Still More Basing

wpid-IMG_20120714_1343061A little work in progress. I have been basing these guys on and off for a week so far. I reckon I have about 60 bases to go, then a few previously based ones to fix. I was originally basing on 30x30mm bases for infantry and 30mm wide for cavalry, artillery etc but decided to go with Fire and Fury original base sizes. Next I can start flocking. The flocking will give me something else to do whilst I am waiting for the last batch of figures from Miniature Lanka.

There are times, like when I am trying to rebase figures, when I wish basing was still paint the base in mid-green rather than the nice sand and static grass look. When the bases have had the PVA glue and sand treatment it is a real Be-atch to get the figures off those bases.

Target is to finish these bases tonight!

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2 thoughts on “Still More Basing

  1. Doug 15 July 2012 / 11:29 am

    With rebasing, and the PVA being water soluble, get a tray, but the figures in and add water to the ankles. Leave for 24 hours and they just lift off. Messy but.

    It is one of the reasons I always base using PVA. The other reason is that if you use a lot of PVA it also starts to provide a ‘slope’ to hide the actual bases.

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    • thomo the lost 16 July 2012 / 12:22 pm

      I’ve always liked Tarzan’s Grip for gluing the figure to the base for two reasons:

      It has “snapability” – that is, it provides a brittle bond so the figure is more likely to snap off at the base than the ankle if dropped
      PVA has a chemical in it that starts the lead rot reaction. Whilst I know that most figures sold these days are lead free, it is a hang-up from the past. Figure is varnished protecting lead except under the base. the Tarzans grip therefore protected that too.

      Having said that, I am now inclined to try basing with PVA on the next batch as I can paint the PVA on the figures base, then on the base to adhere and dump some sand on that area at that time – may be especially useful for basing 6mm figures.

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