Sunday, 15 March 2015

Re-basing frenzy

Planning is always a good idea.

My mind continually re-assess my terrain collection. It's almost a sickness. As I have moved so many times in the last couple of years (Back to Australia, Back to the UK, and now a new flat again) I don't have the luxury of storing it all out of sight and mind.
Building terrain is probably the most therapeutic aspect of the hobby for me, and I'd say i devote a lot more time and energy into it than actual miniatures, although it is never my intention.

These models are from GZG, and are all-metal kits. They were the first terrain I purchased when I returned to minis in 2010, and they have held up very well indeed. There is certainly something to be said for the durability of metal buildings! The only problem was that when I painted them, after originally basing them on CD's, I had the really odd idea that uniform straight-edged basing would be a good idea. It's not. I decided to re-base them for a third time to fit in with the jungle terrain pieces I made last post.

This time around, I decided to return to making small clusters of terrain rather than individually based small buildings. I have come to believe this is the best way to store and set up this sort of terrain, and makes for a pleasing mini-diorama to work on. I am also determined to unify my basing scheme once and for all. Nothing bothers me as much as mismatched terrain bases (with the exception of people using medieval farmhouses in Sci-fi battles, the ultimate transgression). I should give a shout out to Chris/Deserter86 for inspiring me to do this. His heroic quest to unify his basing is inspirational!

Next, I arranged the buildings into little clusters and roughly sketched the shapes onto the MDF. Then used a Stanley knife to cut rough shapes. I whittled down the edges to make rough gradient. Easy enough, but if you try this make sure you use a sharp blade. As the blade dulls, it becomes harder to cut and you inevitably apply more pressure, which is where cut hands start happening. I was careful and sustained no injuries.

Whittling like a hillbilly

Always check layout with test minis before glueing!

Naturally, I got over-excited and tore into my city ruins terrain immediately, which has no less than 3 types of basing style and was in urgent need of refreshing!

A vast improvement

Something else that I wanted to do was fix a glaring error I had made when first building these ruins... No rubble! Mr. Dave Taylor pointed this out to me and he was so right. The rest of the evening was devoted to crumbling up cork tile and cutting up little bricks to make rubble piles. The only reason I stopped is because my hands were hurting from cutting the MDF (it takes some effort) so I decided to hold off before there was a mishap or hasty creative decision.
Tonight I'm going to force myself to stop messing about with terrain and paint some overdue models for Khurasan, and then maybe get into some more of this. 

13 comments:

  1. Looking very good SJ, know that in and out of flat feeling. Moving, again, April. Sheesh. Hopefully get some hobby work in then. :D

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  2. Got to agree, painting figures can be good and can be frustrating, but scratchbuilding terrain is always rewarding. Good work on the rebate. I remember the last time...

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    1. Haha, yeah I must commit to not re-basing these ever again!

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    1. Cheers Jay! Simple stuff, but a good foundation for more.

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  4. These buildings are really quite wonderful. Just enough color to make it interesting to look at -- and appropriately lower chroma color and weathering. Just a superb job -- not too bright, not too dull.

    I have these buildings and was going to do straight line basing as well. Thanks for showing this work. The irregular basing really accents the straight lines of the buildings.

    Did you brush paint or airbrush the buildings?

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    1. Cheers! I did these after being unhappy with a set of urban ruins that were just too grey. I used to think that a neutral backdrop would both blend together better and be nicer to view miniatures amongst, but that didn't turn out to be true. These were done with Citadel's old "foundation" paints, which were more muted in tone than later paint ranges. I'm going to add some more highlights but they have held up very well.

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  5. I like the way you think. I'm planning to re-base my buildings too so that I can mix them up more.

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    1. Basing 2-3 small ones together where appropriate is my current favourite method. You can just rotate the piece to get different layouts and it looks better than 3 individual bases. I think the most important thing really is just that all the terrain on the table has the same kind of base.

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  6. Your terrain, as always, is very bloody inspiring! Glad to see you back to blogging as well!

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    1. Thank you, inspiring others to make their own inexpensive terrain is one of the reasons I (sporadically) blog!

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