Basing in the simplest form possible

Basing, it's one of those things you hear people say, "I can't do it, it's too hard." I just don't understand. It's got to be one of the easiest things you can do to finish your models and it takes no skill to get great looking bases. I'm using this technique to get my Custodes commission finished quick with some nice looking results.

You need three things... glue, an old brush and some basing material.
I get mine from the parking lot across the street. There's all kinds of free stuff if you just look around.

Add the glue to your model, dip him into your basing material, let dry and brush off any excess before painting. It doesn't have to be any tougher than this. A little bit of paint and presto, instant finished base.

If you want to go all out, you can try this little trick before you glue your guys down to their base.

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!


  1. That's exactly how I do basing. It is very easy.

  2. So easy! And it does wonders for a finely painted model.

    I also paint the base before I paint the model...cause I figure it's easier to fix a stray paint-blob on the base than it is on my mini. But, of's my private shame that I now have an absurd amount of minis with nicely painted bases...and nothing more than primer on the actual model!

  3. Cawshis Clay: Now that's something I've never seen... a fully painted base with a primered model.

  4. I do the same thing as you Ron! And you Clay! I usually paint the model first and then paint the base. It gives me that push to paint since if I can't get the model painted, I can't play with them in a game.

  5. This works pretty well, but I find that the basing doesn't stick very well. I started doing this, then getting slightly watered down glue, and putting a layer on top of that, so that the pebbles didn't come off. (I changed my process with my videos)

  6. Does Elmers Glue (white glue) really hold the basing materials down well enough? I'm thinking each time I take these minis out the foam will have little stones in it.

  7. WarJack: Absolutely... by the time I glue it down, prime it, base color it, highlight it and then varnish it... that stuff isn't going anywhere.


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