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I have found that over that few years I have really become much more interested in doing a really nice base for the figures.
In the past I used to paint the figures first and then add sand, grass, etc.
I have found over time and experience that the best way to get a good look to the overall model is to completely assemble the model and the base as you want it and do 1 of 2 things.
1) attach the model to the base. Finish the base. Prime the whole thing. Paint the whole thing. This is a good method if the base or the model will not make it overly difficult to paint an area of the figure.
2) Fit the model together but then prime and paint each piece separate. Attach the figure to the base when finished.
To elaborate on basing - I have found (especially in warhammer or for that matter any squad/army sized) that coming up with an overall theme to how you want your army to look will be more beneficial than just throwing together something at the last minute. It is just important to have the base fit the theme of your army and for them to match the rest of your figures.
Think of it this way. A well painted figure will look rather plain or worse next to a poorly done base. However a well done base next to a well done figure will look amazing. Basing tends to be the 1 part of the figure that usually gets neglected.
As for basing materials. If you are serious about exploring the different areas of basing - you will come to find that you will amass an enormous amount of supplies! Things that I have and use regularly:
Various consistencies of flocking grass, static grass, tall grass, etc.
Textured Gels (medium and course)
Various plastics (I, H beams, rods, plasticard textured sheets, tubes)
Water effects and other resins
Cork (I have found that cork is great for rocky textures and makes pinning a breeze)
and the list goes on...
As for putting the figure onto a base - I recommend pinning when at all possible. This will help keep the figure from accidently snapping off. Cork works great because it is fairly easy to push the brass pins through it. Add a bit of model glue and it will lock tight. If the base and the figure is plastic and can be assembled before you prime and paint I recommend that you first glue it down with some plastic cement. This creates a very strong bond and you will probably break the figure before it separates from the base.
I know this is rather long but hopefully it was intersting enough to give you an idea for your basing. In my various galleries I have lots of examples on different creative basing ideas.
That is odd - I am not sure why my post was moved to the front but Creme Egg is the one to start this thread...
hi, i was wondering how do you do your bases ? you do glue them to the model them paint /flock them ? or do you glue the model to them after ?
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I stick the model on the base, paint the model first and then do the base.
How I do my bases is as so.........
1. Put a layer of Pollyfiller on the base
2. Wait until it hardens and paint it watered down Beastal Brown
3. Give it a coat of Flesh Wash
4. A quick coat of gloss varnish.
5. Stick on some static grass
This gives the impression of mud with clumps of grass. I like it because you can afford to be messy and get some "mud" on the legs of your models.
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I do my bases fairly simple:
Water down PVA glue then apply to base,
Dip model into a container filled with sand,
Shake excess sand off the model and gently blow it,
Apply bit of flock on the model,
I dont paint around the side of the base i just leave it black,i also dont paint the sand as the sand is a strong yellowy orangey colour and contrasts really well with the Blood Red armor of my Blood Angels.
I tend to base by first painting the model, then sealing it. I then paint the base scorched brown. I then apply PVA glue and dip in modelling sand. I then add tufts of static grass at random places and voila! Instant base. Takes almost no time. For more complex models I may add some greenstuff first, chip it once it's dry to look rocky, and then paint the base with the model. Then the above and voila! Fancy base. Still pretty easy to do!
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Myself, I first glue the miniature to the base, cover the base with glue and sprinkle with my (not so) secret basing compound.
Which is something called "dry pastelles" (looks somewhat like colored chalk - but aren't), crushed to desired graininess (can be both done really fine, good for sand then, or rough where you can produce a rocky ground - my preference is both types mixed together, as it lets to do both types of result).
Afterwards, I take one of my scraping tools (any decently strong needle attached to a small handle will do) and remove any glue or parts of basing compound that might have stuck to the miniature.
Prime & undercoat (in my case hand-applied Chaos Black paint does the trick).
Paint the miniature first, base second.
i always put down moddeling sand, before the undercoating. always seal.
i then paint the base, after i've done the mini. then put patches of static grass on the base.
i always paint the sand, because imo unpainted sand looks scabby
Yeah I'm with you about the unpainted sand!
I base my models just as you do Bonjordo, except that my 'nids will have tyranid terrain on their bases aswell. I sculpt some of them in green stuff and it looks great!
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For my bases, I just use some rough sand. At 40k scale, it looks like rocky terrain! :lol:
Then I base it bestial brown and drybrush bleached bone over it. Looks great! Minimal effort!