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Moe the Great10 Aug 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Basing multiple items to a base. Do people paint the vehicles and then base or do most people base and then paint?

Any tips?

Starting my first 3mm figures.



TheDesertBox10 Aug 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

I'm a fan of gluing to popsticle sticks with just a bit of glue, painting, removing from the popsicle stick (and touching up where the glue was), then basing.

In fact, I do the basing to almost completion before adding vehicles. Otherwise the basing material inevitable "builds up" around the vehicle, making it look like it is half buried. Tufts and grass can be done after gluing the vehicles down, if desired.

Waco Joe10 Aug 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

Ditto to TheDesertBox (great username btw)

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

What DesertBox said.

boy wundyr x11 Aug 2017 6:39 a.m. PST

For me it depends on whether the vehicles will be based singly or in multiples on the base, and the side of the base. If it's a single vehicle on a base that isn't much bigger than it, then I'll base then paint. Multiple vehicles on a base where I'll have trouble getting a good angle on some of them because of others in the way, I'll paint then base.

These 3mm guys I based then painted: link

Daribuck Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

Let me tell you what drives me crazy! Buying second-hand minis, that are nicely painted, and based, but the base isn't painted! So I STILL have a lot of bare metal bases…. some terribly close together!

Hint: Spray paint ALL your bases some color: Green, beige, ANYTHING! That way, if you forget to paint the bases, at least it can be used for gaming or display.

In response: I ALWAYS paint my bases first as described, like Desert Box.

Moe the Great30 Aug 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

Good to know…

Valderian02 Aug 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

I do not base my figures, at least not the vehicles. I have yet to try to find the best solution for the infantry. I bought some from Pico/Oddzial Osmy, but I want do divide the miniatures from the manufactured base and it is painful. I want to get my hand on some 3mm sci-fi minis from Vanguard Minis, because I've seen that their infantry is produced at the rate of 1 model per base.





ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa05 Aug 2020 9:32 a.m. PST

I picked up a couple of lots of 3mm sci-fi off eBay recently – one OO and one Vanguard. I glued to pre-sanded bases, one per base, and then painted seems to have worked well. Note the OO and Vanguard are quite different in size. Previously with Irregular 2mm stuff I painted individually blue tacked to bottle caps and then stuck down typically 3 to a base to pre-sanded and painted bases. Pros and cons to both approaches.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2020 7:28 a.m. PST

I don't base vehicles either, but I do 6mm …

Valderian12 Nov 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

I have finally had the chance to paint and base some individually 3mm infantry, Novan Elites Affray from Vanguard Miniatures. It is easy and there is enough room for improvement.



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