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Well, I have a confession to make. I have several armies, but unitl I began perusing this forum, I had never given a thought to the base... it was nothing more then a way to make them stand up... but I have repented and now see the error of my ways. MY question now, is how do I base models that are already painted? What should I use and where can I get it?
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Captain von Drake
396th Belruvian Heavy Infantry
Regimental Battle Honors: Medusa Campaign
Alma III Campaign
I don't base my models until after painting.
What I do is paint up the base suitable for a color as a base. For example Bubonic brown with a Bestial brown trim for Desert.
After that is dry, I put some PVA glue (or pretty much thinned down woodglue, should be about the same) on the base and dip my models in a pot of flock or sand.
What sand you use is pretty much up to you. And if you're not sure what to use as a base, check out the GW range, perhaps you get an idea of what they sell for sands and flocks.
that's a good way of doing it, and you can get more involved. One tip i'll give you, make sure you seal your models before you start basing, so that you can easily correct any minor issues.
I actually retrofitted bases on my painted tyranids by starting with the previous suggestion, then painting the sand black, and lightly drybrushing, then gluing some brown / tan lichen onto the base to look like a dead world. it worked pretty well.
I've been a little smarter about it since then, and all my eldar got built up bases before they were primed.
OH! also, don't be afraid to pop the models off their bases, make new bases, and glue them back on. it works better then you'd think. For slotta bases, what i usually do is cut off the slot and pin them to the base. a little bit of work, but at least you don't have to worry about getting the paint from the base on the mini.
My suggestion is pretty much the same as King88mob - if possible pull them off the bases and re-do the bases. Sometimes they will pop right off. However if you plastic cemented the plastic figures to the bases you are pretty much out of luck without cutting the bases and sanding them down.
The most simple approach would be to glue the sand to the base - however you tend to get a "sunken" look to the figures as the sand will pile up around the feet rather than the feet on top of the sand...
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