Do you want to make bases that will enhance your Warhammer 40k miniatures, but the task seems very complex to you? Do not worry, the model making of the bases for miniatures does not require any particular talent.
You should note that there is no standard rule for the realization of bases, the possibilities are almost endless. However, by following some practical advice, with the right tools and a little touch of imagination, you will be able to design bases in harmony with your miniatures.
The material to gather to make good bases for your Warhammer 40k miniatures
To model the bases of your Warhammer 40k miniatures, you must first of all have the bases themselves. There are several types: the classic bases delivered with the figurines, the plate bases, as well as the bases sold completely or almost made that you will only have to paint like the Micro Art Studio bases for example.
In addition, you must provide: PVA glue, a bowl of water to be used to dilute the glue, a brush, pliers to apply the glue to the surface of the base, textured paint or sand, gravel, cork , snow, tuft of grass,… model making or textured pastes (resin, milliput or green stuff) according to your choice for the flocking and the decoration of the bases. The Thimi Games site has also detailed what you need to have to prepare your miniatures, whether for model making or basing.
Note that all this material (except the water bowl) is to be found in basing kits under different themes and types of terrain, accompanied by a detailed manual on the steps of their use. You can buy the one that suits you from the multitude of kits available on online shopping sites.
Some tips for making the bases of your Warhammer 40k miniatures
The interest in making beautiful bases lies among other things in the enhanced value they give to your miniatures and the consistency that your army draws from them. Below you will find some simple ideas for a successful base for your miniatures.
Take the time to think carefully before embarking on the realization
The time for reflection prior to the start of the model making of your figurines will allow you to think well about your work. In other words, it is about giving you a global view of the desired rendering, the variations to be made to the different bases depending on the figurines, the theme to choose and the environment of the figurines among others. Ideally, designing a plan will help you structure your work better.
Choose a rendering that highlights the figurine
It is advisable to give as much importance to the bases as to the figurines. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that the role of the base is to accompany the figurine and to enhance it. Therefore, you will ensure that its size and shape matches that of the figurine: not too large to swallow it, nor too small at the risk of not being able to accommodate all the decorative elements without being overloaded. .
Take care of the harmony and complementarity between the colors of the base and that of the figurine
The idea is always to highlight the figurine, you must ensure the complementarity between the colors of the figurine and that of the host base. Thus, you must avoid having a base of the same color as that of the figurine, because it will be difficult to distinguish the 2 components. On the other hand, by using distinct but complementary colors, you give visibility to the figurine while keeping the overall harmony.