All About the Base: Greg Licitri on Basing

Hi, I’m Paul, and welcome to another edition of Sculpting, Painting and Gaming.

When it comes to painting miniatures, one of many bête noires  (along with the assembly, painting, varnishing and displaying of the little treasures) is basing. Compared to the bright and textured bases I see online and at shows, with their lush foliage and imaginative decorations, my bases look very much like my scalp: dull and lacking in coverage.

Thankfully Greg Licitri of Hobby Shop in Grenoble, France has come to our rescue with this, his article on basing his Footsore Irish miniatures. So read and inwardly digest, and you too can base like a pro.


When I started painting Footsore Miniatures’ Irish Warlord shown, I thought about the base and wanted something wild and green. After some trial and error, settled on the following method:

1: The Base and Slate
First of all you will need something on which to stand your miniatures. In this case I have begun with a slate and a base.

 

2: The Slate
Break the slate, stick it to the base so that it occupies most of the space. Tip, you can then put your figurines at different heights for diversity and create a general feeling of harmony.
Then check that the figures will be able to stand on the slate easily and are not likely to wobble.

 

3: Attached the Miniature to the Base
Next, glue the miniatures to the base. Tip, centre the figures, this prevents them from falling forward. Here, the Warlord is in the front; his pose seems to indicate that he is looking for an enemy or watching the advance of his warriors. The banner bearer is set in the back and appears to be trying to look over his master’s shoulder.

 

4: Add Texture
Now use a textured paste to hide the metal base and most of the rocks. The idea is to cover the tops of the rocks with grass, that will make them look like an outcrop. Prince August’s Natural Earth paste simulates great the gritty soil.

 

5: Drybrush
Drybrush the base with Ivory Bone from Prince August.

 

6: Tufts
To represent the green meadow, I used a mixture of light green PA flocking and dark green PA using the 2 / 3-1 / 3 distribution. Then I used Gamer’s Grass Jungle XL and Strong Green Herbs to simulate the tall grass. Finally, the tufts of Strong Green Herbs will give volume to it all and will lodge in the crevices of the rocks.

 

And here’s the result:

 


 

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About the Author

Paul L. Mathews
A born-again wargamer since 2015, Paul L. Mathews is now the editor at War Banner. He is also the head honcho at his own freelance enterprise, Tabletop Creative. A dull boy, Paul's interests include editing and staying up past his bedtime

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