewer layers of paint to cover
- Is flatter than the plasticard
However, a little more asking revealed division in the Customeeple camp! Our contact Axis prefers the plasticard bases! Hmmm… what to make of this?
There’s only one thing we could do! Test these base toppers ourselves!
Here’s a couple of the bases, which Customeeple was kind enough to provide.
While it’s a little hard to make out at this distance, we have to agree with Cabalier that the cardboard does have superior detail. The holes in the Nomad bases are perfect, whereas the holes on the plasticard version are a little jagged.
The same goes for the edges around the entire bases. Considering Angel’s bases look supersmooth, we assume he files them down.
For the PanO bases, the lines between the tiles are again a little jagged. The cardboard ones seem straight and slick.
Painting was no problem whatsoever, but it must be noted we used black primer. If you apply paint directly to the bases, it might not cover instantly.
With primer, however, both the plasticard and the cardboard were easy to cover. The cardboard bases didn’t suck in any paint, so no worries there.
The cardboard bases are flatter than the plasticard ones. It terms of playability it makes no difference, at all (and with the mention of silhouettes in N3, problems with scenic bases are a thing of the past anyway).
Which ones do we prefer? The cardboard ones: they are smoother, have tighter detail and fit their bases perfectly.
However, which ones are for you comes entirely to personal preference. The plasticard base toppers are a bit higher, which gives the detail (especially on the Nomad bases) a bit more depth: the holes in the base are deeper.
The look is also a bit rougher (which you might like) and finally, let’s not forget: Angel uses them. So if you want to go as “authentic” as possible, go plasticard.
Can you get both? We feel you can. Yes, from up close you will see the difference (see the picture below). You won’t notice that from a meter away, though!
A note on pricing. A set of 5 base toppers + plastic bases comes in at €3,50 for the cardboard and €3,85 for plasticard (which kind of makes cardboard a no brainer, unless you have specific reasons for wanting plasticard).
To compare: a set of 5 fully modelled, resin bases from Micro Art Studio will set you back €4,95. In comparison, that makes Customeeple’s bases a little on the expensive side.
After all, they’re not complicated bases: if you could find something to punch holes with and cut out circles, getting a sheet of plasticard to make your own Nomad bases would be a lot cheaper.
The same can’t really be said for the PanO and ALEPH bases: especially the latter have a more extensive pattern, which we would find challenging to replicate without a laser (although we’re sure some of you could pull it off!).
Yet, despite the fact that the bases are on the simple side, that’s also exactly where their strength lies: a lot of people I talk to want something special for their bases, but find fullblown scenic bases too cluttered and crowded. If that’s you, you NEED to get these bases.
After all, Angel Giraldez was involved in their design. And it shows: crisp, clean, minimalistic bases, that’ll look good wherever you use them.
What do you think of Customeeple’s bases? Awesome, or too expensive? We’d like to hear about it in the comments!