I do consider bases to be part of the scenery for the tabletop. Since the British paratroopers really only fought in Europe I decided I would go with a base with a bit more undergrowth than I have been using for my Calamity bases and its definitely a far cry from my North African bases. Much like my style of painting I like to layer textures on to a the mini's base. It adds a lot of character and depth and while the bases are obviously related none of them will be exactly alike.
The first thing I did was to gather up my basing materials (which tend to scatter) and see what I had to use.
|There is more but I just grabbed what I thought might be useful for these bases. I didn't really use much of what is in the picture though.|
|I like to add rocks whenever possible. However, model railroad ballast is to uniform so I prefer something like this from the Arizona Rock & Mineral Company (Great folks by the way, I highly recommend them).|
|This is a good choice too, and maybe easier to get a hold of for most people.|
|It was mentioned on another forum that it needs to be sifted to be useful. I decided to give it a try and see if there was enough smaller material to work with. There certainly is!|
|This is the pile of larger material. I put this back in the jar and put the smaller stuff into a ziplock. I filled the ziplock with the smaller material so well worth the effort.|
|Ground cover from the Driftwood Scenery Company which doesn't seem to be around anymore. I may well start hording this supply.|
|I pulled out this package to use as the first layer on the bases. Sheet Moss is very cool stuff|
|I couldn't find any of my basing goop, so I made up some more. This is Golden Extra Course Pumice Gel. I mixed in some additional rocks and added water to thin it down a bit.|
|Basing Goop #2 is made from Liquitex Modeling paste, and more rocks and water. This is the mixture I went with for 1st Section's bases.|
After gathering up the potential materials I started in on the actual basing process.
|Super glued the minis to the Warlord bases. I used the 25mm round and the 25mm x 50mm ovals.|
|The MG and two of the crew went on a 40mm round while the third crewman remains on his own 25mm roun.d. Because the fit was going to be tight I glued the MG down first, applied a layer of basing goop and then glued on the second crewman|
|Basing goop completed. I might be able to use this straight up for a snow base too.|
|Vallejo Umber Brown for the base coat|
|A little highlighting. I do this in case some of the base doesn't get covered by ground cover. The highlighting step was probably unnecessary .|
|Here the matte medium has dried (I let it set over night) and I have neatened up the edges with a file.|
|I paint all the edges with Vallejo German Camouflage Black Brown (822/150). I will also use Reaper Master Series Blackened Brown (9137) for this step. The two colors are almost identical.|
|The prone Bren Gun team really shows how effective my version of the Denison smock is. I could see misplacing these guys on the table.|
So the 1st Section of the platoon along with a supporting Machine Gun is now ready to do battle. I'm back to being charged up to get the 2nd Section finished now too.