Wednesday, May 19, 2010

swappable terrain figure bases

[edit: after some testing of this, I have discovered that the blu-tack causes flocking materials to pull off of the base, even though they are glued down, with another coat of watered down glue glazed on top later, so blu-tacking figures to swappable bases doesn't work after all. I suppose it would be fine if the bases were simply painted flat, with no surface material attached to them, but I do like the look of static grass and pebbly stuff on the bases...)

I had an idea, and tried it out with some figures I don't often use. Basically, the star wars miniatures just have their feet glued to a black plastic base. I like the look of flocked bases with other miniatures games, so I cut the figures off the bases, and had this idea of having swappable bases, depending on the type of map you are playing on! A grassy field, blu-tack the figure to a grassy flocked base. A muddy wasteland, blu-tack the figure to a muddy base. Snowy plains? Blu-tack the figure to a snowy base. When playing on a different battlefield, just pull off the figure, and blu-tack him onto an appropriate miniatures base!

Here's a shot showing four types of bases, testing with this figure.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

more washed star wars figures!

Applying: brown wash to Hoth Trooper, Leia of Hoth, and Luke the Rebel
Applying: black wash to Tarkin

Monday, May 17, 2010

more washes on miniatures!

Applying more citedal washes to my miniatures, with comparison photos (for most of them)

citedal washes

An ink-based rather than acrylic based set of coloured washes. Simply apply the colour of your choice to part of a miniature, and the ink settles in all the grooves, and around the edges of all bumps and shapes, enhancing the look of your miniatures!

In this photo, I took two rebel pilots. The one on the left has washes applied to jumpsuit, vest and helmet. A dark red wash on the jumpsuit, a black wash on the helmet and vest. Now the shape of the helmet (earpiece, etc) stands out, and the lines in the vest are clearly visible now from a distance, and even the folds and ripples of the red jumpsuit now stand out more.

Citedal washes are a great way to show the details of the sculpture of the miniature, instead of simply relying on natural lighting to cast shadows and allow you to see the 3D elements of the miniature. I'm now applying washes to all miniatures I own, star wars, lord of the rings, battletech, etc. and am loving the effect it brings out.