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hello all! I have a question about to get a finer base detail for my minis. I like the detail on the integrated bases that have been coming out lately and i would love to have a base full of that very nice detail? any way I can do this quickly and effectively? or should I just sculpt it myself?

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Texture pastes come in various grades.

 

I like using 'Scenic Sand' from the garden store as it has various grades of sand and teeny little rocks that always seem to adhere in the perfect spot on the base.

 

By 'grain' I assume you're talking about wood grain. That's as fine as your tools will let you carve.

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I have a philosophy on basing: Keep It Simple Stupid (it somehow makes it K.I.S.S. not sure how...) All I use is sand, static grass, and clump foliage. My basesw look good for table top quality. And remember, you don't want the base to out do the model itself.

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I yelled at mathew in unofficial IRC chat and Blue Weasel chimed in. We both sent him to the art aisle for texture pastes.

 

I'll be bringing him samples of some of the texture pastes I use. Properly labeled, of course.

 

I use the sand method a lot on my bases but many of them get the texture paste instead, just because I have different ideas about how it should look. The paste I prefer looks like dirt in comparison to the sand, which looks like gravel. It's all about personal preferences.

 

Blue Weasel and I got into it a bit about brand loyalty. A few exclamation points and mild accusations and then all was sunshine and sweetness. :poke:

 

If you want more info on the unofficial IRC chat check out Shakandra's profile.

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I actually am trying something new to get some base detail. I covered the base in some two part epoxy and just pushed the sand into it to where I could control what kinds of grit I was getting. It looks good, I guess I'll find out when I paint it. Although I am interested in the paste still. Thanks a bunch Rastl!

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I mean 'grain' by how big the grains of sand are, think grades of sand paper. I need a finer grit if that helps any. I thought about mixing some sand in with some modeling putty and using that as a paste of sorts.

Essentally that is what Gel Mediums offer. I have few in different grits but use Golden's Coarse Pumice Gel the most. It is finer than the name indicates. Liquitex Texture Gels Sand and Resin Sand are also useful. As Rastl said they usually have swatches at the art supply stores.

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I'm fond of Renaissance Ink's Flocking Gels--basically textured pastes of various coarsity/fine-ness. Also these days liking to make my own putty rocks and using a combo of insulation foam and "Fine" flocking gel for quick rock-wallish bases, like on my ReaperCon Sophie that was just auctioned off. Then there's flock used as moss, sponging for stone texture and lichen, cool paper leaves...brass etched ferns...Woodland Scenics water effects...some rather extra fine grit from my hubby's workplace not commercially available, but cool nonetheless, so start asking your friends about what they might be able to find for you!

 

...oh, well, I've just described my entry for ReaperCon this year. Coming soon to a webpage near you!

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