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hello everyone. I've been trying to decide on a base color for a long time so now I come to you fine people. What types of bases are there, what colors, what types. (please don't say it's up to me 'cause now it's up to you)
So yea, please help. please. please. please, please
well, what are the bases for?
If you can provide a pic of the colourscheme, or describe it, we might be able to help you better.
Generally you want the bases to be non-intrusive and frame the models without stealing all the attention.
Having the bases themed after the warmth (or cool) of the model's colours is a nice idea as well.
For instance, high elves might have really nice green grass with little daisies.
dark elves might have ice and snow.(or even plank like a ship's deck)
nids might have anything at all, with some hints of alien terraforming on it.
I would like to suggest basing your models' bases on the terrain you will be playing on. This ties in to Arachnid's suggestion that they be non-intrusive. If they match the game board, the minis will be seen much more. I love cityfight terrain, and use it as the basis for most of my bases, as my biggest and baddest board is a cityfight one. I use the same hues of grey that dominate the scenery, and the same rubble for my Traitor Guard, Dark Angels and Black Legion bases. My 'Nids will likely be based in a theme that ties in with the Nid-based game board I am planning.
Hope this suggestion helps.
I've got some blue/grey/red nids, green and black marines and undecided tau. I kinda have a city fight board but it's more 16 1 foot by 1 foot tiles to fill my pool table. More will be made so i can mix and match ect so not necessarily city fight color.
No one can help, even with this extra info?
I agree with the other members, bases must be non-intrusive and must not steal all the attention... I think that a nice base could actually make your models stand out more.
Since you have quite different colored army, I think using dark bases would be a good idea... dark, neutral colors fit almost every color scheme.
Unless you have a theme for your army, I guess "generic" bases would work... with some gray slates (cardboard or plasticard) and sand painted brown you could do some very good bases. (Pete's Various Projects)Here is a link to thepete's WIP thread where you can find a very good example.
About the base edges, I like to paint them black, dark brown or dark gray... they look good on most battle mats and make a good framework for your minis.
I suggest to add some details on the bases using the same colors you used for the models themselves... as an example thepete used green grass for his green SM and I think it looks great, since it visually "ties" the models to their bases.
Hope this helps, if you post some pics of your models I could give more specific tips.
I think that making the edges of the bases black makes the detail on the base look that much cleaner. I have seen some nice models with color around the base, but I think black helps distinguish the model from the surroundings, and makes it look untouched (even if you have to paint back over it in black after you have painted the base details). It lust makes it look like you are that good.
My suggestion still stands at making the base match your playing surface that you will use them on most. If you play on grass mat style boards, make the bases incorpate the grassy theme, if you play on urban Cityfight boards, add rubble, and paint it all the match the greys of your terrain, etc.
The minis you make are yours, and should be made to satisfy and further inspire you. We can add our suggestions and input, but in the end, it is you that needs to like your minis the most.
Best of luck to you!
Dan, your bases never cease to amaze me. Thanks for the help everyone. I was thinking of going with a black ash waste?