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Basing with DryDex Spackling

DryDex Spackling (8 oz.)
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SHaT1984 writes:

Since this popped into my 'visual reference space' I'll add I've been doing this for more than 30 years: a la DAF:

>>generic equivalents that you can purchase at any hardware store or Home Depot/Lowe's etc. I just dump some brown acrylic paint into the plastic container and mix it up until it looks like chocolate pudding. (The tutorial that accompanies this article does it the hard way- applying the paint to the dried white product mix in your paint beforehand to save time).

'Selleys' Polyfilla in the South Pacific region made for wallboard repair and trimming and painting afterwards. And yes also used my modelling stuff for home repairs too!

Taken from the pot, as DAF says, I did used to add a liquid paint to colour, however I now use it clean and add a powdered coating similar to dirt- fine ash from incense looks great and of course is much finer than commercial 'dirts' etc, finishing with whatever grasses/ rocks features I decided for each unit. Cheers davew

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When I was new in the hobby, I didn't mind gluing some figures down to a stand, then just applying some flocking - sure, it looked like the warriors were standing on little grassy lumps, but it didn't bother me.

That was then, and nowadays, I'm a fanatic about trying to disguise the awkward lumps or bumps involved in basing.

Covering those lumps usually involves using some material to smooth out the bumps. I've never found the perfect material, but something I've tried recently is DryDex Spackling.

DryDex Spackling

This material comes in a plastic tub that has a fiendish lid designed to split your fingernails when you try to pry it off. It's spackle, which is a material used to make repairs in walls - in the U.K., I'm told that Polyfilla is somewhat similar - but this product is pink:

It's pink!

So let's try the stuff out! Here I've conscripted the Army for Bill 28mm Ancient Britons, which we last saw mounted onto square slottabases.

Army of Bill figures

Most of these figures were never designed for slottabasing, so some smoothing out of their bases would be appreciated. Two figures, however, are already taken care of!

These need no work

But this guy, for instance, could use some contouring...

This one needs contouring