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.
- Green Stuff or whatever sculpting material you use
- plastic rod
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!