So even before yesterday’s less than triumphant return to the Warhammer Fantasy battlefield, I was already dreaming up a bigger multi-model base to allow my converted musician and my army battle standard bearer to rank up better. I stopped in at the Urban Source on my walk back from Strategies and bought some magnetic sheets, combined with my stockpile of super strong magnets, balsa wood, and sheet styrene I was well equiped to built my multi-base or regiment base and yet more new movement trays for the units I need to field in week 2 of the Mighty Empires campaign.
I took a lot of pictures and worked on this one base through the wee hours after I couldn’t sleep. The glue couldn’t dry fast enough and my basic design didn’t change but made it more elaborate and now it will be a lot more work to paint, I have six days, hopefully I can do it in two.
First thing I did was layout some of the stuff I would need, including all the sheet styrene I’ve acquired over the last couple years in anticipation of finishing my Ork & Goblin army and building my trench table. I went with sheet styrene for this base as I had it in a lot of different thicknesses and it is actually easier to work with than wood. You just score it with an exacto knife then bend it the other way and it snaps pretty much perfectly clean.
The magnetic sheet you can cut with scissors and I trimmed it with an exacto knife too. I glued it to the sheet styrene. I affixed the super magnet to the bottom of the base with super glue then I put tiny sheet styrene guides to keep the models in the right spot rather than just allowing them to attach willy-nilly to the base.
With that all done it was time to add sand. I also planned to embellish the base and went looking for a Nurgling in my bits box, I didn’t have any, I did find a really old squig. I also cleaned two more of my 28mm Black Cat Bases metal skulls. They are still awkward to clean but once done they glue and paint up nice on bases.
After the sand had dried I sealed it with more white glue. That sand was a bit sparse but I had to let glue dry so I went to bed. I actually got about two hours sleep. Then I woke up and checked on the model and some other stuff.
I’d already jotted down next week’s army list and I even was looking ahead to week three, noting I needed a Herald of Tzeentch so I went looking for one among all the old models I bought back in the day or traded for. I never found a single Horror, but I found a Chaos Sorceror who might do. I also waded through a whole bunch of bits to find all the pieces to a circa 1995 Marauder Fiend of Slaneesh and two Steeds of Slaneesh one with an old metal Daemonette rider.
I also needed to figure out the bases that should go with the models now. I had to rebase my Beasts of Nurgle earlier and I put them on homemade 40mm square bases. The base I was working on right now is about 50mm square. I actually found two resin 50mm square bases and many cavalry bases that came with the Steeds, Fiends, and Fleshhounds. I went on the internet and it appears the new plastic Steeds and Daemonettes are on cavalry bases. I plan to assemble the one I have maybe use it as a Herald some day. I have another Steed which I’ll mount a Chaos Space Marine on someday…
The Fiend appears to be on a 40mm square base which I have none of. I could make one out of sheet styrene but I might look into getting a resin one at Strategies. The model is so old and puny a bigger base would help it stand out.
After rumaging through my grandfather’s old shell case which I use to store blisterpacks and bags of minis. I finally got to see how the new base ranks up with the other plaguebearers and the movement tray I’d previously made. It worked just fine thank you, another tribute to precision engineering.
It was about then or perhaps after lying in bed unable to sleep for a couple more hours I realized I could have put two more Plaguebearers on the base. I would have been better off perhaps gluing them straight to the magnetic sheet, but I already had some sand down. Despite how late at night it was, I got out a variety of tools and clipped, cut, and sanded the tab off two plaguebearers. I test fit them first, but basically I had to glue them to mixture of UHU glue, white glue, and sand.
One of them went on alright, the second one not as well, partly due to cat liter in my sand mix. I gobbed on more UHU glue and went back to bed. Several hours later I was still awake so I got up and removed the extra sand I’d added. The UHU glue must not have been fully hard, or it interfeared with the previous glue, or it was just a bad fit as eventually while fiddling one plaguebearer leaned over and collapsed.
I had to clean off some glue and sand then more forcefully I jammed his feet into the still slightly wet mixture of sand and glue. This time I didn’t use super glue to try and attach him, I tried an epic-ly old tube of Citadel plastic cement that came in some game box set and has lasted me a decade or more, then if that wasn’t enough I got out my super glue and drenched the sand around the plaguebearers feet. That hardened things up and I think it should hold. If it makes it through painting it should get a game tryout next Sunday. If not the next thing to try is epoxy resin.
After again not being able to sleep I finally got up at around six am. My kitchen is pretty empty, I need to do the laundry, go to the doctor and pharmacist, and I plan to visit Darren and double check a few things before I go too crazy with painting and converting for next weeks campaign game. What can you do at 6 in the morning? Well you can get the paper, go to one of the 24 hour cafes on Main Street and read.
I also checked my email and I’m waiting for my doctor’s office to open at 9am. So I decided to use some of this time to type out another rambling blog post, complete with the most pictures ever. A lot of steps and stages went into making one little movement tray. After I confirm my army list for next week I’ll make two maybe three more movement trays, probably out of sheet styrene as it is quicker, but I might make one out of wood, it all depends on the size and shape. I also may be forced to finally finish the bases on some of my goblin hordes, my proposal for 375 points of Night Goblin mercenaries results in 54 bases I need to do…
There were more in-progress shots, plus a bunch of various old minis I’ve horded and sorted through late last night. Here are a couple more snaps I took with the iPhone: