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Everybody does it differently. I base the mini before priming, then will handle it by the base while painting. Once I've finished the mini itself, then I will go back and put the finishing touches on the base.

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Normally I would do it only after the painting. I think some basing materials should not get paint on it. Another issue could be that the colors of the basing must fit to the miniature. A reason for me is, that I spent so much money in miniatures and paints, that I have not much money for basing material... So painting and learn to paint is more important, in the moment.


If you paint armies, it could be easier to make a diorama after the painting, but sometimes it is good to think about it before you start to paint, or better before you clue the mini's about how the base should look like.


Here is a sample of my zombie regiment, most of the painting I did before I made the basing. But there are some mini's still in need of paint. Only problem is here, that the varnish for the water effect could get ruined with paint if I don't pay attention. But some of the basing was, to cut the miniatures, so it look like they would come out of the water.



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Just to be clear. Part of the touch ups that I mention I do at the end would include adding anything that I didn't want primed over. Like flocking, static grass, any other sort of long grass etc or even water effects.


However if its a simple basing, sand and static grass, then I do put the sand on before priming and afterwards give it a wash in whatever colour I want. After the mini is completely painted, I give the sand a quick drybrush to hilight some of the bigger rocks before adding the static grass.


I do also paint the rims of the bases, even for black. That'll be the last thing I'll touch up before adding a protective coating.

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It really depends on how fancy you want to get. If you're just trying to get paint on everything and don't want to do anything at all to the base it's easiest to base, prime then paint. If you're just using the minis for tabletop gaming, and only plan to add some dirt/rocks/grass, you can probably base before painting and prime everything at once, adding the grass after painting. If you're going to do something complex where aspects of you basing may block access to your figure, you'll want to paint the mini first, paint your base elements separately, then glue everything together and touch up. Really, there's not a right way to do it. Just plan ahead, and the painting process will be much less frustrating and you'll do a lot less scowling at impossible angles. Speaking of which, there are times you may want to wait on attaching arms/weapons until parts of your figure are painted. ::):

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I paint up the base and figure separately then assemble them afterwards. I makes it easier for me as usually basing involves, for me anyway, dry brushing, washes and pigments which are all messy.

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[quote name=CashWiley" post="663746" time="1357539988'>1357539988"]The need to put a new base on a mini denotes utter failure on the part of the miniature company. :devil:


Totally agree! I mean how hard can it be to do multiple bases for each mini they produce.



A plains base, a forest base, a swamp base, a muddy road base, a dry road base, a pavement base, a cobblestone base, a brickwork base, a pavement base with a curb, a cobblestone base with a curb, a brickwork base with a curb, a ruins base, a mosaic tile base a futuristic flooring base... And that's just to start. Plus you need to have snow based versions.



A snow covered plains base, A snow-covered forest base, a snow-covered swamp base, a snow covered muddy road base, a snow-covered covered dry road base, a snow-covered pavement base, A snow covered cobblestoned base... Well, you get the idea.



Slackers, I say. :devil:

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Oooh, snarky. I like it! :)


Sure. But the choice of funky broccoli or warlord slottacrap? I'd prefer a nice simple plain sculpted base (that won't eat my brushes like broccoli) or a simple sculpted base that I can cut off if I want to re-base it to fit a theme. A base-crafting enthusiast can cut off a cool graveyard base as easily as a broccoli base, yeah?


But those of us who simply have zero interest in playing with sand and static grass are standing here out in the cold. I only offer the idea as something that fills all needs. Heck, my ideal is a sculpted base separate from the mini so I can pin it myself after painting it. In that case, you could rebase to whatever you wanted and sell your sculpted bases to me! :)

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I'm pretty consistently doing bases after the miniature. To paint the miniature, I've taken to using Elmer's glue to stick them on top of a fat plastic multivitamin bottle; this gives me something solid to hold onto while I'm painting the miniature. After it's done, I try to come up with a base, then pop the miniature off of its vitamin bottle prison and attached it to its new home.

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Remove mini from stock base, drill and pin feet, mount on cork for painting. Paint mini and base seperately, drill holes in base, glue down feet, final touch up.

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