How to keep your models from sinking down


In order to make your models look like they are standing on top of the flock and sand on their base instead of looking like they are slightly sunk down into it... all you need to do is glue a thin piece of plasticard to the bottom of their feet before you glue them down to their base.

In this case, I picked up a plastic "For Sale" sign at my local hardware store and cut little pieces to fit under each foot.


Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

12 comments:

  1. I personally glue the flock ect. on the base before the model... but if you ever want to re base them it won't ruin the feet just the card so they won't look a mess... So i just contradicted myself... again

    Also are you gonna get disqus back soon?

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is one of the best, most totally awesome, simple suggestions I have ever seen. Great, great tip! Consider it used by me going forward.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Peter: The only time I add the flock and base stuff BEFORE adding my model is when I'm doing something like a rock outcropping or something big like that. For my rank and file guys without anything fancy, I just glue them to the base and then add the basing material after that.
    I don't think I'll be getting Disqus back. While it has some nice features, I don't want to get myself back in the same position I was in only a few short months ago with so much extra coding and blg work that I get in over my head. That and I end up spending more time working on my blog than working on my hobby.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nice tip, but I prefer my marines sinking a bit; after all, when you're wearing a 600+ pounds armor, it's normal to sink somehow in the ground.

    ReplyDelete
  5. XaviarHarkon: I know what you mean. I'm not going back to fix my older models either, they're just going to have to stay that way.

    ReplyDelete
  6. That's a great tip. I usually have the sinking effect, but only because I've developed the habit of completely assembling the model before basing and painting. I'm trying to break this habit.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yeah,

    Considering my guardsmen are on rubble, I guess they've been packing away the pies, because they sure are sinking!

    Nice tip.

    Here's another one that surprised me recently: I have no grasp of colour at all, so when I need to mix something (you'll see my Leman Russes soon with their odd colouring) I ask my wife to do so. Know what she did?

    ...She took all my paint pots and turned them upside-down. Didn't half make it easier to see which was which! Minimised the need to shake them, too...

    - Drax.

    ReplyDelete
  8. oni: I completely assemble mine as well before adding them to the bases. This little bit under their feet makes all the difference. I've done it with all my recent White Scar Terminators and love the result.

    Drax: My wife bought me a storage rack where the paints go in on their sides and I can see the all the actualy colors much easier now... similar to your solution. Makes finding a particular color easy.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hah! Nice trick. Consider it added to my modeling process. I usually make the base completely and then place the model on top of that... but when you use "larger grit" rubble this tends to just look awkward and leaves a lot of space underneath areas of the models feet. On the flip side I don't like it when I glue the model straight to the base and the rubble comes up very high on his feet... but this.. this is the perfect little solution :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Elegant and simple - just brilliant. Thanks for the tip Ron!

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is a great idea. I recently read about it and have recently started using it. Any kind of scrap plastic can be used. I favor those fake credit cards you get in the mail, but used gift cards work well too.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Kevin: Now that's the perfect use for those. Thanks for the excellent tip.

    ReplyDelete

If you've got a relevant tip, trick or link, make sure to include it in your comment for the rest of us to check out!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.