I'm suffering from some real indecision issues, hobby-wise, that are really slowing me down right now. Amongst other things I'm trying to put together some superhero models, but can't figure out what to do for bases.
For Wolverine I'm thinking simple metal panels? Maaaaaaybe with some exposed wiring lying across the ground? I'm thinking it's fitting in a "Weapon-X secret facility" kind of way? A little boring, but I kinda prefer the idea to the base (singular) that ships with all the Knight Models superheroes. The problem is that I've already done a few with the Knight Models base, so it feels a bit weird to switch now.
For Thanos... I dunno, maybe some sort of "alien floor" made from a simple flat surface with symbols carved in; I'm thinking something like the typical necron bases":
I would put wolverine into a wilderness setting. The wilds of Canada.
Thanos should obviously be in some sort of blasted landscape/wreckage/crater.
While that might be fitting for Wolverine, I wanted something a little bit different from my fantasy/IK stuff, much of which is (or is planned for) forest / grass bases. Also I kinda want to stick to a superhero theme, and superheroes are usually associated with more urban or fantastical environments.
I'm not sure how to do a crater type bases, but I kinda wanted a more space-themed base for Thanos. I think what I'm going to do is the alien runes thing, but make it so the whole base looks like it's glowing softly, rather than just the runes. Well, that's if I ever get around to painting him of course; right now I'm just trying to get some stuff assembled.
Also the Thanos model does not have the Gauntlet, so I was thinking of trying to sculpt it on. I mean, that's what you would expect to see, right?
Anyway, Soul Samurai, do what you think looks best. I’m a huge comic book nerd, and that’s how I picture those characters, but there are many right answers to this!
True. I used to read loads of comics, I don't read so much anymore but I still find comics interesting and appreciate the better ones (I tried to skim through Identity Crisis the other day and had to stop when my eyes started getting too... lubricated, yeah, that's it).
Honestly, basing models is always such a big head-scratcher for me. Apart from the fact that constructing bases is not one of my strengths, I always end up torn between the desire to keep bases consistent across a range and the desire to find something that perfectly fits an individual model; sometimes I go one way and sometimes I go the other.
Have you looked into Knight Model's superhero stuff? They dropped the Marvel line but you can still get most of them on Ebay if you keep looking. And their DC stuff is still going of course. I will say that their sculpts are nice but their casts are often disappointing, and of course any weapons are super-flimsy and need to be treated carefully. Still, once you've got them cleaned up they are fun to paint (you can see the few that I've actually finished here).
Post by PrincessSparklefist on May 29, 2019 2:53:12 GMT
Aw yeah, Identity Crisis is a good one.
I like your work! You’re pretty good. I wish I had the same willingness to try different techniques. I can see what you mean regarding your bases.
I like to think it’s something I do quite well, but I almost exclusively paint fantasy models. So there’s a lot of wilderness, dirt roads and such. I tend to stay away from urban stuff. I’d say if you’re unhappy with your bases, go ahead and try stuff. Have you considered props? If you’re setting them in an urban environment why not add a mail box or street light? Stuff like that.
Thank you. Funnily enough I was thinking about putting Spiderman on a street lamp instead of that stupid piece of wall that makes up like 70% of his model. Really, I don't know what they were thinking releasing such an awful model for the title character of their Spiderman game.