Basing


Fun with de-basing

I believe that only three things are certain, in life: Death, taxes and the need to re-base miniatures.I base well over 1000 minis a year, mostly onto the very large bases I designed and use with "To the Strongest!" and "For King and Parliament." Perhaps half of these need to be stripped off old bases, first, usually the 2mm MDF bases that we have learned to love over the last decade.* Following a discussion on TMP, I thought it might be useful to describe how I do this, because I have had a lot of practice!The steps are:1. Find a tray with a flat bottom, a jug of water and, ideally, a stack of pennies.2. Place the bases in the tray on a couple of pennies each (this allows water to get under the bases, and speeds the process). See pic above.3. Carefully pour water into the tray, to bring the level of the water level with the top of the bases. If a little water goes onto the top of the bases, that's all for the good. However, should the minis be in water up to their knees (or hooves), you risk damaging their p

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New in the shop from Warfare Miniatures

Some new stuff which can be found in the shop:A Cossack unit equivalent to an infantry battalion. It contains three packs of Cossacks advancing (COS01) with musket and one Command pack (COS02).  Price is £31 ex postage. The flag is not included nor or are the bases.The unit pictured has 18 models but there are 20 models in the battalion pack.Second up, I have a limited number of the excellent Janissary Cauldron Bearer set. This is available at the normal infantry pack price of £8.50 ex postage.

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Dutch Fleet update and Medway 1667 mini campaign

To say I have been totally absorbed by my new obsession for 1/2400 scale 1650-1720 period ships would be the understatement of my hobby life time. Not since my Ost Front Microtanks phase of the late 1990s have I been this driven to finding information and being productive on an industrial scale.2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th rates plus Fireship and Heoker - a cross section of my growing Dutch Fleet for the Medway fight of 1667I am already working on a mini-campaign covering the spectacular 1667 Tocht naar Chatham (The journey to Chatham). This has been inspired by the campaign itself, Mark Backhouse's spectacular 2mm scale Siege of Portsmouth and Tumbling Dice's ship models.2nd Rate (80-90 guns) - the largest ships in the Dutch Admiralties - this one is De Ruyter's flagship De Zeven ProvincienThe campaign will be a combination of scales: 1/2400 Tumbling Dice models for the ships, 2mm Irregular Miniatures for the board movement of troops, Brigade Models 2mm buildings which actually seem to suit the 1/2400 ships better tha

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Various WiP shots

two bases from a three base Cossack infantry unitI have too many projects going at the same time. Purely a function of bringing out new figures for Warfare Miniatures. Painting samples for the website means that lots of things get started but very often wait for a long time to get finished.Command and three models to be added to this Russian unit in kartuzEvery base on this post is part of a unit which has not yet been completed but is getting some serious attention right now.Danish battalion Prinds Jorgen - not quite finished yetAll will be available as battalion deals when I finally get them done. This should be in time for the release of With Talon and Claw  the Great Northern War supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition - which is now finished.Part of Danish battalion JyskeMany of the units will be equally at home in the armies of the Maritime Powers fighting Louis XIV between 1701 and 1714. The Prussians in particular.Prussian Guard battalion baseSeveral codes can be fielded in the Turkis

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Terrain Corner – Refreshing Old & Natural Terrain

With Mortal Gods due at the end of the month I realised that when it came to terrain for the period and the location of ancient Greece I was a bit lacking. This felt like [...] The post Terrain Corner – Refreshing Old & Natural Terrain appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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As it should be. Swedish GNW Cavalry

Charge! The Swedish Liv Dragoon Regiment thunders down upon its quaking enemiesIt's a legitimate question. Why has it taken you so long to produce a unit of your own cavalry, based in your own 'chevron' style?Time and conflicting priorities is the answer. I don't have enough of the former and an abundance of the latter.Squadron 1 full charge in chevronI did paint about eighteen riders but only three or four horses. That enabled me to get the web shop stocked but a long way off a 'game ready' unit.Squadron 1 - the chevron is more obvious from this angleSince these chaps emerge about a year ago we've released about another 140 models many of which required painting. We done several show, travelled hundreds of gaming miles and I have been working on several publications and articles. Not excuses, just facts.Squadron 1 rear viewNevertheless, the rapid progress on the new GNW supplement inspired me to get some of these chaps table ready and photographed. I painted around seventeen horses and an additional three ri

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Deep in it.... some of the collateral

Russian Force #1 details below in the textWhere have I been then? Up to my armpits in getting the GNW/Eastern Wars supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition moved forward.Russian field gun in a log redoubtThe book is being laid out right now and the early views are very encouraging. Despite a pretty extensive archive of shots, I knew I didn't have enough of the right kind. I have thus forsaken the paint brush since January 1 and focused on focusing the lens on the toys.Russian Moscow Dragoons move up to the front.As I have mentioned in previous posts. You need to take a lot of pictures to get the shots you want. So far, the new book has spaces for over 150 shots so that means hundreds of clicks in order to produce this required (and growing) number. The book is already at circa 140 pages and rising (largely due to the lay out format we have been using).RUSSIAN FORCE #1 (Photo at top of post)Drilled battalion REGULATION with flintlock @ 1.5 point x 4 = 6 pointsRaw battalion REGULATION with flintlock

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Italian Condotta

Here are my Italian Condotta for Chalgrove. Last night I grouted the bases, and now just need to flock and tuft them. I am tempted to replace the pikemen with some spearmen that Shaun McT is painting, and add some tents for a camp, but other than that they are mostly done, which is just as well since I'm a little behind with my Salute preparations! The bases are currently raw umber which seems like an appropriate base colour. :-)These are on FK&P5 and FK&P6 bases; I really like these because they are a good fit for both 15cm (2 bases)  and 20cm (3 bases) grids.

