|All your Bases Are Belong to Us.|
Work on Between the Bolter and Me’s entry into Iron Sleet’s Invitational is progressing nicely and we wanted to take some time to post another small update. This time I will be focusing on my progress on the bases of the models for the entry. While not quite as exciting as seeing actual models, this is the first time in a long while that I spent time to construct my own bases (rather than just using my favorite Tech-Deck bases from Dragon Forge) and thought people might like to see them.
To go along with my other Inq28 models that are based on Dragon Forge Tech-Deck bases, I knew that I needed to create bases that resembled the interior of a Space Hulk or an underhive. This meant steel floors with grating or some special diamond patterning, a perfect opportunity to use plasticard (sheet styrene). A trip to the local art store was in order to buy some plasticard. Thankfully, a local art store had an entire rotating display of different plasticard components, from flat sheets to tiny ladders. After buying some stand plain plasticard (0.010’’/0.33mm), I found that they also carried plasticard sheets that mimic diamond tread plating (Plastruct Diamond Plate; HO Scale / 1:100). This I decided would make the perfect foundation for the bases.
|The early stages of the base design. And some Gorkamorka bases that I dug up. Might be a good base for a servo-skull...|
Using the diamond tread plasticard, I cut out 25, 32, and 40mm circles (a sharp scissors works well on thin plasticard) and glued them to the tops of the individual bases. To this I layered on another sheet of plain plasticard only partially obscuring the diamond tread patterning (and taking care to align the patterning the same way on the bases). As a final level of detail, I added a thin plasticard trim to the edge of the flat plasticard panelling and etched brass Imperial Aquilas from Forge World. With the plasticard layers in place and the extra details added, I smoothed out the transition with the rest of the base with greenstuff.
|A step by step progression of the creation of the bases that I am going to use for the Invitational.|
One element that I wanted to emphasize with the bases is that I designed them to be part of the same scene. The paneling of the bases align in such a way that they could be set into a display base. Whether or not I design a display base for all three models is still up in the air, but I wanted to make sure that all three of the models fit together both visually and thematically.
|The WIP inquisitor next to the bases for scale.|
|Two of the completed bases, ready to accept paint.|
I hope you enjoyed reading about my thoughts going into designing these bases. Now back to working on the models to use them!
- Adam Wier