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14 Aug 2023 11:30 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Aug 2023 11:29 a.m. PST

Do you paint or represent waves on your naval bases?

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 11:53 a.m. PST

These waves?


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Aug 2023 11:59 a.m. PST

Ocean waves grin

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 12:33 p.m. PST

No bases at all except on some gunboats too small to stand on their own.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 1:12 p.m. PST

Yes, both wake & waves. In 1/3000th they aren't very high though.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 1:18 p.m. PST

This is how I based my 1:2400 Russo-Japanese War ships.

First, the "ocean effect was created using the procedure here: link . I copied the Step 9 image and imported it into a Word Table scheme with 60x30mm and 40x15mm (or as close as I could get using inches) cells. I cut the cells apart and glued them to the plastic bases.

After glueing the ships to the plastic bases and adding the identification label they looked like this …


I then added a wake using "antique white" mixed with a texture base to give the wake some added dimension …


The smaller ships (destroyers, etc.) were glued to bigger "flotilla" bases …


The Russian ships were done in a similar manner …


You can see all my RJW Pre-dreadnought endeavors on my Col Campbell's Shipyard blog: link .

Hope this helps, Bill.


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Aug 2023 1:33 p.m. PST

My general theory is that I want to see the models, not the bases.

But I find transparent bases impractical.

So, in theory, I prefer the bases to look as much like the tabletop as possible, so they 'blend in'.

So that means "no waves" since my tabletop doesn't have waves. grin

But I did put ripples into the gloss cote on a recent base. LOL

114th Pennsylvania Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 1:35 p.m. PST

Took a great class in Hobby U- Holy Ship by Mark Franke @ Historicon 2023

Showed you how to create the waves with model putty and how to paint and dry bush.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 1:40 p.m. PST

My 28mm Age of Sail ships don't have bases. Nor do my smaller ones. No waves.

And I have several different colours and timbres of water. I'm looking for a (n afoordable) flexible OLED screen so I can change sea state during the game.

But, yes, I painted my WAVES.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 1:55 p.m. PST

This is how the bases look on my ocean battle mat from Cigar Box Battle:



Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian14 Aug 2023 2:14 p.m. PST

Yup. I use Golden Fiber Paste in a thin coat over my thin Litko bases before painting the base and I use a bit of white paint in Golden Regular Gel Gloss for the wake. Since I don't do anything bigger than 1/2400 and most are 1/4800 and 1/6000, a little bit serves just fine since I drybrush four colors over the base navy blue. The texture is just enough to simulate waves.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 3:20 p.m. PST

I just don't base my ships. grin

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 3:43 p.m. PST

To be fair, I do have some naval collections on bases:

My 1/6000 ships were based whether I wanted it or not (the DDs and smaller are molded onto the base). I enlarged the bases so I could write on them, and then textured the added area with waves using acrylic modeling paste.

I have also started adding bases to my 1/1200 galleys. For that project, I'm using clear acrylic in custom sizes ordered from Litko, and I texture the top with waves by stippling on a layer of Mod Podge. It dries clear, so you can see the color of the sea mat right through it, but also adds a wave texture so I can show the oar and hull wakes.

My 1/2400 Figurehead Napoleonic ships came with wave-textured bases, which I just painted and used as-is. I have mused about replacing them with steel (to provide a magnetic surface to stick on damage markers); I would probably also give those a wave texture, maybe using the same Mod Podge technique.

- Ix

The Last Conformist14 Aug 2023 11:53 p.m. PST

The few based naval I have have paper with a printed wave pattern on their bases.

If/when I base more naval, I'll probably try and sculpt waves.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2023 2:05 p.m. PST

I have wakes on all my ships. it looks good to me and gives my navaly challenged gaming buddies a way to know which end is the front!

Striker15 Aug 2023 6:45 p.m. PST

I use Woodland Scenic's flexible paste to add texture to my naval bases then paint and drybrush from there. No big whitecaps though.

KSmyth17 Aug 2023 3:10 p.m. PST

I began using acrylic bases for my ships a few years ago. I wanted my ships to blend in with the felt, the mats or whatever we were using as a table covering.

These are some of my 1/1200 Spanish American War ships we used for INWGD a couple of weeks ago.


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