Thursday, 30 July 2015

A little hobby update: All about the base

Greetings all.

I'm trying to get back into the habit of regular posting... I have actually been working on a lot of little projects recently, but mostly stuff that isn't that interesting to look at (in my opinion). However, I shall do my duty and keep you in the loop!

A project that I've been meaning to do (but not really wanting to do) for some time is the rebasing of my 20 flesh hounds. When I made them originally, there weren't any 40k bases supplied with them, so I went with what I thought was best (40mm round, like all other "Beast" type units). Now that the Khorne Daemonkin codex has come out, GW have finally started supplying flesh hounds with 40k bases. Unfortunately for me, they're the newer 50mm rounds. Of course, there is no rule saying that I have to rebase anything, but I'm a weird obsessive type so I knew that, sooner or later, I would. So I bit the bullet and went ahead with it.

I didn't relish the thought of ripping apart my lovely models however, so I looked for other solutions. Thankfully Secret Weapon Miniatures make some very handy "hollow blanks" for just this sort of thing. I picked a bunch up and got to work:

It was actually very simple to do. I glued the old base inside the new base, filled the gap with green stuff and covered with sand, then painted. The only tricky bit was getting the new sand with blend with the old, which I think went well for the most part.

I know there isn't much to see, but comments are welcome! More interesting stuff coming soon, I promise ;)


  1. Good to see you posting brother! Remember that ambitious goal for this year? I do ;)

  2. Hail brother! Yeh I've been slacking recently, but I'll be rectifying that now!

    Funnily enough though, I'm well on course to totally smash my painting goal! I've painted 88 models so far, and there's plenty of year left to make it to 100 ;)

  3. I suspect most miniature painters are weird obsessive types. Not that I am. When I organize my unpainted marines in order of height, it's for a very good reason.
    In any case, your new bases look great. It's helpful knowing about these hollow blanks, so thanks for that.

    1. Haha yes I suppose it probably just goes with the territory! I'll get a crazy scheme in my head and obsess over it until it's done, or until another mad scheme comes along and pushes the old one out...

      The hollow blanks are fantastic, and the guys at secret weapon are too. I meant to add a link when I wrote the post, but you can find them easy enough just by googling them. It cost me more than I would've liked, but most of that ended up going on shipping and customs charges :S The quality of the bases was very high though, and they were perfect for what I wanted.

  4. Very nice blending of corners, the meld is nearly undetectable and only so because I was looking for it. Secret weapon really is a top notch store but I do agree about the shipping and import is a tad steep.

    1. Cheers dude :) I'm pretty pleased with how they came out all in all. A few of the first ones could be better, but just put that down to experience I guess.

      I tried looking for UK supplier of secret weapon bases, but to no avail (at least not for the ones I wanted). The quality really is excellent, and the guys were very helpful and friendly, so I highly recommend them.