Sunday, June 28, 2009

Textured Plasticard Bases

The only real holdup in starting off my Daemon army is the decision about how to base them.

My Dark Angels are based with ballast drybrushed to look like ash. It looks good, but I'd like to try something different.

I want my Daemons to have interesting bases, but don't want to spend too much time on them. I'd thought about basing them with resin bases, but those are kind of a pain to work with: pinning and gluing and such. I want texture, but want it in plastic; plastic glue is more than enough to keep minis on the base.

So, my solution: glue textured plasticcard to the bases; I can use plastic glue to hold the plasticard on the base and the miniatures on the plasticard.

I settled on a kind of cobblestone pattern: the bases are going to have the brass flagstones of Khorne's palace.


I smear some plastic glue on the bases and stick them on the back of the plasticard. At first, I crammed them in, close together, to maximize the number of bases I could fit on each sheet. In retrospect, this was not the best plan. It's kind of a pain to cut between the bases. From now on, I'm placing them a little farther apart.


Scoring the plasticard slightly is all it takes, then it's simple to tear the plasticard along the score. Rough shapes are fine. Once the base is separated, work around the edge of the base with hobby clippers. Lots and lots of small and near cuts render a very round shape.


That's all there is to it!


5 comments:

  1. Nice trick! Thanks for the tip...

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  2. Hi
    Where did you find this plasticard. I searched long time but I never find it on the web.

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    1. It's from Plastruct ( http://www.plastruct.com/ ). As far as I can tell, you can order directly from them.

      MicroMark ( http://www.micromark.com ) sells some as well: different patterns, but the same idea.

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    2. No problem! I hope they work out!

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