Sunday, September 9, 2007

Basing Prep and Flock

Following up on my making of the bases for JR3 in a former entry, I thought it prudent to explain how I finish the basing.


  • Tacky Glue

  • Toothpicks

  • Black Medium Ballast (Woodland Scenics B83)

  • Blended Turf (Woodland Scenics T49)

  • 1 Bag Dark Green Static Grass

  • 1 Bag Light Green Static Grass



I begin by using "Tacky Glue" that dries clear (a bottle is shown in one of the photos) which is available at wal-mart for a couple bucks at most. I use toothpicks to spread out the glue to minimize the chance of glue getting on the figures. The Tacky Glue bottle is fitted with a nice long nosed applicator so the work needed is minimal. The next step is to dip the base in a container of the black ballast; lightly shaking or blowing off the excess. This is then allowed to dry completely. The need for this step is found in the need to even off the level of the ground. Depending on manufacture the figures could have a considerable chunk of base and simply adding flock will give the look of each man on his own little mountain.


After the glue is dry I take a toothpick and lightly rub it over the ballast to reveal any loose material and remove those. This accomplished, the bases and material are given a coat of catachan green from GW. A number of colors could be used here to give the ballast different appearances such as rocks that appear among the grass to be added etc. The paint is then allowed to dry fully.




After the paint dries I issue a coat of tacky glue again and dip in the Blended Turf. As this dries you'll see some material absorbed fully, when I observe this I will give a second dip. This avoids an "in glass" look for your flocking. Once this dries I add random spots of glue. I mix the dark and light static grass as the dark is generally too dark and the light is way too light. I take pinches of this mixture and apply it to the spots of glue, blowing off any excess. The blowing will also get some of the static to fan and stand upright.




That's it, there are many ways to do it, I have in the past mixed sandbox sand with the blended turf for a different look. For other periods I will attempt other techniques and endeavor to post them here. Good luck and I hope some of you find this useful.

6 comments:

  1. It's been very helpful for me to see how an expert goes about the business of painting miniatures. I'm working on repainting about 25 combined regiments of Federal/Confederate troops and I just finished regiment number 5 last night. I now know I'm not working that slow or too meticulously !

    This might be heterodox, but I'm not flocking my regiments anytime soon. Kind of messy and sometimes it overshadows the paint job. Your's look good, but I once saw some beautifully painted Roman Legions ruined by a flocking job that had them literally knee deep in the stuff.

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  2. Thanks for the comments and observations, but I have to confess myself anything but an expert. Just an average painter, giving it a go and sharing my experience with the rest of you wargamers and modellers. :)

    As far as going it without any flock, I will eventually be giving this a go with my Greeks. I will be using metal and magnetic components so that I can change the basing from MoA to Osprey's rules (expected in '08). Should those rules be worthy, I may go through the flock process.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the great pictures. Are those Battle Honors minis? I'm looking into adding some Iron Brigade, but am hesitant to order sight unseen.

    - Jawjatek

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  4. Jaw,
    These are Scale Creep which you can find at scalecreep.com. If you contact Mark he'll send you some free samples. The regimental standard bearer is AB, which I obtained from eurekaminusa.com, they have pictures of each figure on their site. Hope that helps.

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  5. Thanks. I'll be sure to check into them. I look forward to watching your progress on this site.

    - Jawjatek

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration. I managed to get my hands on these Scale Creep minis. They're great! I'm looking forward to your future posts.

    - Jawjatek

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