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With my summer exchange mini 99.99% done, it is time to start on some personal projects. On my work table are two competition entries as well as the start of my Infinity Bakunin Nomad squad. On the two competition entries, I mainly have done base construction. The first base is for a male assassin from Dark Sword. In my mind I have pictured palace/temple ruins in the desert. Why this? Well, the miniature reminds me of this guy:

 

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And so, he will be my inspiration for this piece.

 

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The big base is for someone special and is still missing elements. Here is where it stands now:

 

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It will be a jungle themed base and the hollowed out area is for a resin pour to make a pound/creek. There will be some more rocks/faces/columns on the other side once the minis base is attached. That will be in awhile as I want to do the resin pour before completing any other area of the base in case i have to scrap it. Who is deserving of this base you ask? None other than Narthrax.

 

Lastly we have the beginnings of my Infinity squad, who are just assembled, based, and primed. They will be tabletop quality but if I really like how they turn out I may also enter them in the competition.

 

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I know they are just bare bones now, but any input would be appreciated.

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I hope that you take the time to sketch out a drawing of what you are intending to create !

Looks very ambitious, and that is way too kewl !

Work out the logistics before you start committing yourself to a design.

I would also recommend that you take black and white photos along the way to keep everything

balanced.

(sorry, I tend to be "over controlling on my mini's and projects".

Jay :rock:

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I usually do a basic sketch of what I am picturing, more as a way to remind myself of what I want to do as I tend to get ideas way before I can start on them. Once I start in the actual project I use the sketch as a guideline and do a few mock ups with the actual elements of the piece. For example, Narthrax's sketch had the integral base on the right with the large rock area on the left with the water separating the two. I also noted that I wanted to use the columns, faces, and some tree stumps. Once I got the positioning of the base situated, I started choosing what resin elements fit right and built up the cork rocks where I wanted them. I made sure everything worked before gluing them down.

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This is not much of an update, I have just done a little bit here and there. First up, Narthrax is assembled (except the head) and is base coated in blue liner. The wings have a couple of coats of HD Coalition Blue and will eventually fade from green to blue.

 

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I also base coated the assassin's pant and metal with Auburn Shadow. I did the metal bits in this color as they will be copper or bronze.

 

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I also base coated his base with Sandy Brown.

 

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Now the most important thing, the reason for the update:

 

My resin set!!!

 

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This means the pretty jungle base gets to happen. I am so happy as I was afraid it was not going to work as I decided to tint it and I know that it can sometimes mess with the chemistry. Also I lost the instructions and had to guess the mixing time.

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Next step on the dragon was to base coat the body in Rich Green. I also started the highlighting on the head with Viper Green as well as base coated the teeth in Bone Shadow.

 

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All day Sunday was spent building up the rest of the base, integrating the Bones base with what I ahead already done. Lots of breaking up cork, glueing cork, glueing fingers, and pulling bits of the cork off to make it look like rocks. I included another column piece, face and some dead trees. Then sand was put down and everything was painted with thinned down craft paint, which was still wet when the picture was taken.

 

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SG - what are you using to keep the clear resin inside so that it doesn't spill over the sides? If it's an item that you bought somewhere, please PM me the link.

This time I actually just used heavy duty masking tape with a piece of wood on the outside to provide support. Using masking tape came from Meg Maples's water base how-to and it worked great with no leaking like last time. You just need to sand it down to get rid of the imprints from the tape residue.

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SG - what are you using to keep the clear resin inside so that it doesn't spill over the sides? If it's an item that you bought somewhere, please PM me the link.

This time I actually just used heavy duty masking tape with a piece of wood on the outside to provide support. Using masking tape came from Meg Maples's water base how-to and it worked great with no leaking like last time. You just need to sand it down to get rid of the imprints from the tape residue.

 

 

Oh cool, that's a good idea. I thought maybe you used some kind of clear acrylic plastic or something.

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SG - what are you using to keep the clear resin inside so that it doesn't spill over the sides? If it's an item that you bought somewhere, please PM me the link.

 

This time I actually just used heavy duty masking tape with a piece of wood on the outside to provide support. Using masking tape came from Meg Maples's water base how-to and it worked great with no leaking like last time. You just need to sand it down to get rid of the imprints from the tape residue.

Oh cool, that's a good idea. I thought maybe you used some kind of clear acrylic plastic or something.

I have seen other how-to's that use that or plasticard but you have to get it really tight and flush with the base or it will leak. That method would be better though for deep pours as the tape is narrow but it was perfect for what I was doing with this base. Edited by SGHawkins09
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