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I was wondering how people did their standard miniature bases i.e. not character or diorama bases but just the standard infantry base.
I'll start with mine
-Glue the top of the base with PVA (after the model has been completely painted)
-Sand the base (then wait to dry for about an hour)
-Brown ink the sand (then wait to dry for about 15 mins)
-Drybrush the base with scorched brown
-Drybrush the base with Bestial Brown
-Drybrush the base with Snakebite Leather
-Drybrush the base with Bubonic Brown
-Drybrush the base with Bleached Bone
-Dot small pva shapes around the base
-Apply static grass to the base so that they stick to the dotted areas
-Paint the side of the base wither Dark flesh or catachan green
Ive been using this technique for a while now and gives the model a basic temperate look, whilst making him look very neat and tidy.
Anyone else got any other methods?
I'd especially like to hear techniques on Desert/ice or anything unusual?
I have recently decided that I like an interesting look to all the bases. Regular guys or not. I am most proud of my space marine bases - using an urban rubble theme.
The basic shape is to have a piece of cork tile glued on to the base to allow for the feet to grab on to (I drill a hole on one foot and glue a paperclip to the foot then clip it down to the width of the cork tile and glue it into place in the cork).
To the cork I embellish the sides with rock litter (in the most recent case - the small slate piecs) and then add bitz of this or that - be it larger slate pieces, small chunks from the city buildings, wire, tubing, basically anything...
Here are some examples of my bases...
Well, after seeing those bases I feel rather deflated. All I do is paint the base graveyard earth and then apply static grass. Quick easy, and looks okay with minimal effort. I'm too lazy for my own good sometimes...
Oh, by the way Slorak I like those marines. Very nice. Are they a DIY chapter? I don't recognise the colour scheme.
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I don't really make anything fancy of it. I buy a tub of bag of sand/flock I like and keep to it. Though, I do give my base a basecolour. For my desert schema on the DA i'm doing, I keep it at a Bubonic brown, let it try, add thinned down PVA, dip in flock and paint the sides of the base with Bestial brown. Every now and then I add in a little bit or so. I added a skull once and a ripped apart front torso of a marine. Or even a helmet.
As for "characters", I didn't do anything special, yet. The most "special" thing I did was adding a couple of rocks made out of corks from a wine bottle on the base of my Master of the ravenwing in speeder.
Glue the top of the base with PVA (after the model has been completely painted)
-Sand the base (then wait to dry for about an hour)
For straight sand bases, I prefer glueing the sand on (with pva) BEFORE I undercoat the model - I find it much easier to paint that way.
Also, when I glue it on, I do the same first step as you, but after it dries I also apply another coat of watered down PVA over the top. For some reason, this eliminates the chance of the whole lot peeling of the base sometime in the future, which used to happen upon occasion in the past when I did things the way you currently do.
And nice bases/marines, slorak!
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I'll throw some cork on a base when I'm feeling ambitious, but for the most part I just go with the sand/static grass/snow route.
However, like Ancalagon, looking at Slorak's bases has made me rethink that approach. I'll be starting my Dark Anges here soon, and I might have to try something a little fancier. Well done, Slorak!
Yeah I used to not care so much about the bases but then I got to thinking that the base is part of the model and if done to the same standard as the figure rather than an after thought it lends that sense of immersion into the figure as a whole. It becomes, if you will, a part of the story that you are telling about your armies.
I usualy make snow bases (SW FTW ).
I do this:
*Give the base a coat of PVA glue
*Apply sand and some small rocks/slates
*Let dry (+-30min)
*Mix PVA glue with snowstuffthingy bought at a modelshop
*Apply it on the parts of the base you want snow
*Sprinkle flock over the whole base and remove the excess snow
*Add some small bushes and grass (for the bushes i use pre made snow coverd trees and cut them in small bushes)
Voila snow base ready
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I make the base before the model is painted. And I do them separately! Only two times in the procedure the base and the model come near each other: when they are primed and when they are glued!
But basically I put on static grass, rubble anything actually. I decide what to put on from I want to show, where the army has fought and all!
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Here's a tip I found through experimentation:
If you're having issues with flock coming off and getting the green crap all over whenever you move the model, try putting on another layer of glue- so coat in glue, apply flock, let it dry, another coat of glue. Often the flock becomes saturated and turns a slightly darker shade of green, but then you can just drybrush over it.
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