Monday, June 7, 2010

Tutorial: Easy Press Mold For Basing





I have been eyeing all kinds of resin bases made by any number of people or small companies online for a while now, and decided I would give resin casting a shot. If we ignore 5 days of horrible partially cured resin mess, then I think I have finally it on something that is easy to do, looks good, and is accessible to most gamers. Basically I have been sculpting parched desert bases for my Blood angels army for some time, but doing it one at a time was just horrible. With the BA release and my whole army being redone, I needed a quick way to get them based so I could get them on the table.

Materials:
  • Green Stuff or whatever sculpting material you use
  • plastic rod
  • water
STAGE 1: Making the mold
Step 1: cut the plastic rod into lots of little oddly sized pieces. You can see the design I came up with in the first image.

Step 2: Glue the rods into a negative image of the cracks you want to produce. It is not necessary to overfill the design, since you can press a base twice for more irregular designs.

STAGE 2: Pressing a base

Step 1: create an even layer of green stuff on the top of the base

Step 2: cover the top of the base with water

Step 3: Press the mold into the base and then remove it.

Step 4: If you want to get fancy, remove the mold and then repress the base. This will produce all kinds of intricate cracks.

Step 5: Wait until the green stuff is dry and then cut away the edge that overhangs the edge of the base. I got excited here and did not wait long enough, so I have some mushy looking bases.

Step 6: Sand the top of each base slightly

Using this technique I was able to make 35 bases in a couple of hours. The most tedious part of this was cutting off the green stuff overspill!




17 comments:

  1. This is devilishly clever. Thank you.

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  2. Absolutley Brilliant, I may have to copy this and try to make it happen for my new army ideas.

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  3. What a great idea.
    I imagine that if you make one with a 40 or a 60 mm base, not only would you be able to do larger bases, but also would add more variety to your 25mm bases.

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  4. Is the resin you used old? If not, then it's likely a case of poor mixing. I've gone over to mixing by weight, as it's less likely to screw up with a good scale.

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  5. That's pretty neat. Thanks.

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  6. Wow lots of comments on this one! I used new resin, but it never fully dried. It was also a pain, since the resin smelled kind of bad, and my condo does not have a balcony!

    I got carried away with this idea and just went with it. I think it would be fun to produce a whole set of these things. Another variation on this is to fill in some of the areas, so there are depressions in addition to cracks. I've now based everything I have painted. I should have taken a little more time painting the bases, but I was just having too much fun!

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  7. oh yea, where did you get the plastic rod from, i wanna use this for my crimson fists...

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  8. Nice and easy, good tutorial! +1 internet cookie.

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  9. I think I ordered all of my plastic from the war store. It is just a small generic plastic rod that came with a bunch of plastic rods of different sizes.

    I am really happy this is helping everyone out. I can't seem to stop myself from randomly basing old test miniatures at this point. Has anyone else tried this out yet? I would love to refine the post if it can be made more usable.

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  10. Impressive, since I mostly play in a desert table I think my next army (whenever I´ll build it) will be fully desert based in your clever-easy-cheap way.

    Oh, and I digged through the archives and I gotta say... Very good blog (I really love your tyranids) :D

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  11. Fantastic tutorial, really very useful, thank you!

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  12. a mold is such a simple idea, but every time i see it used effectively, it blows me away. great job.

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  13. Wow. This technique is SO good! I actually want to do bases just like this for my Salamanders army. I'm gonna do this. I hope you don't mind!

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  14. I'm a little late to the party here, but equally wowed by such a simplistically awesome idea.

    Thanks!

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