View Full Version : Question to Castus (re snow bases)

30-07-2009, 05:58 PM
hey, i read the PM about your guardsmen bases and decided id copy it onto my marines. unfortunately i had to glue some of them down to stop them falling over. i was wondering if i could still do it on the models. the following are pictures of some of the models i have glued.




would it be possible to still use polyfilla on them?

thanks in advance :)

Captain Castus
30-07-2009, 06:49 PM
Yeah, you could still do it... You have 2 choices I guess...

1) Do the same but just be much less generous with the polyfilla... You'll get less shape and texture on the base and the feet will look a little sunk in... But, hey, it's snow! You'd expect a Marine or a Dread to sink in a little!

2) You could get a sharp knife and (carefully!) cut them off their bases and re-stick them with some little plastic raisers...

Hope that helps! :)


30-07-2009, 07:24 PM
yea. i might try with the knife approach but that wont work on the dread. ill give it a go and get back to you on this.
thanks again

30-07-2009, 07:36 PM
Ah sunken feet syndrom, tiny plastic raisers will work wonders and can even make for more stable footing than directly aplying the mini to the base. Works for pretty much all heavier base textures like gravel, small slate and rougher sand.

Vulpus Rex
30-07-2009, 08:32 PM
A word of caution about trying to cut them from their bases, that's how I gave myself my worst modelling related injury :( a rather sharp hobby knife stabbed straight into the end of my finger.

That is all

30-07-2009, 09:16 PM
yea, been there done that im afraid vulpus :)
slit my thumb right down from the tip, using my nail as a sort of template and then the cut finished just below my nail to the right :S

30-07-2009, 09:30 PM
i tried the bases but i didnt have any polyfill so i used palter of paris instead. its very similar :)
the only one im not too happy with is the terminator but i will smooth it over later. all the models need a touch up of paint afterwards for sure.
any more advice would be great :)

(im very pleased with my sergeant :) )

30-07-2009, 10:22 PM
That sarge is indeed a work of art!

Captain Castus
31-07-2009, 09:24 AM
Cool stuff... (see what I did there Heph? ;))

I'm not sure how plaster of paris will react to acrylic paints... But I suspect it should be OK when it's dry? Might be sensible to try a small but first...

What I do is use the white as a 'base colour'... Wash it with a thinned wash of blue and then drybrush over with white... Really brings out the texture of the surface...

I'm going to do some PVA/bicarb snow mix shortly so I'll post a 'how to' and some pics here when I do...


31-07-2009, 10:36 AM
great stuff. im gunna see how the plaster dries and then decide if i wanna paint it because it looks okay without paint at the moment. it takes a while to dry, especially on the dreadnought where there is a lot of it, but i assume it dries quicker than polyfilla anyway.