Thursday, August 23, 2012

Creating a narrative with your basing style

Hey guys,

today I wanted to talk about creating a narrative by basing your miniatures. This topic shows, how far our hobby has come over the last 10 years or so. If you look at old pictures, specifically the ones on the boxes of old Games Workshop products, you will notice that they are all based very basically. Usually, the base was flocked, then painted and then drybrushed and the rim of the base painted a different color.

This is usually enough to make the miniature tabletop ready, but but after all the work you had painting the miniature it would be would be a missed opportunity, not to give the base some extra treatment. This way, you can create stunning narrative, which complements your paint job.

If you want to go the extra mile, is important to think about some things before hand. How many miniatures will you have to base this way? Will your way of basing look good on different size bases? Do you have enough supplies to make sure, that all the bases of your army look the same? Will the base complement the paint job of the models? Will you model the base by yourself or will you buy some premade resin bases? And most importantly, will you have fun doing these kinds of bases for your whole army?

1. The "basic" base

Old school basing - Courtesy of
In this picture you see that the artist paid very close attention to the paint job of the miniature, but only did a very basic basing job. The basing doesn't do very much for complementing the miniature and somehow the sum of the parts is less than the parts themselves.

2. The "selfmade" base
A modeled base, sans narrative.
The same base with bits added for narrative.
On these pictures you see a base with a little bit more effort put into it. The theme is a wartorn battlefield, complete with bits of broken weaponry and armor plates lying around. In this case the base is in stark contrast with the miniature, but adds something to it because there's a story behind it. I used the same technique for all the figures of my Cygnar army.

3. The "premade" base

Resin base inserts - Courtesy of

Another way to go is to buy yourself some premade resin bases. The come in a huge a variety of themes and sizes and can accommodate almost anything you think of.

But be prepared to put a lot of effort into these. They need to be cleaned, washed, primed and painted which can add to a lot of work. Also, if you want to start using these bases for your whole army you will need to stick with them to the end, because else there will be some huge discrepancies in the overall look of your forces.

But if you put the extra effort into them, they can look stunning. I used these kinds of bases for my Malifaux Neverborn Crew and am very pleased with them. Notice, how I vary the colors and style of the bases, but pulled them together  by using the same color for the rim.

In the end, I would have the following suggestions: 

Intricate and detailed resin bases are best for small skirmish type games, where you can put the extra effort into creating stunning pieces, which will complement your figures.

Selfmade bases, which can vary wildly in the effort you put into them,  are great for larger armies by creating some stunning themes.

I would refrain from using only a very basic basing style, because this kind of work can really ruin the whole look of your army.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

From Zero to Hero: Baby Kade - Neverborn Minion

Hey Guys,

I posted a while back, that I won my first painting contest with my entry of Baby Kade. So here is how I went about painting this fig.

Preview of the finished mini

Progress Report: Juli 2012

Hey guys!

The move is done (still a lot to do, but my hobby area is finished). So here you go, my Progress Report for Juli 2012.



  • Field Mechanics - Cygnar Unit Blister


Work in Progress

  • Captain Arlan Strangewayes, Arcane Mechanik - Cygnar Solo

Finished Miniatures

  • Commander Coleman Stryker - Cygnar Warcaster
  • The Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team - Cygnar Character Unit
  • Stormguard - Cygnar Unit
  • Hunter - Cygnar Light Warjack
  • Journeyman - Cygnar Solo
  • Charger - Cygnar Light Warjack
  • Cyclone - Cygnar Heavy Warjack
  • Defender / Triumph - Cygnar Heavy / Character Warjack
  • Squire - Cygnar Solo
  • Reinholdt Gobber Speculator - Mercenaries Solo
  • Lancer - Cygnar Light Warjack
  • Thunderhead - Cygnar Character Heavy Warjack
  • Major Markus "Siege" Brisbane - Cygnar Warcaster
  • Stormsmith Storm Tower
  • Sword Knights - Unit Box
  • Storm Strider - Cygnar Battle Engine
  • Ol' Rowdy - Cygnar Character Heavy Warjack
  • Lieutenant Allister Caine - Cygnar Warcaster



  • Stiched Together (2) - Neverborn Minion
  • Daydreams (3) - Neverborn Minion
  • Coppelius - Neverborn Minion
  • Malifaux Cherub - Neverborn Minion


Work in Progress

  • The Dreamer - Neverborn Master

Finished Miniatures

  • Teddy - Neverborn Minion
  • Doppelganger - Neverborn Minion
  • Baby Kade - Neverborn Minion
  • Lord Chompy Bits - Neverborn Master

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My new Workspace

Hey guys!

With the move (for the most part) finally done, you can expect the pace to pick up again. First up, I wanted to show you my new workspace:

I managed to squeeze all my paints, tools, models and everything else hobby related into a tiny amount of space - and so far it works really great :-).