To tie in with our recent tidying up and expanding of our resin base selection I thought I’d write a little intro to the potential minefield which is choosing and working with resin bases. While writing today’s email shot I realised that there’s probably more to picking your bases than I thought, so I’ve expanded on it below. I’ll be covering basing painting schemes and decisions in the next blog post.
Firstly – why should you choose resin bases?
There’s 2 main reasons here, the first is speed, you will save a massive amount of time, they’re not cheap, but if you’re on a time budget, or simply don’t particularly enjoy basing (mentalist!) then they are a good bet.
The second is quality, I don’t know about you, but I can’t make something like this…
My they’re pretty!
So now you’ve decided you want resin bases for your army, you’ve got two decisions left to make:
Which paint scheme?
The first should be the easiest. If you don’t have a theme in mind just go with your gut; what makes you start drooling, reminds you of something from your favourite film, or your favourite artist..
If you do have a theme I like to think in film terms, if you want your Malifaux Guild crew to be this cool:
Then you probably want something a little bit desolate and dusty, roll up
Wasteland BasesIf you’d like your army to look less sterile as a whole, but provide contrast to make the minis look more so (fantastic for any Mech Robots, Necrons, etc) then you could put them on particularly lush bases, surrounded by plants or other foliage. (Think Predator).
If you want your army to look completely war-torn and battered then there’s a plethora of ruins bases of every type out there, temples, abandoned factories, war-zones, take your pick. – Any War/Conflict film ever, pick your nuances to suit your time period.
Finally, (copied from today’s email shot) for some extra-curricular reading here’re a couple of examples of my favourites:
For the SF army: Urban Bases – part of the Designed for Infinity range these beautiful crisp bases have a fantastic theme, and are a perfect way to add visual interest to minis. They paint up very well in unobtrusive tones, so they can compliment a miniature without clashing with colour schemes. The small details such as crushed cans etc give you a small but very helpful point to take a colour used on the mini and repeat it here to tie it to the base.
Desert Themed – Very similarly to the bases above the Wasteland or Desert bases offer interest, and paint up well in unobtrusive tones, with the added bonus of working for fantasy or SF figures. If you’re looking to make miniatures look nomadic, like frontiersmen, or on the march these’re perfect. They also make an interesting counterpoint to ‘shiny’ armies, giving you a dusty matt base to contrast with metallics (or blood/gore) etc.
My last pick is another which could work for SF or Fantasy armies, and is one with a lot of flexibility, the beautiful Mosaic range. These are probably one of the most flexible ranges, of course you could paint any of the bases in any colour, but these are wide open for it, they’re also completely flat, which can be helpful in some cases. They could be painted in any colour scheme, drab desert palace, vibrant gloss ceramics, or dark foreboding temple, the possibilities are endless. It doesn’t hurt that Micro Art’s paint jobs on them are completely sublime of course :).