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I bought this guy YEARS ago. I love the model and paint job (Though I have to redo his legs due to a buildup of paint layers. I messed up the foundation).
Thing is, the base I finaly settled on is not very stable...
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As you can see, he balances precariously on two hooves about 2 inches or so above the ground. He's pinned, but the pins bend and broke off once when his wing was clipped by another player. He's just not STABLE enough.
Any ideas for better bases for him that wont' ruin the dynamic posing he's in?
Pinning is the strongest way to glue a model. I think all you could really do is take him off completely and try to repin him again. The pins shouldn't bend, there should be no part of the pin visible after you have drilled into both pieces. Your other option is to run a thin wire from his front leg down to the base and get a bit of stability that way, probably still wouldn't be that strong.
My drilling isnt the best for going all the way up his leg.
I am thinking of rebasing him in the way of an entirely new base - that one isnt exactly stble and he wobbles a lot, and I dont like that.
Am I right in thinking that you don't like the base?
I have to confess that, though my experience as a modeller goes back over 20 years, I've always been quite conservative when it comes to bases (PVA, sand, paint, job done!) but I've recently been taking on commission work that's required me to get a bit more inventive. I've become a big fan of slate.
Now, you can buy this stuff in the "Expert Basing Kit" from GW (a.k.a. the "sweep the crap off the 'Eavy Metal painters' desks and sell it" kit), but I tend to find it in the street in sufficient quantities for occasional basing needs. I found a large chunk a few weeks ago and after a few smacks with a hammer I've got enough to base half an army.
The great thing about slate is that you can drill it with a standard steel bit, making it possible to achieve some remarkable basing effects with some clever pinning. As well as this, slate is dense enough to act as an excellent counterbalance on bases with heavy or unbalanced models (such as ones with a combination of plastic and metal). This was a recent commission I did using slate on the base:
Hmm. That may work.
I love the base. But the two-hoof pinning just seems very unstable... especially when the animal is tightrope walking.
Maybe something like your chaplain's base, with perhaps one of the front hooves pinned to it as well for extra stability....