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New Miniature Bases

Post by itar » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:57 am

After a slow 2011 (OK, very slow), we have finally released some new items.

The main part of this release is a line of round miniature bases. Available sizes in the first release are 25mm, 40mm, 60mm round and 25mm x 50mm bases with rounded corners. All sizes are available in both normal resin to represent rock, or a clear resin ice.

We will be releasing the popular sizes of rectangular fantasy bases in our next release sometime in March. If demand is high enough, we will do some of the less common base sizes later on and some more styles.

Goto the bases

Here's an example of the 25mm ice bases. These are cast in an optically clear resin. The texture of the surface prevents them from being totally see through right after casting but a quick wash with a clear gloss and they get really clear.
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and a closeup of some of the bases
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And the same bases case in normal resin for regular rock. The bases are sold unpainted but here's a pic painted to show off the texture. These are cast in the same molds as the ice bases but with normal resin so they're a lot cheaper than the clear ones.
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Also in this release (click on pic to go to the item in our store):
Egyptian Gateway
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Column Ruin
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Ruined Entrance
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Gabions (pic shows them unpainted)
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Re: New Miniature Bases

Post by MagickalMemories » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:12 am

I like the clear ice bases. Very nice.


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Re: New Miniature Bases

Post by porkuslime » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:24 am

If you use Super Glue to attach miniatures.. will it fog the bases?

What about drilling in to pin? will that be damaging visually?

I like em.. but am concerned..
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Re: New Miniature Bases

Post by itar » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:20 am

Hi porkuslime
Your concerns are noted and I think the best way to address them is with the old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words".

note: I didn't not include an actual miniature because of the possibility that some miniature manufacturers may not be happy with me using their pieces in 'advertising' images. I did use standins for miniatures that should convey the meaning.

Also while we take reasonable efforts to eliminate air bubbles in the clear resin there is some bubbles that get trapped. Real ice gets air trapped inside it as well so we feel that they add character to the piece. Clear resin has some great properties low cost isn't one of them (as you can probably tell from the retail prices). In fact the resin we use is about 3x the cost of normal resin.

I'll start with superglue. I glued a bit of old toy (no clue what it's from) using generic super glue. I used a LOT of superglue to show what happened easier.
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An extreme closeup so you can see the glue. It looks wet still but is dry to the touch.
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A shot of one with a spot drilled for a pin. I always use a paperclip to pin my stuff so that's what I used here.
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Here's a shot of the bottom of the piece. You can barely see the drilled spot in the center.
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Here's a shot of one that's been hit with a very thin blue wash with some future mixed in to make it shiny.
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Here's a couple of shots of the bases both the raw (out of the package) and washed base with a nice contrast color underneath to show how clear they really are.
http://www.itarsworkshop.com/images/Bas ... CF4263.JPG
http://www.itarsworkshop.com/images/Bas ... CF4262.JPG

Not to get too technical about it (and someone please correct me if I'm off on this) the reason they're more clear after a gloss wash is because the surface texture causes a diffusion of the light as it passes through. When it's got a gloss wash the gloss fills in some of the texture and helps light travel through it. For my wash I mixed 50% water with 50% future and added a tiny drop of light blue paint.

Here is a base washed in blue with some snow effects (plaster dusted lightly on the base and sealed)
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Re: New Miniature Bases

Post by MagickalMemories » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:53 am

Wow. Excellent.
I think you covered every base there and then some.

I actually like that the glue still looks wet. If a little pokes out from under someone's feet, it'll just look like the ice is melting a bit.

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Re: New Miniature Bases

Post by porkuslime » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:23 am

That really does look good.

I gotta think of an army I need based, now.. erg!
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Re: New Miniature Bases

Post by MagickalMemories » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:23 pm

I've got a fully (nicely) painted plastic and metal 48 (49?) RT model Space Wolf army you could buy.
They'd look great on ice bases.

...Just saying. lol


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