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Had to do up 4 of these mean puppies for the druid in my campaign now that he has discovered the joy that is spontaneously casting his normally prepared spells for Summon nature's ally spells.


And if some of you recognized the backdrop..... Yes, these were taken over at Jester's house. We were playing around with my new camera - Olympus C-765 4megapixel with a 10X optical zoom. Supermacro mode lets you get the lens as close as a half an inch away from your subject (wanna see a grown man cry after he thinks he's done a good job blending - use supermacro mode).



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By the way, what did you use for those bases?


Since all of my mini's work for a living and see frequent use on the D&D gaming table, I've gone out of my way to collect round bases in varied sizes. My personal favorite round bases at the moment are Fender Washers. They are perfectly round and come in sizes ranging from 1" up to 2 1/2" inches in diameter and they add a nice bit of weight to the bottom of the mini for added stability.


Once I've chosen the correct size washer, I will then afix the mini to the washer with 2 part plumbers epoxy and let it cure for about a day. The plumbers epoxy cures hard as rock and is easily sandable/grindable. Smooth out any really rough spots on the base then I prime and paint the mini. When the mini is done I then paint the base a dark brown or black and while that paint is drying I'll mix up some "Mud".


The "Mud" is just a simple mix of (your granual of choice) Playsand/Woodland scenics balast/spices raided from the rack/etc. and PVA glue (White glue/school glue/elmers). I usually thin down the glue with a drop or 2 of water so it will spread easier. Then I paint (use and old "retired" brush) the top of the base with this "Mud". It should be thin enough that it goes where you want it to but thick enough that it doesnt fall/flow over the edges. You can always sprinkle a little more balast onto the mud if its too thin. Let this cure again for about a day.


Next I washed the dried "Mud" with thin black paint (6 parts water/1 part paint). This takes care of any light spots and makes sure all the deepest cracks and crevaces are shaded black. Once that dries I now go in with a fairly large (size 8)Filbert brush and drybrush the "Mud" with whatever color I feel suits the mini - shades of gray in this case.


Once the drybrushing is done, the static grass is applied. I use a gel type superglue as the regular liquid superglue will spread and flow out over a surface and won't tend to stay where I want it to. When the gel is down - dunk/sprinkle the mini with the static grass. Blow off any extra that isnt adhearing to the gel. this should dry within a minute or two. Now it gets its a shot of sealer(dullcoate) which will help stiffen up the grass. When the dullcoate is dry now go back again with a light green or a yellow and paint the tips of the grass to make them pop out. Another shot of Dullcoate and you're good to go.

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