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I don't do figures with pikes, but as for the broom bristle thing, I use nylon paint brush bristles for vehicle radio antennas and after 40 years of doing that I am still on the same paint brush. So I suspect one broom would last several lifetimes of basing figures. The biggest advantage is once they are on the figure, they never need repair, because they don't break and you don't injure yourself when you put your hand on a stand of them.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
Is this the derivation of " Brush with Death"
Don't tell him Pike !
Ah, I feel foolish now. Oh well back to those pesky Vikings !