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  1. I'm not sure that this is right place to post this, but I need to pick the brains of people with more terrain experience than myself. To be honest, that's pretty much everyone on the forum, but there you go! I've been experimenting with different water effects on bases because I'm planning a somewhat finicky deep pond effect on a particularly awesome mini coming in the Bones 5 Kickstarter. It's been an interesting journey/struggle/experience but this one particular one has flummoxed me because it manifested a full three weeks after the material had set. Here's a couple of pics. It
  2. So i've got that trio of spiders from nolzur's. They do not come with sculpted bases - unlike most of the nolzur's line. This isn't a huge issue, except that these suckers have a bunch of tiny spindly legs. I am worried about getting a good hold. So I have a few questions: 1: how to fasten these guys to a base? Just glue the legs and hope, or pin them through the body like a flightstand? 2: how to sculpt/or assemble, suitable bases to compliment their spindly nature and ensure a better hold. 3: how to attach the spider in a way that
  3. Started painting during the pandemic but was really intimidated by basing. Finally picked up some supplies and based my first couple models. Really improved the overall quality and aesthetic.
  4. Not super sure where to post this but this made the most sense to me. I found some fantastic miniature pumpkins at my local Joann Fabrics. Hopefully you can find them elsewhere if you don't have a Joann's. They come in $10 bags that are pretty big. I don't see myself ever needing to buy more. They say "fall drieds" which makes me think they're some kind of organic. But they have the consistency of some kind of acorn or pinecone. So pretty solid. I don't think they'd deteriorate but if you're worried I'm sure a sealant of some kind would d
  5. I've gotten to the basing point for Ma'al. I decided I wanted to put ivy vines around the base. While I just did the vines out of green stuff I'm not sure what to do about the leaves. I have a GSW leaf punch that I want to use but I'm not sure how to prep the leaves so nothing weird comes in with them. It's been suggested to me to use the oven but was given no further details. I have other ideas if I can't get the leaves to work but I'd really like to use them since I went through the trouble of getting the punch specifically for this. So what would you do to real leaves to make
  6. We all keep knick knacks and trinkets to make things from in the future. Whether it's some small bit, like dragon pendant I got from Salvation Army for 50 cents or some cardboard forms that hold tech devices in place that look like good buildings for Battletech. I wrote about Bottlecaps as bases a while ago. Recently, I found the plastic mounting bracket that's been floating around my bench and figured out what I wanted to start making. I usually draw out what I intend to do, but the shape of the bracket defined its purpose. This compilation uses a bunch o
  7. I've made no secret about my opinions on Games Workshop. Though my painting box is full of their miniatures they were always bought second and sometimes third hand (I never wanted GW to get any of my money). Even my previous Cadians were bought from my local games store that has no affiliation with GW (I also know those sets and blisters came with the business when it was bought almost twenty years ago). Now I find myself in the unique position of building a Cadian army. My wife and I used to play weekly in D&D Adventure League but with the birth of our first child it looks lik
  8. A friend of mine recently received a bunch of resin minis he'd ordered from Brother Vinni (of Russia) last year. He sent the bulk of them off to someone else to be professionally painted, but he had a few left over that he was willing to let me give a go at. The intent was to paint these up as Fallout miniatures, as (great minds think alike!) my friend has been interested in running a Fallout-themed game. (I think originally he was going to do something at GenCon or some other big game convention like that, but the minis ended up getting here a year late.) A large part of my work consis
  9. Several friends helpfully pointed out that before I started throwing wild ideas at Ma'al's base, I should probably practice them somewhere else first. That base is on my February list, so I gotta get practicing! Blightfang: - Completely covered giant base. - No integrated parts. I chopped 'em off. - Water with a "live" edge! - The first dragon I owned, blessed upon me by my first Box of Goodwill group, and a perfect fit for a Silversage dragon. Narthrax: - Plain, round, smaller base. - Rocks from his original base are staying. - Probab
  10. This is the place for any questions, chatter, and pictures regarding the Basing Box of Goodwill. Arrival/Departure thread is here: Box of Goodwill, Basing Edition Round 2 - Arrival/Departure Thread NO CHATTER SGHawkins09 Keianna Sylverthorne NecroMancer hungerfan Ulfheathen Aryanun hiddenone32 Clearman Guildenstern Shadowphaze Generic Fighter Dilvish the Deliverer Dilvish the Deliverer Wyvernfire Chaoswolf Knarthex Paradoxical Mouse Dragoneye Kangaroorex Fire_Eyes
  11. The official arrival/departure thread for Round 2 of the Basing Edition of the Box of Goodwill. PLEASE make sure to post when you receive the box and when you send it off. Remember, NO CHATTER, chatter thread is here: Box of Goodwill, Basing Edition Round 2 - Chatter Thread SGHawkins09 - sent 2/16 Keianna - arrived 2/20, sent 2/27 Sylverthorne - arrived 3/1, sent 3/9 NecroMancer - arrived 3/12, sent 3/15 hungerfan - arrived 3/18, sent 3/23 Ulfheathen - arrived 3/26, sent 4/2 Aryanun - arrived 4/4, hiddenone32 - new box arrived 6/11,
  12. So I'm going to be making a diorama for a friend soon. I have a pretty solid idea of what I want to do but no idea how to go about it. I've never worked with cork before and am going to be using quite a bit of it. I want to pour water effects(?) into it but don't want the cork to soak it up. My questions are (photos to be added below for reference): How do I seal the cork so it won't absorb the resin water effects? Do I need to seal the wood I am basing it on as well? If so what is the best way to do that? What is the best glue to put the cork on the wood,
  13. I think I've hit that point where I can admit, I officially have too many projects going. I have three figures in various stages of being painted (the orc, elf ranger, and a halfling PC). I have a full box of Cadian Shock Troopers primed with only one test painted and that one isn't even fully test painted. There are three kobold in various stages of being painted and modified. I found some plastic skull rings that are being painted to be used as shields. I think the kobold with the sword would look great with a shield. Last but not least I have a wiz kids miniature I'm working on for my wife.
