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BrianW13 Apr 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

After a few weeks away,I've added a post to the blog about a possible new way of basing ships that I learned during my travels. I think it might be a new way forward, but would like to hear some other opinions too. Please, check it out at:


saltflats192913 Apr 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

That styrene stuff is great for bases. I only stopped using it myself when i went to magnetic storage systems.

BrianW13 Apr 2017 9:27 p.m. PST

Well, I'm still putting magnetic sheet on the bottom of the styrene bases, just like I did with the wooden ones. Best of both worlds, I'm hoping.

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 1:45 a.m. PST

Hello Brian,

I have seen the entry in your blog. I find it very interesting, in fact many times I have considered using Vallejo water effects, but I was not sure how it could be. I have to say the effect is good. I wanted to ask you if it cracks once it's dry.
Regarding the bases of Evergreen sheet styrene. I have long ago I made the bases with this material too and I am very satisfied with the result. Better than wood that eventually deteriorates.

I add a link where you can download a tutorial I last year, I explain how to make the waves for the boat base.
I hope you find it useful.

BrianW14 Apr 2017 4:36 p.m. PST

The water effect doesn't seem to crack once it's dry, but I've only had it for a few days. I would think that if it did crack, we would have heard about it by now. I can see though, where it might be a problem for you as you are building them for sale. I don't think it can build the dramatic waves like you make with your paper pulp technique. However, I prefer to have bases with less pronounced waves as they blend in with my game mats from Deep Cut Studios.

Thanks so much for the tutorial! While I don't have your patience to paint every plank separately, I am definitely going to try some of the other techniques you mentioned. I particularly like binding the brass sails together with a knot of thread.

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