|First choice: GW Basing Kit. Expensive and uneconomical,|
although look very good.
I decided that an urban, metal feel for the bases would fit equally well for hives and Space Hulk games. But how to convert them? When I first settled on urban bases, I thought the GW or FW brass etchings might work. But a look at some online showed me that this would be very difficult as there was perhaps enough to make two or three fully metal bases in each pack. No thank you.
My second effort was far less inspired, as I just planned to drybrush the bases Boltgun Metal. This was cheap, easy and looked fairly generic, but also pretty half-finished, and I wasn't at all pleased even at the interim stages.
Enter Google! After a few hours of mindless games and meaningless, opinionated drivel (I obviously wasn't looking at blogs, I should point out), I stumbled across Secret Weapon Miniatures.
I'd not seen them before, but it was pretty clear this was exactly what I needed. Bases, washes, weathering powders ... a venerable treasure chest. I ordered a pack of Iron Deck bases (incidentally, there's a huge selection of other specialist bases). These cost about £7 with delivery, which was very quick. The bases themselves are 25mm and bevelled so that they are indistinguishable with ordinary GW plastic bases.
Anyway, I'll as usual let the pictures do the talking. The figures at the bottom are the few I worked on as a test, and I really like the look of them. They are cheap enough for it to be feasible to base a whole army in them if you so wished, and SWM do a selection of 25, 40 and 60mm bases with a 10% discount for a bulk order.
UPDATE 06 Jun 12: Further to this, my wanderings on the FW website have revealed they have released their own version of these bases, made of brass etching and at £9.50 are only a little more expensive than the SWM bases. I have to say I still prefer these, but at least there's a bit more choice.
|Trying out the new models on the Boarding Team|