Image from Red's Corps Red Scorpions
Image from Blogurine Box
It wasn't until I came across two different models on two different sites that this thought came to me. How many of us take the time to tie our models into the environment we've so carefully crafted and placed them on?
Sure, we go to all ends to create a cool looking base, but then most of the time, we just plop our model down on top and call it a day.
Both examples above go that extra step and tie the model to the environment they're in. In the case of the Red Scorpion Venerable Dreadnought by Red's Corps, his whole lower portion is covered in that fine red dust you'd expect to see covering everything operating on the planet.
The Lucas the Trickster model is the same thing in a slightly different way. Most of the time when you see snow... it's under the model's feet. I absolutely love that Blogurine Box added the snow on top of his feet and even on the bottom edges of his cape. It gives the snow some real depth and makes it look like this guy is bounding through the deep stuff.
The model and the base together create the illusion. Both compliment each other. The model lends credibility to the environment and the environment makes the model real. Next time you go to base a model, it might be worth seeing how you can bring both halves together for a more complete look.
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