Making the base
Basing the models begins when I am preparing the models for basing. I try to think about how the models fit together on the base. I try to ensure that bits like small guns are not sticking out (so they don't bend or break). I also try to position the models in a way that makes sense.
The recessed bases Battlefront is now making make basing easier. Once I have arranged the models I stick them in place with sticky tack. I then build up the base around them using Golden Coarse Pumice gel, a resin material with bits of resin in it. It is really useful for adding volume. Before this sets I also sprinkle a little bit of sand of different sizes to add some variation. If the bases are not recessed then I build up the base so that I can later put the model in place without having the metal base showing (I prefer to paint models not attached to the bases). Before the resin has set I added some pieces of balsa wood to represent planks in the bottom of little trenches. I then glue a bit of sand to the base of the model before I prime and paint them.
|You can see how I have removed the models to create spaces for them when I glue them on. I would recommend using a tool to enlarge them a little to make it easier to fit them afterwards.|
|How I make sandbags. You can click on it to see it bigger.|
As I am painting the models I paint the bases while waiting for things to dry or when I am feeling unfocussed. For these models I based them with Vallejo Game Colour Charred Brown (Although a darker brown might look better with the brown British uniforms...). I then very lightly drybrush a mix of Charred Brown and a cream colour (old Bleached Bone) and then another highlight drybrush of just bleached bone. Be careful not to overdo the drybrushing, it is just to accent the texture (I usually do the wood with pretty much the same colours). I paint the sandbags with Vallejo Model Colour Khaki, wash it brown, and then drybrush it up to a creamy colour. I then paint any other details like tarps, shells, wire, etc.
Attach the models
I like to attach the painted models at this step. I can then use the base to hide where they attach. If a model is not fitting perfectly you could always add some more brown paint or sand or pumice to fill it. Or you could just use static grass.
This just might be my favourite part of painting a miniature. I really enjoy basing. First, I plan out where I am going to put some of the larger items like tufts and clump foliage. I am currently using Army Painter winter tufts (I think) and Army Painter flowers (which are excellent). I try to include 2-4 of these on each base. Try not to add too many and clutter them. Think about where they fit most logically.
Next, I add some flock that will not be my dominant flock colour. Here is used some yellowish static grass and some green flock. This breaks up the golf course look and adds some interesting variation. I also mix a little of these two into my static grass mix. I then pile static grass all over it. The main green colour is from Gale Force 9. I put it all over the base. I then use a tool to push it down a little so it sticks to the glue.
|Dump it all over.|
|I try to base on a piece of paper so I can reuse the excess static grass and flock.|
This looks like a lot of steps. Building the base can be slow if you add a lot of detail. The actual basing goes very fast. Adding the extra details and flock colours only takes a few seconds and creates some nice variety on your bases. Adding the grass and flock to an entire platoon would take me about 30-60 minutes (but I get excited after painting each stand and base it right away).
I hope this is of use to some people. Thanks for visiting.