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Pinning Models to Bases

There are a few, no – there are many techniques in this hobby that are mysterious. Well at least to me – Pinning Models to Bases. You see the odd picture on Facebook or Instagram of someone doing something. But you’re always left wondering… Why and how do they do that? Should I be doing it? One such technique that falls into this category for me is pinning models to their bases. You can glue the model to the base sure. But I’d seen people pinning the model to the base. And now I know why and how – let […] The post Pinning Models to Bases appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Dry Mud Bases

With my new Raven Guard force well on its way to being done, I thought I’d share how I did their simple dry mud bases. Big thanks to The Unrelenting Brush for the Seraphim Sepia and dry brush hint. That single technique makes these bases pop and it’s something I now need to do to my 60 odd Guardsmen! Never miss an article? Subscribe! Remember to paint your whole base with a brown before using Agrellan. I use Steel Legion Drab on the whole base. Including the rim. When the texture dries this ensures you still see brown through where […] The post Dry Mud Bases appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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One to One wargaming - table top reality

A real life soldier! Musketeer Sean of a Jacobite regiment in Ireland circa 1689. Copyright B Hilton.Figure gaming usually falls into some broad categories in terms of scale. Firstly there is the model scale and secondly, the model to man ratio.Typically 40mm, 28/25mm, 20mm, 15mm, 10mm, 6mm are the most common categories for the former. Of course there are several intermediate scales and some excessively large and small ones however, we are talking here neither of using hair rollers to represent the Imperial Guard nor of Action Man hiding in the begonias of your back yard to ambush Combat Johnnie. Let's stay with the more common and thus majority scales.Re-enactors in a single rank with modest space between each. Copyright B.Hilton.The second scale refers to how many models represent how many men and horses. This spectrum covers at one end: one model is one man and at the other end: where one model is perhaps one hundred men.Chopping out the Glitterati style games often featured in hobby magazines and focusin

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One to one wargaming: expanding the idea

Three 48 man companies of musketeers from the garrison of Derry. A company of Mountjoy's Regt at the centre.I was very pleased that the first post on this subject was popular and that visitors were stimulated to consider the implications of frontages, deployment, fire methodologies and movement around the battlefield and its table top imitation.A battalion of Jacobite Foot based for Beneath the Lily Banners and representing between 500- 800 menTo continue, I thought it might be useful to reflect on what we are currently using as tabletop representations and the suspension of disbelief necessary to imagine it can be in any way realistic.It calls to mind innumerable conversations over the years revolving around what I call 'nippy battalion syndrome'. That is, where gamers attempt to squeeze formations of 28mm models through gaps in their lines barely 25mm wide in order to replace worn battalions with fresh ones.Or, those tedious discussions around.. "why does it take a full turn or even two turns to deploy out

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Review: Versatile Terrain Name Plates

All super-heavies in 40K should have names. This is just a fundamental truth. And with the over-the-top, baroque style of 40K slathered in pseudo-Latin, there’s room for really fun names. Terminus Est. Fortress of Arrogance. These names add a lot of texture to the setting, and are sort of the capstone of projects that often demand a lot of time and hobby attention. And in Adeptus Titanicus everything is a super-heavy. Which means everything needs a name. For 28mm figures, you might just remember the name, or if you’re feeling especially fancy, put an etched plate on a display base of a Titan, like the kind you can get from a trophy shop. But what do you do for 8mm figures? The answer? Versatile Terrain. The Basics Versatile Terrain is a small operation based out of the UK, using 3D printing to primarily make nameplates that fit standard round and beveled base types found in most miniatures games. The configuration is easy enough – pick your base size and choose from a few styles – one

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Exhibit: Orion, King in the Woods display AoS: Avatar of the Hunt

Recently I showed you photos of Orion, King in the Woods, the everlasting Lord of Athel Loren and co-ruler of the Wood Elves (in Age of Sigmar he is Avatar of the Hunt) with his Hounds and today I want to show you a small diorama with Orion.Here you can see how I made the plinth using fire (I burned it), but it was quite a difficult task to mount Orion and his original base on it. I managed to do it so he could be easily removed from the plinth and put elsewhere. Orion's base can be connected to the plinth with one "click" due to the use of neodymium magnets. Also, his original base outline is almost invisible when connected to the plinth =)I hope you like my autumn King in the Woods and that his photos are of good enough quality. I would really appreciate if you vote for him on CoolMiniOrnot.com here =)More photos of Orion below.Niedawno pokazałem Wam zdjęcia Oriona, Króla Kniei, wiecznego Lorda Athel Loren i współwładc

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