Sunday, June 17, 2018

Basing Your Figures - The Lonely Gamers Way

Over the last few months I have been requested a number of times to reveal my secrets on how I base my figures. So please grab a pen and paper prepare to copy this very simple but effective way to base your lads to perfection.

The first step of many is to glue your lads to a base. I use PVA glue, which set well and if you have to rebase (heaven forbid) you just have to simply place the base in hot water and the figures will come off straight away.

I buy about 5 litres of PVA at a time and transfer small amounts to my favourite squeegee bottle.

The next step is to squeeze a small amount of PVA glue onto the base and with an old brush make sure the glue is spread fairly evenly over the base. Try not to get too much glue on the figures as it can be a bit of a pain later when the glue dries and bits of sand are stuck to the figures.

After you have completed spreading the glue onto the base, hold the base lightly to an angle and with your hand poor the sand mixture (shown above on the base, which is very fine sand and BBQ sorbent). Ensuring that you do not get too much sand on the base just gently shake off the excess.

Once completed it should look similar to the image above. Now let the base and PVA glue dry for at least eight to ten hours.

Once the glue has dried, grab an old paint brush and using the back end rub the majority of small stones off the base. Once completed paint the edges of the base the same colour as your base coat.

The colour I use for the edge and the base colour is a watered down Citadel Tallarn Sand. I water the painted down to a 50/50 water/paint.

Next I paint the base and leave dry for the next two to three hours.

Once the base is dry I then start to dry brush the base with......

Iraqui Sand for the first layer and then the next two layers I add a little white to lighten the look of the base.

First layer just Iraqui Sand

Second layer slightly lighter

The last layer is slightly lighter again

Nest step is to grab your favourite static grass. I use Gamer's Grass but there are plenty of other companies out there that make similar products

Again with a dab of PVA the grass is placed on the base

Followed by a few small stones just to add a little more effect

And 'Boom' the base is completed. You could also add a few flowers if you wish just to add a little more colour.

I hope that helps for those who are having a little trouble in basing the boys. This is a fairly quick way to base and can be done for any base size. 


Willie Anderson said...

Looks great!

Vinnie said...

Thanks Willie



Robbie Rodiss said...

Great looking bases which really set off the figures. Thanks.

L'Empereur Zoom13 said...

Very realistic !
Bravo !

A J said...

Very effective! I need to re-base some ECW figures soon and I think I'll try this.

Paul´s Bods said...

Excellent tutorial. I never knew PVA loosened in hot water, I´ll give it a try next time I´ve got some re-basing to do.

Phil said...

Your creative and beautifully done bases add a lot to the already superb units, excellent job!

Peter said...

Looks great! Only suggestion would be to use cheap craft paints for this rather than expensive miniature paints. There is a slight difference in pigmentation density, but I think the value favors the craft stuff in the end.

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the great comments everyone hopefully my tips will help. Peter you are correct at first I spent a great deal of money on buying citadel paints but then went to the local paint shop and they replicated the colour for me but in a larger scale.



Lawrence H said...

Thanks again for some earlier advice you gave me on the colours you use, which I have been using to great effect on some Eastern European renaissance figures.

Vinnie said...

No problems Lawrence more than happy to help when I can.



Michał Kucharski said...

Fantastic work sir!

rross said...

Great looking basing - nothing finishes off great figures like a top notch basing job - a good base can also "hide" average figures, and a poor base makes well painted figures look a bit average, so its a skill that is worth nurturing and you are a master!

Vinnie said...

Thanks Michal and rross for your comments I hope they have helped with your basing.



Lee Hadley said...

Fantastic tutorial.

Vinnie said...

Thanks Lee.



Matt Crump said...

Thanks for sharing 😀

Vinnie said...

No worries Matt

Chad Sikes said...

Great post. I've wanted to see this for a long time!

Vinnie said...

No problems Chad I have also been asked to do the write up for sometime but never got around to it until last weekend. So I am glad to have assisted.



The Kiwi said...

Nicely done. Cheers

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Lovely tutorial - very helpful. Doesn't hurt that the Egyptians in the photos are beautiful!

Vinnie said...

Thanks Kiwi and AJ for the comments and I m happy to read that you found the post helpful......happy basing



Jason said...

That is brilliant! Thank you so much for posting your tutorial guide. I have never been happy with the way my desert basing looks - I am painting desert bases right now and using your method right at this moment! Your guide is really much appreciated.

Many thanks,


Jason said...

ps..I can't believe I just mis-typed my own name!

Jason (got it right this time!)

Vinnie said...

Hi Jason fantastic I am very happy to read that you found my tutorial handing for basing your lads. If you need any other tips please let me know.



Silver Whistle said...

I am never happy with my bases and always changing the formula trying to get the right look. For the arid look that you have, I think you have cracked it Nathan.
Thanks for sharing,

Vinnie said...

Thanks Pat kind words coming from the Master himself.



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