As I told you many times before, I've never been good with bases, a weakness that always made me sad because, indeed, I love bases and scenery in general!
Probably it's because it is requested a kind of sculpting and planning ability, concerning bases, things that are not the house speciality, here.
However, one of my new-year-resolutions is improving my basing skills, so I put all my doubts and fears apart and I started to create some scenic bases for my Iron Crow Sentinels.
Before explaining the process of these first experiments, let's see the result:
I wanted to make something more complex than my usual standards, not only to use some of the amazing scenic accessories that Davide and Valerio sculpted for our Dwarf range but also to start presenting you some first views (in miniature...) of Kazhuk Izril lands!
*dlin dlon: non-profit advertising moment*
To achieve my goals, I took three amazing plinths by Darkmessiah Bases, that are my favourite plinths out there because of their modern, clean design. John, owner of DB, is such a nice person and his products are excellent, so, for what it's worth, I strongly recommend him and I wish him all the best.
SENTINEL B BASE
The first base I made was designed for the Sentinel B. I wanted to use one of the bases of the Scenic Set, but I wanted also to have a kind of mountainous vibe: the Sentinel B has a classic "on-watch pose", and I always imagined him looking the horizon in search for intruders, on top of a high, rocky, hill. Our scenic bases are 30mm wide, and these plinths are 25mm wide, so I had to decide how to integrate them all together. With a Dremel, I carefully carved a side of the plinth (1), and I cut a part of the scenic base to make it fit with the plinth (2).
With a standard Milliput (the yellow/grey one), I started to sculpt the rocks, not only on the cavity carved with the Dremel, but also to better merge the scenic base with the plinth (3).
I wanted a kind of stylized design for the rocks: it's not only more "fairish", so it suits well with the style of our miniatures, but it is also easier to sculpt, perfect for a baby-sculptor like me!
When the first "rocky layer" was dry, I add a new layer of smaller rocks, to create a nice composition (4).
SENTINEL A BASE
For the second base, I decided to make something more complex. The Sentinel A has a kind of thoughtful pose, and I wanted to value it creating a perfect scenario for him. I imagined him standing on a small bridge, with a river that flows quietly behind: a classic "Ligurian Zen scenario"!