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Lately I try to tackle some of the minis that have accumulated on my shelf of shame. Every mini on this shelf has presented me with some kind of issue that kept me from finishing it. Some minis have been sitting there since I began painting years ago. 

This year I have decided that I must finally face the "problem minis" instead of ignoring them any longer.

 

Meet Tempest. Or Barros, I don't know. But Tempest seems the better fit for the Pegasus. So Tempest it is.

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Tempest has been sitting on my shelf of shame forever, he is, in fact, one of the first minis I ever got and prepped up for painting.

 

One of the reasons for me not painting him is that I have absolutely no clue what to do with the base.

I could just paint it up in metal colour (well, see, it's a base, after all). That looks a bit incomplete.

I could paint it light blue (to make it look like "air"). But maybe that will look kind of weird.

He is quite heavy, so he will need the weight of the metallic base. Those transparent plastic bases are not an option.

 

I found a very impressive version online of Tempest flying over a miniature rural scenery, but after all this time, i prefer him leave my shelf of shame rather quickly. So I don't want to sculpt an elaborate base for him.

 

Has anyone encountered this kind of base? What did you do with it? Or what would you do with it?

 

I am happy for any suggestions!

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4 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

I would fill the quadrants with green stuff/milliput/your material of choice, paint it green and put some flock on it. That's the simplest solution, anyway.

 

I agree, or in a similar fashion use some plasticard and cover the base with that  and then create a little landscape.

Or...take it off that base and use a flightstand / flyer base with a clear rod.

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To me he looks like he is either just taking off or about to land.  I would build him a base that looks like he just leapt off a castle wall.  I would build it using cork sheet for the core of the walls and ground and cover it with greenstuff.  I would sculpt the texture of the wall/ground in the greenstuff.  This would hide the post and the metal stand. 

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 Like a few others mentioned, he looks like he's just finished his takeoff... Cut out wedge-shaped peices of cardboard to glue inside the holes in the base, dump in a bunch of junk drenched in white glue to give it extra weight, then after that dries pack a layer of greenstuff over the top of it and put some grass on it. You could add some longer grass that's bent over to show the force of the flapping wings pushing down on it.

 

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He could be soaring higher and higher. You could fill the gaps in with a bit of green stuff/filler of some kind, then stuff some cotton on there, make it look like he's soaring through the cloud line. Just don't use super glue on cotton, they don't react well (fire hazard).

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Paint the edge as you normally do bases, they use cotton batting to build up clouds over the rest of it, spraying it with glue and such to harden it into something interesting. Making it look like the pegasus has breached the cloud layer

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Thanks everyone for the excellent suggestions! 

 

"He's just taking off" - that broke the mental block I had! Somehow, in my mind, I always pictured him flying.

 

Although the idea with the clouds intrigues me. I'll try the cloud thing first and make some experiments. If that does not work, he'll be crashing through a hedge during take off - that should be doable.

 

 

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