After my latest commission, a question about why I wrote witty jokes on the bases of the knights sparked a fiery speech at the store. Here’s an improved transcript of that passionate speech.
I don’t think a model is truly complete without a proper base.
This was a quite the dilemma when it came to my latest comission.
It’s no secret: I love bases. I mean, I have countless posts on how to make awesome ones, and a handful of dollar e-books ( #shamelessselfpromotion )
Even the most amazing model with a crappy base will look barely unimpressive. And, just as important, great bases can bring any model to wow status.
How to make awesome bases?
There are 2 easy ways to make your model stand out with awesome base work:
1- Muted bases that showcase a model.
This method works great when you have a vibrant and colorful model. A muted and dark base will showcase those colors. This eldar army is a great example: if the bases were light, the vibrant red and turquoise would get lost. The dark bases make your eyes drawn to the models first. Boom, showcased.
2- Contrasting bases that create a theme
This is my method of choice for dark or speed painted models, like these Stormcast Eternals.
With bold bases, the models just blend in the army as a whole.
The Great Camo Dilemma
These 2 tricks will work with pretty much everything you will paint except camo armies.
While a handful of scouts with camo cloaks are not enough to affect your paint scheme, armies full of camo, like a lot of Imperial guard regiments require some tweak.
It would make very little sense to have the turban warriors of Tallarn in beige and tan fighting on swamp bases.
To break of the monochrome feel of models and bases painted in the same colors, we need to add something contrasting. You can do so on the models or on the bases themselves.
For models, it can be something like OSL. What’s important is that this color is on a majority of the models, not just a select few. So every lenses, gems, and force/energy weapons can be that poping color.
If your army doesn’t have something like this, or you’d rather keep your models truly camo, you can add the same type of element to the bases.
While OSL is somewhat harder to pull on bases, something like ruins, rocks, or leaves can give you a good break. With elements from the bases like this, you can hamme rin your theme on your display board to tie everything together.