I just recently started to use this kind of bases for fire teams. I find them to be visually more appealing than the usual single based models. Especially with firing machine gun teams it looks more convincing to me and allows you to put the figures in scene. Another plus in my eyes is it's easier to handle while still allowing for easy casualty removal.
To make your own sabot bases you'll need:
- Footfall sound insulation (In German it's called polystyrol)
- Round lasercut or plastic bases the size you want the final sabot base to be
- Proxxon (or similar) Hot Wire Cutter
- 21mm Hollow punch
- 20mm Washers
- self adhering magnetic bases
- Fast curing PVA
- Old brush
After this the Proxxon is used to cut out the bases. I really prefer to use the Proxxon instead of a Hobby Knife in this step. First I can justify it's purchase to the missus (still need to try my skill on some scenery) and second I find it easier to cut out organic shapes in comparison to the Hobby Knife.
Next I place the figures on the polystyrol to determine their later positions on the finished bases.
To cut out the holes for the 20mm sized single bases I now use an 21mm Hollow Punch. It's quite important to use a bigger Hollow Punch than your actual base size because otherwise it would always need some fiddling to get the bases in place and thus risking the paint flake of the rims.
Now our prepared polystyrol layer gets glued to the bases.
Next are the self adhering magnetic bases. If you should be unfamiliar with what I'm talking about just klick on the link provided above. As I wasn't able to find these in 20mm round to date I again used the Hollow punch to make some 25mm ones fit.
You see the final construction is even strong enough to hold your precious metal figures in place.
As final step before sanding and painting the rims of the polystyrol are cut in an roughly 45° angle using a hobby knife.
I hope this small tutorial was of some use to at least some of you. As always feel free to ask questions if something still might be a bit ambiguous.