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I am starting an army based on the Imperial Navy using Cadian figures as the base.
I was wondering if there were any good, cheap and effective ways to base them so they loked like they are onboard a space ship. I want something reasonably simple as there is 170 infantry in my 1850 point list.
A basic idea that I remember from looking at the Tau book is to go with the deck colored armor. Kind of a gray and black and variations between look. You can also make bases with fine mesh wire and small piping to make it look like the floor of a ship.
I'd say make the floor plain, not like the base, bur really plane. Like metal. Only add grooves to show where two metal plates are connected. Additionally paint some signs where to go like [Hangar VI -->] onto the floor, or some other information. Warnings, Floor markings, Landing area markings, etc.
As a contrast you could add some minis standing on platforms of wire. I wrote about it some days ago in another thread. Click!
You could do similar things just without the ruined wall, but with intact walls, that could have text and signs on it as well.
You should consider to add signs on the floor and the walls also to your gaming board.
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There's an example of models with orbital/ship-themed bases in the IG codex. A cadian regiment.
I would probablt get my hands on a thin bit of plasticard and perhaps cut it out a bit to make floor panels and then paint it in a dark grey.
Okay, get some of that stuff, any hobby store worth its while should have it in stock or should be able to order it. Try and get the larger square tiles, it'll look more natural that way (deck plating are usually pretty large slabs of metal bolted/welded together). Its already textured, so most of the work is already done. Using a base as a template trace the upper portion of the base onto the card. Cut out each of these circles and glue them to the bases. Thinly cut up small rods (round or hex) for bolts and glue them to each of the four corners of the tiles. This will give the impression of deck plating.
Other materials, such as wire mesh and the plastic craftwork 'granny grating' can easily work into the deck plating to keep it varied, simulating deck grating, catwalks, and other platforms. Plastic rods can be laid on the plating, simulating pipes and wires.
Remember to have fun with it. You've got a neat idea here, certainly more original than plain ol' green static grass. I wish you luck in your endeavors!
One thing I've used is Plastruct HO scale "tread plate" sheet plastic. Just glue the sheet over the fig base, and cut & sand to fit. You can also make seams by putting two "plates" adjoining on a base with a very thin strip of sheet plastic between them.
Go to a model railroading hobby shop and look at the various Plastruct products available, and you'll immediately see the possibilities.
Thank you so much for your replies so far.
I was considering the using wire mesh with a solid bordering pattern over the top but on trying it out it didnt work too well.
I do like the idea of rivet floor plates or tread plate though. Have to find out if there are any hobby shops near by that sell it.
I've got a basing thread going in the painting (I think) forum on this very subject. My marine chapter is going to spaceship-bound, so I've got the same dilemma. I used the mesh and have so far found it works fine. What kind of mesh did you use? I bought a roll of fiberglass windowscreen mesh, and I used that for a test base, mounted on a disc of plasticard on the base itself. Looks good, I think.
For another variation, I've made plasticard "plating" that I mounted on a plasticard disc on the base. Then I have one base going that uses both. I'll be posting new pics soon.
EDIT: The link's a little buried. Clicky! (First "scenic" bases ever WIP)
I will probably be updating it tonight.
I used thin woven wire mesh. I believe it is to be used for car repairs. I am exterimenting with plasticard strips over it but I am unsure if I like the look so far.
Another though I just had was to raise the deck of the round base by about 2-5 mm using sprues or similar and make it like underdeck conduits and stuff like that (pipes blah blah blah)