  14. I painted this guy and he seemed like a real ambitious little skeleton. So I had a base I had started for a different project, but ultimately decided not to use, and he seemed worthy and I liked the rocks he came standing on anyways...
  15. So, I'm about to start working on making some 3D bases of my own for my dragons (and hubby's too)... Anyone have any pointers or tips on particular putted to use when coating stuff like cork to add more detail, or would there be much of a difference between say Milliput, greenstuff, or other things? I ask as terrain generally doesn't require as much detail as a mini would, but it never hurts to get a few more opinions. I do have greenstuff atm (and Aves Apoxie if this supplier I'm trying to buy some from sends me an invoice ), and might be ordering some other stuff, hence why
  16. A while back I promised Frank Franksson (Matbar) that I would do a short WIP or tutorial on how I use cork to make rock bases. I figured since I was doing the work anyway, I would drag the rest of you kicking and screaming on a magical journey through the dark, and twisted recesses of my questionable creativity. There are many other resources out there for bases of this type, but I will do a quick WIP of my quick and dirty method. I frequently sit, and build bases while I'm watching Netflix on my PC. I will list all the materials I use, and break it down into sections in case anyone w
  17. Need to work on my basing. Still, I don't think this little Hasslefree piece came out TOO badly. Cavewoman stock Hasslefree, from the recent kickstarter; dinosaur, a slightly altered plastic dino I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby; Reaper base; GF9 static grass, with flowers scavenged from a Box Of Goodwill. The tree was the hard part; I needed a prehistoric looking giant conifer, so I started with a metal rod, coated with greenstuff, and began sculpting up, layer by later, with no small effort... I'm a far worse sculptor than even I think I am... and finally, after completion, I layer paint
  18. Need to work on my basing. Still, I don't think this little Hasslefree piece came out TOO badly.
  19. About a month ago I was at a birthday party for one of my friends and it was at that party I had an interesting conversation with another friend that lead to the creation of this miniature. This particular friend enjoys playing tabletop games and has recently been looking into playing Warhammer 40K. He already plays a few different GW games, so he is very aware of what he's getting into. So while doing some research he came across fan art of the Imperial Guardsmen with fish heads, which he quickly pulled up on his phone and showed me. We both laughed and agreed that would be a ton
  20. For a painting competition entry I had to find a 20 year old miniature to work with. Digging through my old boxes of minis (mostly Games Workshop) I found a "Kharn the Betrayer" chaos space marine from 96 (I think was the date on his tab). Decided I wanted to give him a fun base, something more than just the general skull pile he's usually on. So, started scratchbuilding a symbol of Khorne for him to stand on, here's two pics of the understructure. (Bottom of the actual base is the black, white cap is just for handling.) This (although small) is the most involved basing
  21. As mentioned on my previous post, that as aside from my Fire Giant Jailor WIP; I decided to do a few bases based on his for my Etsy site. Here's the second one: Broken Flagstone Courtyard Portal or Statuary Base Display Base You can find my original post for this on my blog: WoldStand
  22. As an aside from my Fire Giant Jailor WIP; I decided to do a few bases based on his for my Etsy site. Here's the first one: Broken Flagstone Courtyard Display Base You can find my original post for this on my blog: WoldStand
  23. Here we go again . . . In the simplest terms, this is a basing version of the Box of Goodwill. Those of us who have a lot basing materials will be able to share our wealth with those new to basing. Others might have interesting bits and pieces that they use and want to add some to inspire others. Or you might have easy access to certain materials that others do not. Due to the nature of some of the materials in the box, at this time the box will only be making the rounds in the US. Please provide the following info in your replies to this thread: Where
  24. This is the place for any questions, chatter, and pictures regarding the Basing Box of Goodwill. Arrival/departure thread is now up: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67606-box-of-goodwill-basing-edition-arrivaldeparture-thread-no-chatter/ Here are the groups; if I missed anyone or screwed something else up let me know. SGHawkins09 Evilhalfling Morihalda Marineal Aryanun Guindyloo tiniest rhombus Hibou Keianna Dilvish the Deliverer Knar
  25. The official arrival/departure thread for the Basing Edition of the Box of Goodwill. Remember, NO CHATTER, chatter thread is here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67383-box-of-goodwill-basing-edition-chatter-thread/ SGHawkins09 - sent 3/17 Evilhalfling - arrived 3/19, sent 3/22 Morihalda - arrived 3/27, sent 4/01 Marineal - arrived 4/01, sent 4/18 Aryanun - arrived 4/20, sent 7/11 Guindyloo - arrived 7/13 tiniest rhombus -arrived 11/24 Hibou Keianna Dilvish the Deliverer Knarthex - arrived 3/19, sent 3/22 Chaoswolf - arrived 3/24, sent 3/31 NomadZeke -
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