Several Words about BasesCall them what you will; Bases, Stands, etc.
A Base is the essential part that, tho' not really part of a figure per se, is necessary for it to not topple over at the slightest breeze. Sometimes figures do not have bases. While laying figures are universally agreed to not need a base, other poses such as kneeling shooters are often not given a base, but instead are supposed to balance on their own. Sometimes a scabbard is made longer than normal, or a rifle made extending to the ground, to provide a 3rd leg so the figure can be without a base. These balance-type figures are called "annoying".
There are many different philosophies about bases.
Another very useful ability of a base is on the underside; to provide information about the figure or the manufacturer, and point of manufacture.
Most of the time, bases are simply green, presupposing that grass is the usual place the figure will stand. Most of the time, this green has little or no texture in an attempt to not draw attention to itself.
The physical TYPE of base is also significant. There have been five main types:
The Negative Rivet type base has two shortfalls;
The positive aspect of the RPP type base is that you can change the base should it break or should you want a different-looking base.
Long ago, HTF decided on the Negative Rivet type base because it was foreseen that customers would want to take the many,
slightly altered poses of figures and put them in a serious diorama.
Thus the figures were made available without bases.
With this preference now known to HTF, and since an opportunity to make another base mold presented itself, HTF has changed its philosophy on base type.
As a result, HTF will be issuing all new themes of figures with an RPP type base, and different colors of bases (mud, snow, grass, stone, and even clear) will be available.This will begin with our WW1 Theme. However, the old Negative Rivet bases will still be available for quite a while.
If one wishes, an older-theme figure can be re-tooled to have the new RPP base (for $1/figure)
Below, you see the old HTF bases before being attached to figures.
To the right, you see the new HTF bases as RPP type and in various colors.