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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

Currently, they have a base. That's it. I do have a plan for my Ultramarines with red martian soil and pink-purple tufts, but I haven't tried it yet.

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

I have not done it enough to for any one method to be declared the winner and default method.

 

 

2 hours ago, Zink said:

I have some different colours of flock and sand always sitting nearby. on 90% of my minis I just paint on some pva glue and dip in one or more of them. Simple and usually looks better than a bare base.

Like Zink, I have a ton of materials gathered and saved away. I am spoiled for choice. And I could probably base everyone's armies.

 

When I do attempt something like Zink's method I usually use Superglue rather than Elmers or Woodglue or generic PVA. And I will use tiny shovels to dump the material onto the superglue rather than trying to dip the figure. It seems like more fuss to arrange a container where something could be dipped.

 

 

1 hour ago, Inarah said:

No, I do a variety of different things ranging from painting the broccoli base or sticking it into a slotta and painting it black, to attempting to mould texture around the broccoli or plain base, to adding flock and pebbles, to using pins and resin bases, to attempting to create a base from putty and other materials.  Since my figures get used for gaming most are either painted a solid colour, or have minimal putty and flock to spruce them up.  I'd like to do more resin bases, but finding the right theme in the right size is tricky at best.  I like 1" rounds, and I keep finding 20mm or 30mm  sizes (with round lipped sides which throw off the size even more). 

I do know how to match Old School Reaper Broccoli mounds. Fast.

 

 

Parts needed: Velcro

Optional part: dowel stick, figure base, wood block (something to create a handle if a handle is desired)

 

 

Method:

Discard the fuzzy side of the Velcro

Keep the side with the nylon hooks

Glue the back of the Velcro to the item chosen as a handle (if a handle is desired)

(The hooks side needs to be down)

Moisten the hooks side with water so that it will not stick to the green stuff

Mash into fresh green stuff

Rotate slightly, mash again

Shift position, rotate slightly, mash again

Keep going until it looks random and satisfactory

 

TLDR: Velcro hooks can be used like a happy seppuku stamp to create a Broccoli dimples texture.

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On 7/27/2020 at 5:33 AM, TaleSpinner said:

Monday, July 27: The dog days are upon us; what's your favorite meal for a hot day?

 

Sushi or Vietnamese bowls. My absolute favorite are those veggie rolls with a side of peppered salmon. 

 

5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

 

Dollar store sand+carpenter's glue. Sometimes I steal the sand from my nieflings' sandbox...

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5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

For the last while it has consisted of cork, dark basecoat, very light drybrush and then some different pigments for colour, set with isopropyl and finished off with a small tuft or 2. 

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I'll score the base with an Exacto in a checkerboard pattern then glue the figure to it then paint. Once the figure is done I'll paint the base with a 50/50 mix of water and white glue, then pour sand over it. Once the glue mix is dry I'll shake off the extra sand, paint it in the color I want and add any extras when the paint is dry. If I want to add a rock(s) I'll glue that to the base before the sand. It sounds like a fragile mix but when the clear coat is done (one coat of semi gloss hard coat and one coat of Dullcoat) it's pretty solid. I have a leaf cutter I found on Etsy that I used for the middle figure.

 

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Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

 

I think about the base as I am assembling, in case I want to sculpt a tile/stone/plank floor. Even if it's for an outdoor piece with just ballast or tea leaves, I do it before painting, so I get lots of things holding it in place (glue to the base, then scenic cement with a pipet to seal from the top, then primer, etc.). Never done anything super elaborate. I do usually paint the rim of the base either black or a suitable shade of brown once the rest of the basing is painted.

 

4 hours ago, CashWiley said:

Maybe I'll just start a new trend. I'm a minimalist, I prefer to leave my painted minis pinned to corks. See, I learned a lot in my art journey, like how to make up a line of BS to hide my weaknesses! :D 

 

Isn't that how most art movements get started? That or either with an "Ooops! Uhh, someone will like it."?

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8 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

Since I aim most of mine for gaming in mind, it's usually stick mini on round base, paint base black, if needed; or stick mini on base, shape green stuff around broccoli (or jam tab into green stuff and mold over tab) then press in a texture to match broccoli or character. Paint and sometimes terrain.

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9 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

It depends. The most basic default is 'grassy field'. How I accomplish that varies greatly; I'm always experimenting with different ideas. It may be sand, flock, tufts and done, or it might be pumice paste, pebbles, flock, tufts and done. I have many different colors/textures/styles of flock and tufts, they all get used randomly. I will take commercial flock and mix two or more types together to obtain custom mixes. 

I also use resin bases, and have just started experimenting with basing stamps, and Green Stuff World rollers.

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10 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

 

 Glue tab A into slot B....

 

 

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11 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

 

All of my Imperial Assault (which is mostly what I've painted within the last few years) are ringed in a color (varies by faction) and painted with a dark or medium grey (Shadowed Stone, etc.) on top.  It goes well with most of the interiors, and doesn't look ridiculous when on the outdoors tiles.

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12 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

One of two ways, either a base with a scenic pattern cast in, then painted and weathered, or simple flocking.

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9 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Tuesday, July 28: Do you have a default basing strategy that you typically use to finish off a mini?

 

Nope.  It might be useful if I painted more minis for gaming, but at my rate I can afford to make each one different (which includes being lazy and not doing anything).

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14 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

Wednesday, July 29: If your life was a TV Show, what would be your catch phrase?

no one wants to watch this

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

Wednesday, July 29: If your life was a TV Show, what would be your catch phrase?

....but I digress

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