A Tale of Two Armies - Basing a 2mm Force
In 2mm, basing is key. A nice base always brings a model together, but at this scale, the base is pretty much all you'll see on the tabletop. Painting is just about giving the impression of a block of troops, but the base is what most people will actually be looking at.
The key is not to go overboard - a tree at 2mm might be 5mm tall, say, but you're not going to put a tree on every base. I go for a generic green flock, with a scattering of fine gravel and sand to break it up a bit, then some foliage for bushes and small trees. Anything more than that starts to look a bit over the top.
|The War Room is ready. Models are set out ready for basing, I have an area for scattering flock, with PVA on standby. I find an old knife, a sculpting tool and even a few matchsticks are invaluable for spreading out the PVA.|
|Let it snow!|
|Ready for drying. I leave at least 24 hours, ideally a couple of days - as I mentioned above, this helps the PVA to fully dry. Since it's quite thick, it has to dry in layers which allows the flock to soak in.|
|Once they've dried and had the excess flock messily blown off, I add small dots of tree foliage. This is a personal touch; not everyone likes to do it, but I think it makes the bases a little more interesting and gives them some individuality.|
We'll be using these Austrians to refight the 1756 Battle of Lobositz later on this year, so look out for that!
All the best,