Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Flames of War - Bases with Plastic Card and Herbs


When I was almost onto the painting stage of my paper card bases I saw, sitting on my desk, a file with a hard plastic cover. I had a second look and discovered it might be perfect, it was sturdy and very thin.

I cut out two sections and followed the same procedure as with the paper bases, namely paint white glue on both sides allow to dry then apply sand on one side. I painted up my sand with a base of Scorched Brown, drybrush with Bestial Brown followed by a drybrush of Bubonic Brown and finally Bleached Bone.

When you compare the two bases side by side you can see that the plastic card base with the sand is as high as the official base without any sand added, that makes the base about 1.5mm lower overall, a big difference in 15mm scale miniatures.

As Flames of War is historical I wanted to make the base look realistic so I decided to experiment with adding herbs to the base. I used a mix of Oregano and Thyme with some Scenic Grass.

I think the end result came out very well and I will be using this method for the rest of my army.

Vitor

9 comments:

  1. you can consider this method stolen... by me... for my bases... Just one question, how are going going to deal with the base sculpted onto each model?

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    1. Good question, I plan to cut off as much of the individual infantry base as possible, leaving only the bit around the feet or none at all and Supergluing the model to my stand. The models are very light so this shouldn't be and issue, hold thumbs! Also wait until I have done it and then see the results before you go ahead.

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  2. The bases look really good. Those herbs look very realistic. I have heard of the herbs changing colour a bit though as they dry out. Just wondering if you have a plan for dealing with this?

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    1. The herbs are already dried out so shouldn't discolour at all.

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  3. I bet your bases smell better than mine! Great idea. I look forward to seeing your end product.

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    1. They do actually smell really nice especially if they are kept in a closed box and you open it, makes you hungry!

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  4. Great idea with the Herbs. Cutting open a Tea Bag might get some good basing material as well.
    cheers

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    1. Sounds like a good idea as well!!

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  5. Some really creative plastic business cards – they certainly make an impression.

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