I’ve finished the model of Karloth Valois – I wanted to depict him as an itinerant Wyrd, before becoming the Underhive’s premier super-villain:
So, on with the base.
This is still a work in progress, but as it might take a fair bit of time to complete the detailing, it seems worthwhile to at least demonstrate the basics of creating a display base.
It’s helpful to plan it out, and make a mock-up version, using cheap material – such as cereal box card – before beginning the final model; as this allows you to chop and change your ideas as necessary, without wasting costly material.
I made a sketch, based on some of the old, scratch-built Necromunda scenery, which appeared in the original release of the game:
Obviously, this is not high-art; just a quick record of your ideas. It’s only ever a matter of personal taste; but I think that a straightforward idea is better than an overly elaborate one. Partly because if you’re not careful, the base can over-power the miniatures; but partly because otherwise it ends up absorbing most of your time and effort.
First, the mock version – getting an idea of the size needed:
Use these to transfer the design to foamcard:
The initial mock-up:
At this stage, it looked a bit bland and static; so I decided to make the bridge the focal point of the setting:
The bulkheads were turned into the bridge’s legs – to make them look a bit more robust, add beams made from sprues/rhinestones:
As well as pipes, made from plastic rod/tubing:
The foamcard hills were a bit flimsy; so I made versions out of corkboard:
Attached to the actual base – this was just a spare off-cut of wood I had lying around; you should be able to buy something cut to order if needed, either online or from a timber merchant:
These were then blended into the base by stippling them with wood-putty:
Then using PVA/sand to cover the remainder of the base:
Once this has dried, give it several thin coats of watered down PVA (about five parts water to one part PVA).
I made the bridge’s platform from foamcard:
This was supposed to be an old, damaged bridge in the Underhive – so cut it to shape, and use brass rod to keep the pieces attached:
This was set to be overlaid with plasticard – to cut it to the same size, it’s helpful to use small dots of bluetack in order to prevent the metal ruler slipping around on the plastic:
I wanted to make a cracked concrete effect, so cut two pieces of plasticard to the same size:
To make the broken concrete effect, cut the plasticard into cracked parts:
Then trim these a bit with a craft knife, before gluing them down:
I also used some old chicken-wire, to represent damage:
As you can see in the middle of the section, I then attached some bits of foamcard/plasticard to represent broken up slabs of concrete:
It needs detailing; plus I’m not sure whether to make the water element dynamic or stagnant – but that’s the foundation, at any rate.