Well it’s been a while since we had one of these, but a comment on my last post has inspired me to write another one and put a question out to you the populace…..
So where do you stand on bases? Before someone says it yes I know it’s your figures that stand on the bases not you! But seriously what is your preferred figure base?
Now this was prompted by Alex over at “Leadballoony” who asked if I was going to paint the rims on my “Forge Fathers” bases black? My response was no, as I prefer the bases on my figures to blend in (as much as possible) with the terrain they are supposed to be standing on, if fact I prefer the edges of my bases to be thinner than the standard Mantic or Games Workshop base, again to “help it blend in” but do you agree?
So let’s take this even further, are you one of those people who likes to have every figure in an army (or if possible all the armies on the same table) on matching bases? Or don’t you really care?
Do you like bases cluttered with lots of bits and pieces (rocks, plants, flowers, tree stumps, pipes, discarded weapons or limbs, the list goes on….)? or are you happy with just the figure glued down to a piece of old beer mat* or a washer, perhaps painted green and if you’re lucky with a bit of flock glued over the top, after all it’s only there to stop the figure falling over, right?
You might even be one of those people who likes those dynamic bases with large rocks thrusting six inches into the air with the figure precariously balanced on the top! Or go the other way entirely and use those clear plastic disks, so it looks like there is no base at all.
What about vehicles, or artillery pieces? Do you base these or not? And if you do, do you base the crews with them or separately? I could go on and on with this!
Now over the years I’ve done all sorts of basing in my search for what I think is my “right” way (I’m still not completely sure I’m happy with my solution), and I’m not saying that whatever way you do yours is wrong, basing is as individual as painting styles are, I’m just after your personal take on the subject.
So chaps (and chap’ ettes, it was “International Ladies Day” after all) what’s your opinion? Give me your thoughts (but not on Slotta bases they are just wrong!!!!**).
Stay safe and cheers Roger.
- I actually did buy an “Early Imperial Roman” army off of a “bring and buy” years ago that was based entirely on squares cut from beer mats.🍻
** I’m kidding of course! But they are the spawn of the devil! 😈