A couple of posts ago I was in a quandary: attempting to fill the bases of my Splintered Light miniatures to give a natural look, and to conceal the little moulded bases they come with. The dichotomy of choice I faced was whether to use a wall poly-filler, or whether to use air-dry clay. Both had their advantages – clay was easier and quicker to get on, while the filler dried harder and was better to cut and chisel afterwards. They both also had their disadvantages: the filler was harder to put on, and I was concerned the clay would just break away from the base.
Sadly and happily I was right, the clay did just break away from the bases – making it next to useless. This was sad because it had seemed the easier option, and not being desirous of too much work I was thrilled with that. That the clay failed so dismally turned out to be a happy occurrence however for one key reason: and that key reason came in the shape of a little artist’s trowel. The little trowel of mine turned out to make the process of getting the filler onto the base (and in the right places) a very easy and quick process. In all it took about 30-40 minutes to fill in the bases of all my minis – about 20 or so. I also used the end of a wooden skewer to flick any extra bits out of the way and to roll the edges of the filler where they met the miniature’s moulded base.
All in all I am very happy with the result, the bases are uneven, with little bumps and ridges and so forth, but this is exactly how I had hoped they might look. In all honesty – it’s probably a level of detail that will get erased as I add grass and other bits to them – but hey – I’m happy – and it’s been an interesting process.
My last act, before dusting my hands off contentedly, was to add a few little rocks here and there while the filler was wet – other thematic detritus I’ll add after the painting process has been completed. Voila! Done. Now all I need to do is undercoat, paint and base the miniatures and they’ll be ready for whatever anthropomorphic conflict I can throw at them.