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Finishing the Miniature’s Base

Finishing the Miniature’s Base

Give the base the last details

Bases are often an overlooked part of the process of painting a miniature.

Your choice of basing, however, is an important one. It binds your army of generals, troops, and vehicles together as a coherent force and is a rewarding final touch.

With the wide range of Tools, Basing Materials, Tufts, XPS foam, and Primers available in The Army Painter’s product catalogue, your possibilities for storytelling are almost endless!

Forge your own narrative and let your imagination run wild.


A wide range of Tufts

Range of Tufts
With everything from a grassy flower meadow to plasma-scorched wasteland, there is no excuse for your bases to look flat and uninteresting. Our range of Battlefield tufts comes with three different tuft-sizes in every pack and creates realistic bases for your next army.

Apply tufts with either Battlefield Basing Glue or Super Glue!


6-Step guide to finishing a miniature’s base

So, let’s look at an example of how a base could be finished:

Step 1: Apply Basing Glue

Basing - Step 1
Start out by thinning the Battlefield Basing Glue slightly with water and apply it to your base with a brush.


Step 2: Dip base in Basing Material

Basing - Step 2
Dip the base of the miniature fully in the Basing of your choice and tap off the excess material. Here, we’ve chosen the Brown Battleground for our base. If some basing material is stuck to an area you are unhappy with, remember to remove it or tap it down.


Step 3: Basecoat the base

Basing - Step 3
You could stop after the glue dries, but if you want even better-looking bases, you can basecoat it with a Warpaint.


Step 4: Drybrush the base

Basing - Step 4
Drybrush a lighter highlight colour on top. You don’t need to finish with highlight techniques, because you will cover parts of it with grass etc.


Step 5: Apply a Wash

Basing - Step 5
We recommend applying a Wash for more shadow.


Step 6: Add Tufts

Basing - Step 6
Finally, add some tufts for some interesting vegetation and added realism. Here, we use Wasteland Tuft and a bit of Battlefield Basing Glue.


Basing - Done
Now our squad of Orcs are done and ready for the tabletop!


What Basing Material to choose?

Use the materials to highlight details and underline the theme your miniature is set in. This can really elevate the experience, help add to the miniature’s realism, and make your painting job pop even more. Ultimately, the choice of basing should reflect your personal style and the vision you have for your miniature and the look and style you want to achieve.

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