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So ... I have a few thin slabs of slate I thought might serve for basing some of the bigger Bones, maybe.

 

One is about 6.5 inches long and 4 inches wide, two more are about 6 inches by 3. They all are rather irregularly shaped, but they are nice and flat with a smooth toothy texture and some pretty sparkly inclusions.

 

Is this a sensible idea? I do not think I could drill them for pinning, but they are well cleaned and I suppose I could epoxy Bone figures down to them.

 

One of the smaller slabs was a little thick and I could see three clear layers in it. I tried splitting it, but I don't have the proper tools, just a hammer and screwdriver and safety goggles. I knocked a few bites off of one layer or another, which actually made the slab more interesting looking and gave me some smaller pieces I think could be useful as scenery on little bases.

 

Have people done things like this? Is there information somewhere so I don't have to reinvent the wheel?

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I don't know about using slate as the whole base, though I don't see why not, but I've used slate chips plenty of times in basing with no issues when gluing it to a plastic base or the figure on top. I've just used regular superglue before for this. (EDIT:Actually now I think about it I've just used PVA to glue slate to a base)

 

I'm reasonably certain the Citadel Basing Kits come with a couple of pots of slate chippings so it's not something out of the ordinary.

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Should work.

 

Problems I see:

 

1) It will be heavy. Not an issue unless you want to move it somewhere.

 

2) I think you'll find it a bit difficult to blend the feet of the figure into the slate while keeping the slate looking like slate. You should be able to build up a "dirt" layer then blend the figure into that (or something more clever). None of that matters as much, of course, if you're just using the slate as a plinth rather than trying to build a scene.

 

3) Getting the piece to the right size will be fiddly.

 

For the appearance of slate with a bit more ease of working, I like pine bark. It has that same stratified shape while being light and easy to cut and drill. Around here it's very inexpensive at home improvement stores sold as ground cover. I do recommend washing it well before using it.

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I saw a very interesting tutorial somewhere (brushthralls maybe) where they simulated slate by rolling out a large thin sheet of milliupt and then breaking it into pieces after it had set. As far as slate goes, don't you cut it by scoring then breaking like glass? Maybe I'm thinking of something else?

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I've never used slate, so I don't know how brittle it is or what would happen if you set the minature down hard on a table/dropped it. You might consider backing the slate with a layer of felt, just to keep any tabletop, etc safe from scratches. I would think it would be ideal for large bones, since it is heavy and would provide a solid base. A display dragon?

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Slate is pretty brittle, but it's kind of neat too. I never had plans to make show pieces, but I'm hoping with care this can be carried around games.

 

I did think of a felt pad on the bottom. Maybe a silicone potholder could be repurposed to make a shock-absorbing bottom pad. I'm wondering if I should put something over the edge of the slate as well, to prevent (more, unplanned) chipping.

 

I figured the combined weight would be too much for a large metal figure, but so far the Bones I've played with work better on bases with a little heft. I have a couple of boxes of metal fender washers waiting for the Kickstarter Bones (which reminds me, I should get a rasp or something to rough up their surfaces for gluing).

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Pingo if you're looking for something to make a bottom pad from you can buy gasket material in flat sheets. You might look into that.

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Hah, I was just thinking about this. I have access to a bunch of old roof slates.

 

I think the Bones will be great for this, glue and go. But metal minis....

 

As far as getting the piece to the right size...if you have enough slate, just smash it on the sidewalk and sort the bits.

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Hah, I was just thinking about this. I have access to a bunch of old roof slates.I think the Bones will be great for this, glue and go. But metal minis....As far as getting the piece to the right size...if you have enough slate, just smash it on the sidewalk and sort the bits.

I was out mountain biking with the wife in the West Country (England) and we rode past a slate hill. I filled half my back pack and am still working my way though it. Placing a large piece in an old pillow case and smashing on the floor is not only effective at giving you nice small pieces for basing but IMMENSLY SATISFYING!

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Makes me wish I had access to slate without spending much. Alas where I am the only layered stone is sandstone and that is far too brittle for anything like this. Still, I wish the best, and would love to see the results of this project.

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