Friday, 13 July 2012

Back to bases!


Several people have asked me how I create my bases, so here's a WIP on how I create my bases.

First what stuff do we need?

We need the following:
- the figures you want to base
- bases (in this case renedra plastic cavalry bases)
- a craft knife for tidying things up
- universal wall filler (I use Alabastine, but any sort will work)
- an oil-painters utensil called "painters-knife" in Dutch don't know the English name.
- superglue, mine's Pattex gell.
- some grit or gravel 

Now the first step is to glue the horses to the bases, I leave off the riders and paint them separately.

Let the glue cure for a while, to ensure a good bond. Next up I take the painters-knife and smear some wall filler on the base making sure to cover the models' base.

Finish the entire base and while the wall filler hasn't set yet, you can add little amounts of grit in order to make it look more like true ground. Now if you do not smooth out the filler it will end up giving loads of texture  so you don't need to add grit.

If you want to do something extra to the base you could add spare parts as battlefield debris from your bits box. I put on this musket for example but lots of things are possible, like drums or backpacks or cannon balls and even headgear taken from head-swaps for instance.

Hope this has been helpful,

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Carmina Burana" by Orff


Tony said...

A good start - I look forward to seeing it painted.


Rosbif said...

Thanks for that, Sander.

So do you base first, then paint after? I do it the other way around!

Sander said...

Thanks for the reactions! You know what? To answer the questions I'll turn this into a WIP and show the rest of the paint as well.

peter said...

Nice start Sander! Looking forward to the paint part. Like to see how you will paint those horses! ;-)


Bert van Hal said...

Very instructive, Sander! I will follow this with great attention. Always good and interesting to see, read and hear how others do their hobbyworks.