A Guide to Bases for Warhammer Miniatures – With Tutorial For DIY Bases
Introduction: What are Bases for Warhammer Miniatures?
Bases for Warhammer are essential an essential part for Warhammer miniatures. They provide the foundation for the models and allow us to tell them apart from one another by using different colors, shapes, textures, etc.
The bases are an integral part of any Warhammer tabletop game. It is not just a stand for your model but also a way to make it stand out on the tabletop.
Bases are an important part of the miniature war gaming hobby. They are mandatory for any miniature you own, whether you are playing with them on a tabletop or in your imagination only.
What are the Different Types of Bases for Warhammer Available on the Market?
Base is the surface on which an object rests or is supported. A variety of bases are available on the market:
- Round bases such as the Eve Model MB325 are usually made of plastic and have a flexible rubber sleeve that covers the area where the object is placed.
- Square bases, such as Hedral Value bases, are usually made of wood or metal, and have four small rubber pads on top that help to secure objects in place.
- Circular bases, such as Litko Clear ones, typically have a flat plate that helps to keep heavy objects in place, but they can be used for any type of object.
Which Bases Warhammer is Best for Your Collection?
The base of the collection is one of the most important areas to pay attention to. It will dictate what type of display space you have and how your collection will look.
Think about what you want to show off with your collection and choose a base that will complement your items.
Round bases are great for displaying collections that have a variety of shapes and sizes, as they can accommodate anything from small delicate items to large bulky pieces.
Square bases, on the other hand, are perfect for displaying collections that contain mostly round or cylindrical items.
The arch top base is ideal for showcasing small collections and looks great with an exposed wall space.
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- “Baseboarding” or basing your Warhammer miniature is an important but often overlooked part of Warhammer. Cork is commonly used as it is easy to work with and creates an impressive effect that blends in with most game boards. In this image, I have shown some of the materials and paints you will need to make a beautiful base using cork. I bought these cork tiles from Staples.
- I broke off a small section of cork from the tile and took a few small pieces to make an irregular shape that would mimic a rock. It is best to use super glue to attach the cork piece to the base.
- I bought some medium and fine grained sand bags from a hobby shop that sells model trains and planes. I poured the bags into these extra Chinese food containers with lids for neat storage.
- You can use PVA glue like Elmer’s school glue, to stick the sand to the base. I used a cheap, junky brush I bought in a Walmart lot to spread the glue. It’s important to buy brushes like this because you need them for basing and terrain and you don’t want to expose your high quality brushes you use to paint the figures to rough surfaces and glue.
Let’s start our composition
- Use your fingers to sprinkle a small amount of medium-grained sand on the glue. Keep the base above the container so that the excess sand does not make a mess on your table or desk. Mixing sand sizes will give a more realistic effect to the finished product. DO NOT dip the base with the glue into the sand. Some of the glue will get into the sand supply and cause caking and other messes.
- Use the same method but with more sand to cover the rest of the glue with the fine-grained sand. Shake the base in the container to get rid of the excess sand.
- After the glue has dried, paint the whole base in Abaddon Black. I forgot to take a photo of this step. Then paint the cork segment with Dawnstone or a similar dark grey.
Now We Can Start to Paint our Bases for Warhammer Miniatures
- Dry brush the sand with Mournfang Brown or a similar dark brown.
- Dry brush the cork with Celestra Grey or another lighter grey. Dry-brush the sand with XV-88 or another lighter shade of brown.
- Dry-brush the sand with Karak Stone or another lighter brown.
- Use the same superglue as before to attach the model to the cork. You may need to go back and paint over some of the grey areas. Do it with a brush if you have put brown paint on the cork.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I will answer any questions you may have in the comments.
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