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Does everyone paint their flying bases? It's just that they start out clear and look quite reasonable to start with.
I guess they could scratch and wear with time...is that the main reason for painting?
I think it's a nice empty area to work with. I love basing though so it may just be me,. I have found they scratch over time and get stained so it's to kinda cover that yes.
I rarely paint the flight stand, the little pillar, but I do regularly attach it to another base and base that. I.e. a large round base for 40k or a Square base of the appropriate size for fantasy. I find that having the extra base gives it a little more stability when placed on the table.
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I don't paint the pillar, I paint the base under it.
Basing the flat part is a given really, but I've seen some pretty nice effects where people have actually included the pillar into the basing itself, such as coiling plants or some part of whatever's flying around it, such as a tail. It allows it to keep the natural stability of the pillar whilst making it look more natural.
There is also varnish to worry about. If you paint your flying bases then they can be varnished like the rest of the model without the problem of the clear plastic going all cloudy. Cloudy bases annoys me. There is also things such as models that need be pinned into the pillar of the flying bases. Painting it covers all that up. I use the same colour for the pillar as I normally use for the rim of my models bases.
I never paint the stand/stem. But always the base.
I like basing, I find it a lot more fun than painting sometimes, and with the big flying bases theres lots of area to work with.
The only issue is the fact that its not a flat base... but its easily overcome I guess.
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I just base the clear base at the bottom with sand, flock etc then paint it. I leave the actual stand clear.
The big flying base is just BEGGING for some creative basing.
For my Necron destroyers, I implanted a few "crystals" (cut bits of sprue) and glued-down sand painted to match my red "Martian" scheme. That's pretty simple by some standards. For a city ruins base, you can really go nuts, and they look fantastic.
Right, I've got plenty of thoughts to go away with, I'll get started once I've finished my Tau style comms building today!
Thanks for the help.