Wednesday, 24 August 2011

ACW Adventures in Basing No.1

Just an update on where I am with basing of my old Union army.  I've still a long way to go but blogging beats basing, so here is a picture of some of the stands I've made.  As you can see these figures are really old Airfix ones but they have sentimental value for me (most of my armies are very old) and nostalgia aside, they look just as good based up as some of the (cheaper) metal figures that are out there.
They're on 40x30mm MDF stands I got from ebay and the main basing is sand that came from an East Lothian beach (Gullane).  As the marine scientists amongst you may know, practically everything to do with the oceans is in some way related to the rotation of the earth and the position of the moon (it doesn't rotate obviously) and in this case the sand came from a discrete band lying just above the high-tide mark, no doubt there precisely because of the aforementioned planetary shenanigans.  It's not really relevant to the basing story but just represents some vague folk-memory from when I was on a field trip to the marine research station at Millport that just popped into my head.

Anyway, the sand has quite a lot of shell fragments in it which make it quite rough and textured, as well as varying the shades quite a bit (no need for dry brushing).  Also, some of the larger fragments of shell I was able to incorporate onto the stands representing bits of debris or dead wood.  After the sand was dry I put on some Javis Autumn Mix static grass (everything was stuck on with PVA glue).

I've quite a few more bases to get on with (including the Confederate Army now) so it'll take a while, but the next time you see these should hopefully be in action on the battlefield.


Ray Rousell said...

The basing look great, nice one!

The Wishful Wargamer said...

Cheers Ray, that's kind of you. I'm just catching up with things after decades (literally) of armies sitting in boxes - trying to modernise and move on, you know.


Will said...

I'm in a similar situation but with miniatures still needing paint. I think your troops look great, and the bases are nicely done too. All the best!

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The Wishful Wargamer said...

Thanks Will. I appreciate your comments. Working life seems to have taken over since I last posted (dozens of Confederates based up sitting on the workbench waiting to be flocked). But I'll get back to it soon! Cheers WW.