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    Basing question.

    I'm getting ready to start basing my army. I should have tackled this as I was painting them over the years, but now I'm catching up. My question is, will I be better off removing the existing bases and building them up? Or can I do the basing around the models feet. This would seem the easier choice at first glance, but may end up looking like the feet are sunk in and there is the issue of drybrushing around the models feet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Acth View Post
    I'm getting ready to start basing my army. I should have tackled this as I was painting them over the years, but now I'm catching up. My question is, will I be better off removing the existing bases and building them up? Or can I do the basing around the models feet. This would seem the easier choice at first glance, but may end up looking like the feet are sunk in and there is the issue of drybrushing around the models feet.
    Really depends on what kind of basing you'll be doing. I huge variety of basing can be done with model in place without any problems.

    But yes, sometimes it will be easier to remove them from the base and do them that way, similar to paint arms and body, then gluing them together.

    Good luck either way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acth View Post
    I'm getting ready to start basing my army. I should have tackled this as I was painting them over the years, but now I'm catching up. My question is, will I be better off removing the existing bases and building them up? Or can I do the basing around the models feet. This would seem the easier choice at first glance, but may end up looking like the feet are sunk in and there is the issue of drybrushing around the models feet.
    Don't worry about the "sunk in" look. That made me nervous at first, too, but I tried basing after assembly with my necron army (first attempt ever at basing) and it came out very well. You can see a picture of my first test model in this thread (clicky!) (Necron army PIP).

    I used standard GW-issue gravel/sand mixture, and as you can see, the feet are clearly visible.
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    Most of the times I base the minis after I paint them... though in the last few dozens I paint the models separately from the base... so I make the base and then when the mini is painted is added to it!

    Don't worry... as long as the base is made by you and you only, with your taste and everything, you don't have to worry about sunking... just be careful if you paint over the flock/gravel/anything! You don't want to ruin the painting of, as you said, years of work!
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